Vocaloid, Shostakovich, and the Wonder of Heist Music

Today, dear comrades, is a special day. It’s not special in a sense I am almost behind on my blog post, but as a day that commemorates a very important invention I encountered in my life. And that is Vocaloid. It’s Hatsune Miku’s 12th anniversary! *squeals in delight despite the fact no one would understand*

For those of you (which I should assume to be most of you) who don’t know, Vocaloid is a singing voice synthesizer developed by Yamaha. To simplify a somewhat complicated computer program for the un-technical people out there, it basically works by inputting words that are lyrics and the notes to each of those, and voila! It sings!

Anyhow, I’m not here to explain Vocaloid in detail. Or Shostakovich, one of my favourite “classical” composers. I am here to share my love of music and how it has aided my writing, ignoring the fact I’m mingling my favourite thing post with writing posts. (I mean, music is worth a thousand words sometimes. Not that I plan to put writers out of business or place them in an identity crisis.

Writers have differing attitudes towards listening to music while writing. While some people hate the idea of having sound in their ears while they are trying to create their own sound, I shall move on with the assumption that listening to music is very much beneficial towards writing. Since I usually expend all of my logical debating skills battling my brother, I won’t be coming up with explanations as to why you should listen to music whilst you write. I shall merely rant about my personal experience as such, and you, dear comrades, can decide the rest.

1: The Use of A Noise Blocker

Better explained as a means of concentration, I have found that music for me helps block out the “noise” around me when I write. Of course, I don’t mean to say that my family living is a noise, but sometimes I really need the focus…and less living sounds. I use this at moderation, since I don’t want to be left behind if the house burns down while I write. And significant volume can cause permanent ear damage, so I usually only use low volumes.

2: Inspirational Energy Source

I may or may not have told you before, but I ended up writing close to 10K+ on the last day of NaNoWriMo last year. (Or maybe it was more like 15K+…) The only reason I attribute being able to do this was the super dark, epic, and heartbreaking classical and Vocaloid music I had compiled earlier. Really, when all else fails, you should try running your writing on pure music that suits the mood of your story. It’s like having constant sugar high, and my siblings can attest to you how much like an overlord you’d end up at the end of the day, laughing maniacally and talking to yourself. Or you can try writing the climax to La Traviata Brindisi and Mozart’s Twinkle variations. That also works, if you want to be that kind of insane writer.

3: It’s Nice, Afterall

And all in all, music is a nice companion to the lonely writer. Although I mostly profess an instrumental approach, you can still converse with the music whilst you write. I am a Liztomania and a Bibliomaniac. That should excuse me enough from listening to music and writing at the same time. Additionally, I take John Cage’s approach that music is hidden in life, so to all those non-music people out there, I should still say you can listen to music while you write.


Do you like to listen to music while writing? Are you a “classical” music person? Let me know below! Until next time, dear comrades! (And forgive my tardiness. I was sick.) 

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