When movies, video games, cartoons, television shows, musicals and books get a carefully crafted soundtrack, they become more alive. With the right gripping music, pivotal moments become a part of our breath, a part of our soul, and are written into our memory and subconscious for all time.
The first soundtrack was released in 1938 for Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. But they didn’t become popular until the 1950s when they were called “Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtracks.”
All types of soundtracks blare through my speakers while I surf the web, upload pictures, exercise and clean. But to my surprise I started using soundtracks in two new areas that have changed my routine forever. When I started writing novels I noticed that little things kept distracting and yanking me out of the character’s world. At first, the thought of writing to music was not an option, because just like other things, music can be very distracting and hinder my creative process. But I found a loophole. As long as the music playing was a soundtrack, I could write! And not only could I write, but I was more inspired and motivated to write with a soundtrack playing than with ambient noise. If it’s the right lyric-less soundtrack, writing can be an even more inspirational journey.
The power of soundtracks also surprised me during reading. I always assumed I needed a quiet environment to read, because when I was around loud people or when mainstream music was playing I couldn’t concentrate. But the same loophole works for reading, too! As long as there are no lyrics in the music, soundtracks now enhance my reading experience.
Below are a few of my favorite soundtracks. (And movies for that matter!) Grab ‘em off iTunes and voilà! You’ve got the formula I can’t live without! But what about you? Do you prefer natural noise when creating, or do you use music? What kind? If you have any other thoughts or alternate writing and reading formulas, post them below!
E.S. Posthumas soundtracks – Franz & Helmut Vonlichten
Many thanks to all the composers in the world. Through your dedication and passion you create timeless music. You inspire, empower, connect, and immerse us all to places beyond everyday life.