So many of us writers perform our magic with music in the background. For some, it's to drown out some of the outside noise. Others use it to help capture a certain mood and use as inspiration. For me, it's BOTH!
Below is some of my absolute most favorite stuff to write. My books normally have tons of action - always something happening, so I think my musical inspiration reflects that. I need dramatic, intense tunes to awaken my muse.
Yoshida Brothers "Storm." My current project (just sent off to the publisher Monday) is heavily influenced by Asian mythology. Since I love the fusion of old and new, "Storm" is just a perfect song to get me hyped up and ready to write something with action. Right at the 1:38 mark of this video, the song just explodes!
2 Cellos "The Resistance." As you can tell, I love stuff that turns the classics upside down on its head. The music in this piece is contemporary enough even for non-classical music lovers to enjoy. This song is aptly called "The Resistance," and is a cover of Muse's dystopian-laden song by the same title.
Nero "My Eyes." Had to get a little electronica on here! This song is dramatic and dark. A good tune to listen to those who love dark paranormal, horror, or science fiction.
Epica "Dies Irea." Epica takes a classical song and just shreds the hell out of it. If you want music to write a fight or battle scene to, you need to listen to this "epical" song. It's great music to fight demons to!
Craig Armstrong "Escape." My final song is AMAZING. This song was used in the pilot episode of Dark Angel and has also been used in film trailers for Spiderman 2 and Daredevil. A few Premiere League and Rugby teams will play "Escape" for their entrance music. Craig Armstrong has composed scores for tons of movies including Romeo + Juliet, Kiss of the Dragon, and The Incredible Hulk.
Why? Because it starts off subtle, but the drums remind you of soldiers entering the battlefield. You just imagine warriors carrying their weapons, saying their final prayers, and tasting death.