‘Pictures in melody’ – The Undercover Soundtrack, Aaron Sikes

for logoYou could divide my Undercover Soundtrack guests into those who aren’t put off by lyrics and those who are. My guest this week is one of the latter. He says that music with lyrics is too domineering when he’s trying to write – but that orchestral or ambient electronic music sets his imagination free to roam. His novel is a quirky noir of dirigibles, automata, back alleys and a hardboiled hack (the bipedal journalistic sort, not an equine), and his central character was honed by long hours simmering with Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack for The Dark Knight. He is Aaron Sikes and he’s on the Red Blog with his Undercover Soundtrack.

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  1. #1 by acflory on March 26, 2014 - 10:49 am

    I have to agree about not being able to write to music with lyrics, although I’m fine with lyrics so long as I don’t understand them – e.g Italian opera. I think the stumbling block is that words with meaning engage the more analytical parts of my brain, but those are exactly the parts I want to switch off!

    • #2 by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris on March 29, 2014 - 5:19 pm

      Hi Andrea! How funny, using lyrics you don’t understand. I often can’t decipher the lyrics of songs even if they are sung in my language!

      • #3 by acflory on March 30, 2014 - 12:53 am

        Aaaah… but your brain does try to decipher those lyrics, doesn’t it? That’s my problem, my brain focuses on the lyrics, which is a cognitive kind of thing, instead of responding at an emotional-only level.

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