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Postby Kyleloughlin » June 11th, 2009, 2:52 pm


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I'm just curious, what music you guys listen to when sketching etc? Just trying to find some stuff that doesnt irritate me or get annoying!

Postby GURU » June 11th, 2009, 3:19 pm


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Either heavy, HEAVY metal or freeform instrumental Jazz/funk fusion.

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Postby skinny » June 11th, 2009, 3:21 pm


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House music all night long! It sets a pace and makes the hours disappear. It definitely helped me through many allnighters in school.

Postby TaylorWelden » June 11th, 2009, 3:23 pm

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Dub/Lounge music (think Thievery Corp), Blues, International (African or South American mainly) or Bluegrass.
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Postby PackageID » June 11th, 2009, 3:25 pm

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I like mellow and live albumns when sketching. Two of my favorite albumns to listen to when sketching is a live Marc Cohn and Live from Auston TX Cory Morrow.
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Postby VanDeBar » June 11th, 2009, 3:47 pm

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The bands that inspires me most while sketching are the ones that have a strong ambient feeling : they help me get motivated while blending into the background.

Bands like Air, Bjork, The Cure, Thievery Corporation, Manu Chao, Tom Yorke's solo album...etc.

But if you want a good advice you should listen to whatever Karim listens to :

http://www.amazon.com/Karim-Rashid-Newyorkelectronew-Various-Artists/dp/B00009PJNR

Postby cg » June 11th, 2009, 3:52 pm

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I have a huge music collection, but when I need to focus on work, I'll listen to the Deeper Shades of House podcast.

Postby no_spec » June 11th, 2009, 4:18 pm


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I think GURU is a Spinal Tap fan...?

Postby skinny » June 11th, 2009, 4:34 pm


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cg wrote:I have a huge music collection, but when I need to focus on work, I'll listen to the Deeper Shades of House podcast.


Lars is nice, gets you in the zone. I like his stuff more for the wind-down heading home at the end of the day. It helps me come down gradually.

Postby ah.heng » June 11th, 2009, 8:01 pm


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I prefer silence, especially when I need to think. Somehow I always feel my mind wandering when I'm listening to music, either the lyrics carry me away, or the tune reminds me of some show/movie. Either way it's a distraction.

When I can turn off my mind, like say when rendering, then I just play anything.

Postby epic » June 11th, 2009, 10:54 pm

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darkaudio.co.uk is a great site, i think the founder is actually on core too.

I like to put on stuff without lyrics, to help me get into the zone. classical music or psytrance or other electronica helps me out. i find it very easy to get distracte dby music though...

Postby mindsystem » June 11th, 2009, 10:59 pm


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Quite honestly, it can be really random. Sometimes it's dance/trance, sometimes hardcore, sometimes classical. Though I think it's safe to say that rap is not on my list of "sketch music." But no matter what it is, it has to be the "right" sound at the time, otherwise it throws me off..

Postby TaylorWelden » June 11th, 2009, 11:39 pm

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I hope I don't thread jack, but I'm wondering what % of "us" listen to music without lyrics while designing.

Personally I prefer lyric-free or at least a language I can't understand, so I don't get caught up in the lyrics.

I suppose it comes down to the Left Brain associating with language, while performing heavily influenced Right Brain tasks such as sketching or form development. It makes it easier to stay in one side of your brain, without having to get them mixed together during the task at hand.
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Postby cg » June 12th, 2009, 12:34 am

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oh yeah definitely. The vast majority of my collection.
It's like a soundtrack really...

Postby Rawr » June 12th, 2009, 1:32 am

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Trance, House, Chillout, or DnB. Basically anything under the EDM genre.

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