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I know I can't be the only one out there who soundtracks for her stories and characters. If Youtube is anything to go by, people see music videos for everything. I am constantly on the hunt for new music, because music opens up creative doors for my process. I see things for my characters and story that I could not otherwise do on my own. Movies and books provide  inspiration, but music is in a class all its own.
In celebration of that, I invite my watchers and fellow writing enthusiasts to try a creative exercise: offer up the soundtrack to your own writing. You never know, you might just give someone else the perfect song to complete their own soundtrack's story. It's my hope that people will post a musical narrative that evokes the journey of their characters and story.
Creativity on DeviantArt is far too often seen as a commodity, something to be selfishly hoarded instead of shared. The best sort of creativity is the kind that inspires.
In the spirit of that, since it's the holidays and all, let inspiration ring.
Check out the comments, take a listen, and be sure to leave comments for other people if they leave a song that you like. Especially if it sparks your interest in their story.
I'm not one to be left out,  so I will kick things off by offering the first fifteen songs from my dinosaur novel Mark of the Conifer:

1. The Beginning - Two Steps From Hell - Unfolding Armies www.youtube.com/watch?v=79eFPo…
2. Sunstrike's Clan - Two Steps From Hell - Adventures of Enchantment www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlARmS…
3. Sol's Theme - Immediate Music - Serenata Immortale
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pOtOB…
4. Song of the Sauris - Corner Stone Cues - Madokara Mieru www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIu8rI…
5. Song of the Droemar - E.S. Posthumus - Arise
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJWgUU…
6. Song of the Hadrei - Chouwa Oto - With Reflection www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoJ9dT…
7. Song of the Theros - Corner Stone Cues - Ten Years Kashmir (Film Percussion Mix) www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAbQMN…
8. Leaf's Escape - Two Steps From Hell - Black Blade www.youtube.com/watch?v=z28lwy…
9. The Sea Gods - Two Steps From Hell - Atlantis www.youtube.com/watch?v=apjjwi…
10. Facing the Fire - Two Steps From Hell - To Glory www.youtube.com/watch?v=abjE9Q…
11. Courtship - E.S Posthumus - Manju www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk3GRK…
12. At the End - Two Steps From Hell - Crimson Death www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xq3soY…
13. Legend - E.S Posthumus - Oraanu Pi www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcCmti…
14. Told In Stone - Switchfoot - The Shadows Prove The Sunshine www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDM2QR…
15. The Pact - Angels And Airwaves- The Gift
www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4kMkv…
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DasTenna Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
I almost forgot about classical music like the Carmina Burana by Carl Orff: [link]
"Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi" is the perfect theme for the Expiration of the Universe in my Space Opera. This powerful melody makes me imagine how Kaeli appears in the skies like the crucified Jesus, bleeding from wounds in her wrists, feet and side, how blood falls like rain, how the Messengers of the Might appear shortly after Kaeli one after another on every world and rip them apart bit by bit, how meteors fall in hundreds, how Kaeli or Meni float near a sun and use its flames to wipe out every planet in a system.
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DasTenna Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
The first 2:20 minutes of "Seasons in the Abyss" by Slayer [link] made me envision the resurrection of Kaeli.
Some songs that, despite the lyrics, touch me and create the right mood for certain scenes:
Vermillion Part two by Slipknot: [link]
The Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner: [link]
The part that makes us imagine a marching army is intrinsically tied to the beginning of "Apocalypse Now": [link]
And "No Hiding Place" played in season 4 of Babylon 5 fits some of my cruelest and craziest characters: [link] (and here you can see the scene connected to the song: [link])
Here is the original interpreted by The Carter Family, recorded in the 1930īs: [link]
"When the Man comes around" by Johnny Cash: [link] (especially the part with "Hear the trumpets, hear the pipers, one hundred million angels marching [...]" that makes me think of Dooms Day) and other songs by Johnny Cash :nod:
or music by Vitas like Opera 2: [link] (though I have to admit that I donīt understand any slavic language ^^;)

Mostly, I am set into the right mood or inspired by melodies and voices alone, I mostly ignore the texts.
I often have problems with names of titles and interprets, so I canīt recall most of the music that inspires me ^^;
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Nick-Matulich Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
My personal Playlist
[link]

If I had to suggest a music artist, it shall be Voltaire. And two of his songs, When You're Evil and Zombie Prostitute.

Zombie Prostitute
[link]

When You're Evil
[link]
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IgniteTheBlaze Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Music is definitely a category all its own :D
All these songs are just kinda a mix of about 3 diff stories and 2 of them I am currently writing :3
I usually prefer songs that have lyrics to them but when I look for music it has to either give me goosebumbs or make me nearly cry from the epicness XD

1. [link] "Fight"-Natalia Barbu
2. [link] "Forever"-Red
3. [link] "Across the Line"-Linkin Park
4. [link] "In the End"-Linkin Park
5. [link] "Numb"-Linkin Park
6. [link] "Guardian Angel"-Abandon All Ships
7. [link] "I Wish I Had an Angel"-Nightwish
8. [link] "Cadence of Her Last Breath"-Nightwish
9. [link] "Erased"-Dead by April
10. [link] "Our Solemn Hour"-Within Temptation
11. [link] "A Demon's Fate"-Within Temptation
12. [link] "Whispers in the Dark"-Skillet
13. [link] "A Little Faster"-There for Tomorrow
14. [link] "Tomorrow"-SR-71
15. [link] "Echo"-Jason Walker
16. [link] "On my Own"-Ashes Remain
17. [link] "Anthem of the Lonely"-Nine Lashes
18. [link] "Last One Standing"-Simple Plan
19. [link] "Silhouette"-Owl City
20. [link] "Through the Fire and Flames"-Dragonforce
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Kaljaia Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Very interesting question.
Had to sit down and think about it to answer.

I have a constant soundtrack shuffle in the background as I write- a few hours worth of songs ranging from Vivaldi to Globus, but for individual scenes or characters....

For characters:
Seth gets Nostradamus by Maksim [link]
David has Croatian Rhapsody by Maksim [link]
Ahuna gets Explosive by Bond [link]
Jeni gets Above by Blue Man Group [link]
Sha'Laron has Bedrich Smetana's Quartet No. 1 [link]
Kheris has La Campanella [link]
Ty gets The Reel by Secret Garden [link]
Ferren has Transcendence by Lindsey Stirling [link]
The Journ'Ka has Toccata&Fuge [link]

The writing playlist itself contains Hans Zimmer, Steve Jablonski, James Newton Howard, Ronan Hardiman, John Debney, Joshua Bell, and just about all of Globus.

P.S. Have you ever used Grooveshark for playlist building?
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RedVioletPanda Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Digital Artist
I have a couple considering the long time I've had to work on the various stories and universes in my own time:

Steel Horse has been an on again, off again project of mine which has gotten revamped and reworked again:
Midnight City - M83 (The opening credits): [link]
Reunion - M83 (the ending credits): [link]
Money - Mystery Skulls (trailer and time off at the island theme): [link]
Paralyzed - Mystery Skulls : [link]
Unstoppable - Mystery Skulls (fighting music): [link]
Higher- Mystery Skulls: [link]
Dune (Desert theme) - Brian Eno (but the soundtrack to Dune, no matter what you thought of the movie has some good pieces in it none the less): [link]
Galaxies - Owl City: [link]
Walking on a Dream - Empire of the Sun: [link]
Stars Come Out - Calvin Harris: [link]

The songs for this particular series has almost had a strange way of evolving with the music I listen to throughout the years. When the first draft of Steel Horse came to mind, it had a very techno, Matrix-ish feel to it, mainly because it was futuristic sci-fi, but as the years have progressed and I took it out to figuritively brush off the dust and combine it with another story that had sputtered out, I realized that some of the music I was listening to at the moment was excellent for how I was rewriting Steel Horse.
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Droemar Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Wow, Brian Eno worked on the Dune soundtrack? Awesome.
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RedVioletPanda Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Along with Toto. But yeah, it's worth a listen, at least Dune (desert theme) and Dune Main Titles.
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SideQuestPubs Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You know, I've never really thought about what music I listen to when I write.
Mostly I don't listen to music while writing, unless it's pure instrumental (or occasionally chanting), but even then, I don't often listen and write.

When I do listen and write, it tends to be the various game, anime, or other soundtracks I have lining my shelves. I have little enough else that's purely instrumental, and come to think of it... little else at all after that last donation trip.
Currently I'm on Skyrim, though I am looking to buy the various "Doctor Who" soundtracks. (And since my nephew wants the DW music on his MP3 player, I think know what to buy for Christmas. :D)
Even then, I usually just let it play out, either on random or in the original order.

When I actually choose specific songs, which song depends on what scene I'm writing.
For instance, I might try one of the crypt/tomb/etc songs used in Elder Scrolls when I'm working on one of the creepy scenes in a novel.
I think I might try the in-battle music for some of the action scenes, and so on.


Songs for specific characters, though...?
I have no idea. I haven't put much thought into it.
Maybe I should; might be an interesting way of fleshing out the character a bit more. (Whether they like that particular song or genre, or not. :D)
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VixieArts Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I love journals like these, I always end up finding so much music I like! :D
Here's a few of my current favorite tracks that I tend to listen to while working or writing;
[link] - Ghost Love Score By Nightwish
[link] - Kings and Queens By 30 Seconds To Mars
[link] - Test Drive, HTTYD Soundtrack
[link] - Midnight City By M83
[link] - Driving With The Top Down, IronMan Soundtrack
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