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I'm a big fan of video game soundtracks for writing to - as evidenced here and here - they exist solely to accompany you doing something - and hell - what's the difference between writing and killing a few trolls?

Ok - so there might be a bit of a difference there, but regardless ;-p the point is the role that music plays in creative endeavors.  While most popular music is the center of attention - existing to be listened to first and enjoyed as the focal point - there's this whole genre of music that exists to facilitate your behavior.  And while there are plenty of study playlists out there - there's just something about certain game soundtracks that I dig.

Equilinox seems to be in the Minecraft genre - a world building game with a twist - here's their blurb:

Equilinox is a small sandbox game in which you have the task of transforming an empty and barren landscape into a diverse, dynamic, evolving ecosystem of plants and animals! Manage and nurture the ecosystems to keep them in a balanced equilibrium, selectively breed plants and animals to create new species, and complete tasks to unlock new content!
— Equilinox

The composer had submitted the main theme back in June last year and it took us a while to get it in a format we could easily share.  While I'm normally one for putting the one track on repeat - and I have done that with the main theme - I highly recommend you run the entire soundtrack - at 52 minutes it's a solid amount of time to have your head down and there's a constant thread that runs through the themes.

As with Vranko's Sigila Violeta, there's something charming about this piece of music - the main theme has certain optimism and energy to it that grabs you in and makes you want to write.  As you go through the themes you'll find your energy changing as different grooves and instrumentations come into play.  Home is 2 minutes of sheer chugging energy!

The game is supposed to launch in March of this year but if you're looking for something to write to before then - this is streaming on the major platforms right now.  Most definitely take it for a spin.

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About the Curator: Andrew McCluskey

Andrew McCluskey - Musicto Curator

The first visual memory I have is that of the white upright piano in Singapore, Hell and the dark forces lived at the bottom, Heaven and the Angels at the top. They would play battles through my fingers and I was hooked.

Although I've always played, I haven't always been a musician.  Most of my twenties were spent working with people, buying and selling and learning how the world works.  It was in my thirties that I came to America and focused on music and began to develop music2work2.