Media Life Soundtrack (01)

Media Life - the book - is scheduled to be delivered to the publisher (Polity Press) by December 31 (2010).

I've planned to start writing proper on July 1. So in the meantime, I'm reading, grilling (one has to), and completing some rewrites and edits of essays and working papers. Over the coming months, expect to see excerpts, updates, and other news about the project on this blog.

All of that has to come with a soundtrack for writing, of course. And here's what I found: the best music to write to (or, as Zygmunt Bauman does it, to read and write at the same time to), is either sludge/stoner rock, or traditional death metal. In other words: things either need to sound like the darkest depths of a swamp, or like the blistering speeds of a tornado.

Creative labor works that way, I guess - either too slow or too fast. But never within neatly defined and well-organized parameters.

But, as I'm realizing, in both genres, no matter how far apart, its crucial to select artists/sounds with a hardcore-inspired edge. So that would mean bands like Bloodbath, Slayer, (early) Sepultura, (early) Voivod, Immolation, Terrorizer, Repulsion, Krisiun, (early) Carcass and Napalm Death, Comecon, (early) Entombed, Lair of the Minotaur, Gorefest (early) Celtic Frost and Hellhammer in the metal category, and Melvins, (Los) Natas, Boris, Baroness, Howl, Gore, Amebix, Norma Jean, The Chariot, and Taint in the sludge genre.

So I'll share, over the next months, as much as I can some tunes that comprise the soundtrack to media life (writing). The mp3 files can be downloaded via sharing tool Box.

First up: "Dog Days" by Comecon.

This track is from their debut cd ("Megatrends in Brutality", 1992) featuring Entombed-vocalist Lars Petrov. Somehow this tune has always stuck with me, from way back when I got to review this cd as a music reporter.