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Several people have asked me what my playlists were for Quantum Gravity.  The most recent of these was from Sanna, at SF bokhandeln in Stockholm.  She and I shared a lovely afternoon of sightseeing and delicious dinners there a few weeks ago and I promised to post her the list.  Then, when I got home, I realised what a scattered thing it had become and that there was only a current list, not a definitive one. So, for all you musically inclined readers who might like to know I'll be collecting up the tracks and marking them to tell you what the connections are then posting a link to it shortly.  If you have suggestions of your own do let me know.

Sanna asked what Zal's song was and after a thought I had to answer, Ace of Spades.  But Zal's very eclectic.  He has done disco and would totally sing S Club 7 songs and probably by the end of Book 5 is merrily mutating into a male version of Lady Gaga.  I can see him doing a great version of Monster (Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster).

I know that a lot of writers like to write to music for various reasons.  I can go strongly either way and have to have it on, or have to have silence.  Often I will use it to 'cue up' the right mood for certain scenes but this is tricky as the lyrics can wind their way into your head too much.  Mostly I put it on because of the beat and I usually use dance music or higher energy classical, including movie soundtracks, to boost my energy.  I also tune into the 'flow' of the song (I have no musical jargon to explain this with here although I'm sure it exists), the way the melody rises and falls, its basic shape, and ride that along...it keeps me going and can help to provide a structural form for the scenes I'm writing.    I also like to wear headphones because it gives me a greater feeling of being cut off from the world so that I can really immerse myself in my imagination.

Does anyone else out there use music in more interesting ways?

Also, Sanna, if you read this - I can't find your email address!

Don't forget to nip across to Babel Clash at bordersblog.com/scifi/2010/07/06/mark-chadbourn-and-justina-robson/keeping-it-real/


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Jul. 7th, 2010 11:28 am (UTC)
I tend to write to radio 4. Not sure what that says about me -- I find it less distracting than music, which makes me listen.
Jul. 7th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
It's no good, I can't get my head round the idea of Zal performing Ace of Spades! But well, why not. And Lady Gaga, definitely.
Jul. 24th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
Signed Books
Hi Justina,
I have been enjoying your books since Silver Screen - thank you very much. I am especially enjoying the Quantum Gravity books - although I misread one of your blog quotes which said "that will be the last Quantum Gravity book", which for me was the signal to start reading book 1 (so I could read them all together!) - and now you've done another one!

I was wondering if you have a local bookshop, for whom you would sign copies of your books, and then from whom I could buy the books?

That would be wonderful!

Best regards, and thanks once more,

Martin Jenkins
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