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  • #16
    Re: Writing with music distracting?

    When writing I have to have my Ipod with the soundtracks that others have described. With certain scenes I will only play one song often that it fades into the background. But when starting out on a project I feel less compelled to control my music. (I go with Last FM, Arcade Fire radio)
    #writinginaStarbucks #re-thinkingmyexistence #notanotherweaklogline #thinkingwhatwouldWilldo

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    • #17
      Re: Writing with music distracting?

      When I type, my music taste is diverse:

      "Arrow Through Me" Wings
      "Space Cowboy" The Steve Miller Band
      "Black Betty" Ram Jam
      "The Dragon" Biz Markie
      "The Scenario remix" A Tribe Called Quest and Leaders Of the New School
      "Saturdays" and "Plug Tunin (both versions)'" De La Soul
      "I'm a Man" Spencer Davis Group
      "Today" Jefferson Airplane
      "Down Payment Blues" AC/DC (that should be the title of a movie)
      "9th Wonder" Diggable Planets
      "Pusherman", "Wild and Free", "Get Down" and "Eddie, You Should Know Better" Curtis Mayfield
      "Love is Gonna Be On Your Side" Firefly
      "Uncontrollable Urge" and "Mongoloid" Devo
      "Remote Control" and "So Whatcha Want" Beastie Boys
      "Bonita Applebaum" ATCQ
      "Pushing the Sky" and "What Planet is This" Yoko Kanno and Seatbelts
      "The Boss" and "Papa Don't Take No Mess" James Brown
      "You're Breaking My Heart" Harry Nilsson (haha)
      "Buick MacKane", "Life's A Gas" and "Mambo Sun" T-Rex

      And anything by Stevie Wonder.
      "A screenwriter is much like being a fire hydrant with a bunch of dogs lined up around it.- -Frank Miller

      "A real writer doesn't just want to write; a real writer has to write." -Alan Moore

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      • #18
        Re: Writing with music distracting?

        Nice "eclecticity." Amen on Mambo Sun, Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder and Nilsson.

        Nilsson's Jump Into The Fire ain't half bad.
        #writinginaStarbucks #re-thinkingmyexistence #notanotherweaklogline #thinkingwhatwouldWilldo

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        • #19
          Re: Writing with music distracting?

          Originally posted by 1mper1um View Post
          Holy effin sweet! Thanks for that link!

          Did you check out the one i posted the page back?

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          • #20
            Re: Writing with music distracting?

            Originally posted by Joe Unidos View Post
            Racist.
            I think you mean xenophobe, not racist.

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            • #21
              Writing With Distracting Music

              Focus. That's why I play some distracting music, (like my transcription of ), while writing, to keep my thoughts from wandering and to keep up my typing rhythm.
              JEKYLL & CANADA (free .mp4 download @ Vimeo.com)

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              • #22
                Re: Writing with music distracting?

                I always write with music. I create a temp score for the "movie" from existing scores, so that when I write it's like watching the film. Different types of music for different scenes. Gets me in the mood.

                - Bill
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                • #23
                  Re: Writing with music distracting?

                  An odd thing I've noticed is by the time I've finished my scripts, I tend to have a specific song associated with them.

                  I'm still really, really, new, having only finished two scripts. But I'll forever associate Chris Isaak's Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing with one script and Change (In the House of Flies) by Deftones with the other one.

                  With the current project I'm working on it looks like Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord) by Johnny Cash will probably the "song" I associate with it.

                  Anyone else have a similar experience? I think it's from listening to music while I write and then hitting that one song that seems to encapsulate the whole story/tone...
                  Ring-a-ding-ding, baby.

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                  • #24
                    Re: Writing with music distracting?

                    Originally posted by NoirDigits View Post
                    Anyone else have a similar experience? I think it's from listening to music while I write and then hitting that one song that seems to encapsulate the whole story/tone...
                    Yep. Florence and the Machine "Kiss With A Fist" was the song that I associated with and encapsulate a script two scripts ago.

                    One last thing that works for me when it comes to music is including songs in my soundtrack list that contrast the tone of the scene I'm writing. Flipping the mood. It works more with action sequences. I'll mix in Beach Boys "God Only Knows" or The Carpenters "Superstar" in a soundtrack heacy with NIN, Audioslave and the Pixies just to flip that mood.
                    #writinginaStarbucks #re-thinkingmyexistence #notanotherweaklogline #thinkingwhatwouldWilldo

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                    • #25
                      Re: Writing with music distracting?

                      Originally posted by wcmartell View Post
                      I always write with music. I create a temp score for the "movie" from existing scores, so that when I write it's like watching the film. Different types of music for different scenes. Gets me in the mood.
                      I do this, too. (A lot easier now that I use iTunes). I don't tend to use songs with words, they distract me. Just soundtracks.
                      Patrick Sweeney

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                      • #26
                        Re: Writing with music distracting?

                        Originally posted by Paradis View Post
                        Holy effin sweet! Thanks for that link!

                        Did you check out the one i posted the page back?
                        You're welcome Paradis. I didn't see your link, could you repost it please?

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                        • #27
                          Re: Writing With Distracting Music

                          Originally posted by Fortean View Post
                          Focus. That's why I play some distracting music, (like my transcription of ), while writing, to keep my thoughts from wandering and to keep up my typing rhythm.
                          Rofl.

                          Heart rate up.

                          I think this is like snorting a line of coke.
                          -chris

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                          • #28
                            Re: Writing with music distracting?

                            Originally posted by 1mper1um View Post
                            This worked out for me btw. Rain mostly does the trick.

                            Thanks!
                            -chris

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                            • #29
                              Re: Writing with music distracting?

                              Originally posted by 1mper1um View Post
                              You're welcome Paradis. I didn't see your link, could you repost it please?

                              Here's a couple examples of stuff i need to get my groove on.

                              they're a little thick, but depending on the scene - they produce gold.

                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfqDE9V-t1U
                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrQWoi5nr08
                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzyRGaNjCRQ
                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1_e5UlanNE
                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXBBS0uHRi0
                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exaKrVFO1WA

                              I could go on, but you get the idea.

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                              • #30
                                Re: Writing with music distracting?

                                Thanks.

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