A film professor friend is compiling a list of movies about drug and alcohol abuse in connection to the creative process. Got any suggestions? [more inside]
I am currently co-writing a play with music (which may turn into a musical, but we're not sure on that yet) that involves the dynamics of a group of band members, their management, the issues they have with each other, etc. My writing partner is a singer who was in a very successful local band, but I have never been in anything but high school marching band. I would like to watch some documentaries or behind-the-scenes footage of bands in action, bands in practice, etc. [more inside]
Which organisations, companies, community groups, etc support and encourage embracing both arts/humanities AND STEM (especially technology)? [more inside]
I need music to fill up the background while I write. I'm currently working on a novel and I'm looking for recommendations of artists, albums, or online radio I could have going in my headphones to help me focus on the work. [more inside]
I like listening to heavy, fast music while writing but recently I find I am unable to do so if the songs have words (or at least words that I can follow). I am looking for rock/metal/industrial/post-whatever that has drums and guitars, but is either instrumental (like Mogwai), or with vocals that are not comprehensible (like ISIS) or buried (like Sub Rosa). [more inside]
More spooky, ethereal (desert) rock to write to? [more inside]
Link me to riveting, long form music journalism online! I want to read case histories of musicians with troubled lives, like these articles about Elliot Smith
and Ben Todd
. Or maybe a peek at a subculture I barely knew existed, like Kid Rock's Cruise
or Nathan Rabin's many recaps of The Gathering
. I'll also accept a straight-ahead profile, as long as it's as well written as Elizabeth Gilbert's piece on Hank-3. [more inside]
How do you know that the music you are making hasn't already been written? I have a decent level of proficiency with one instrument and recently branched out and have started learning the basics of a few others. I have never made original music and recently have started tooling around and playing my "own" songs on a combination of a few instruments. It seems unlikely that I am playing anything unique which leads me to wonder how does one know when they are? Thanks.
I'm writing a sci-fi novel and I've come to an extended battle scene. Music without lyrics is a MAJOR plus (lyrics can distract me and slow down the writing... but music is good for blocking out noise from outside my study.) Any suggestions? Guitar-oriented hard rock music and VNV Nation-style modern sounds would really help! [more inside]
I'm getting sick of writing to the same music. Suggest me new stuff please. Nitpicky particulars and what I'm listening to right now inside. [more inside]
House of Leaves
are works in two different mediums (book and album) by two different artists that deliberately accompany each other. What other examples of this are there? [more inside]
What are the best pieces of music journalism/criticism that were written in 2012? [more inside]
Help me write a research paper all at once by providing me with the ultimate late-night write-a-thon soundtrack. Pop/Dance/Electronica edition, specifications within. [more inside]
Help me make the ultimate NaNoWriMo playlist. [more inside]
Some of my best memories, when I think back on them, become more cinematic than linear, more musical than factual. They are a flowing montage of events, energy, motion. Often the memory is of an adventure or journey. Why does this happen? Who has written or made art about the capacity for our memories to be transformed in this way? [more inside]
How can I enjoy things that are tainted with memories of my ex? [more inside]
Songs that evoke high school nostalgia? [more inside]
Looking for books or essays similar to Nick Hornby's Songbook (or other awesome pieces of creative non-fiction about music). [more inside]
Spooky, ethereal rock to write to? [more inside]
I want to write and publish a book on the industrial music
scene from a feminist perspective. I’m a decent writer, but I have no photography, graphic design, marketing, or publishing experience, and no industry connections. Where do I start? [more inside]
Who are the best magazine and newspaper feature writers, past and present? [more inside]
I need some recommendations for music to unleash the creative writer within. I get my best writing (indeed, my best work of any sort) done when I put on massive headphones and close out the rest of the world. That said, silence makes me sad, so I need a soundtrack to drive the creative process. [more inside]
I have a month in which to do a project. What kind of project, you ask? Good question.
Perhaps something fun, perhaps something educational, perhaps something mind-expanding. The options, they are endless. [more inside]
Can you help me set the writing soundtrack to my novels? [more inside]
Can I learn to create melodies? [more inside]
I'm looking for Web sites premised on the production of "crap art"
, structured art projects for non-artists, inspiration and instructions. [more inside]
What are tomorrow's avant-garde art/film/writing monuments that are being done today? [more inside]
I need help writing a bio for an indie band. [more inside]
Music for writing academic works in a frenzy [more inside]
Help me learn/improve on vocal melody writing techniques. [more inside]
You are an American female born in 1983 or 1986. What music resonates for you? For why I want to know, there's [more inside]
I'd like to write a book about a band. Where do I start? [more inside]
How does a musician learn to write better lyrics? [more inside]
Writin'Filter: What makes a great musician/band profile? [more inside]
NaNoWriMo is comming up. What sorts of writin' music can you think of? [more inside]
Is anyone learning piano (or planning to)? If so, can I ask you some questions? [more inside]
Pen Recommendation: Finest possible point with good ink flow, will not smudge when highlighted.
Pencil Recommendation: Any way to get the convenience of a 0.7mm mechanical pencil that doesn't break all the time in a <0.5mm tip? [more inside]
AutographFilter : I'm going to a concert in a few weeks time, and was wondering about the ideal pen to use (if any) on glossy paper with a dark background. [More inside] [more inside]
Music journalism clichés. I'm trying to compile a list of clichéd rock journalism similes, along the lines of 'sounds like a cat being strangled', or 'sounds like a drum-kit being thrown down a stairwell'. Trawling through 40 years of archives will prove to be somewhat time-consuming. Can anyone help me out with any? Points scored for the ridiculous/absurd, points deducted for ones you've made up yourself. Thanks!
First Tuesday in January, I'll be starting a weekly column in Blitz the main Portuguese music newspaper, called "Revisions", where I'll be debunking, dissing and giving a thorough, admittedly exaggerated "going over" to 50 critically acclaimed "classics" of popular music which, due to excessive reverence or routine citation, have an undeserved place in the officially-sanctioned pantheon. This is a bit of a homework assignment plea, I know - but does anybody have any suggestions? I'm not just talking overhyped and overrated here - I'm talking deep historical and musicological errors, crystallized by unthinking repetition and misplaced respect. What, among the hallowed records and artists out there, is ripe - just asking - for review and revision? Thank you for any ideas you may have.