Anyone else like this? Gotta have music playing while you work on The Work?
I've been like that from the beginning. When I did late nite community radio, I used to tell the listeners, "Music is the fuel of imagination." I think that's still 100% true. And even though I can't do late nite community radio like I used to, I still keep the tunes going when I am pounding keys.
At this very moment I've got Andy Summers in my ears. "The Golden Wire." A vastly undersold electronic guitar jazz album from 1990. Absolutely gorgeous stuff. I have never tired of it, not in the 18 years I've owned it.
Other artists commonly in my ears....
The Art of Noise Bill Douglas Jethro Tull Harold Budd (and Brian Eno) Vangelis Depeche Mode Hans Joachim Roedelius Tim Story
I am a big fan of ambient, electronic, atmospheric music. Not necessarily New Age, though I first got exposed to the genre(s) via New Age radio show Musical Starstreams, back in the late 80's. Now, my tastes tend to be darker and not nearly as bubblegum as the New Age pioneers, like Ray Lynch. Even Vangelis seems a little dated to me sometimes, but certain Vangelis works are epic and timeless.
What about all of you? What gets your creative mojo going?
I have a satellite radio so have a variety of things to listen to. There is a great classical station (pops)That I spend tons of time on. Then there is the classic hard rock (buzzsaw), the 90's alternative (lithium), and the new alternative (octane). These are my favorite of stations. Of course I also like to listen to the NFL talk radio station. At this moment I am listening to Bubba the Love Sponge, If you don't know what that is, you better not ask.
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Right now I'm listening to my iPod play out through a Grundig Sattelit 700 radio through a cheap FM repeater that has a kink in it that keeps dropping one of the stereo channels. Once I worked through all the problems, I wound up with about twenty-two hundred songs on my iPod, and I'm only about a hundred songs from the end of a random play.
Right now, it went from the O'Jays "Back Stabbers" to Hank Williams's "Settin' the Woods on Fire."
So you can see I've got fairly widespread tastes in music.
Sometimes I have the TV on while I write - go figure. However, I drive about an hour a day, and I usually listen to either classical music or audiobooks during that time. I definitely don't write and drive - NOWAD!
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I usually listen while writing rahter loudly, much to the annoyance of roomates, neighbors, family and cat.
Itunes has negated the need to listen to whole albums at once but here's the current playlist more or less:
Shima Uta -The Boom Door -Kirito Ageha -Tourbillion Last Song, Tsuki no uta, kimi ga oikaketa yume, The Returner Kono yoru ga owaru mae ni, et al. -by Gackt Powder Snow, Icaross, Last Letter -Pierrot War war zone -Kreva English Ladye and the knight, et al. -Loreena McKennit Thank You -Dido Everything you Want -Vertical Horizon Satallite -DMB Ordinary World -Duran Duran Umbrella -Rihanna Beautiful Things -Andain
The Orb Juno Reactor Heavenly Voices anthologies Seiben Judgement of Paris
Needless to say I'm a music junkie esp. darkwave (goth), electronica and J-rock...
I love music, but I find it hard to concentrate on writing - or indeed anything else - while listening. As others have said, though, it can inspire me or help get me into the right mood for writing.
Classical can work, sometimes, or stuff like Sigur Rós. I have a CD of 13th century polyphonic chant - mostly Middle French love songs - which is fuel for the imagination. The side effect is that people think I'm weird, but I can live with that.
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I listen to Sigur Ros a lot, but I also listen to Explosions in the sky when I write. If anyone likes to listen to instrumental guitar, check Explosions in the sky out. They play the Friday Night Lights soundtrack. Its phenomenal.
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Wow! I listen to Sigur Ros too! They are my writing music. They are actually my all-the-time music though. I should have known from the "Olsen Olsen" (love that song by the way).
Music is one of the most important factors, for me, to achieving successful writing.
The novel I just finished is based around the Silversun Pickups song "Lazy Eye", kind of unintentionally. I had the idea, and was about 1/3 done when I heard the song one day. It fit perfectly and helped me formulate a good ending.
I am querying agents with it, and funny enough an agent that is very interested lists musical influence as something they look for in a novel.
Other than that, I find myself listening to the Dirty Dancing soundtrack a lot.
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Ah, I see a lot of names and titles out there that I'm unfamiliar with. I don't recognize any name or title or tune in Lyrajean's list, for instance.
This is no reflection on that material as music---it's a reflection on me, that I'm, essentially, both old and filled up on new music experiences. I lisened to everything on the radio and records and early MTV in my younger days, and wound up liking and listening to a wide range of material.
But long about 1985, the input of new material trickled to a mere drip or two. Occasionally something gets into my skull, but my tastes are fully formed. I like what I like, and that tends to be older stuff, or new stuff by older acts. Once in a while I pick up a song or two that's brand new, but that's rare.
(This has happened to my SF reading as well---I don't read SF in the volume I used to, and I'm more likely to pick up a reprinting of an older work, but occasionally something new does catch my eye. Yet I still desire to write new stuff...)
I was born when you started to fill up with preferences, and I recognize only one song from Lyrajean's list. I don't think age is the reason we're unfamiliar with the names and titles from other Hatrackers' music lists.
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In no particular order, a small sampling for my "mood music" playlist:
Individual Songs: - Paul Oakenfold's "Zoo York" (a Requiem for a Dream remake) - Lacuna Coil's "Ghost Woman and the Hunter" and "Falling Again" - Crossfade's "Breathing Slowly" - Fuel's "Angels take a Soul" - Within Temptation's "Final Destination"
Artists I'll put on Random: - ES Posthumus - Harry Gregson-Williams - Hans Zimmer - Flowing Tears - Steve Jablonsky
Yup, there's a cultural difference at work as well---there are a lot of music scenes (and just about every other kind of scene) going on all over the world, and only rarely does some bit of music (or anything) from one scene break through into another.
They told me, way back about 1985 actually, that only three songs from Japan ever hit the American Hot Hundred, that only one of these was in Japanese, and only one ever hit Number One on the chart. Maybe others have made it since then---there's been a lot of anime and Japanimation, with accompanying good music, floating through---and I would hope some American listeners would respond to it and get it on the charts.
Okay, seems I've won with most esoteric musical tastes...
Just FYI: everything by Gackt, Kirito, Tourbillion, and Shima Uta are available on itunes for download!
You might be hearing more about Gackt in the US in the next year or two as he's currently making a hollywood movie with Demi Moore and Josh Hartnett.
He's kind of old news here (and he's geting a bit old to be a Japanese rock star by conventional wisdom), but it will be interesting to see if he makes the crossover...
Overall I agree with your sentiments about musical tastes fossilizing over time, my tastes do not reflect what really young Japanese or Americans are listening too, but what was current 7-10 years ago when I was in my 20s!