Wednesday, October 20, 2010

In Which I Make A Soundtrack

With the new WIP approaching due to the beginning of NaNo around the corner, I've decided for this WIP to make it its own super special soundtrack. A task made easier now that I've succumbed to the siren song that is iTunes.

Since the new novel -

(which I've temporarily titled Glimpse of Another Shore - which is kinda cool because it's from a sea poem, but also ridiculously melodramatic. But for now it stays because if you want a chance to be picked for one of the 30 Days 30 Covers NaNo competition (where graphic artists pick a NaNo WIP and create a cover for it based on the synopsis) you have to have a title and a synopsis entered)

- is a sea novel, and everyone lives on little islands and makes their livings off the sea and there's sea serpents and a Navy and my MC and his siblings are all named after sea aspects, I think the soundtrack needs to be as seaworthy as possible.

I'm sure I'll throw Enya's Caribbean Blue on there. I'll also probably include Dethklok's Into the Water and maaaaaybe Murmaider (which is about mermaid murder and is as awesomely metal as it sounds)

(BTW - I've added a playlist below, in case you want to check out any of the songs I mentioned)

Also I'll for sure add Fair to Midland's Tall Tales Taste Like Sour Grapes since it has kind of a sea sound (and I lurrrrves it) and maybe I'll throw in Dance of the Manatees, not because it sounds like the sea, but because it has manatees in the title.

I HOPE I could find an iTunes version of this: (he filmed this during xmas, which explains the hat and tree)

OMG, isn't that just EPIC AND AWESOME?! My favorite parts are at about 1:30 and 1:45. I should probably actually just look for the Windwaker theme on iTunes and see what I can find

Anyway, this is where you come in bloggy pals - I am looking for recommendations and suggestions for songs which remind you of the sea and/or the water.

I'll check them out on iTunes and then add the ones I like to my playlist.
Hopefully this will be awesome.

Anyone else making a specific playlist for a new project/NaNo?

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Anne said...

Fingal's cave. dur

Summer said...

Awwww yeah! I love Wind Waker, and that video is amazing!! Just hearing the opening riff instantly transports me to the high seas, castles, and with a sword. Love it!!

Afraid I can't help much on other water songs, though... Maybe Annie Lennox's recording of "Into the West" for the Return of the King soundtrack? I find it an all-around moving song, so maybe it'll fit somewhere. :)

yokohamamama said...

Istumo Nandodemo (Always and Forever) --the end title song from Spirited Away:)) It's not a sea song, per se, but it's so gorgeous, and the strongly marked rhythm makes me sway back and forth as if I were standing in a boat. That clarion voice and the lyre--I can just picture the singer sitting on a jutting rock soothing a sea serpent with her song...

Matthew Rush said...

I just noticed that you're reading Ranger's Apprentice and I just wanted to say I love Will! And Tug! And Halt!

I've only read the first two, but my daughter owns them all so I'll get through the rest soon.

Hannah Kincade said...

Since I'm writing a mystery of sorts, I've been looking for some creepish music. I found some great tracks on the XFiles soundtrack, Requiem for a Dream and Pans Labyrinth. Also my title track will be featured in the mix by BitCrush, Every Ghost Has It's Spectre.

Jamie Gibbs said...

First thing - Windwaker = awesome!
Second thing - Dethklock = double awesome!

The best sea related songs I can think of are Epica's 'White Waters' about a sailor who is seduced by a mermaid and drowned, and Sonata Arctica's 'White peal, Black Oceans' about a lighthouse keeper who abandons his post and inadvertently kills his love.

Also, check out all of the songs by Alestorm - a Scottish pirate metal band. All of their songs are about drinking, wenches, treasure and sailing the high seas! Yoho, me hearties!

Hannah Kincade said...

Oh you could use "A storm is coming" from the Return of the King sdtrk. It's suspenseful and actiony.

Hannah Kincade said...

And thanks a lot! Now instead of NaNo, I will be playing Windwaker for the next month.

Falen (Sarah Ahiers) said...

Anne - mmmm. good point. I think i have that cd somewhere

Summer - i think windwaker may be my favorite one, to play anyway. Though Ocarina of Time is up there because i spent hours riding around on Epona. I will check out the Annie Lennox

Yokohama - ooh i'll have to find it. And now that you mention Miyazaki, i'll have to check out the sound track for Ponyo, since i'm sure that's sea-ey

Matthew - it is really good, though i get irritated by the head hopping within the scenes and the excessive use of "that". I'm in a conundrum, though, in that i don't like to buy MG books because they take up space, so i may need to hold off on the others until i buy an ereader

Hannah - if you need some creepy songs, let me know. i have a halloween mix that has some creepy stuff. OOOH, find the poltergeist soundtrack! *shudder*

Jamie - OMG i LOVE that you know Dethklok! Not enough people do, and not enough people watch Metalocalypse.
All those songs sounds awesome, straight up. And scottish pirate metal? Hells yeah i'm gonna check that out.

Hannah - i don't know why i didn't even think about LOTR soundtracks

Hannah again - HAHAHAHA! holy hell i love windwaker. SO MUCH. Also the little windwaker game for the Nintendo DS was also very awesome

Teebore said...

I have an instrumental version of the Windwaker theme from a Japanese import CD of Mario and Zelda themes done big bad style. It's probably my favorite track on the CD, too. I'll burn you a copy for our next meeting.

Also, it's not specifically sea-themed, but I have an Ocarina of Time full orchestra soundtrack that seems like it would fit in with your overall tone.

And Hannah, if you need more creepy/mystery music, let me know; I can burn you a copy of my Halloween score.

As for me, I'll just be letting iTunes run my film score playlist with shuffle on while I write.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I don't create playlist, so the answer is no.

Wow, on the cover contest. Too bad I'm not participating in NaNo. I've already started the first draft of my new project.

Clara said...

Pretty nice soundtracks for your book, and I like that your wip comes from a sea Ondine!
Unfortunetly all songs that remind me of the ocean are from jack johnsons. Theres something about that dude..

Lola Sharp said...

I ALWAYS make a playlist...for every novel, every roadtrip, every party...everything.
Aks, and ye shall receive. (you've come to the right woman)

Here's some of my favorite ocean/sea worthy songs...I have many sea/ocean playlists, because I love to surf and have lived on the beach, but am not right now (it's 2 hours away...which means I get there pretty often, but I'm used to living ON the beach. *sigh* SOON I'll be back...soon as the kid graduates. T-minus 3 years) to bring the beach closer to home here's one of my lists (in no order):

My wave – Soundgarden
The Ocean – Led Zepplin
Wave of Mutilation – PixiesUndertow – REM
Up the beach – Jane’s Addiction
Ocean size – Jane’s Addiction
I’m the ocean – Neil Young
surfwax usa – Weezer
Black Wave / Bad Vibrations – Arcade Fire
Sea Legs – the Shins
Team Zissou – Seu Jorge
The ocean - Pearl Jam
The ocean - Led Zeppelin
The ocean - U2
To the sea - Mark Eitze
Lush - Ocean
Modest Mouse - Ocean Breathes Salty
Moloko - A Drop in the OCean
Morphine - Delicious Ocean
Ocean Colour Scene - Blue Deep Ocean
Oceansize - Size of an Ocean (Doulbe pts here?)
Perfume Tree - Both Oceans
Sceaming Trees - Ocean of Confusion
Shed Seven - Ocean Pie
Super Furry Animals - A Specific OCean
The Cult - Electric Ocean
The Smashing Pumpkins - Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
Toad the Wet Sprocket - Walk on the Ocean
Velvet Underground - Ocean
illy Bragg - Secret of the Sea
Blind Faith - Sea of Joy
Camera Obscura - Lunar Sea
Dead Can Dance - Garden of Aracane Delights: Flowers of the Sea
Depeche Mode - Sea of Sin
Doves - Down to Sea
Doves - Sea Song
Echo & the Bunnymen - Seven Seas in Chains - Sea of Sorrow
Arab Strap - The Long Sea
Badly Drawn Boy - River-Sea-Ocean
Belle & Sebastian - Easy Your Feet in the Sea
Johhny Cash - Sea of Heartbreak
KT Turnstall - Silent Sea
Robert Wyatt - Sea Song

Lola Sharp said...

It was too large a list and google booted here's the rest:

Genesis - Home by the sea
Tori Amos - 1,000 oceans
Snow Patrol - An Olive Grove Facing the Sea
Sonic Youth - The Dieamond Sea
Sparklehorse - Sea of Teeth
Mermaid in the night-Jimmy Buffet
Shark attack-Wailing Souls
Hammerhead shark-David Lee Roth
and last...for fun...
Under the sea-Little Mermaid soundtrack

Falen (Sarah Ahiers) said...

Teebore - yes i would be interested in all of those

Stina - yay for new projects! NaNo is just the launching point for me

Clara - LOL - and yeah, i love books about the sea and ships. Though i'll probably have to do a lot of boring research at some point

Lola - ooooh thanks! And i can't believe i forgot about the Pumpkins AND Toad the Wet Sprocket

Talli Roland said...

Enya sounds like it would be a perfect choice for your WIP! And Morcheeba, maybe... Down By The Sea.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Mastodon has a concept album based on the story of Moby Dick - but heavy progressive rock is probably NOT what you're seeking!

Hannah Kincade said...

Stoopid blogger eating my comment.

@Teebore- Yes yes and yes.

Also I will get you guys a copy of Legend of Mana, it's fabulous. And some other things.

Falen (Sarah Ahiers) said...

Talli - ooh i'll have to check it out!

Alex - oh now, i'm totes OK with heavy rock. I mean, Dethklok is death metal and that's going on there

Hannah - legend of that a video game? If so i think we've played it...

Melissa said...

GREAT soundtrack. I'm an avid music fan and I am very in like with your playlist... I've been listening to it while I check all my blogs!

Falen (Sarah Ahiers) said...

Melissa - aww thanks! I could probably listen to Fair to Midland every day of my life

Anne said...

Of course Toad the Wet Sprocket! Its so obvious

Also, God Moving over the Face of Water by Moby

When you get the final playlist put together you'll have to post it again for everyone

Falen (Sarah Ahiers) said...

oooh yeah. i love that moby song!
And yeah i think i will

yokohamamama said...

Sorry, this is totally OT, but if we see a likely looking word verification word (such as "boarpa" that I just got elsewhere), can we send it to you, O Oracle of Word Verification Word Meanings to have them interpreted? (I noticed that there's no word verification here, so assum'd you must get them elsewhere:))

Falen (Sarah Ahiers) said...

Yokohama - yes. yes you can. I can't promise we'll use it, but we could always use some more choices

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