Like a Pavlovian dog (without the drooling), I condition myself into various states for various pieces of fiction. Usually, one or two albums playing over and over again while working on a story. The programming for the upcoming stories in 2013 went something like this -
“Sing” – Tor.com sometime during the first half of 2013
This Mortal Coil: Filigree and Shadow and Blood
“A Fine Show on the Abyssal Plain” – Lightspeed Magazine, first half of 2013
Björk: Homogenic and the Carnivale soundtrack by Jeff Beal
“I Have Placed My Sickness Upon You” – Strange Horizons, March 2013
I wrote this one more than a year ago, so honestly can’t remember. A year ago it would have been a lot of Florence & the Machine, Rachid Taha or Kate Bush. I binged on Kate Bush until I couldn’t stand her voice anymore.
“Culte des Goules” – The Starry Wisdom Library, second half of 2013
Jarboe: Sacrificial Cake and Anna von Hausswolff’s Ceremony
Of course I ruin these albums for myself for a while afterward. Collateral damage. Right now, I’m working on a longer project that requires Fever Ray.