Sunday, November 17, 2013

Playlist for Creative Inspiration

Don't laugh but my introduction to the use of an official playlist while creating is when Stephenie Meyer posted hers for Twilight. Evidently, while she wrote, she was inspired by the likes of "Muse" and "Radiohead". Back then I thought, "how can you listen and create at the same time?" Well, I've come to realize that listening to music, especially instrumental, unlocks some part of my brain that encourages the creative juices to flow freer. I found it especially helpful while drawing Jorg Ancrath from Mark Lawrence's Broken Empire trilogy. Don't ask me how or why, but these three completely unrelated songs were on continuous loop on Grooveshark while creating Prince Jorg. Civil War's "Barton Hollow", Ryan Dan's "Tears of an Angel", and Two Step From Hell's "Strength of an Empire".

Go figure.

So, while finding links for these songs, I happened upon this on YouTube:

 That picture of Samwise is my very first attempt at LOTR fanart from way back when. And for some reason this person has used it in a musical montage of  very "Sad Piano" music that WILL MAKE YOU CRY (they need a disclaimer). Talk about random. 

So there you have it. A playlist for an imaginary character and an imaginary character for someone's playlist. Will wonders never cease?
SO...what unlocks your Muse? Twilight soundtrack? Classical? Rock? Disco? White Noise?


Tanja said...

What a find! :) Unfortunately, I didn't see a link to your blog or your name posted as one of the image artists, so they probably aren't paying you a share of the revenue they're getting from the 22 million views. Boo to the copyright infringement! :(

Christine Mitzuk said...

I used to listen to Alan Stivell's "Renaissance Harp Celtique" quite a bit.

Sometimes SubSaharan Desert Blues.
Various Electronica (like Orb, Euphoria, Beats Antique)
Jethro Tulll "Songs From the Wood"
I'm still trying to find "good" resophonic guitar.
Or if I need amping up a good bit of Drum & Bass or rock.

Amy said...

I took a watercolor class for awhile, and the instructor used to play music all the time. I found it really helpful to switch to "right brain" mode. I actually liked the soundtrack for the movie "Chocolat" when I was painting in that class. If I am writing, sometimes I need quiet, sometimes music to fit my mood!

k s stitt said...

So agree. I have a playlist that I entitled "Swoon" that has a permanent loop of Lightening Strike by Snow Patrol and Meant by Elizaveta and another entitled "Spaceman" (The Killer and the Byrds, Bowie and Radiohead's Subterranean Homesick Alien) to name a few. That and those darn teenagers in dystopian worlds on audiobooks! Fun to paint by!

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

No credits I'm afraid, Tanja but then I merely copied a photo so...Thanks for stopping by.

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Okay, I'm writing all these down. A lot here I haven't heard of before.

Christine: "resophonic" guitar??

Amy: Love soundtracks but am not familiar with "Chocolat". Will check it out.

ks stitt: I am with you on the Dystopian audio books. Great visuals!

Thanks, ladies.

mirsini's creations said...

WoW !!! I just find you through Victoria the Wizardess and i'm amazed !!!! How beautiful you draw !!!
I follow you cause i really like your art and your blog!!!
Mirsini :o)

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Thank you mirsini. So glad you stopped by. Please come back often.