Although I am a great lover of silence I live on a large housing estate so this is indeed a rare commodity. When I am writing, painting or otherwise being creative I like to wind up the Spotify gramophone and have music playing in the background.
The choice of music is oh so important. It must somehow relate to what I am doing and if the right track comes along it can double my creative productivity.
For example, when writing material for IHMN my favourite tracks come from Abney Park, a self-confessed steampunk musical cooperative. You really should look them up, especially tracks like Airship Pirate, Building Steam and Steampunk Revolution.
When writing for Dead Simple I prefer something more atmospheric and a regular choice is the soundtrack from the Age of Conan game. It really brings out the Cimmerian in me. Another is the Icelandic band Árstíðir (www.arstidir.com). Remarkable young chaps doing things a way only true-blooded vikings can.
Another favourite for IHMN is anything by Amanda Palmer, a remarkable young lady upon whom I based Lady Helen Quatermain. She is mean, moody and magnificent with sharp often satirical lyrics. I forgive her being a colonial because she is the partner of Neil Gaiman (a writing god).
For horror/supernatural its back to basics with early Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper and Jethro Tull – none of that retreaded stuff any of them did in the nineties and noughties to pay alimony and the mortgage.
So there you have it – what do you listen to? Anything I would be interested in? Spotify is my oyster so my reach is long 🙂