Music for Writing [Part II]

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I’ve got a post on AI percolating at the moment but today’s my day off and thinking too much about AI just makes me angry so I’m doing something different. It’s been three years since I last posted on my writing soundtrack so I thought I’d do a sequel to that post.

I’ve been using Apple Music to build up a writing playlist for a long time now and it currently stands at 2326 song or 4.5 days of music. That’s pretty good. Of course, I quite often jump to my favourite albums and listen to them over and over. There have been a few cases recently where I started listening to the soundtrack for a film before I’d seen it and listened to it so much that when I finally got round to watching the film it seemed very familiar.

But I do keep adding albums to my master playlist so without further ado, here’s some more of the best albums that keep my fingers dancing across the keyboard.

  • The Old Guard
  • Alan Wake (Game soundtrack)
  • Death Stranding (Game soundtrack)
  • The Last of Us (Game soundtrack)
  • Halt and Catch Fire (an amazing series)
  • The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford
  • The Road
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (Game soundtrack)
  • Monster Hunter (the film)
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (rewatched this recently – still holds up)
  • 28 Weeks Later
  • Penny Dreadful (Season 1 is one my my go-to albums)
  • Crimson Peak
  • Nocturnal Animals (I really enjoyed this film as well)
  • The Queen’s Gambit
  • Annihilation
  • Arrival
  • Sunshine
  • The Courier
  • Hotel Artemis
  • Solaris
  • The X-Files: I Want to Believe
  • Wrath of Man
  • Tenet
  • Darkest Dungeon (Game soundtrack)
  • Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
  • La Panthere Des Neiges
  • Pig (a surprisingly good movie)
  • Silo (a great TV series based on a great a book series)
  • Succession

Those last two are my most recent additions and are getting a lot of play time (I’m listening to Silo right now). Succession is one of my favourite TV shows of recent years and the music is great.

This Vanity Fair video on how the composer, Nicholas Britell, created the Succession music is well worth a look.

And I can’t stop playing this song. Partly because it’s catchy and partly because this scene is so memorable. (Technically a spoiler for Season 2) (Includes some swearing)

The “AI Assistant” wedged into WordPress claims I need to add a conclusion to this post so… in conclusion… you should listen to some of those albums and watch Succession.

[“Music for Writing [Part II]” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 31st August 2023]

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