Cinematic Soundtracks for Divergent Creativity
Today's movies, TV shows, and video games are crafted with moody, melodic soundscapes that deserve more attention. Some of it makes great background music for creative work. The idea is to have stimulating instrumental music that doesn't capture your attention. It's not there for your enjoyment. It's for ambiance while you work, right?
Soundtracks range from dramatic scores to minimalist, acoustic sketches to pounding, post-industrial landscapes. When I'm in a "divergent" mindset, I'm not going to be bothered if a track's emotion and tempo doesn't align with what I'm working on.
Some example tracks with powerful mood and ambiance:
- The Social Network by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Another Happy Day by Olafur Arnalds, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind by Jon Brion, Hero by Itzhak Perlman and Tan Dun, The Village by James Newton Howard, Kelebek by Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Syriana by Alexander Desplat, There Will Be Blood by Jonny Greenwood, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by Alberto Iglesias, Waltz with Bashir by Max Richter, Munich by John Williams, Hanna by Chemical Brothers, Gohatto by Ryuichi Sakamoto, The Fountain by Clint Mansel, Dark Void by Bear McCreary
Ambiance for Focused, Convergent Creativity
Everybody is a little different. I mostly rely on natural soundscapes, but other types of audio can work.
Less is more.
Examples to explore:
- Dr Jeffrey Thomas (nature sounds), Sounds of Nature Relaxation
- Music by Brian Eno, Harold Budd, Ruichi Sakamoto, Dustin O'Halloran, Phillip Glass, Michael Askill, Riley Lee, Erik Satie, Bill Evans, etc.
It's about getting absorbed into the characters and their world. :)
I'm always eager to get music suggestions!