That's the word of the week.
The thing about music to write to is that some times you want a general piece - something to sit in the background that you don't really connect with - it just creates the environment where you can get your head down and get something done.
Other times you want the music to affect you directly - may be you're looking for something energetic - again - not with words - but with a strong rhythm and energy to motivate you to write.
But sometimes you want the music to influence you - to take you somewhere, to evoke a memory or a place - and that's what we have today!
In this particular track from dynamic composer Ben Hippen we're heading out to the stars! For someone of my age - born at the end of the sixties - this music is like going back to childhood - it's Star Trek TOS crossed with Richard Strauss crossed with Tubular Bells - it's rickety rocket ships on fly by wire and slow moonrises over psychedelic galaxies. It's brilliant!
Ben had sent the track over a few days ago and I hadn't had a chance to listen until this morning and of course I've had it on repeat for about an hour. It's making me grin as I type this - I keep expecting William Shatner's voice to interrupt my train of thought ;-)
If you're writing a bit of science fiction, or if you're looking back at the 60's / 70's and searching for a piece of music to take you there - give this a stream.
You can learn more about Ben Hippen here:
About the Curator: Andrew McCluskey
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.