What kind of music do you listen while mapping?

I was making a playlist for when i return to do maps (next week, gotta do more realms for Erdan and slowly working on a regional style), so what´s yours? Which kind of music do you prefer to listen when you´re creating things?

Personally i tend to create playlists depending on what i do:

Sports: some energy music, usually rock but also pop rock or some old good 80s hits

Driving: mostly classic rock (50s, 60s,70s), jazz, blues, swing, doo wop, sometimes 80s rock. Sometimes classic music, opera and zarzuela but that´s only when driving with work mates.

At home: i´m totally eclectic: i like so many genres that it wouldn´t be fair for you all to read them all haha. Except drap and hiphop i mostly listen everything and i mean EVERYTHING. I love newage, folk, metal in different branches, ... let´s leave it there...

And the important thing here: while i draw maps.

Mostly i like something that makes my imagination free, and also brings me a calm state. My favourite playsongs are from Loreena Mckennit, my favourite singer, and then David Arkenstone (mostly In the Wake of the Wind trilogy but also some other jobs with Kostia and more), Two Steps from Hell, Dvorak and Hendel. Also some piano jobs from Gershwin, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Schoenberg...

What´s your mapping music then?


  • If I listen to music it is my you tube faves, or its stand up like Lewis Black ot Kathleen Madigan.

  • If I listen to anything, it is classical.

  • Classical definitely - Romantic piano concerti and symphonies, or Mozart, King of Composers.

    mike robelMedio
  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 15 images Mapmaker ProFantasy
    edited January 13

    Anything that goes with my mood at the time.

    Mostly film music, but other times I have 60s, 70s, or 80s hits going, and I have been known to listen to traditional music as well - drum music and tribal chants etc.

    And half the time I listen to an audiobook instead.

  • Well, I listen to Rock & Metal. Mostly NWOBHM with Metallica, Megadeth, Accept, Helloween and Amon Amarth thrown in. If I'm feeling chill, I'll set the playlist to rock, which includes Led Zep, Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Van Halen, Live, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters.

  • Depends on my mood. Sometimes i'll listen to jam bands such as Phish or moe., or i can sometimes get on an 80s New Wave mood, or a 90s hip hop or grunge (sometimes both in one playlist). I'll even listen to some of my favorite Puccini operas. But lately though, i've been totally into the 40s Junction station on Sirius XM, I even listen to it in my car :)

  • MedioMedio Surveyor

    Ohh the big bands of the 40 Junction.. BTW weird about listen both hip hop and grunge heh. Well, some few years later we would see Linkin Park and the nu metal being born...

  • Oh, that kinda of classical. I thought you might have meant The Clovers. The Drifters, Frankie Avalon, Dion. Those classic guys.

  • It's typically whatever is on my current rotation cycle. I tend to consume a few items only for about a year (give or take) and then I put it back in the box and move on to the next thing. So over the years there has been alot of time spent with for instance mostly Rush, Deep Purple, Depeche Mode, Massive Attack, Lulu Rouge etc. Some I return to, when the stars are right, and others will have served their purpose as a history in time.

    At the present time I am entrenched with Warren Zevon - the whole of which his Excitable Boy album is the current holder of the position of being the best assembly of tracks ever made; universally useful in any situation life throws at you. Including map-making :)

    From the games I am getting alot of mileage out of Sara Schachner's music which, I find, typically is what's best about the games where it is featured. Game music in general has that particular quality - when it's good - where I don't mind a single track for hours on end. This was true back with the absolute powerhouse compositions from games such as Kid Icarus and it still holds up: I am always surprised when I get back to these tracks and check out their actual length. They also have that property of being purposely made to cater to a particular mood. So that's a plethora of tools for required/desired moods out of the box right there.

    Anyway. These will change, but if I were to offer one constant in the universe for focus it's Arvo Pärt.

  • My favorite map making playlist consists of Justin Johnson albums + several tracks from Cowboy Bebop, Borderlands (1, 2), Rebel Galaxy and similar (frontier) blues songs. Sometimes I listen to Tenno or similar artists on Soundcloud or even dive into nostalgic mood (Estatic Fear, Nightwish, Draconian, Duan, Alan Stivell, Faun etc.).

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