My writing is often inspired by music, and All Our Sins is no exception. Below is a list of songs that fit with certain themes, characters, scenes, etc, making them an unofficial soundtrack!
There are five playlists available from my Spotify profile:
- Master List, which contains all but four of the songs listed below: “Kiseki no Umi” by Maaya Sakamoto, “Stamina Rose” by Gabriela Robin, “Purushayita” by Epica, and “The Dream Within” by Lara Fabian. Perhaps these songs will find their way to Spotify in the future.
- General Music, which contains songs that provide general inspiration (noted as “All titles” below).
- The First Sin, the unofficial OST to the first book.
- Sin Beyond Redemption, the unofficial OST to the second book. This playlist only has one song on it at the moment and that song is not on Spotify, so the playlist is essentially empty. Sorry! But, there will be more when this book is worked on in the future.
- Apocalypse, the unofficial OST to the third book. This playlist is the most developed, as Apoc is the part of AOS I know best at the moment.
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Read on for more information about why each song was chosen.
The song titles in the table below link to individual songs on Spotify (or videos on YouTube, where Spotify links aren’t available).
|Prelude||VNV Nation||All titles||Exactly what the title implies: a prelude track to set the atmosphere for the series.|
|All Our Sins||VNV Nation||All titles||The series’ title track.|
|Heart of Thorns Theme||Maclaine Diemer||All titles||The “official” theme for AOS!|
|Civilization IV Medley||Jack Wall||All titles||Ambient. I imagine this as one type of music årdrakin would compose, sing, and listen to. It has a tribal slant to it which matches well with the clan structure of their society. When I listen to this I envision the sweeping expanses of the homeworld and the imperial city Anoërakin, the people going about their daily activities, and otherwise enjoying life.|
|To Glory||Two Steps From Hell||All titles||A good approximation of what an anthem for the årdrakin would sound like.|
|Healing Ceremony||James Horner||All titles||Rituals remain a strong part of årdrakin society despite (or perhaps because of) their technological advances. Music like this evokes the deep spiritual atmosphere that would be present during something like one of their healing ceremonies.|
|Dead Can Dance||All titles||Ancestor worship was an important part of early årdrakin society. In modern times, elders and ancestors are revered and respected for their knowledge, achievements, and contributions toward building and maintaining the Empire. A spirit dance might be performed to call upon the strength, courage, and blessing of the ancestors.|
|Isa||Wardruna||All titles||As with Stamina Rose, this song sounds like something that would be heard echoing within Vek Ålna as part of some kind of prayer or ritual to Årdra.|
|Tyr||Wardruna||All titles||This song is another that suggests the kind of music that årdrakin would compose, sing, and listen to. The sounds leading into the start of the song almost make me think of applause with some kind of fine rods (because årdrakin have sharp talons and nobody wants to shred their fingers by banging them together). I envision singing is a social clan activity done around a central fire, to celebrate victories and other events, relive epic battles, mourn the passing of loved ones, and just to relax for a good time together with food and drink. A song that sounds like Tyr would be the kind of song sung for a more solemn or serious gathering.|
|Raido||Wardruna||All titles||In ancient times, to transition from adolescence to adulthood in order to be considered proper clan warriors, young årdrakin had to complete a ritual “hunt” in the wild jungles of Drakiru: capture and subsequently tame a vukishnik cub (one of Drakiru’s other apex predators) as a warmount and lifetime companion—a dangerous and usually bloody adventure. This ritual persists to the present day even if most wars take place out among the stars. The clans still happily fight among themselves at home, and who wants to go to war without a proper warmount? A song like Raido speaks to the relationship the årdrakin have with their warmounts.|
|Blow Me Away||Breaking Benjamin||All titles||A generic sort of battle theme for the various conflicts in the story. Årdrakin have an aggressive streak and combat is an important part of their culture. This song would probably play during scenes with space battles!|
|Winter In July||Sarah Brightman||All titles||Inspirational. Speaks to various conflicts/choices the characters and their societies face.|
|Further||VNV Nation||All titles||If the series was animated, this song would play during the end credits.|
|The Chosen||Neal Acree||The First Sin||Music that might play during a montage of the Clan Tsinna and Clan Sokôn riders making their way through the desert toward Sanctuary.|
|Crimson Sunrise||Entropy Zero||The First Sin||Music for the battle that takes place at dawn on the Blood River after the Clan Tsinna and Clan Sokôn riders depart Sanctuary.|
|Healing the Great Fairy – Remixed||Theophany||The First Sin||If this had been written for TFS, it would be called “Exile”. Despite what its actual title implies, it has a very sad, despondent quality to it and fits very well for the events of Chapter Four.|
|All Of Who You Are||Simon Collins||The First Sin||Tårik and his friends struggle emotionally with the consequences of the battle at Blood River.|
|Pride||Simon Collins||The First Sin||Tårik and his friends begin to believe that exile does not have to spell the end of their lives. They still have their pride, and that counts for something!|
|Andrew’s Song||IMAscore||The First Sin||The theme for the Clan Tsinna colonists as they prepare to embark on their journey.|
|Children of the Sun||Thomas Bergersen||The First Sin||A theme for the skarastaja.|
|Stamina Rose||Gabriela Robin||Sin Beyond Redemption||Chanting and air dance is an important part of årdrakin rituals, including those of the Årdraan faith. Årdrakin are passionate and energetic people which the pulsing beat of this music reflects. Something like this would have been performed at Zai’al’s Ascension.|
|Kiseki no Umi
(Sea of Miracles)
|Maaya Sakamoto||Apocalypse||If the book was animated, this song would be perfect for the opening credits. See the translation!|
|Fly||Céline Dion||Apocalypse||A song like this might be sung at an årdrakin funeral. The lyrics speak well to traditional årdrakin beliefs about being fearless in the face of death, rejoining the spirits and ancestors among the cosmic winds, and eventually being born again.|
|Theme from Voltaic||Jack Wall||Apocalypse||If this had been written for an animated version of AOS, it would be called “Dezÿrí’s Sorrow”.|
|The Fallen||Steve Jablonsky||Apocalypse||Vÿškåríel’s theme. This piece reinforces all the very sinister vibes Vÿš has going for him. He is a strong, ambitious character, but also brutal, dark, and dangerous.|
|Industrial Love||In Strict Confidence||Apocalypse||Main theme for the skarastaja. It’s quite reflective of the mob mentality of their society. This was the first piece of music to strike me as being suitable for AOS!|
|Lost in Paradise||Evanescence||Apocalypse||A song that captures how Dezÿrí feels as she’s growing up.|
|Corn Amused||Jean-Pierre Isaac||Apocalypse||A theme for the årdrakin. This piece brings to mind images of the way Årdra and Her Temple is intended to be as opposed to how Zai’al’s ambition has corrupted both.|
|Kingdom||VNV Nation||Apocalypse||A theme for Gannik. Creepy for how well it suits him and his motivations!|
|Touch the Sky||Julie Fowlis||Apocalypse||A song for Dezÿrí once she breaks out on her own and begins to find herself again.|
|Castle||Halsey||Apocalypse||Dezÿrí eventually discovers she can’t avoid her destiny.|
|Song of the Dragonfly||Tom Aragon||Apocalypse||Ambient. Drakinvír are cute, spunky, and temperamental creatures that are fond of biting unsupervised fingers—but they also have their own sort of quiet majesty, as any dragon should (even miniature ones). In the story, one drakinvír in particular is perhaps a bit more majestic than the others, and this song would be his theme.|
|Purushayita||Epica||Apocalypse||Ambient. This piece reminds me of various activities and elements in the story, as if it could play in the background of certain scenes. It also evokes emotional imagery of characters like Dezÿrí and Zai’al.|
|In the Air Tonight||Phil Collins||Apocalypse||An image song for Bal’al and Zai’al. This music would play during the conflict which arises between these characters.|
|You Can Still Be Free||Darren Hayes||Apocalypse||Arlayn’s theme.|
|Your World Will Fail||Les Friction||Apocalypse||A personal message from Gannik to Dezÿrí. Ahem.|
|UruR||Wardruna||Apocalypse||This song brings images to mind of legions of årdrakin cavalry and airborne warriors clashing on battlefields over clan territories and warriors chanting and drumming for victory over their rivals.|
|Tomorrow Never Comes||VNV Nation||Apocalypse||When things go wrong…they go very wrong.|
|World on Fire||Les Friction||Apocalypse||When all seems lost, someone will come to save the day…more or less.|
|Dark Matter||Les Friction||Apocalypse||A supervillain theme for Gannik. The lyrics and overall sound of this song speak well to downright super bad guy badness.|
|Who Will Save You Now||Les Friction||Apocalypse||There are survivors…and instead of lying down and accepting defeat, they’re coming back for revenge at any cost. Who will save you now? They survived and nothing can stop them. No one can save you.|
|Lady of Worlds||Miracle of Sound||Apocalypse||Dezÿrí’s theme. Speaks to her internal conflict about her identity and the path her life needs to take.|
|Sentinal||VNV Nation||Apocalypse||It’s hard picking up the pieces and carrying on but there are always those who refuse to lay down.|
|Louder Than Words||Les Friction||Apocalypse||When it comes time for the årdrakin to kick ass, they’re going to kick that ass hard…and loudly!|
|See Who I Am||Within Temptation||Apocalypse||An image song for Arlayn and Dezÿrí.|
|Light Years Away||Simon Collins||Apocalypse||Inspirational. Speaks to certain themes in the story. Also a theme for the ixokazi.|
|The Dream Within||Lara Fabian||Apocalypse||Inspirational. Speaks to certain themes in the story.|
|The Farthest Star||VNV Nation||Apocalypse||An uplifting song for the resolution of the third book.|