For about three years, I’ve sharpened my writing skills on first the Black Library’s forum boards (which no longer exist), and then the Bolthole. Well, it’s not uncommon for writers to listen to music during the writing process in order to pump up or inspire them. Music is just creatively inspiring like that.
In the last two years however, I took advantage of the ability to anchor links within words to allow my readers the chance to listen to the same music I did during the writing process. It was a nifty idea only available online.
Still, a lot of talk goes into the kind of music that writers should and would listen to while writing. I’ve personally found that anything without lyrics allows the writer to focus on the work with minimal distractions. So to help out other writers, be they Warhammer fans like myself or doing their own thing, here is a list of twenty music pieces to get the creative juices flowing. It’s up to you to decide what works in what settings. And don’t be afraid to plug the names or artists into Pandora to see what you get.
- Epic Themes vol. 3, Dawn of War OST.
An epic war piece great for action.
- Dream is Collapsing, by Hans Zimmer.
An adventurous piece where things take a bad turn. I trust you’ve seen Inception…
- Explosive, by Bond.
A burst of violins with a beat in the background, mixing classical and technical.
- Palladio, by Escala.
You’ve probably heard this before in diamond commercials, so you may want to check out the remixed version.
- Daath, by Diatonis.
Creepy ambient music for horror and ghost stories.
- E.S. Posthumus,by Ebla.
Need something biblical? Ready for metanoia or the angels to fall upon a foe with swords?
- Time, by Paul Cardall.
A peaceful piece for when you need to build a moment of wonder.
- Clubbed to Death, by Rob Dougan.
Because something is happening and you’re not sure what. It neither slows the pace down nor speeds it up, but keeps it even.
- Kodo (Inside the Sun Remix), by Yoshida Brothers.
For that mixture of fast paced action and the exotic.
- Adagio for Strings, by Samuel Barber.
Do not listen to this unless you feel like being depressed over the results of man made tragedy.
- Mind Heist, by Zack Hemsey.
Because someone is clearly up to no good.
Radioactive Sunrise, Fallout 3 OST.
An ambient piece that is haunting in a way I can’t explain.
- Uprising, by West One Music.
A well named piece that suggest people growing tired with the current status quo and moving towards change by any means necessary.
- Requiem for a Dream Remix, by Clint Mansell.
To be honest, this theme was used in various shapes and forms throughout the whole of Darren Aronofsky’s film. This remix wouldn’t exactly have fit it, but made it into some kind of epic, almost mythical piece.
- Def Con, by Immediate Music.
For when the world’s explosion is pretty imminent.
- Preliator, by Globus Epicon.
A chorus filled piece that I believe was used in the Spider-Man 2 commercials. Good for intense rivalries.
- Linger in Shadows, by Wojciech Golczewski.
Something mysterious that takes a dark, drastic turn into something violent and tragic.
- Trailblazing, by Steve Jablonsky.
Something honorable and sorrowful in one. Makes you instantly think of soldiers forced to do their duty despite the dangers. Probably why it ended up on the Pearl Harbor soundtrack.
- Ecstasy of Gold, by Ennio Morricone.
A building piece that screams ‘obsession.’ If you haven’t seen The Good, the Bad and The Ugly, then shame on you.
- Code Red, by Elliot Goldenthal.
From the soundtrack of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, this track screams mounting trouble.
That’s all for now. I’ll seek out more within a month.