If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, you'll know by now that music is an important aspect of my writing routine.
When writing articles, I tend to listen something upbeat and peppy (live stuff by The Clash, Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Chemical Brothers work well) – anything to keep me moving and to help me get my work out of the way so I can play.
Fiction writing, on the other hand, needs music with a little more finesse. Ambient, trance, drone – these are the genres that help me tap into that deeper place where my creativity seethes and festers.
My latest playlist includes:
- dark ambient soundscapes of Northaunt (Horizons)
- Desiderii Marginis (check out That Which Is Tragic & Timeless)
- Electronic Forest (Undergrowth is a stellar spine-tingling track)
- Numina (Inside the Hollow Realm – try 'The Memories Blend')
- Terra Ambient (The Darker Space)
Somehow, this music helps me to unearth my voice by allowing me to channel to that deep, dark place, where the words seem to come from someone (or some place)…else.
At the very least, it allows me to provide a place for those strange thoughts to mushroom up into something that will hopefully scare your socks off.
I tell myself that so I don't have to think of my sinister alter-ego and the strange whisperings at night…
Photo: tijmen van dobbenburgh