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Fantasy Music Playlists to Chill Out To

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:03 pm
by danjvelker
Hey all, just thought I'd offer some of the music I love to listen to when I'm writing. I don't always listen to fantasy music, but this is specifically the fantasy stuff that I've found. Feel free to add your own! I love finding more music to read and write to, or just to listen to for pleasure.

"RPG Playlist - Peaceful Music" -- This is one of my favorites. It's got tracks from some of the greatest fantasy RPG soundtracks of all time: Neverwinter Nights, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, and Baldur's Gate 2. It's about an hour long and extremely good ambient noise.

"Studi Ghibli Mix: Cello Collection" -- I love the works of Studio Ghibli, and their music is no exception. There are many variations of this mix, including wonderful piano and guitar adaptations, but I think their music is just perfectly suited for the cello. There's so much vibrancy and depth to the instrument that it's hard not to fall in love; listening to this mix feels like that part of existence mid-way between waking and dreaming. At about an hour in length, it's great music to write to.

"Relaxing Narnia Music" -- You have to hand it to Harry Gregson-Williams: the man is one of the best composers in the business. He's made some of the most iconic scores in Hollywood, and this is no exception. The Narnia music is lovely, and perfectly suited to fantasy writing. About thirty minutes long.

"Lord of the Rings (Calm Ambient Mix by Syneptic)" -- Howard Shore, Lord of the Rings. What's left to say? This mix isolates the more ambient and low-key songs from the soundtrack, so you won't be ambushed by the stirring brass 'call to arms' that the score is so iconic for. It's about an hour long.

"Jeremy Soule: The Northerner Diaries" -- Man, you can't talk iconic composers without mentioning Jeremy Soule. He's spearheaded the music for the Elder Scrolls series for nearly two decades, is responsible for the iconic music of the Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, and Neverwinter Nights franchises, as well as having credits for many of the Guild Wars and World of Warcraft games. The Northerner Diaries is his first professional solo album, Kickstarted in the late 2010s and recently released. It's beautiful, subdued, and extremely evocative. The perfect music for writers. About an hour long.

"The Witcher, Geralt's Story (Witcher 1, 2 & 3)" -- This list wouldn't be complete without this entry. Not only is The Witcher one of the best franchises in RPG gaming for its incredible story, deep and immersive gameplay, solid mechanics, and beautiful graphics, but it also has some of the most consistently wonderful soundtracks among any comparable mediums. This mix contains music from all of the numbered games, and while the musical styles are distinct, I think each is wonderful. At three hours in length, this is a great resource to read or write to.

Add your own suggestions in the replies! What's your favorite fantasy-based music to read and write to?

Re: Fantasy Music Playlists to Chill Out To

Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:11 pm
by Stewart Stigeweard
Music thread? Love me a music thread!
danjvelker wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:03 pm
"Relaxing Narnia Music" -- You have to hand it to Harry Gregson-Williams: the man is one of the best composers in the business. He's made some of the most iconic scores in Hollywood, and this is no exception. The Narnia music is lovely, and perfectly suited to fantasy writing. About thirty minutes long.
"The Blitz" plays in my mind while I commute in inclement weather. Maybe not relaxing...
danjvelker wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:03 pm
Add your own suggestions in the replies! What's your favorite fantasy-based music to read and write to?
Well... DON'T MIND IF I DO

CAUTION: Some of the songs listed might be too much of a banger for writing, but make killer inspirational music.

"Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OST" -- Has melancholy, foreboding, triumphal marches, and brilliant clashes. Has given me much inspiration.

"Audiomachine" -- One of my earliest sources of inspiration, and still a primary one. Linked is a favorite of mine from one of their latest albums.

"Two Steps From Hell" -- If you are a trailer music aficionado, you've heard of these Norwegian maestros. Though not every song in every album is a hit with me (e.g., maybe a couple in Battlecry are too "droney" for me), they have some greats like "Impossible" and "Amaria/Flight of the Silverbird." TURN IT UP

"E.S. Posthumus" -- You can't go wrong with Helmut and Franz Vonlichten's masterpiece mix of world, modern, and orchestra.

"Christopher Tin" -- More wonderful world, familiar to Civilization fanatics everywhere.

"Mushishi OST" -- Part mysterious, part chill ambiance. All absolutely delightful.

"Bloodborne OST" -- Perfect for all your dark fantasy and horror needs. I'm looking at you, Jaz!

"Stellaris OST" -- A recent addition to my musical diet; contains all the uplifting and atmospheric orchestral/electronic music you could need for your next sci-fi novel. inb4 Rexirl!

"Immediate Music and Globus" -- I dare you to listen to "Shield of Faith" or "Preliator" and see if scenes don't just leap into your mind. They will.


Bonus! Maybe not writing music, but I just discovered HB.

I'LL BE BACK.

Re: Fantasy Music Playlists to Chill Out To

Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:05 pm
by danjvelker
Can't believe I forgot to list Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood! That's one of my inspirations as well. Always got it handy somewhere: desktop, phone, YouTube, whatever. Fantastic music to listen to. Great rec.

I really enjoyed that Mushishi and the stuff from Christopher Tin. I've only ever heard of the latter through Civilization, so it's cool to hear some of his other stuff. It's all spectacular.

"The Rains of Castamere" -- Really, the whole Game of Thrones soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi is terrific. I love this song in particular. It evokes a great sort of mood, and it's very powerful but subdued. That seems to be very much my style, whether it's writing or reading or in music suggestions. YouTube channel "Zerganov" seems to have created playlists for every "Great House" in the series, which I think is really neat. I love me some Starks and Lannisters, though.

"The Last of Us Soundtrack" -- This is actually only the "relaxing" songs from the soundtrack, but that covers most of them except for some cutscene and event music. I'm a sucker for that sort of guitar playing: rich, deep, vibrant, and echo-y. A similar recommendation is YouTube musician Isac Saleh. He does a lot of covers in that style.

"Song of Durin A Cappella - Clamavi De Profundis" -- Mmmmm, this is my jam. The group is fantastic, and this might be my favorite piece from them yet. I always read Tolkien's songs and poems, but the Song of Durin is one of the few that I sing, now, everytime I read it. Just... wow. Their vision of it is extraordinary. I wish Tolkien could have heard it.

"Relaxing Fire Emblem Awakening Music" -- It might surprise you that someone who recommends as many "relaxing" music channels as I do suffers from crippling anxiety! (Wait, that doesn't surprise anyone? Oh.) But to get serious again, I think Fire Emblem has always had spectacular music and while this didn't have their best story or gameplay in the franchise, it certainly had some of the best music.

"BADBADNOTGOOD - Title Theme / Saria's Song / Song of Storms" -- Great band, better cover. I love all of their stuff, but I love even more that a band as good as they are decided to cover Ocarina of Time. It's jazzy and extremely touching to fans of the game. I can't think of a better tribute to such an awesome game. It's all the things that I love about jazz, and is somehow still extremely faithful to the material it's adapting.

"Okami Relaxing OST" -- There's that relaxing stuff again. I really do find low-key, "relaxing" style music to be the best fit for my writing: it stimulates the brain without distracting. I get very... excited... about music. Anyways, Okami is a great game, super fun and unique, and the music is wonderful. It's feels very classically Japanese and evokes all of the best its country has to offer: beautiful vistas and a rich, majestic culture.

Keep 'em coming!

Re: Fantasy Music Playlists to Chill Out To

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:34 pm
by danjvelker
Hollow Knight OST - Relaxing - A big inspiration for me, both the music and the game itself. It's a tremendous work of fantasy that I think is a hidden gem. From the first few moments it captures you, and holds that selfsame fascination throughout its entire duration. I never grew tired of playing this game, and the music is one of the reasons why. I would sometimes spend protracted minutes in Dirtmouth or the Greenpath just to listen to their music, even though I had better things to do. Even now, listening to the tracks play, I'm instantly transported to each locale. It's wonderful music to write to, perfectly slotting in the background while also stimulating whimsy and wonder.

Hoh - nine months to the day. How fortuitous.