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Akuma
06-26-2007, 02:37 AM
I've had the same music for writing for a while now and it's getting bland. It's served me well, but I think it might be time to move on.

All genres welcome* as long as it has passion to it--battles, drama, sadness, serenity, etc.


Thank yeh kindly.


























*Except for Country. Twang!

Danger Jane
06-26-2007, 02:40 AM
All right here's some passionate music (mind, I have no idea what you listen to):

Somebody to Love, Jefferson Airplane
Crown of Creation, Jefferson Airplane
(okay a lot of their music is very passionate)
Pompeii AM Gotterdammerung, The Flaming Lips
All We Have Is Now, The Flaming Lips
In The Morning of the Magicians, The Flaming Lips
Anything by Mercury Rev...I mean ANYTHING, especially from the album Deserter's Songs and on
Cat's In The Cradle, Harry Chapin
The album "The Earth is not a Cold Dead Place" by Explosions in the Sky
The Killing Moon, Echo and the Bunnymen
Anything by The Eagles
Zombie, The Cranberries (I have a sweet acoustic version with a live orchestra, it's fantastic.....)
String Quartet No. 10 in A Minor, Dmitri Shostakovitch (HELLA angry song)
Death Cab for Cutie songs
Starman, David Bowie
The Scientist, Coldplay
Green Eyes, Coldplay
Amsterdam, Coldplay
Judy and the Dream of Horses, Belle & Sebastian
My Wandering Days are Over, Belle & Sebastian
the album Good People Who Love Bad News, Modest Mouse, also The Moon & Antarctica and We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Shampoo Suicide, Broken Social Scene
A Horse with No Name, America
Fever, Starsailor
Love Is Here, Starsailor
Somewhere a Clock Is Ticking, Snow Patrol
.....yeah.

Robert L.B.
06-26-2007, 02:45 AM
Go search Youtube looking for AMV's. Those generally have a wide range.

But here's one: The Girl Who Stole The Stars (Chrono Cross) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrG6zxc1kPc&feature=PlayList&p=FF9E7D4B80B8851B&index=66

Sandy J
06-26-2007, 03:00 AM
My first book, I listened to the movie soundtrack of Rent ad nauseum. Now I download from iTunes and throw things into a strange mix of Barry Manilow, Billy Joel, Matchbox 20, Kelly Clarkson, Norah Jones, and Elvis Costello, and anything from American Idol. Of course, I am a bit odd... ;)

thethinker42
06-26-2007, 03:17 AM
I swear this isn't intended to hijack the thread (anyone who knows me from OP will probably know why), but most of my writing is done to soundtrack of "Gladiator". Just hearing that music puts me in "writing mode" almost immediately.

Sandy J
06-26-2007, 03:23 AM
I swear this isn't intended to hijack the thread (anyone who knows me from OP will probably know why), but most of my writing is done to soundtrack of "Gladiator". Just hearing that music puts me in "writing mode" almost immediately.

You're thoroughly conditioned. Kinda like one of Pavlov's puppies. ;)

mscelina
06-26-2007, 04:06 AM
Go search Youtube looking for AMV's. Those generally have a wide range.

But here's one: The Girl Who Stole The Stars (Chrono Cross) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrG6zxc1kPc&feature=PlayList&p=FF9E7D4B80B8851B&index=66

I use People Seized with Life for sad sad sad scenes that I'm writing--also from Chrono Cross.

I use classical (no words while writing for me!) and set moods. I use longer pieces like O Fortuna (Carmina Burana--Carl Orff) or Wagner (Flight of the Valkyries) Verdi (Requiem mass--the Dies Irae is awesome) and Mozart (pretty much anything, although the Confutatis in the Requiem Mass is ammmmmmmmmmmmmazing)

oh, and fight music? *grin* John Williams. Duel of the Fates and Anakin vs. Obi-Wan. Just don't write about lightsabers and they're kick butt for fight scenes--the tempo just works for it.

good luck :)

arainsb123
06-26-2007, 05:45 AM
Apocalyptica. Look for their album "Metallica Played By Four Cellos" (or it may be "Apocalyptica Plays Metallica By Four Cellos"). Turn the bass boost on and enjoy. Their music is unique, darkly beautiful, and possesses an unpeered sense of wonder.

NiennaC
06-26-2007, 06:03 AM
I listen to mostly soundtracks. Good ones to get too are the soundtrack buddies (that's what I call 'em). Those're the companions to the original soundtrack, the ones with collections of songs played during the movie that weren't written for the movie. - these are the ones that usually have "various artists" listed as the artist on amazon.com and stores like that.

Danger Jane
06-26-2007, 07:33 AM
Phantom of the Opera soundtrack (Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford, of course) also, depending on the story and the scene and everything.

Pride and Prejudice soundtrack. Excelllllent music.

Spirited Away soundtrack.

Jolene, Mindy Smith
Everybody Loves a Loser, Morcheeba
Tragic Kingdom, No Doubt
It's My Life, No Doubt
Pure Morning, Placebo
Our House, Phantom Planet
Alice's House, Psychedelic Furs
The album Rooney by Rooney
Sarah McLachlan
Breathe Me, Sia
The Boxer, Simon & Garfunkel
Sound of Silence, Simon & Garfunkel
Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.
Peace & Hate, The Submarines
John Wayne Gacy, Jr, Sufjan Stevens
Head Over Heels, Tears for Fears
Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Tears for Fears
99 Luftballons, Nena
Nancy, Troubled Hubble
Bittersweet Symphony, The Verve
The Drugs Don't Work, The Verve
Lucky Man, The Verve

So um yeah, the first post was starting at the Ms in my library going up, this was the Ms and down.

yesandno
06-26-2007, 07:38 AM
Bach's Cello Suites played by Casals.

Faure's Requiem.

swvaughn
06-26-2007, 07:42 AM
To save on keystrokes, I shall copy my list from Zoombie's Musical Experiment thread:

The Red (Chevelle)
Running Blind (Godsmack)
Happy? (Mudvayne)
My Immortal (Evanescence)
Coming Undone (Korn)
So Cold (Breaking Benjamin)
Outside (Staind)
Everybody's Fool (Evanescence)
Dare You to Move (Switchfoot)
Over (Evans Blue)
Blue on Black (Kenny Wayne Shepherd)
Away From the Sun (3 Doors Down)
Pain (Three Days Grace)
Wanted Dead or Alive (Bon Jovi)
Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)
Nymphetamine (Cradle of Filth)
Fade to Black (Metallica)
Fall Into Sleep (Mudvayne)
This Is the New Shit (Marylin Manson)
Shelf in the Room (Days of the New)
Disarm (Smashing Pumpkins)
.45 (Shinedown)
Youth of the Nation (P.O.D.)
Go to Sleep (Eminem, Dr. Dre, Obie Trice)

Yayness. :D

Tracey
06-26-2007, 07:49 AM
I like anything that is instrumental or soothing. Enya is great to write to and I love movie soundtracks (original scores that is.) They have a lot of drama and passion and it's easy to get into the mood. I agree with Thethinker42. Gladiator is great to write to but my personal favorites are Braveheart, Pearl Harbor and Titanic.

ChaosTitan
06-26-2007, 07:50 AM
All genres welcome* as long as it has passion to it--battles, drama, sadness, serenity, etc.


You can't go wrong with "William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, Volume 2." It's the score for Baz Lurhman's version, and it has a little bit of everything.

jerrymouse
06-26-2007, 02:11 PM
fairport convention with sandy denny.

sadron
06-26-2007, 02:20 PM
Some game soundtracks are great. For sad, try Final fantasy 7: Aeris' theme. It's so so sad. It made me cry when I heard it in the game, it was sad scene too.

joymark
06-26-2007, 07:46 PM
My favorite work: Brahms' Requiem.

I think the edition produced by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (conducted by Robert Shaw) is the best rendition ever produced.

Ziljon
06-26-2007, 08:01 PM
My favorite work: Brahms' Requiem.

I think the edition produced by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (conducted by Robert Shaw) is the best rendition ever produced.

Yeah, that's great, joymark. The Fauré requiem is also very special, more gentle, but incredibly lovely.

Also, I'd suggest, for solo piano listening, Bach's Goldberg Variations (get the Glenn Gould recording--there are two, early one is fast and brilliant, late one is slow and introspective) a set of thirty-two variations. A wonderful piece (and peace) for the brain.

-Ziljon

DragonHeart
06-26-2007, 10:11 PM
Lately I've been listening to the soundtrack for Shadow of the Colossus when I write. I can't believe I forgot just how good the music to this game is. The ambiant themes are beautiful and so haunting. The battle themes are amazing; each of the sixteen colossi have their own theme, and each is perfectly suited. You really feel the sense of adventure and the epic scale.

~DragonHeart~