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Mon Sep 05, 2016 1:14 pm Post

yosimiti wrote:Nah man, you can say it sucks. What can I say, my muse is running, naked people... apparently.
WOT? :shock: Who said it sucks!? Point 'em out an' 'll set Tony Harrison on 'em!
WARNING: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA3AL14d05k Contains extensive use of profanity. 'V' is a poem by Tony Harrison written during the 1984-1985 miners strike. The poem aroused much controversy when broadcast in a film version on Channel 4. It describes the author's visit to his parents' grave in a Leeds cemetery "now littered with beer cans and vandalised by obscene graffiti". The cemetery in question is Holbeck cemetery in the Beeston area of Leeds which overlooks the Elland Road football ground, close to where Harrison grew up. The poem gives description of the graffiti on the grave, and pays....
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Mon Sep 05, 2016 1:43 pm Post

How you come up with this random shit is beyond me bruv...

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Mon Sep 05, 2016 5:35 pm Post

Dr John Cooper Clarke wrote:How you come up with this random shit is beyond me bruv...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-aVtKEhpO0

Dr John, be assured, that, whatever pejorative adjectives you may feel befits The Grand High Master of The Ancient and Noble Order of Hirsuitum Posterious Weldercusi (Hairy Arsed Welders), there is nothing random about his actions.
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Sat Nov 26, 2016 5:02 am Post

Ninety percent of the time I must listen to music while writing. Mostly I'll listen to a chill station on Pandora or Soundcloud. No lyrics really. Much distracting.

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If I need something epic anything by Hans Zimmer or Thomas Bergerson. 8)

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Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:10 pm Post

I don't mind lyrics; this is my favourite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH4mbbXOXsY

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Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:55 am Post

KUSC.org. Jimi Hendrix. Good Rock and Roll. Whatever the mood calls for, I have it on tap.

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Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:27 am Post

TheBard wrote:KUSC.org. Jimi Hendrix. Good Rock and Roll. Whatever the mood calls for, I have it on tap.


Hey man! :D Rock'n'roll could help you to create magic!

I'm also into rock music, but it depends on my current mood. Sometimes, I prefer listen something instrumental.... some doom and dark metal such as Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Theater of Tragedy. Sometimes I listen to music in old icelandic or old norwegian style, such as Wardruna. Bbt there are days, when I can't write if I don't listen to some really fast speed metal, trash, or bands like Slayer. I noticed, that I write much faster when I listen to music with high (120+) tempo. :lol:
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Fri May 19, 2017 7:58 pm Post

I prefer to keep music off as much as possible since I feel like it can change the tone of what I’m writing too often; consistency. I prefer ambient sound the most or something that portrays my story accurately.

Soundtrack pieces are great! I prefer composition work from Japanese animation best. I will tempt you to dig your nails into that.
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Fri May 19, 2017 9:13 pm Post

Music is too distracting for me while writing.

But I needed *something* to drown out life's little background noises. So I created some home made white noise by recording 5 minutes of my heater's blower and looping it. Wearing headphones with that at low volume is still great for helping me focus.

Then one day I had a really productive writing session while flying in coach and realized: "Airplane noise is good!". So I found and recorded some ambient airliner noise from Youtube. And then, in the spirit of "If a little is good, more must be better", I mixed in some wind. And rain. All courtesy of youtube.

And that is currently my background music of choice.


Rain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv0LwXYAVVg
Winter Wind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jrg9E2YBgsI
Jet cabin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM1wuIR727Y

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Fri May 19, 2017 9:32 pm Post

^ Ambiance will tickle your brainwaves. Neural oscillation for the win.
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Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:53 pm Post

I love music and listen often in different modes. I've written about music listening quite a lot. Many of the posts in this category are relatable to me. I have some tips related to my messing around with listening.

Streaming from TIDAL.com is my favorite source because I really care about how good music sounds. Tidal streams offer the possibility of super high fidelity which is required for me. I'm a spoiled brat with regard to music quality and have the speakers to back up this bold claim. And they're not huge or expensive, either. One can stream very conveniently and cheaply and powered Bluetooth speakers make this exceedingly convenient, cheap (writers, take note) and physically compact. These Audioengine powered Bluetooth high fidelity speakers accept streams from a smartphone or any digital source that offers Bluetooth. Newer Bluetooth-enabled devices have the guts to support fabulous musical realism. You have to select the right hardware for that.

No additional components are needed. The days of the huge-o, behemoth hi-fi system are over. All you need is the right speaker set and a Bluetooth hi-fi quality device; two items, max. Well, 3 if you count both speakers. Those of us who are not so grody that women don't speak to us will discover the female human prefers little speakers or none. And tolerance of audio testosterone is minimal if even present. Guy writers take note.

Streaming offers probably ALL of the selections that have been mentioned in this whole thread for around 10 bucks a month. No media to futz with, then. Tune in and write, whatever your tastes. There are more tunes available than all the contributors to this thread (in total) could listen to in their collective lifetimes. Every imaginable genre, artist, and type.

Habits? Sometimes I need quiet while writing but often I prefer some wordless music as I type away with two and a half fingers. I lost part of one in a swordfight with a pirate who claimed to be a writer.

If you go to Tidal and look me up, all my playlists should be accessible and much of that content is writing-ready. My user name on TIDAL is audioengine.demo9.

Enjoy the tunes!

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Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:50 pm Post

I have changed my background sounds since my May 19, 2017 post above. I no longer listen to youtube videos as I write.

I now use http://www.mynoise.net, both the web-based and iOS-based versions.

For folks who enjoy ambient sounds/noise rather than music (I know the title is "Music for writing", sorry!), I cannot stress how cool myNoise is.

There is a *huge* assortment of choices, from instrument based pads, to weather, industrial sounds, variations of white noise, plane cabins, chimes...you get the idea. And they are continually adding new ones.

The myNoise interface is basically a sound mixer. Each sound comes with 10 sliders that let you adjust different aspects of the generated sound. So one sound, say Thunder Storm, can be tweaked to be a full on howling storm with rain and thunder, or only the sound of gentle rain drops, or rain & howling wind, or distant thunder, or some variation thereof.

The other cool feature for me is that you can stack sounds on top of each other. So if you like that droning tones generator, but want to add a pinch of distant thunder and a tiny sprinkle of airplane cabin, you can do that, and then save your creation.

I believe you need to be a donor to access this feature in the web version, although as a non-donor you can simulate it by launching multiple browser tabs or windows. It is free in the iOS version.

Regarding cost, the iOS version is free, and they start you out with 5 or 10 sounds, and then you can sample and purchase additional ones as you like. I ended up purchasing all current & future sounds on the iOS app for a flat fee, and donated to the web-based version to get access to the sound stacking feature.

I created a stacked sound that I use only for writing, and it seems to help me focus. helps me get into the zone more quickly. I guess it's a Pavlovian thing: with the sound in my bluetooth headphones, I know I'm supposed to be writing. (In addition to the ambient sounds, I also have typewriter clacking in my headphones generated by laptop key presses -- I'm obviously into audio reinforcement!)

This setup works really well for me. Hope it helps someone else,

Jim

* Not affiliated with myNoise, just a happy customer in evangelist mode this morning. :D

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Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:29 am Post

JimRac wrote:For folks who enjoy ambient sounds/noise rather than music (I know the title is "Music for writing", sorry!), I cannot stress how cool myNoise is.


As the OP, I hereby judge "noise" is close enough to "music" to be on-topic. Your post is safe!

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Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:42 am Post

I listen to wordless music or songs in unfamiliar languages :)

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Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:58 am Post

Me too. I prefer Gaelic.
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