Continuing with the reveal of the “development playlists” …
In addition to thinking about what songs could illustrate a certain scene or state, I also made some guidelines that would take advantage of my personal music collection and not weight it toward a certain artist or style.
One condition I had was that an artist would appear either once or in all three. Slowdive, Tearwave and Vangelis are examples of this. The Cure, Joy Division and Gary Numan may appear twice, but each provided the titles for each of them. For an example, The Cure provided the title for On Nights Like This and thus Joy Division and Gary Numan appear in the playlist. The only exception to the “all or nothing” rule was with Harold Budd and Brian Eno providing “First Light” and “Failing Light” on the On Nights Like This playlist.
There are a few songs that I always intended to be the actual cues for the scene. There are also a few that would become a potential cue. There are finally a few that would lead the way to a potential cue. I’ll leave it at that for now =].
See the playlist for All That We Are
|“Pulstar,” Vangelis||(General introduction)
[My actual source was the compilation Portraits (So Long Ago, So Clear)]
|“Vordhosbn,” Aphex Twin||Thomas’s first lecture: demonstrating his snarkiness.|
|“Trellisaze,” Slowdive||Thomas brooding at home.|
|“The Boy with the Thorn in His Side,” The Smiths||Thomas brooding at home.
[My actual source was the compilation Singles]
|“Lists, Plans,” A Sunny Day in Glasgow||Thomas sees Sophia at Hayden Library|
|“Kookaburra,” Cocteau Twins||Thomas sees Sophia at Hayden Library|
|“Gravity of Love (Radio Edit),” Enigma||Thomas’s initial feelings and thoughts about Sophia.
[My actual source was the CD single]
|“The Noise of Carpet,” Stereolab||Thomas and Sophia’s first meeting: Sophia puts him in his place.|
|“One More Robot/Sympathy 3000-21,” The Flaming Lips||Thomas starts to do things differently, beginning with Kay, one of his students|
|“A Little Love,” Nice Nice||Thomas’s second lecture: very different than before|
|“Arterial,” Rachel’s||(A transition)|
|“Daphnia,” Yo La Tengo||Thomas and Sophia walk together on Memorial Drive.|
|“Love Only Makes Me Weak,” Tearwave||Thomas feels rejected by Sophia at home.|
|“Obstacle 2,” Interpol||Thomas begins to withdraw.|
|“Never Understand,” The Jesus and Mary Chain||Thomas begins to withdraw.|
|“Plaster Casts of Everything,” Liars||Thomas’s third lecture: his meltdown|
|“Autosuggestion,” Joy Division||Sophia breaks the friendship with Thomas. She also tells him to “take a chance and step outside” and to “lose some sleep and say you try.”
[My actual source was the boxset Heart and soul]
|“The Great Below,” Nine Inch Nails||Thomas is put on administrative leave for the remainder of the semester.|
|“The Christ in the Desert,” Black Tape for a Blue Girl||Thomas is depressed at home.|
|“The Top,” The Cure||Thomas is depressed at home. He also says to himself: “I don’t care. If only I could say that. If only my eyes would close.”|
|“Too Late,” Wire||Thomas meets with Michelle, Sophia’s sister.|
|“Quiet Friend,” Steve Roach||Thomas recounts his life in a letter to Sophia.|
|“Glink,” Bola||Thomas vows to begin anew in that same letter.|
|“This Time,” The Verve||Thomas will begin to do things differently.|
|“Carry You,” VNV Nation||Thomas will begin to do things differently.|
|“This World,” Zero 7||Thomas has done things differently.|
|“You Broke My Heart,” Lavender Diamond||Thomas meets Sophia once again.|