Itâ€™s a Wednesday, and Iâ€™ve gotten used to Wednesday posts, so hereâ€™s one more.
If youâ€™ve been paying attention, you know Peace Fire came out yesterday. You might also know that music is really important to me. And thatâ€™s why I canâ€™t feel like Iâ€™ve done this whole endeavour justice without blatantly injecting some music into it.
When I write, I have soundtracks in my head (and usually on my speakers) that set the tone, and my first mental images of Peace Fire were more like music videos. I think music helped me build a sense of atmosphere, an idea of cool outside of what Hollywood tells me it is. Music, my own and othersâ€™, also helped me accept that a non-stop, butterfly-filled utopia isnâ€™t actually the kind of place from which creations that connect with me tend to come. Not unless someone has at least been letting some moths in…
I wrote about music and how I write, specifically talking about the role of music in Peace Fire, in a guest post for someone elseâ€™s blog, so keep your eyes on my social media. Iâ€™ll post the link and you can read that post if this topic interests you. Iâ€™m not planning to duplicate information 😉
For this post, Iâ€™m keeping it kind of simple. After all, Iâ€™m still nursing a sugar hangover from yesterdayâ€™s book launch celebration. I havenâ€™t been so reckless in my cupcake consumption since the horrifying â€œValentineâ€™s Cupcake Gorgingâ€ of 2015 for the Most Worlds blog. Which is why my most-practised form of moderation is abstinence. Ha!
Simple and musical? That means itâ€™s playlist time!
My knee-jerk idea for this was to make a playlist of what the characters would listen to, but my characters are young and cool and live in the future. Any song I could put on a playlist is at least 34 years in their past, making it officially an oldie. The characters arenâ€™t too cool for oldies, but letâ€™s adjust focus for my sanity.
I thought of making a playlist of songs I listened to whilst writing, but thatâ€™s a lot of hours and multiple moods (each of which could have its own long playlist).
So, I present to you a playlist of songs that the main characterâ€™s grandmother would have made if youâ€™d told her that her granddaughter was going to be a hacker. Consider this something like backstory on the grandmother…Seriously…
And consider this your â€œMature Contentâ€ warning. This is not the Radio Edit playlist; some of these songs have the swears and the sexual themes. (The only editing of content here was the painful process of cutting it down from a 3 hour playlist to something closer to 90 minutes…yâ€™know, as if Gran had made a mix tape…)
Oh, and probably another warning that I meant this to be quick and then spent way more time on it than I should have…And I still donâ€™t have all the volume levels equalised between songs. Ugh. Iâ€™m so sorry. I hate that. If I get more time soon (cue hysterical laughter) I will totally replace this file with something where Iâ€™ve manually adjusted everything. Anyway…
Without further explanation or comment on the individual songs:
Hack the Playlist!
- Sound Clip (from Hackers): Hack the planet!
- The Cassandra Complex â€“ Nice Work (If You Can Get It)
- Nitzer Ebb â€“ Join in the Chant
- Welle:Erdball â€“ Starfighter F-104G
- Sound Clip (Iggy Pop from Hardware): Good Morning Amerika
- Front 242 â€“ Headhunter v1.0
- Front Line Assembly â€“ Mindphaser (Single Mix)
- TheProdigy â€“ Firestarter
- Eon â€“ Fear: The Mind Killer (Altered Edit)
- Sound Clip (from Dune): It is by will alone I set my mind in motion
- Underworld â€“ Cowgirl
- Varnish â€“ Tied to my Chair
- Sigue Sigue Sputnik â€“ 21st Century Boy
- Placebo â€“ Infra-Red (Hotel Persona Remix)
- Sound Clip (from Max Headroom): This is the future: people translated as data.
- Orgy â€“ Fiction (Dream in Digital)
- IAMX â€“ Cold Red Light
- Tubeway Army â€“ Are â€˜Friendsâ€™ Electric?
- The Boomtown Rats â€“ I Donâ€™t Like Mondays
- Sound Clip (from Hardware): Everything. Is under. Control.
- Massive Attack â€“ Future Proof
- Anne Clark â€“ Sleeper in Metropolis
- Visage â€“ Fade to Grey
- Shriekback â€“ Faded Flowers
- Sound Clip (from Blade Runner): Royâ€™s â€œTears in Rainâ€ monologue
Only one of these tracks is mine. If you like what you hear, go buy the song or the film and own another piece of happiness.