I've been aware of this album for as long as I can remember - it was only when I got into the whole music2work2 thing that I really started to listen to it.
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I like to think of this track like a short sprint - you've got six minutes to go from nothing to fully fleshed out idea before the music becomes too overpowering and knocks you off.
Oh yeah - I remember this one - it's a totally killer, visual, "set the scene" kind of track.
The instrumentation is awesome.
While many people associate the music with the Exorcist and Halloween soundtracks, I associate it with lying on my back in Singapore, looking up at the sky and playing along with every instrument as the mad Master of Ceremonies Vivian Stanshall announced them.
I've received a lot of e-mails asking me how I write. The simple answer is, I write late at night, with my headphones on, listening to music. These are some songs I really like, especially for writing. They frequently find a place on my midnight playlist. I hope you like them, too.
I love writing to film scores - to me they're the quintessential essay writing music - music that was composed to help tell a story! We know that familiar music is good for this purpose as it occupies less cognitive space and you can't get much bigger than the Harry Potter movies.
I was listening to the amazing In A Silent Way from Miles Davis (which will be featured on this playlist soon) and was thinking about the whole instrumental horn, jazz, blues, thing and then Battle Mountain appeared in my Inbox.
The first time I really listened to Trent Reznor was the soundtrack of The Social Network - oh sure I was aware of him - I had studied his marketing methods but had never really listened to his music.
Zöe Keating isn't just a killer musician, she's also a pretty cool human being - which is why she came to mind when seeding this playlist. A consummate musician sure - but she's carved her own way - with a cello - which when you consider the lack of sharp edges on those things - is pretty impressive!
You can't have an essay writing playlist without an Explosions In The Sky track somewhere on there. Often time writing music can be soft and low energy but every now and then you want some driving, loud, energetic piece of music that builds and grows and picks you up with it's movement so your hands are dancing and fingers flying on the keyboard...at least - that's what the track did for me while I was writing this!
I don't remember how I came across this track but it's such an easy one to fall in love with.
Obviously instrumental but it has this drone effect in the background - which is really essential for essay writing music as it creates this consistent aural environment that - in my pop psych world anyway - enables you to safely shut out the world and focus in on what you are writing.