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Tue Aug 15, 2006, 1:20 PM
Was just thinking the other night how important music is to me when it comes to creating art, i can barely work without it. So ive decided to compile a list of my favourite music tracks in the hope that some of you will be inspired by it also:)

In no particular order:

Strangers by Yoko Kanno - possibly one of my favourite songs ever, it has just about every single instrument on earth with in it, yet they all work perfectly together.

Wicked Game by Chris isaac - A really haunting song.

Cathedral by Thomas Newman - The song i listened to a great deal while painting "Her Silent Silhouette"

Achilles Heal by Toploader - Every time i hear this song im reminded of the day i started digital painting:)

Whisper of a thrill by Thomas Newman - Another beautiful song which invokes a lot emotion, basically anything by Thomas Newman is gold!

Glósóli by Sigur Ros - unique and beautiful with a very powerful…

Stability by Death cab for Cutie - A very long song at 12 minutes, but its time well spent.

Teardrop by Massive Attack - amazing song, lyrics and that piano!

All is full of love by Bjork - A classic.

Dayvan Cowboy by Boards of Canada - Just makes me feel like falling in slowmotion.

Space Lion by Yoko Kanno - is there any type of music this woman hasnt already mastered?!

Reincarnation by Kenji Kawai - The main title theme music to Ghost in the Shell... say no more.

Cyberbird by Yoko Kanno - A really powerful and uplifting song, makes you want to run to the ends of the earth.

Give it away by Zero7 - chilled like no other... :)

Well i think thats enough for now, hope people find some of these songs and are inspired by them as i still am:

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Mizamour Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2006
Wicked Game really is a haunting song!
JenZee Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm Strangers is one of my favourite as well... :) I love that guy's voice... didn't even know it was a guy the first 20000 times I listened to it, but maybe the androgynity of it all makes it that much more mystical...

Have you heard "The Garden of Everything" also by Yoko Kanno? (if not: [link] ) The lyrics are beautiful :).

Also, E.S. Posthumus are great musicians... I love music too much and would keep recommending forever but I'll stop haha. Thanks for the recommendations!
arcipello Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2006
thanks for that song! its now on my ipod right next to strangers:D if you want to upload other amazing songs go right ahead!!!
JenZee Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
No problem :)! I'm always happy to share (what I think is) great music! As far as other amazing songs are concerned... I have a directory with a few songs in it here: [link] , two of my favourite are in there - Bjork's 'Bachelorette', and Mono's 'Life in Mono.' They're two super atmospheric songs that give me tons of inspiration :w00t:. Hope you enjoy them (and sorry if you know them already :p), though they're very different from the amazing "The Garden of Everything." There are other songs in there too which you are of course free to listen to as well might like Olive :).
Legato895 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
i read the title of this and clicked on it specifically to suggest stuff by sigur ros...

fun killer
cheese-cube Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006
Teardrop by Massive Attack and Give it away by Zero7 are the only tracks there that I'm familiar with. I don't really like Teardrop but Give it away is a damn good song.
fleetfoot Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006
Thanks for the reccomendations.
letterbomber-223 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006
Only ever heard of 2 of those O_o

I might do this.... I will link you if i do lol.
olymbos01 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I listen to Yoko Kanno as well when I paint!!!
XeroShift Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006
Echoes by Pink Floyd(and many other floyd songs)

Treefingers by Radiohead is pretty cool too. It's and ambient-ish instrumental and it gave me an idea for an artwork from what I saw in my head when I heard it. I just gotta stop procrastantaing and make it lol.
Ernest-Blofeld Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I'll check those out...
you should check out Christopher Tin (he's a composer).
agm-65 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006
Awesome list. :D
+ Throught Her Eyes - Dream Theater ;)
JamieKuumuzuART Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I recomend HIM's cover of Wicked Game, when they covered it they made it thier own.
But that's just my oppinion.

I find that lots of the G.I.T.S - Stand Alone Complex music by Origa can be very inspiring.
IloveMyDog Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006
I agree, you have a very good taste.
Also very inspiring music pieces are
Hunter by Björk
Kid for Today by Boards of Canada
Gau-Ban Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006
i quite asure you that yoko Kanno has almost definatly mastered the art of almost every type of music. she does styles i usually dont like and end up loving her peices!! she has too much talent >.<
McYoda- Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006
Many have written about that Wicked Game, and I happen to love that song, too. But I prefer Heather Nova's version of it even more.

My music collection happens to be... rather evolving, but at the moment I like to listen to something electronic, haunting, something with a meaning (or no meaning at all). Air is a good choice, with songs like Cherry Blossom Girl or How Does It Make You Feel, for example. Mike Oldfield, sometimes. Lamb, Emilie Simon, sometimes Brian Eno, often Boards of Canada. If I'm in the mood, I can't go wrong with Bebel Gilberto and Jazzamor. You already mentioned Björk, I second that notion.

Occasionally I listen to for a few days, that goes also when I'm painting/drawing/whatever.

And what a wonderful video that Glósóli was! Utterly beautiful and powerful, especially the end. I've got to reply with a link to a music video I like quite a bit. It's "What Else Is There?" by Röyksopp. The eerie, beautiful vocals are sung by the singer of The Knife, Karin Dreijer.
Koppo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
love that wicked games song.I wrote a journal about it.But I agree,it's like lifeblood that pumps through my veins when writing.Without it,I feel like dry and uninspired.I'd make a list of some of my fav songs.but most people might have no idea who they are. =p
roboticORANGE Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have that Sigur Ros album, the whole thing is really beautiful. It helped calm me down one night when I was having trouble falling asleep.
You've got some pretty good bands listed here sir!
adstantes Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
I've been wanting to know what the name was too the uber-awesome track that is Massive Attack's "Teardrop". Thanks for the enlightenment!! I solidly agree that music is inspirational and is tremedously important, be it when creating art or when gardening - there's little difference to the impact it has. Music opens neuron pathways in the brain that add to deeper and often new ways of thinking. That is why it always seems easier to exert yourself when you have a hard rocking or a solid beat techno track pumping through your ears. It also explains why it is easier to create or to re-create something when listening to music, so too it explains the differences we make when creating something when a new track plays or when a different genre/sub-genre is played.

Again thanks for the Massive Attack track, I'm going to have to buy one of their CDs now :D
unholierthanthou Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006  Student
Gotta love Yoko Kanno, Kenji Kawai, Massive Attack, Zero 7 and Bjork. :)
thraxllisylia Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"All is full of love by Bjork" has some of the deepest bass my system can reproduce, just beautifull, actually i might just go have listen!. have you heard bjorks "selmasongs"?. its short, but deep ;) got me interested in yoko kanno, now.

zero- Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't know any of those songs ;) perhaps cause my taste is a bit different.
replicant Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006  Professional General Artist
Hmmm...wicked game by Chris Issak happens to be my girlfriend's favourite song.
OllieTeo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
You should check out Octavarium by Dream Theater. Very long song, but it hit so many different tones, it could inspire at least 10 different images on its own.
zyphryus Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
wow. thanks for reminding me of yoko Kanno - I had heard the music before from a friend and wanted to find some for myself.
emmychidna Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
Very nice list of songs. Quite powerful and motivating indeed. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to gain access to a few yet.

Music has a major roll in my life as an artist too. Perhaps I should write a list of credits some time too. =)
bamology Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
Yoko Kanno is definately on my list of Musical Gods/Masters/Geniuses.
She's just...awe inspiring.
I mean seriously if she was alive during the time of the ancient Romans/Greeks there would be no [Insert Music Deity here]. It would've been Yoko Kanno.
AuroraDark Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Massive Attack is such Love.
MissMorticia Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006  Student General Artist
You know thats so true ... I hardly realised but I always have music going whe I'm creating something :D
Takato22 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
Im going to have to check those out!
I love Teardrop by Massive Attack, such a beautiful song.
Have you heard the HIM version of Wicked Game?
XxBLINDxX Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006   Interface Designer
Sigur Ros is purely beautiful. Have you tried listening to Explosions in the Sky or Mogawi? Both bands are lryicless but the sound is just mind-blowing.
Oniphoenix Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
Good selection. I always listen to music when i work, or a film on TV in the background ;)
3yeSore Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
boards of canada is really helpfull when creating and drawing! also some hip hop or lounge, drum and base is a good pick upper. thatnks for the list.
rmpaul Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006  Professional Photographer
Great picks. I'm familliar with most of those artists ... but of all those songs, I've only heard Space Lion. I'll have to check them out...
sindarinshadow Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
I always :heart: it when someone suggests music, expands my touch into the musical realm. Many thanks for this. :thanks:
Gods-Mistake Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Nice selection, dude!
Try out the "Never, Never Land" album by Unkle!
Massive Attack and Radiohead worked together with them.
playground Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
Some latin style music you might like is thievery corporation and buena vista social club.
Fille-de-la-Neige Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
yup, I'm going to check them aswell!

kelt Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006  Professional Photographer
Try "The Boards of Canada" They are from Scotland , very nice.
XeroShift Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006
Iv'e heard of them alot. I never new they were from scotland though. I allways figured they were from here with thier name. lol. I'm hceing out clips of thier songs on iTunes. They sound pretty good.
kelt Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006  Professional Photographer
I use to think they were from Canada too. I think it is two brothers .
xdreamer Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
porcupine tree - nothing more to say
thatpalechick Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
I'm with you on the Yoko Kanno. The woman is a musical GOD.
Sick-Osiris Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Glósóli by Sigur Ros
oh yes!
ErinFaye Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
I'm happy to see someone who also loves Sigur Ros. Most inspirational and beautiful music around through my own eyes and experience. I'm glad to see all that you've put up for your list of music. Good to know someone else has appriciation for it---knowing that other forms of art media can inspire others to do more.
bananaslug77 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
Yeah, my friend loves Sigur Ros, he listens to them all the time. I've only head a few tracks, but I like wahat I've heard. Very unique stuff!

I listen to Coldplay, I just love their stuff, it really inspires me when I'm painting. I don't think there's a picture I've done to this date that wasn't created listening to atleast one of their tracks.
enialadam Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
I'm so glad you have Bjork in there ;) her music is a big inspiration when I work.

Sigur Ros is beautiful to.
y2jabba Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
as far as artwork goes a healthy dose of lacuna coil and tool usualy acts as a good inspiration for me
Saelyra Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
Sigur Ros and Explosions in the Sky are fantastic.

Explosions especially; check the link in my sig. They are fascinating. Musical landscapes, really. They say so much without using any words at all.
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