Ambience Sounds for Writing Fantasy + Playlists

If you’ve been following my blog for a good while, you may have noticed that I like to talk a lot about listening to film scores while writing and how the emotions composed specifically for movie scenes could also be used while writing similar scenes in your story. Up until a few days ago, however, I had no idea that fantasy ambience/white noise existed, and when I did, I set out to find some of the best background noises that could be used for the appropriate scenes.

Ambience Sound Playlists for Writing Fantasy - Tea with Tumnus

I discovered this magic when a Twitter profile called Fantasy Realm sporting a profile picture of a cute little cartoon wizard followed me. I had no idea what it was, but the words “Here you can listen to you favorite fantasy places” in their Twitter bio translated as “FIND AWESOMENESS HERE” to my mind, so I gave it a try. Turns out, they have a YouTube channel of fantasy ambience/white noise sounds specifically for writing. As a fantasy and sci-fi writer who believes in the magic of film scores to help me write, I fell in love with the fantasy background sounds. (Particularly the medieval inns/taverns, those are just so. cool.) I found a few other YouTube channels with similar white noise videos pretty soon I had some writing playlists set up.

I simply couldn’t wait to try setting my mental environment with the new fantasy ambience videos I found. In fact, the next day, I was taking notes while listening to a podcast and decided to turn on the new YouTube playlist I created while working on the notes. So I listened to some homeschool moms talk about parenting with the sounds of dishes rattling and a crackling fire in a medieval fantasy tavern. It was very amusing.

I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun and inspiration bombs while on YouTube before. I discovered videos of ambience sounds for medieval fantasy taverns and inns, forests with birds near a village, swamp sounds at night with frog croaks, crickets, and nature sounds, celtic medieval tavern music with background chatter, pirate ship ambience, crackling fireplaces with howling wind, river campfire, rain sounds from indoors, waterfall and bird sounds in a garden atmosphere, medieval fantasy village ambience, Rivendell sounds with waterfall, Elvish song, and birds, environment sounds for Hogwarts library with fire crackling and rain pouring, the Hogwarts train, the Three Broomsticks, a dragon sleeping/snoring, and even an army marching. I also found some Star Wars and sci-fi ambience sounds, such as the Coruscant apartment background, the “Voyager” crew quarters from Star Trek, the USS Enterprise engine hum, and space battle background. Here, check out the three playlists I found.

Fantasy Writing Sounds

Sci-Fi Sounds

Pirate Ship Sounds

Also, some really awesome YouTubers who make pretty cool fantasy and sci-fi white noise backgrounds:

The ASMR Geek

Fantasy Realm

Darkwing Captures

The Guild of Ambience

ASMR Rooms

I’m still discovering channels with fantasy ambience sounds, but I can’t wait to start writing while listening to them. What are some of your favorite white noises to listen to while writing? I would love to check out all the ambience background atmospheres; hey, they’re fun to listen to even while reading or working. Go forth to listen! And write. Cheers!



20 Comments Add yours

  1. daleydowning says:

    Interestingly, I’d have quite the opposite problem — ambient noise is extremely *unhelpful* when I’m trying to write. But that’s also because I get so easily distracted, and I prefer music while writing, because it’s so easy to have that atmosphere presented for a set amount of time (like the length of an album or playlist). Of course, I get the idea for ambient noise, and I’m glad that you found such interesting choices.


    1. Interesting! At least you find music helpful. I like listening to music too, but usually if it’s film scores or music WITHOUT lyrics (because then I’m trying to write words while listening to other words completely).


      1. daleydowning says:

        Sometimes I really need just instrumental, too. Often, though, lyrics really put certain images or concepts in my mind about a character arc or a plot point.


      2. I agree. I love finding songs with lyrics that remind me of a certain scene or character, but I’ve never actually tried writing to those. *updates writing bucket list*

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  2. Kate says:

    These are awesome! *Bookmarks them all*

    My favorite writing ambience has always been the Hufflepuff Common room at Ambient Mixer:

    Even better, AM lets you make your own sound combos, too!


    1. Wow, I love that ambience!! Definitely bookmarking that website, I love that you can make your own. And ooh, all the Harry Potter and LotR and Star Wars ambiences!!! I can tell I’m going to be on this site a lot. 😀 Thanks for the recommendation!!


      1. Kate says:

        I just discovered all the Japanese ambiences, so I know what I’ll be listening to while I write this WIP!


      2. Ooh, Japanese too?!?! That’s so awesome!! *excited squeal for all the ambience things* Sounds like a really cool WIP!!


    1. Yay! I’m glad 😀 Thanks for reading!


  3. Rachel says:

    I’ve never heard of fantasy ambiance before, but I can’t wait to try these out. Who knew that was even a thing?

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    1. I didn’t know it was a thing until I found the YouTube channels! I wish I’d discovered them earlier. 😀


  4. Maggie says:

    I just started planning out a fantasy story idea recently, and this is just what I needed (sometimes listening to video game loops gets a little boring). Corny as it may sound, this post came at just the right time for me, so thanks for sharing these playlists!


    1. Awesome! I’m glad you read it at the right time. 😊 Good luck with your story!

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      1. Maggie says:

        Thanks! Same to you with your writing projects as well 🙂

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  5. Emma Bowman says:

    I know I’m commenting late, but I LOVE your blog! And I didn’t even know fantasy ambiance/white noise existed, but I’m so glad I found these playlists! Thanks so much for sharing!


    1. Oh, you’re not commenting late at all. 😀 Thanks so much!!! So glad you like my blog and the playlists. I didn’t know white noise existed either before I found that epic YouTube channel, and I’m equally excited. 😀


      1. Emma Bowman says:

        I’ll definitely be looking at more of your posts in the future 🙂 I have a writing blog called Pens and Protagonists, so if you want to follow me, that would be really awesome!


      2. Yes!! I just subscribed to your blog. I love your posts on there!! 😀


  6. Emma Bowman says:

    Thanks so much, I really appreciate it! It’s so neat when fellow writers can get together and share ideas 🙂

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