You might be surprised at what author David Annandale likes to listen to when he's writing. However, given that his latest book Gethsemane Hall is a horror novel, it might just be the perfect soundtrack.
His musical interests range from electronica to heavy metal to classical. Annandale says he was a late-bloomer when it comes to popular music.
"I listened primarily to classical music up until high school, at which point I discovered Pink Floyd, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. I love those bands to this day, and they lie at the root, I think, of my taste for electronica. Especially bands like VNV Nation, Juno Reactor, Underworld and Fluke and metal, and their fusions, industrial bands like KMFDM, Front 242 and Ministry. I still love the orchestral, and have spent many a happy evening at the New Music Festival - the night Giya Kancheli's "Styx" concerto was performed will be with me forever," he says.
Here's a Playlist David Annandale listens to while he's writing:
"The Awakening" by Keep of Kalessin
. This is a huge,
epic blast of symphonic black/death metal. Once the choir kicks in over a killer
riff, it's the perfect accompaniment to write a scene of grandiose
"The Kill" by Birmingham 6
from Error of Judgement
. The thing about writing about all sorts of horrors is that it is a lot of fun.
This rollicking industrial track captures that enjoyment for me.
Apocalypse" by Arch Enemy
from Doomsday Machine
. As the title suggests,
this is great background for writing about horrors of a more personal nature.
This is death metal as rolling thunder, and it's wonderful.
. Classic Canadian industrial rock. A pounding
beat, insinuating synth riffs and lyrics of snarling, mysterious nastiness are
an irresistible invitation to the heart of darkness.
"Turn the Page" by
from A Twist in the Myth
. My writing soundtrack doesn't
always have to be dark. This is symphonic metal with extraordinary, soaring
vocals, and is a song that gets me charged up about the entire creative
David Annandale's Gethsemane Hall launches at McNally Robinson Saturday September 8, 2:00 p.m.
Playlist is a regular SCENE feature that asks people to tell us what they're really listening to on their music players