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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Music to make comics by

In the Space thread someone mentioned their music being a part of their workspace.

Whenever I make comics music has to be around, and it needs to be in the theme of the project. Most of the time I'll actually arrange an MP3 list or collect together a bunch of CDs, just so I can have that constant flow of music. Having more the one set CD helps when the scene changes, so that I can keep the soundtrack idea going.

Lots of southern rock went in to making "The Passenger". The Toadies, the Burden Brothers, Mike Ness' Solitaire album...

Anyone else? What music do you usually listen to when making comics?

I'm Mal by the way.


At 1:40 PM, Blogger Casey Buck said...

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At 1:48 PM, Blogger Casey Buck said...

I think I mentioned it before but music IS a big part of my workspace, though right now it's limited to the immediate vacinity of my computer with iTunes blastin'. Perhaps if I get my iPod to work sometime next week...
Anyway. Whenever I start planning out a new comic, the first thing that gets done after I come up with the basic plot is the soundtrack to the comic. I pick a main theme, an ending theme, various tracks for dramatic/serious moments etc. etc. It really helps me out in setting an overal mood during scripting and storyboarding for whatever scene that particular track(s) is for, and it sort of helps with scene transitions and consistancy within the scene. Plus, I just plain love listening to music, so I don't want to draw without it anyway! Here's a little bit of the soundtrack I have put together so far, all the artists come highly recommended and I encourage checking them out.

The Notwist - One With The Freaks (Englewood theme.)
Finn - Electrify
Iron & Wine - Passing Afternoon
Fine China - Rated-R Movie
Songs Of Green Pheasant - Truth But Not Fact

Take care guys!

At 6:58 PM, Blogger Drew said...

music is a "yuge" (to quote Trump) part of my creative process. usually i'm inspired to make a comic after listening to a song. It seems i can't work in quiet though, there's ALWAYS music playing when i'm working. A lot of the time what i draw will depend on the mood i'm in and the then the music i'm listening to. Everything I've ever done will have a soundtrack and a memory attached to it.

Thise are all great songs casey buck. May i suggest...

- Crest of waves -- coldplay
- John Wayne Gacy jr -- Sufjan Stevens
- KC accidental -- Broken Social Scene
- Consequence -- The Notwist
- The dumbing Down of Love -- Frou Frou
- Ending Start -- Metric
- Clark Gable -- Postal Service
- Saint Simon -- The Shins
-Fever Dream -- Iron and Wine

There a billion more excellent bands out there i would love to put down, but i'll just leave you with these for now.

At 9:30 PM, Blogger Mal Jones said...

I'm actually planning on seeing Iron and Wine at the end of November, just to hear someone knew. Glad to see that they are on both lists.

At 10:25 PM, Blogger Curtis Square-Briggs said...

Actually I listen to audiobooks all the time . . . keeps that other half of my brain interested when my spatial problem solving half gets zoned out and focussed into the drawing I'm doing. Otherwise I get antsy and lose my concentration. I listen to music sometimes, but I'm in a band (well actually a few) so I seriously get sick of listening to music sometimes. But when I do . . . top 3 bands to draw to lately have been:

Drive like jehu
Nick Drake
The Q and not U
(I'll have some Broken Socal scene, Shins, Iron & Wine too. Good picks)

But audiobooks are fun . . . or old radio serials those are the best, since they don't take much brain power, and they're neat kitschy fun. Another advantage for me of the audiobook is once you are hooked on the plot then you really want to finish you're lunch break and get back to work so you can keep listening!

At 9:33 AM, Blogger David H. said...

I have several different things I listen to. It depends mor on my mood than what I'm working on. But it seems that 70's-80's easy rock most of the time.

If I'm really tired I'll go for a harder selection...
System of a Down, Nine inch nails, Metallica, Saliva, Primus, White Zombie. Stuff to get the blood flowing.

I hadn't really thought about it till you mentioned it though. I guess I just took it for granted.

At 10:51 PM, Blogger E. Will said...

Ahhh, Q And Not U...Different Damage frickin' blew me away when it first came out. It's probably my favourite album of all time.

However, my favourite band is The Fall...them and Wire are probably my two favourite bands to DRAW to...

At 10:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do have to say that the artsy music of the Residents combined with the awesome energy of The Aquabats gives a creative boost when you're drawing those stream of mind comics.


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