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message 1: by Samuel , Director (new)

Samuel  | 4691 comments Mod
Light hearted topic.

What music do you listen to (if any) when reading or, in the case of the members of this group who are authors, writing a book? Sometimes, a pulse pounding soundtrack can set the mood of a particular action scene in a spy/military thriller novel just right.

Purpose of this thread is to build up a index of sorts.


message 2: by Feliks (last edited Aug 23, 2015 02:13PM) (new)

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) I don't often listen to music when reading; its a distraction. Some gentle white noise like a ceiling fan or air conditioner is best.

When writing, yes, listen to all manner of my preferred choices. Commercial-free streaming internet radio (maybe the only thing the internet is really any good at doing?) is how I have it set up. I choose stations for things like classic country/western, blues, dixieland jazz... anything from the 78rpm era really..so refreshing and creative compared to today's drivel. I like music with feeling and emotion.

Gospel, ragtime, bluegrass, luau, farsi, prison songs, odes, ballads, train songs, steel drum or calypso, salsa, samba, choral group; union songs..oh and I listen to a lot of Pink Floyd because there's great Floyd concert archives available. Astounding, high-quality stuff. Free. Its out there for the Grateful Dead too, though I haven't gone there yet.

I'm familiar with a lot of orchestral/symphony/opera music but no longer seek it out. I find it too formal and cerebral for my tastes these days. I'm over-familiar with it.


message 3: by Michel (new)

Michel Poulin | 167 comments For me, soft music, songs by divas like Enya or Sarah Brightman, or film themes (preferred one is 'Now we are free', from the GLADIATOR soundtrack), helps me by chasing that oppressive empty room silence filled with the clicks of the keyboard.


message 4: by Feliks (new)

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) oh aye? Try SOMA-FM, Michel, 14 free stations of that kind of thing


message 5: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Reading music. Well I have this young relative. He is obsessed with Japanese anime cartoons and keeps emailing me stuff. This includes some surprisingly impressive music from the anime soundtracks that he collects.

One of them is something I listen to when reading my spy fiction. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAn_w...


message 6: by Samuel , Director (new)

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My relative sent me another piece of anime tv show music. Very slick electronic techno. Will probably use it when one of the three books I've ordered comes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nArpK...


message 7: by Samuel , Director (new)

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The Devil You Don't Know (American Praetorians Book 4) by Peter Nealen


While today, while reading the above, I was listening to this little ditty. Very appropriate giving the themes and subject matter.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to7lb...


message 8: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Another one which I use when on the climactic chapter. Found it on one of my favorite episodes of the Top Gear (Original Trio) tv show. "Race Across Japan", where Mr Clarkson comes cruising out of the Tokyo bay tunnel, the sun setting behind him and the freeway gloriously clear for his GTR to triumphantly proceed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfNu_...


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Active Measures Part I (Active Measures Trilogy #1) by Matt Fulton

Recently I read a large chunk of this multifaceted and highly complex geopolitical thriller. In it there's a scene where what initially was a major antagonist ends of doing a "King's landing", of the kind which was done at the end of a famous fantasy political thriller tv show.

Said moment is intercut with the appearance of a top killer. If the man had a theme song, it would be this....


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5Ghn...


message 10: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Tokyo Black (Thomas Caine #1) by Andrew Warren

And for this book, there's this:
I imagine the guitar was set on fire near the end....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7-Wt...


message 11: by Samuel , Director (new)

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A little Irish ditty I added recently when reading this book....

Nomad (Rubicon #1) by James Swallow


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF3f9...


message 12: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Samuel wrote: "A little Irish ditty I added recently when reading this book....

Nomad (Rubicon #1) by James Swallow


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF3f9..."



And also this....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5isCX...


message 13: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Samuel wrote: "Active Measures Part I (Active Measures Trilogy #1) by Matt Fulton

Recently I read a large chunk of this multifaceted and highly complex geopolitical thriller. In it there's a scene where what initially was a major ant..."


Alternative theme song for one D. Kazaroff, assassin in pay of Russia's GRU. and star of group member Matt Fulton Active Measures.

The original context was at the end of a film my anime/video game loving nephew made me watch a while back. The main character of the film had done a lot of terrible things for what he thought was for a good cause. Turned out it wasn't the case and he managed to kill everyone on earth except himself. The song is the capstone to his descent into madness.

The lyrics explores death and futility. The peaceful, yet funeral suiting piano is juxtaposed with the kind of lyrics that would make most men cry tears of blood.

Considering Bodo told me later on in the story, Dave convinces a bad, yet wretched man to kick the bucket, Come Sweet Death could have been written specially for him. Nihilist he is, the man would at the very least have a chuckle at the lyrics.

I know, I know I've let you down
I've been a fool to myself
I thought that I could
live for no one else

But now through all the hurt and pain
Its time for me to respect
the ones you love
mean more than anything.

So with sadness in my heart
I feel the best thing I could do
is end it all
and leave forever
whats done is done, it feels so bad
what once was happy now is sad
I'll never love again
my world is ending

I wish that I could turn back time
'cause now the guilt is all mine
can't live without the trust from those you love.
I know we can't forget the past
you can't forget love and pride
because of that it's killing me inside

It all returns to nothing, it all comes
tumbling down, tumbling down,
tumbling down,
it all returns to nothing, I just keep
letting me down, letting me down,
letting me down,
in my heart of hearts,
I know that I could never love again
I've lost everything
everything, everything
that matters to me,
matters in this world

I wish that I could turn back time
'cause now all the guilt is mine
can't live without
the trust from those you love
I know we can't forget the past
we can't forget love and pride
because of that, its killing me inside

It all returns to nothing, it all comes
tumbling down, tumbling down,
tumbling down
it all returns to nothing, I just keep
letting me down, letting me down,
letting me down
It all returns to nothing, it all comes
tumbling down, tumbling down,
tumbling down
it all returns to nothing, I just keep
letting me down, letting me down,
letting me down

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KYYV...


message 14: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Recently found this as I blazed through one of the three books I'm reading. Vietnam era guitar riff gives it the despondent atmosphere.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5isCX...


message 15: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Samuel wrote: "Recently found this as I blazed through one of the three books I'm reading. Vietnam era guitar riff gives it the despondent atmosphere.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5isCX..."



Active Measures Part I (Active Measures Trilogy #1) by Matt Fulton

Sung from the perspective of Nina and Cohen.

So close no matter how far
Couldn't be much more form the heart
Forever trusting who we are
And nothing else matters

Never opened myself this way
Life is ours, we live it our way
All these words I don't just say
And nothing else matters

Trust I seek and I find in you
Every day for us something new
Open mind for a different view
And nothing else matters

Never cared for what they do
Never cared for what they know
And I know

So close no matter how far
Couldn't be much more form the heart
Forever trusting who we are
And nothing else matters

Never cared for what they do
Never cared for what they know
And I know

Never opened myself this way
Life is ours, we live it our way
All these words I don't just say
And nothing else matters

Trust I seek and I find in you
Every day for us something new
Open mind for a different view
And nothing else matters

Never cared for what they say
And never cared for games they play
Never cared for what they do
Never cared for what they know
And I know

Yeah, yeah

So close no matter how far
Couldn't be much more form the heart
Forever trusting who we are
And nothing else matters


message 16: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Samuel wrote: "Samuel wrote: "Recently found this as I blazed through one of the three books I'm reading. Vietnam era guitar riff gives it the despondent atmosphere.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5isCX..." ..."


When burning down the world like Matt Fulton's creations do in his first geopolitical thriller active measures, there's one suitable song to act as background music to geopolitical shenanigans.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXD3V...




I'm not gonna make it
Is it almost over now?
Can't see the way
Run down

I can't understand how this chain reaction
Has brought me to the edge I'm looking down
One more step would it make me free?
I could fall into the darkness
Realize that I'm just so afraid

"I don't want to destroy life..."
Remember~~

"I know you want to"
"It's alright"
Remember~~

I'm not gonna make it
Is it almost over now?
Can't see the way to go
I feel so alone
My blood is on the ground
This time I lost control

I gave up my thoughts
Lived just by reaction
Made nothing but a fake, empty escape
"Be true to yourself"
I've heard enough of that
I know if I remember
I'll find the good
I don't care

"I don't want to destroy life..."
Remember~~

"I know you want to" [I don't know]
"It's alright" [It's not alright]
Remember~~ [You think you know?]

I still believe
I still believe in myself

I'm not gonna make it
Is it almost over now?
Can't see the way to go
I feel so alone
My blood is on the ground
I can't forgive this anymore

I just wanna make it
If it's almost over now
Can't see the way to go
I feel so alone
My blood is on the ground
I can't forgive this anymore

Who chooses what is right?
No one can begin to say
So will you turn around
Or will you fade away?
My heart is crying out
I may never see
But still I have to go

I have to go


message 17: by Michel (new)

Michel Poulin | 167 comments I found a new, beautiful and soul-shaking rendition of the old classic song 'Knocking on Heaven's Door', sung by RAIGN. That artist is unfortunately not selling CDs yet but her version of the song can be easily found on YouTube. It makes the perfect song to accompany the death of a hero. Beautiful use of Kudo drums in the mix.


message 18: by Samuel , Director (new)

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This one?
Sounds glorious.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mknLa...


message 19: by Michel (new)

Michel Poulin | 167 comments Samuel wrote: "This one?
Sounds glorious.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mknLa..."


That's the one! It really can shake you to the core. I love it! Imagine your favorite spy/assassin/soldier lying in some corner of a desert/city/forest, mortally wounded and with his vision gradually fading, while this music plays.


message 20: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Speaking of old country classics. Here's my personal favorite. Sung by the American, John Cash. Set to a clip of my favorite network tv espionage drama, Person Of Interest.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHJZh...


message 21: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments I listen to music when I write my thrillers. In fact I often have tracks selected for each scene, which helps me get into the mood and rhythm depending on whether it is an action scene, suspense, emotional, etc.

My main criteria is the music generally has to be instrumental, otherwise I can't concentrate because the lyrics get in the way.


message 22: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Aiden wrote: "I listen to music when I write my thrillers. In fact I often have tracks selected for each scene, which helps me get into the mood and rhythm depending on whether it is an action scene, suspense, e..."

Interesting. So would you say film scores would be among the items on your play list?


message 23: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments Yes, to name a few that I like include movies that I like:

Inception
Spectre
Skyfall
Quantum of Solace
Casino Royale
Blood Diamond
Sicario
Ex Machina
The Bourne Identity/Supremacy/Ultimatium/Legacy
Jason Bourne
Body of Lies
Spy Game
Spooks: The Greater Good


message 24: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Aiden wrote: "Yes, to name a few that I like include movies that I like:

Inception
Spectre
Skyfall
Quantum of Solace
Casino Royale
Blood Diamond
Sicario
Ex Machina
The Bourne Identity/Supremacy/Ultimatium/Legac..."



An most awesome list, and I approve of "Body Of Lies". Great score and one of the finest examples of the more serious espionage fiction in contemporary film. Love the Jordanian spymaster and that moment when his officer is making the climatic arrest.


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Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments "Body of Lies" is fantastic, I agree


message 26: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Loved this tune from the SPECTRE movie. Perfect timing when the Bond theme kicks in along with the guitar riff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wDNo...


message 27: by Samuel , Director (new)

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A favorite techno theme of mine. The perfect tune for a gunfight of some kind.
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2lx56t


message 28: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Samuel wrote: "A favorite techno theme of mine. The perfect tune for a gunfight of some kind.
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2lx56t"


Who knew that Jazz could be so kick ass? Done by the same composer who made the techno tune in my previous post.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnPXA...


message 29: by Samuel , Director (new)

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I thought the original version of the following song was average but the updated version by one of its creators is outstanding with the electronic mixing that has been done to transform it. Much more fast paced and it would be a great music for the "storming the castle" "rescue" scene
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cpD3...


message 30: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Another favorite from the SPECTRE soundtrack. That moment where Bond is sailing out of Vauxhall Cross in a zodiac boat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMefz...


message 31: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments Has anyone checked out the works of Barry Adamson. You might know his tunes from Lost Highway and The Beach. Here are some tracks that I listen to when I write my thrillers:

Dissemble: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM55w...

Cold Black Preach: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0GKp...

Saturn in the Summertime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEA3e...

Something Wicked This Way Comes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmt53...

Mr Adamson also taught me how important titles are.


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Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments Samuel wrote: "Loved this tune from the SPECTRE movie. Perfect timing when the Bond theme kicks in along with the guitar riff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wDNo..."

Nice one Sam, Los Muertos Vivos Estan was definitely the best track in the film (the worst being the appallingly dreadful theme song from Sam Smith) for a fantastic opening sequence.


message 33: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Aiden wrote: "Samuel wrote: "Loved this tune from the SPECTRE movie. Perfect timing when the Bond theme kicks in along with the guitar riff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wDNo..."

Nice one Sam, Los Muertos..."


The instrumental version I prefer. It might have been wiser to have gone for something like "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" where there was no words. That orchestra and the visuals by the maestro Daniel Kleinman fit very well together.


message 34: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Is it me or are film theme songs better when they're sung from the perspective of one of the characters? SKYFALL for instance was from the perspective of "M" after she died.


message 35: by Samuel , Director (new)

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And Casino Royale was Bond talking about how after Vesper, nothing would replace her and those that came after her should prepare for the worst because he wouldn't give a toss whether they lived or died.


message 37: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Samuel wrote: "http://www.andrewwarrenbooks.com/red-..."

Will make a new playlist for the upcoming book in the series.


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J.T. Patten (jtpattenbooks) | 70 comments I write in pubs and larger taverns where I can get some table space and can be left alone. Music ranges from pop to 90s, but I couldn't tell you even one of the songs. Laptop gets fired up and the screen says come on in. I reach out only to sip my pint, and don't hear a thing.


message 39: by Samuel , Director (new)

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J.T. wrote: "I write in pubs and larger taverns where I can get some table space and can be left alone. Music ranges from pop to 90s, but I couldn't tell you even one of the songs. Laptop gets fired up and the ..."

Ah, so the music soon becomes white noise as you begin navigating Sean Haven's route down the espionage rabbit hole......interesting.


message 40: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Been listening to this lately. Found it a nice, somewhat optimistic tune. Was playing when I initially tried to write the upcoming review to Kyle Mill's The Patriot Attack. Unfortunately, I hit writers block and will be making a second attempt in a few hours time.......
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7Fe_...


message 41: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Active Measures Part I (Active Measures Trilogy #1) by Matt Fulton
Just found another possible theme tune for group member Matt Fulton's active measures.


https://youtu.be/7XmDYJBZZdc


message 42: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Samuel wrote: "Active Measures Part I (Active Measures Trilogy #1) by Matt Fulton
Just found another possible theme tune for group member Matt Fulton's active measures.


https://youtu.be/7XmDYJBZZdc"


end of the world needs a good theme song.....


message 43: by Samuel , Director (new)

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I've belatedly discovered Le Castle Vania and have been buying up as many of the available tracks as I can. High chance they may appear in the next reading playlist I draw up.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pv0u...


message 44: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Samuel wrote: "I've belatedly discovered Le Castle Vania and have been buying up as many of the available tracks as I can. High chance they may appear in the next reading playlist I draw up.


https://www.youtub..."


Currently on a loop in my phone as I re - read Joshua Hood's Warning Order while planning the review of Order To Kill. Le Castle Vania does outstanding, swaggering electronic techno music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGs9T...


message 45: by Samuel , Director (new)

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Samuel wrote: "Samuel wrote: "I've belatedly discovered Le Castle Vania and have been buying up as many of the available tracks as I can. High chance they may appear in the next reading playlist I draw up.


htt..."


Most techno music doesn't have that swaggering machismo, but that piece does.


message 46: by Samuel , Director (new)

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also downloaded this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzdZj...


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