Friday, September 6, 2013

Sitar-playing Idols of the Elder Gods

What sort of music do you listen to while writing adventures? Does it differ based on the type of adventure you're writing? I have both epic music (Two Steps from Hell is awesome epic music, with several soundtracks to their credit) and I also seem to write really well with Ravi Shankar or other sitar music in the background (Ravi Shantar and George Harrison kick some serious ass if ass-kicking can be mellow and sort of not really on this plane of existence). 

It's not so much that I wanted to write about sitar-playing Idols of the Elder Gods, but when you think of such a thing, it's hard to get it out of your head. Nighttime in the ruins of Angkor Wat, with strange-colored mists drifting in the massive tree roots, the stars wheeling in the sky, and the unearthly music echoing in the stone antechambers of the forgotten temple. Pretty cool.


  1. Ive been listening to a lot of bluegrass and led zeppelin lately. Ive been into earthy string music. Those guys rock too in a pretty mellow way.

  2. I usually listen to Dead Can Dance while writing; my adventures usually have some middle-eastern/Egyptian flavour and DCD sets just the right tone.

    Love that idol! Looks like Chaugnar Faugn is kicking back and relaxing with the tunes.

  3. 8-Bit chiptunes, Jazz, and movie soundtracks. It depends on what setting I write for. I'd choose a different playlist for Cyberpunk - there's so much music mentioned in William Gibson's writing ...

    I love listening to Pagan Altar for some 80-ies fantasy metal. And Clannad for that cozy Robin of Sherwood feeling ;-)

  4. Psychobilly and Garage Rock on Pandora. Good channels.