Mai Yamani

music to write novels by

As I understand many other writing types do, I often gravitate to soundtracks when I put music on while I write. The absence of lyrics keeps the language processing centers of my brain free, and unlike proper classical music, soundtracks are written with the intention of staying in the background while you focus on something else instead of demanding your full attention.

One of my favorites is actually the soundtrack to a game I've never played, a cult favorite steampunk RPG from 2001 called Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura. The composer's website seems to be down at the moment, but you can check out the cached version to read more about it. Basically, he drew on elements from medieval/Renaissance/early music for the motifs, but then scored it for string quartet, with a couple of tracks that incorporate percussion and synthesizer. It's really gorgeous and atmospheric, and also freely available to download, along with the entire score.

I highly recommend it, whether you're noveling or not this month.

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I had a BSOD, lost about 200 words and some momentum. I don't know what happened; we've had this computer for four years and this is the first blue screen I've seen. Oh well. Shortened the auto-save interval and tried to rewrite the paragraph. Hoping it doesn't happen again.
My BSOD was so quick I couldn't read anything, so I had to wait for the event viewer on the reboot, but it was all just a bunch of alphanumeric mumbo jumbo. I used to get BSOD on my college machine because of a bad install of some program, and it was an easy fix once I figured out what the problem actually was.