Personal Blog #2

Hey guys,

I just figured I might as well put out another personal blog entry to let you know exactly what’s going on in my life other than when I’m writing, which admittedly, is taking up a lot of time due to July’s NaNoWriMo! I’ve been falling back on my reworking of Industrial Espionage, which is a little disappointing, but it’s to be expected I suppose.

The first thing I’m going to mention is the music that I’ve been listening to while I’ve been working. As you may have noticed on my Twitter, I’ve been listening to a pretty eclectic mix of music while I’ve been working on Hikari’s Coma, and I think I’d do well to explain exactly what I’ve been listening to.

One of my favourite things to listen to while I’m writing are soundtracks from various different anime I enjoy, particularly Neon Genesis Evangelion. I have been known to listen to all three soundtracks from the original series in one day! The music is generally instrumental works by Sagisu Shiro, an excellent composer whose works are reminiscent of Ennio Morricone and John Barry. His tune, ‘Decisive Battle’ was even covered by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces‘ marching band! As the series is full of ups and downs, the music reflects that going from the dramatic, to the depressing, to the downright weird.

I’ve also been listening to the soundtracks from Fate/Stay Night, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya and Full Metal Panic!, as well as OSTs from video games such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. I just love the emotion instrumental compositions can bring across without having any lyrics or vocals to distract you from the ‘feel’ of the music. Of course, as a writer I’m a big fan of well-written lyrics, but I sometimes find it difficult to concentrate on writing when there is someone singing in the background, no matter how much I normally like their music.

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house set ten desires

house set perfect cherry blossom

In addition to these, I have also been listening to doujinshi music works; that is, fan-created music works based on an existing media. I’m a big fan of Kuroneko Lounge’s Touhou Project House Sets, in which they take the original themes composed by ZUN in his popular danmaku shooter games and turn them into incredibly catchy house/dance/dubstep tunes. The three albums I have at the moment are House Set of Embodiment of Scarlet Devil (my favourite), House Set of Perfect Cherry Blossom, and House Set of Ten Desires. They are all excellent albums and are available, incredibly, for free from Melon Books. I’ll include a link for them here.

I’ve also been listening to Volumes 1-4, and Volume 8 of the Homestuck soundtrack. I’m a big fan of the internet’s longest webcomic, and the music that has been created to go alongside it is second to none. I have been listening to Cascade on repeat for almost the entire week, just because it brings up so many emotions connected to the webcomic. There are perfect tracks for almost every mood, and I’m determined to get my hands on the entire collection eventually!coverHomestuck - Homestuck Vol. 1-4 - cover

So there you have it, that’s essentially the kind of music I work best with. Music that inspires emotions, ideas, scenes – whether it comes from a movie, a game or an anime series, I love to have something that can really set off ideas in my head like fireworks, one after another in explosions of brilliant light. Drop me a comment on here or Facebook, or a Tweet on Twitter, and let me know the kind of music you work best with!

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