I’m currently reading Neal Stephenson’s Fall; or, Dodge in Hell and it includes a description of a band called Pompitus Bombasticus.
Why not then begin to make original music that sounded like the soundtrack of the sort of movie scene in which Carmina Burana inevitably played? It didn’t have to sound exactly like Carmina Burana but it needed to evoke the same feelings.
The breathtaking sweep and emotional bandwidth of the music made unloading the dishwasher seem as momentous as the final scene of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
This seemed like the perfect music to listen to when I’m programming. I was disappointed to find out Pompitus Bombasticus does not exist. However, if you too are in search of the mythical Pompitus Bombasticus, I suggest you check out the group Two Steps from Hell (which does actually exist).
If you have Spotify, you can listen to my Pompitus Bombasticus playlist.
Bill Bliss says
Dude this is awesome. Just started reading the book and looked for Pompitus Bombasticus too, found your post. Listening to it now.
Sal Ferrarello says
This comment made my day. Thanks! I hope you enjoy Two Steps from Hell.
A friend of mine died a few months ago and I am sitting right now with her dog at my feet. I am reading Fall and we are listening to Two Steps From Hell. Odd sort of resonance with the book in some ways. The music works with the book. Thanks for the recommendation.
Same here. Thanks for this!
hehe Neal is great at starting these little nuggets isnt he.
Thanks for suggesting.
You might also like Requiem for a Dream
Me too! I had already heard of Two Steps from Hell when I somehow found out they created some music in the Star Trek (2009) movie trailer (but not the movie). Thanks for reminding me of this great music. I also like instrumental music when I’m programming but had forgotten about it. Also for Apple Music users, there is a Two Steps from Hell Essentials playlist.
This genre is called Epic Orchestral. Have fun browsing youtube. There’s plenty of mixes. Great for programming, writing and other things you generally only want instrumental.