This does feel like indulgence, but I’m going to do it anyway. Below is a selection of my preferred writing music, listed as artist followed by any particular album(s) I like. It’s a somewhat eclectic mix.
Slow default, the sort of stuff I usually put on to get started:
Banco de Gaia, especially Maya, Iqizeh and Last Train to Lhasa; Fleetwood Mac – Tusk (I have no idea why …); Frankie Foes to
Atmospheric, to promote building sensations of unease and paranoia:
Astralasia – Axis Mundi; Blue Oyster Cult – Imaginos; Brian Eno and David Byrne – My Life in the Bush of Ghosts; The Creatures – Hybrids; The Cure; Dead Can Dance, especially Spiritchaser;
Travelling music, because we need to get somewhere … (like to the plot, for example)
Phillip Glass, especially Powaquattsi; Ernest Ranglin; Balkan Beat Box; Fun Lovin’ Criminals – Come Find Yourself (for urban travel only); Hun Huur Tu (rural only); John Michelle Jarre, especially Rendezvous; Moby, especially Play; Paul Van Dyke – Out There and Back; Schelmish (mainly for rural/ pseudo fantasy sections); Shoglenifty (ditto – this is more folk music on drugs, of which I’ve got a fair bit); Underworld; Yello – Flag
Bjork, especially Debut and Post; Chemical Brothers, especially Dig Your Own Hole and Surrender; Eat Static, especially Science of the Gods; Leftfield, especially Leftism and a wide variety of trashy trance, much of it freebies from ‘Mixmag’ magazine in the early noughties
Alien Project – Aztechno Dream; Guns ‘n Roses – Appetite for Destruction; Juno Reactor; Killing Joke, especially Pandemonium; KMFDM; The Prodigy, especially Fat of the Land; S.U.N. Project
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