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Music for the Mind

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, March 30, 2018

It is taking some time to gather my thoughts on the follow up to last week’s article, so for this post, I thought we could talk about something to helps keep me going and inspired, namely music.

Before Quentin Tarrentino begins a movie he often turns to music as a way to spur his creative process, saying, “One of the things I do when I am starting a movie, when I’m writing a movie or when I have an idea for a film is, I go through my record collection and just start playing songs, trying to find the personality of the movie, find the spirit of the movie. Then, ‘boom,’ eventually I’ll hit one, two or three songs, or one song in particular, 'Oh, this will be a great opening credit song.” (Click here for the full article). Music has the wonderful ability to evoke emotion and thus it can be invaluable to an artist trying to depict the essence of a scene.

When creating a scene whether it be in the writing or the actual creation of a page itself, I put on my 300+ song playlist, close my eyes and let the music take my imagination over. Every Monday I am excited to see what songs Spotify has for me to listen to and more often than not these get added to the ever growing list of inspiring songs.

I have songs for spaceship racing, songs for betrayal, love, heartbreak; for each moment there is almost always a song behind it. I do have a preference for movie OSTs but I have also found incredibly inspiring artists that have gone on to leave their mark on the stories we’ve created.

Do you have a dedicated playlist for your story? What’s you go to artists or albums? Let us know!


Susan Sommerer, a student at the Ostfalia - University of Applied Sciences, Salzgitter, Germany is looking to get feedback on the webcomic experience from readers and creators. If you would like to help her out, you can fill out her survey here or check out the forum.



AmeliaP at 1:15PM, April 2, 2018

Oh man! I totally connect with that. Each part of the story has a soundtrack for me. (the funny thing it's inverted for me in games. In comics, I'm always hearing music, but I'm complete silence when developing the game)

Gunwallace at 1:08AM, April 1, 2018

I have a Spotify playlist called Instrumental Soup; 1300+ tracks, a mix of styles, but something I can still write while it's playing. For drawing I tend to listen to albums, sometimes with actual words, or, during baseball season, watch a Dodger game while drawing.

KimLuster at 6:34AM, March 31, 2018

Like UB I usually let the TV play in background while working, and if any of the music influences me it's totally subconsciously. I certainly never use in particular playlist!! When driving or walking, however, and thinking about my story, I often imagine songs and scores going along with it, as if it were a movie!!

usedbooks at 6:36AM, March 30, 2018

I let TV play while I'm working. So the MacGyver score, Cowboy Bebop, various fantasy adventure movies, etc. I'd say the adventure shows are the most useful for putting my mind in gear. For writing, long showers or drives push the process. I always have my car radio on a classic rock mix station (70s to 90s typically), so it probably jogs my mind more than I realize.

Albino Ginger at 6:08AM, March 30, 2018

I like to listen to the screams of sacrificial babies as I work… Also I took the survey as well. It made me very depressed lol

Ozoneocean at 1:11AM, March 30, 2018

I filled out Susan's survey 😁😉😙

Ozoneocean at 1:11AM, March 30, 2018

Because my work takes so long it's often whole series of TV shows that influence a page rather than a song... But I always think of The Game by motorhead for the fight in the conclusion of chapter 7 of Pinky TA

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