For me, writing is intrinsically linked to music. What music I am listening to will dictate the outcome of a particular scene or character, and some characters even have particular albums dedicated to their Points of View!
Here are my top five writing soundtracks at the moment, and why I enjoy them so much:
Assassins Creed III
My all time go-to writing soundtrack is Assassins Creed 3. I stumbled across the soundtrack back when I used youtube to offer me album-long listening music, and this one was offered up. It’s got some really great thematic pieces, as well as some excellent fighting-scene music.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Another gaming soundtrack that I listening to before actually playing the game, this one has some excellent melodic pieces in it and some gorgeous vocal tracks.
The Wheel of Time: The First Turn
Whatever your views are of the TV show, the score is gorgeous. Also written by the same person who wrote the Assassins Creed III score (so I knew it was going to be an instant fave), this one has the key themes that are continued throughout the other albums from Series 1. My personal fave is Ost Ninto Shostya which is excellent dramatic music.
Planet Earth II
I love sweeping scores and this one really hits the mark. It’s got some really distinct themes (figures, given that it was written for a nature documentary) and some really lovely emotive pieces. My personal favourites are Chinstrap Penguins and We are the Designers/Epilogue.
SkyWorld is a long time favourite of mine, and one of may from Two Steps from Hell which I have on my writing playlist. This one is a particular favourite because of the vocals & different pacing of the songs – a lovely mix for both dramatic fight scenes and emotional dialogues.
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