East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

The Ministry of Thunder OST


The Ministry of ThunderI mentioned in the past that – despite what Raymond Chandler said about people working with the radio on – I use a lot of music as background when I’m writing.
This means that my stories have a sort of soundtrack.

Yesterday, thanks to my brother, I discovered I can share my soundtracks pretty easily – using a free service called Kaseta.co.

So, here goes – the official soundtrack for my novel The Ministry of Thunder, courtesy of the fine guys of Kaseta. A selection of the tracks that were playing in background as I wrote and revised, and some songs that I associate with characters and situations.

As usual, WordPress won’t allow me to embed the cassette (curses!) – so I’ll just give you a link here (you can also click on the cassette here).

Screenshot from 2014-12-20 15:58:54

It’s my novel re-imagined as a movie, and the soundtrack features modern and old-time jazz, some world music, and like the soundtracks of those action movies I used to watch as a kid in the 80s, there’s a great song on the end titles.

Below the jump, you’ll find the scene/track list.


  1. Opening Titles – Jumping Without Moving (Live) – Oriental Express & Symphony Orchestra
  2. Meet the ninja – Rising – The Yoshida Brothers
  3. Felix & Pat – Celebration (Live) – Bob James & The Angels of Shanghai
  4. Party – Shanghai Shuffle – Fletcher Henderson feat. Buster Bailey and Red Allen
  5. Rumble at the Consulate – Sing Sing Sing (Live) – Royal Crown Revue
  6. Helena Theodora Saratova – Don’t Tell Mama – Ute Lemper
  7. Lunghua Airport by Night – Mission Impossible (Live) – traditional
  8. The Flying Shack – In Panic – SOREA
  9. A drink with Jacques La Fleur – War Child – London Symphony Orchestra
  10. Beyul – The Wind and the Wolf – Keiko Matsui
  11. Exploring the ruins – Breath of Night – Yutaka
  12. About Time! – s/t – Byulmaru
  13. Just watch me do it (end titles) – Two Way street (Live) Kimbra

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “The Ministry of Thunder OST

  1. awesome! … I spent my morning with your OST as background… your tastes in music are always unbeatable 😉


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