I can do almost nothing without music, least of all, write. Plus, I can’t listen to anything with lyrics because it intrudes on the creative process.
I’ve fielded a few questions as to where I find the music I listen to, as most of what I like comes out of a video game or trailer. So I thought I’d share here, complete with links, my ten favorite tracks for writing. Enjoy!
1). Prelude by Pusher Music-I first heard this in the trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon and have been hooked on it ever since. Slow-building and intense, I put this on if I need to write a building scene before a conflict. This music…you just know something epic is going to happen, like there’s gonna be this big battle, and this music sets it up.
2). Heart of Courage by Two Steps From Hell-God, I love this group. I must have at least thirty of their tracks but this is by far my favorite. I first heard it in the trailer for Mass Effect 2, and yes, I admit, I imagine something similar to what’s here when I need to do a scene like this. In fact, a large part of Universal Warrior: Atherean Defenders was written to this. A group of reluctant heroes must band together, and work together against something that will destroy them all. It simply has to be done, nothing else matters. I use this music to write scenes like that.
3). To The Last Man by Jack Wall-Another one from the Mass Effect 2 soundtrack, this track inspires my characters to get the hell out of wherever they are. It’s like “Oh shit, we did what we had to do, but now they know we’re here, and there’s a couple million of them, so let’s get the hell out of here.” Especially the last twenty seconds or so of the track. Sure, my guys will fight their way out, but still, no one’s trying to prove anything. Sorry, couldn’t turn up a link for this one.
4). Hope Always by X-Ray Dogg-Upbeat, positive, happy! The conflict is over, the wounds are being licked, but everyone is grateful to still be alive. I also use this to wake up; puts me in a good mood almost all day. First heard it on the trailer for the new Karate Kid movie.
5). Hell’s Army by Epic Score-This is “Let’s Do This” music. Dark, ominous, with rapid beats, this is what I imagine Universal Warrior: Heir To Fire (the sequel to Atherean Defenders) too. All of the bad guys are together, and there are more of them than there are good guys. They’ve been waiting for this moment to strike, they believe that what they are about to do is the right thing, and this is the last little powwow before they strike.
Quick hits; After the Fall by Two Steps From Hell (slow, calming down, rising from the ashes), Protectors of the Earth by Two Steps From Hell, (uplifting, rousing, the good come together), Turning of the Tide by Future World Music (rousing, building, epic battle seemingly going the wrong way until the good guys spring something the bad guys weren’t ready for), Red Warrior by Audiomachine (quickening, the Chosen One), Time Will Remember Us by Epic Score (slow, peaceful, inspiring, epic battle remembered).
So that’s it; my top tracks for writing. Truthfully, I have more than two hundred tracks organized into four playlists I use for writing, but this is what I listen too more than anything else. Anyone out there have anything they’d recommend, or anything they have to listen too when they’re doing something?
Thanks for reading.
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