Music for NaNoWriMo

Violet (by olaolenka; Flickr)
With the month of November just around the corner, this is a great opportunity to make song recommendations (and create a playlist for myself). Some people find noise and movement distracting, but nowadays background music is habitual. The following have well-developed instrumental components and sparse/monochromatic vocals.

Selections are based on personal preference. (The lack of rap is not intentional, although I find rap distracting when writing.)


Genre: alternative, indie
Mood/timbre: sweet and light- this is the subtle part.
Ideas/suggestions: A character may be alone in relaxed surroundings; introductions; not too much buildup or excitement. These tracks are also good for relieving stress.

"Louis Riel" by The Ghost Is Dancing
[Flash 9 is required to listen to audio.] "There's a Light" by Jay Malinowski
"Take a Breath" by Tim Chaisson and Morning Fold
"Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap


Genre: pop
Mood/timbre: fun and chill- sunny days and house jams.
Ideas/suggestions: Parties; romantic development between characters; fresh, interesting characters are brought in to liven up the plot. These tracks make for great theme songs.

"Animal" by Neon Trees

"The Looks" by MSTRKRFT
"Where Is My Mind?" by Pixies
"Love Like A Bomb" by Oasis


Genre: rock
Mood/timbre: dark- conflict exposed will lead to the climax.
Ideas/suggestions: Betrayal of close friends; hate sex; increased negativity or severity of illnesses. These tracks have an angsty, grunge nature.

[Flash 9 is required to listen to audio.] "Pray Tell" by Anberlin (free download)
"The Beautiful People" by Marilyn Manson
"Closer" by Nine Inch Nails
"Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden


Genre: electronic, alternative
Mood/timbre: inspiring- climax, denouement and revelations.
Ideas: Resolve the conflict by moving on or reverting back to the original setup; makeups and forgiveness. These tracks have intense buildups and make great credit music.

"Drove Through Ghosts" by 65daysofstatic
"We Own The Sky" by M83
"Jetstreams" by The Atomica Project (free download)
"Beyond the Satellites" by Aeons (free download)