Unless you're an essential employee, odds are you're settled in at home, struggling to find your motivation and ability to focus amidst all of the distractions of home life. Whether you're doing professional or schoolwork, it's easy to fall behind without something to help you focus. Here are 10 amazing instrumental soundtracks that are guaranteed to help you zone in and power through your day:
1. "Blade Runner 2049" (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch (2017)
Wallace (Blade Runner 2049 Soundtrack)youtu.be
This billowing, yet forceful soundtrack brings together the sounds of an ominous future with emotional, thought-provoking themes that will help you to zero in on whatever you may be working on.
2. "Westworld: Season 1" (Music from the HBO Series), Ramin Djawadi (2016)
Trompe L'Oeil (Westworld Soundtrack)youtu.be
One of Ramin Djawadi's narrative masterpieces, this primarily orchestral soundtrack fuses classicality with technology in a strikingly beautiful collection of songs that will propel you through any project.
3. "Interstellar" (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Hans Zimmer (2014)
"Interstellar," a celestial soundtrack that weaves together ethereal sounds and distinctive melodies into a captivating soundscape, is perfect for any kind of work that requires deep concentration and creative thought.
4. "Lion" (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Dustin O'Halloran and Hauschka (2016)
Dustin O'Halloran & Hauschka - Lion Theme (From "Lion" Soundtrack)youtu.be
The "Lion" soundtrack is like a river, moving constantly through overlapping musical lines in such a way that inspires motivation through a feeling of being in-motion with the music.
5. "Macbeth" (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Jed Kurzel (2015)
Spot (From "Macbeth" Soundtrack)youtu.be
The 2015 film adaptation of "Macbeth" is eerie and violent, creating an atmosphere of beautiful hostility and fault of power, and its soundtrack is just the same. Primarily string orchestra pieces, this collection of songs is the perfect background music for working, especially on a gloomy day.
6. "1492 - Conquest of Paradise," Vangelis (1992)
This robust, powerful soundtrack is beautiful, yet haunting in the way that it simultaneously embodies devastating conquest and remarkable discovery. With a theme that emphasizes forward motion, this soundtrack is sure to help you to move through those hard-to-finish, mundane tasks.
7. "Spotlight" (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Howard Shore (2015)
5.- The Directories - Howard Shoreyoutu.be
"Spotlight" is a wonderfully dynamic soundtrack that relies mostly on beautiful piano melodies to create an investigative sound that spills each musical theme into another. Only 33 minutes long, "Spotlight" encourages focus to the point that I often find I've been listening to it for hours without noticing it has been looping over-and-over again.
8. "Passion: Music for the Last Temptation of Christ," Peter Gabriel (1989)
Peter Gabriel 01 The Feeling Beginsyoutu.be
This stunningly evocative soundtrack highlights Peter Gabriel's talent for experimenting with worldbeat and progressive sound. The 1989 winner of the Grammy Award for Best New Age Performance, this soundtrack is sure to help you center your focus.
9. "Schindler's List," John Williams (1993)
Best Soundtracks Of All Time - Track 35 - Schindler's List Themeyoutu.be
Perhaps the most emotionally provocative soundtrack listed here, "Schindler's List" is beyond mournful, and the violin sings a melody filled with sorrow throughout this collection of exquisite orchestral pieces. And, yet, I find it inspires focus and creativity - especially for projects that are writing-heavy.
10. "Ex Machina" (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow (2015)
10. Bunsen Burner - Ex Machina / OSTyoutu.be
"Ex Machina" explores life and technology through music, creating dualities of birth and death, life and machine. The final soundtrack on this list, "Ex Machina" rounds out this collection of soundtracks with music of newfound freedom that inspires free thought and keen focus.
Each of the instrumental soundtracks listed here are unique in their own right, but they all encourage focus and motivation through sound, and they are sure to help you to concentrate amidst the chaos and distractions of working from home. Enjoy!