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attack mode!

I've have crazy amounts of work to get down in January and I'm trying to battle my way through loads of it today. I've discovered one thing that keeps me very focused is playing epic soundtracks; it tricks me into thinking my work is hugely heroic and the whole world is hanging on me finishing it. My latest discovery is the soundtrack to a video game called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. I think I would probably hate playing this game, but Hans Zimmer's bombastic soundtrack in the background gets me thinking I could take on a whole battalion of orcs. Something about the music's relentless pace, I guess the thing that's supposed to keep driving you through the videogame. Works for me. (Here it is on Spotify, if you can access that.)

If you'd rather listen to something more sensible, here's an excellent new Panel Borders interview by Alex Fitch with my studio mates Gary Northfield and Ellen Lindner, about animal characters in comics. Listen here!


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Jan. 3rd, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
Good stuff! For more good epic-sounding computer game music, I highly recommend the works of a chap named Jeremy Soule, in particular the soundtrack to "Total Annihilation." Here's a taster - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vls4SdYGrjU

Attack Sarah is terrifying; you make me glad I'm not a London-based miscreant...
Jan. 3rd, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
Aw, yeah! Music tips, you're the best. I'll try those out!

Yes, 'tis good you are not a miscreant, I would ANNIHILATE YOU.
Jan. 3rd, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC)
If you'd really like a load of inspiring epic music, I asked for BATTLE MUSIC suggestions a while ago from my friends on facebook which, as my friend, you can presumably see here.

Though the whole music-hunting thing might end up just distracting you from work and having entirely the wrong effect. I was just about to hunt all those down and put them in a special playlist; I can send it to you if you like...
Jan. 3rd, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks for that! Yes, if you do come up with a playlist, I'd love to have a peek. :)
Jan. 3rd, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
Great sketch!
Have you tried Wagner for background music?
Jan. 3rd, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
OH YEAH. That works a charm.
Jan. 3rd, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
Niiice! I'm totally going to try listening to this next time I'm drawing!
Jan. 6th, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
Fab! :)
Jan. 5th, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
Some suggestions, most of which you'll probably know well already. Please forgive the fact that many of them are churchy - I was a chorister.

Bach's organ toccata, for those 'And lo, I shall create!' moments http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTVraVgzC9U

Lots of Bach's or Handel's music might be suitable - loud and punchy music that rolls you along. Don't miss the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (posh and weddingy, don't hold that against it) or Zadok the Priest (a beautiful anthem which sounds standard and dignified until the voices come in and blow the roof off the building).

Want something more scary and doomladen which when done properly will scare the bejeezus out of the audience/congregation?
Dies Irae from Mozart's requiem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vl7NjsHt90 .
The Queen of the Night Aria from the Magic Flute http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2ODfuMMyss

</i>The vengeance of Hell boils in my heart,
Death and despair flame around me!
If Sarastro does not through you feel the pain of death,
Then you will be my daughter nevermore.
Disowned may you be forever,
Abandoned may you be forever,
Destroyed be forever
All the bonds of nature,
If not through you Sarastro becomes pale! (as death)
Hear, Gods of Revenge, hear a mother's oath!</i>


The 1812 overture, for when you need to lead a military charge http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8fI-dGWT74 and Mozart's Lacrimosa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfDe0Mv5PPc for grieving over what you destroyed.

And lastly, when you need to be picked and and comforted or when you just want to pootle purposefully over hill and around dale, you can't beat this classic theme tune http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS7Z1q9hL2I
Jan. 6th, 2011 11:40 am (UTC)
Hooray! These are brilliant!!!

I think I might make a whole new blog post out of your recommendations if you don't mind! :D Yay!
Jan. 6th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
Sure, I'd be honoured :)
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