Wednesday, 30 August, 2017

Cornelia's background music

Does Cornelia like it quiet when she writes or does anything accompany her?

© Michael Orth

"Oh yes. There's almost always music playing while I am writing or illustrating. Music from the period in which the story I am working on is set. As for Inkheart, it was music of the troubadours or music by Bach.

Behind the mirrors, it is music from the 19th century - Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Beethoven. And I have just recently bought some Indian and Japanese music for "The Islands of the Fox".

The music I listen to while writing is usually different from what I listen to in my free time. Some of my favourite driving songs are, for example, by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Music creates a certain atmosphere in the room, and Cornelia often submerses herself in music of the period the story she is working on is set in. Maybe you all know that feeling when you are watching a movie. Did you ever watch a dramatic, sad or  scary scene without sound/music? The pictures appear quite different, because filmmakers use sound and music to create a certain atmosphere or to support the atmosphere.

Cornelia made a playlist for you of some of her favourite music. Music she listens to while writing, as well as music she plays when driving on Mulholland Drive or while sitting on the porch, looking into the trees. 

Business first...Illustration from The Griffin's Feather

Favourite albums
* SOSPIRI by Cecilia Bartoli (Cecilia has been one of Cornelia's favourite opera singers for a long time)
* AIR ON A G STRING von David Russell


While working on Mirrorworld, Cornelia listens to

The Inkworld ist inspired by
* Music of the Troubadours

... then pleasure (though for Cornelia, work and pleasure go together)

Cornelias 'wild' playlistIllustration from The Griffin's Feather

* The National
* Alabama Shakes
* Radiohead
* Bon Iver
* Jeff Buckley
* Phosphorescent
* Rolling Stones
* Sufjan Stevens
* Frightened Rabbit
* Diana Krall
* James Blake
* Eels

* Patti Smith
* Lou Reed
* Red Hot Chili Peppers
* Counting Crows
* Damian Rice
* Patty Griffin
* Aretha Franklin
* Neil Young
* Paul Simon
* Ray LaMontagne
* Dire Straits

And last, but not least
* "Wild Thing" by The Troggs!

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