The newest ScribeTunes is here! American and Canadian powers combine in a collaborative project between me and Cassia Schaar to help writers have the best music for their writing. Have you ever spent half an hour or more trying to find the right mood music when you should be writing? Then this project is for you! Every other week we will be releasing playlists on Spotify and Apple Music that are themed for any writing scene you can think of!
This week we’re releasing a playlist of Chasing. Whether it's in a car, on a horse, or on foot your character is being chased by the enemy! This is the playlist for you!
Give the playlists a follow because we're adding new tracks as we find them!
We also want to talk a little about why we chose some of these tracks. These and more are included in our ultimate playlist!
"Prince Caspian Flees" by Harry Gregson-Williams (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian)
This one is a classic for me. I used to listen to this piece all the time while writing fantasy as a teen. Both this movie and the first have such beautiful scores. This piece has fast-paced strings and drums and my favorite part is when they use an anvil as a percussion close to the end. This is a must for a fantasy horse chase.
"Warg-Scouts" by Howard Shore (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
Whether for on foot or on horseback or warg this is another great piece for a fantasy chase with menacing horns and drums. It definitely has a feel of darker enemies than in the previous piece. This is another great soundtrack though hard to find pieces with consistent tones.
"Escape from the Tower" by James Newton Howard (Snow White and the Huntsman)
I actually just discovered this one while finding good chase pieces. It’s James Newton Howard so it has to be good right? This piece is filled with fast sequences and “hold your breath” sequences like a game of cat and mouse between characters. It has a grand orchestra complete with vocals.
"Foot Chase" by Trevor Rabin (National Treasure)
Any sci-fi or thriller writers in the house? I used to listen this on CD while writing some of my old cheesy sci-fi books. I love the combination of orchestra and rock instruments. It has a fast tone that gets your heart pounding as you picture characters desperate to get away from deadly criminals and robot bounty hunters.
"The Brotherhood Escapes" by Jesper Kyd (Assassins Creed Brotherhood)
No mix of chase music would be complete without a track from Assassins Creed. These soundtracks are chock full of chase and running music. Like most video game music this has a very quick consistent tone throughout. I personally love when the guitar comes in near the end which brings in the Italian flavor of the game’s setting but this is a very versatile piece that works across fantasy or sci-fi.
Apple playlist coming soon!
These playlists are collaborative! We’d love to have your suggestions for new pieces to grow these music archives. We just have a few guidelines:
- No lyrics! Scores only.
- The tones have to stay consistent. No music that starts in one tone but shifts to another.
- No jump scares! Nothing messes up writing flow like flinching.
To thank you for helping grow this tool for writers and get the word out we’re doing a quarterly drawing for a three month Spotify or Apple Music subscription! Suggested tracks that are already in the playlist will not count as entries.
- New tracks accepted into the playlist earn one entry each.
- Follow Cassia and me on Instagram, this blog, and Spotify/Apple Music and comment that you did and that will earn you two entries each!
- Sharing this post with #ScribeTunesMusic on Instagram will earn you three entries!
Leave your suggestions in the comments! And come back on May 8th for the Dancing playlist! Happy writing!
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