Good writing, like good editing, requires attention to verbal detail, and that takes concentration. Most of us who work with texts in one way or another spend extended hours in daily concentrated work. So much of the process of writing, rewriting, and editing is about cutting out the extraneous and going beneath the text to hear and feel the sound of the words and the logic of the ideas as they resonate internally. Cognitively, music can help with this process by creating the right tonal space for text work.
For those of us who like to tune out the exterior verbal world with a soundscape of more challenging music, I will post new listening resources to write or edit by as I find them. My aim is to bring together the work of independent composers and soundscape artists with the writers and editors who listen to and support them. I am specifically interested in independent composers who make and perform classical, experimental, avant-garde, electroacoustic, improvised, indigenous, film score, and ambient music—in my humble opinion, all good music to write or edit by.
I always like hearing about new resources, so if you find something you like, please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If it fits the criteria above, I will post it here.
A note about supporting independent artists
If I like a composer or performer’s work, I try to buy the music directly from them. I do not subscribe to streaming services. Instead, I want my money to directly support the music and the artistry. I also make it a practice to attend shows whenever they come through my area.
You can find “Music to Write or Edit By” resources gathered together in this category of my blog, or you can do your own searching on the internet or at BandCamp, SoundCloud, or the curation site MixCloud. If you like the music, consider buying it directly from the artist or making a donation.
Photo: Theresa Truax-Gischler, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, © Theresa Truax-Gischler 2016.