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Re: Music for writing

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:40 pm
by gpc78
My playlist:
I'm still standing - Elton John
Twist and shout - The Beatles
Blame it on the boogie - the Jacksons
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
Patience - Take that
California Dreamin' - The mamas and the papas
Rewrite the stars - Zac Efron, Zendaya
Common ground - Anthony Ramos
Killer Queen - Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Bellbottoms - the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Taxman - the Beatles
Big In Japan - Alphaville
The greatest show - Hugh Jackman
Superheroes - the script
Believer - Imagine dragons
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Beat It - Michael Jackson
Mia and Sebastian's Theme - Justin Hurwitz
Unsquare Dance - Dave Brubeck
This is me - Keala Settle
I am the walrus - the Beatles
A Million Dreams - Zif Zaifman, Hugh Jackman
Enjoy!

Re: Music for writing

Posted: Fri May 11, 2018 9:25 pm
by devinganger
Update on some more stuff I've discovered since the original posting:

Soundtrack to Altamira (a wonderful movie BTW) -- great instrumental from Mark Knopfler
Soundtrack to Valerian -- some tracks with vocals, some without
Dance with the Dead -- a programmer friend put me on to this group, high-energy lyricless electronica

Re: Music for writing

Posted: Sat May 12, 2018 12:38 pm
by Tanith
If I have music while writing, it's going to have to be film soundtracks or classical music. Vocalizations tend to distract me or worse...find their way into whatever I'm writing.

I miss the good old days when NPR had music shows through the day, but thank goodness for online streaming.

;)

Re: Music for writing

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:10 pm
by ZackFerrum
When I'm writing, coding or doing anything remotely intellectual, I prefer Mozart. Tchaikovsky's nice sometimes, but I start to sing along after about half an hour. Same with Grieg.

Re: Music for writing

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:05 pm
by Lightflame
I have my own playlist and mostly It consists of classical compositions. Such music is inspiring and help me to concentrate on writing assignments. The Four Seasons by Vivaldi is my favourite especially it comes in handy when I work on academic papers

Re: Music for writing

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:56 am
by Hugh
devinganger wrote:
The soundtrack to Altamira (a wonderful movie BTW) -- great instrumental from Mark Knopfler


Many thanks for this suggestion, Devin - very conducive of an almost-dream state. Now I must get the movie!

Re: Music for writing

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:55 am
by NsKu
For me it is Oldies Goldies from 60's, 70's, 80's. We have actually one radio channel that plays with non stop so there's no commercial's to interrupt. Oldies Goldies are easy to "not" listen. Even I'm writing I found my self tapping my foot or humming and somehow it doesn't disturb writing but sometimes even helps.

Re: Music for writing

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:42 am
by devinganger
A friend just hooked me up with a group named Lost Years -- retro wave synth. No lyrics, just wave synth goodness. Combine with the Tron Legacy soundtrack and Dance With the Dead and you have hours of futuristic writing joy.

Re: Music for writing

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:24 pm
by auxbuss
I can't write with anything rhythmical playing. For me, when necessary, it's either straight noise-cancelling headphones or SomaFM's Drone Zone. For doodling, a bit of Nils Frahm does the job.

Re: Music for writing

Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:30 am
by TheMisterV
No Man's Sky Soundtrack
Hyper Light Drifter Soundtrack
Machinarium Soundtrack
Transistor Soundtrack

Re: Music for writing

Posted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:56 am
by Bobby_Suman
I also try some mediation music too. Most recent, I listen to apknite concentration music. This make me more focus on my work. It's really productive, work well for me.

Re: Music for writing

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:37 am
by Jolanth Szatmary
Does Peppa Pig theme song from kids' room next door count?

Re: Music for writing

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:41 pm
by Evall
gpc78 wrote:My playlist:
I'm still standing - Elton John
Twist and shout - The Beatles
Blame it on the boogie - the Jacksons
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
Patience - Take that
California Dreamin' - The mamas and the papas
Rewrite the stars - Zac Efron, Zendaya
Common ground - Anthony Ramos
Killer Queen - Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Bellbottoms - the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Taxman - the Beatles
Big In Japan - Alphaville
The greatest show - Hugh Jackman
Superheroes - the script
Believer - Imagine dragons
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Beat It - Michael Jackson
Mia and Sebastian's Theme - Justin Hurwitz
Unsquare Dance - Dave Brubeck
This is me - Keala Settle
I am the walrus - the Beatles
A Million Dreams - Zif Zaifman, Hugh Jackman
Enjoy!



Awesome list 8)

Re: Music for writing

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:04 am
by Orpheus
Thanks to devinganger for redirecting me to this list. I skimmed through the list and will go through it again and try all the links provided.

Personally I listen only to instrumental music at a low volume. If I work on a website I crank it up higher. I use headphones with noise cancellation.

For the most part I shun any music with lyrics as it is too distracting unless it is something like chanting of mantras and I am writing about India philosophy which then sets a Indian mood. I will sometimes listen to music in lyrics of another language that I don't understand as it will not distract.

Otherwise for writing (I only do non-fiction) I prefer classical music of different regions as in Indian classical music, Persian classical, Arab classical, Chinese and Japanese classical music with traditional instruments. Classical Spanish and Flamenco guitar the later if I need an upbeat mood to keep me awake (I don't drink coffee). These are not electric based and much more tonal in quality.

If I am coding then then I like to listen to virtuoso instrumental guitarists like Jeff Beck, and Joe Satriani as well as Flamenco music. And sometime rousing classical pieces like Marche Slav by Tchaikovsky or Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Bach.

Later I will give some links to different music genres that you might find interesting and useful for your writing. But in meantime I recently I stumbled across Didula, he is one of Russia's most popular musicians who I never heard of before. He is a guitar virtuoso who blends his training in Slavic music with Spanish Flamenco and techno style music leading to an interesting fusion. It tends to be melodic and upbeat and calming music. Nothing that jars the nerves. 98% lyric free.
Here are a couple of samples:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38SojId ... adio=1&t=3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMNdIl0E49k

And his "Greatest hits."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L3p9Iw_dzo

I prefer to download the tracks so as not to get distracted by what's on the screen for downloading you could try

Link redacted: facilitates copyright violations. -- Mod.

Re: Music for writing

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:34 pm
by RHvdG
I’ve been experimenting with generated sound instead of music. There is a good selection of tracks at https://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/isochronicBrainwaveGenerator.php, and you can adapt and combine them.