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Musing with music

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Oct. 16, 2020
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When sitting down to write or sketch out a comic episode I reach for my 300+ song playlist, sit back and let the music take over my imagination. Whether it was through friends, Spotify or other online recommendations, I have a playlist set aside for each creative project I am working on. There are curated soundtracks for intergalactic battles, for betrayal, love, heartbreak; for each moment there is a song behind it.

Having a soundtrack for your comic/creative pursuits is a common practice for creatives. For instance, Quentin Tarrentino turns to music to become inspired, remarking, “…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 ability to evoke emotion and get those creative gears turning. It’s an invaluable tool for an artist trying to capture the essence of a scene. Do you have a dedicated playlist for your story? What’s your go to artist or album?

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hushicho at 2:57PM, Oct. 17, 2020

I think the link for the full article didn't quite make it. But for me, it is essential to have a soundtrack to set the mood for my creating. There are songs that have become inextricably associated with characters, situations, stories, even times in my life. Music is a huge part of the creative process for many people. I always encourage artists to find music that helps them when they're creating!

Gunwallace at 11:42AM, Oct. 17, 2020

I'm like Bravo, I can't have words of songs interfering when I'm writing, or I can't hear what the characters are saying, so I have a 1500+ song Instrumental Soup playlist that shuffles through all sorts of no-lyric music (from Ambient to Zydeco). When I'm drawing I like something a bit wordier.

PaulEberhardt at 8:58AM, Oct. 17, 2020

On a different note (no pun intended), drawing is to me the same process as making music, improvisations included. It's just a less noisy way of doing so.

PaulEberhardt at 8:56AM, Oct. 17, 2020

I've got a fond habit of listening to old-school metal while drawing as a means to block out distracting background noises. What I actually draw doesn't necessarily have anything to do with what I listen to, although I sometimes kind of pay homage to my habit by having one of my characters wear band shirts.

kawaiidaigakusei at 10:17AM, Oct. 16, 2020

I noticed that listening to playlists from my early twenties really helps me tap into the same creative source I did at that age. I play mixed CD soundtracks while I am driving around so I feel like I am in a movie.

Banes at 9:28AM, Oct. 16, 2020

For certain scenes, big moments, or hopefully emotional endings, I've used certain songs to get immersed in the feeling of that scene. From the comments on those scenes, it's usually worked really well!

Andreas_Helixfinger at 8:32AM, Oct. 16, 2020

One of the comics I'm planning to set up in the future is one that is entirely based on an idea I got from listening to the original soundtrack of Hotline Miami. I've never played the game, but man, oh man, did that soundtrack introduce Synthwave into my life.

bravo1102 at 4:19AM, Oct. 16, 2020

I'm weird, I hear the character voices. Only music is incidental. Can't have songs only incidental music and the story.

skyangel at 2:24AM, Oct. 16, 2020

For the final chapter of Simply Sarah I decided to have a go at making it something of a 'musical' for this very reason. I have the background theme of our main character attending a music concert in which the music prompts flashbacks to events over the last year of her life. Nobody sings but I thought it was a nice idea to share the tunes that inspired me as I wrote the closing story line.


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