What music do you find helps your designing?

I wouldn’t exactly call this a design ‘issue’ but thought it would be fun to find out.

Personally I find that any punk music from japan really improves my sketching while I work much better while on the computer if I’ve got some accuistic guitar in the background (Jack Johnson at the moment).

ok mary

I’m going through a Miles Davis phase at the moment.

I love pretty much anything classified as “Broken Beat,” but it’s hard to come by. Jazzmusique is the best internet radio source, but mostly covers nujazz.

Wow CG, nice choice. Miles Davis is quality but I find that I end up spending too much time listening to the music and not designing. You should check out the ‘Michael Parkinson’ and ‘Best of jazz’ shows online on BBC radio 2.

Hey cg, If you like Miles take a listen to some other “hard bop” here is a good list

  1. Clifford Brown
    (Study In Brown)
  2. Lee Morgan
    (The Sidewinder)
  3. Miles Davis
    (Kind of Blue)
  4. Freddie Hubbard
    (Open Sesame)
  5. Donald Byrd
    (Byrd in Flight)
  6. Wynton Marsalis
    (Black Codes from the Underground)
  7. Kenny Dorham
    (The Jazz Prophets)
  8. Blue Mitchell
    (Graffiti Blues)
  9. Art Farmer
    (Meet the Jazztet)
  10. Tommy Turrentine
    (Tommy Turrentine)

I think it depends on what mood you’re in, where you are and what time of day it is.

For example, during the day I might listen to something like Interpol, Daft Punk or Doves.

At night I might want something more chilled like Sigur Ros.


@ the moment I am listening to lots of Radiohead, The Bends, OK Computer, Kid A… all the albums on one big play list (ON LOOP!) I think my staff may cut their wrists if I keep it on to much longer!

Last week it was Wagner, the week before Glen Gould playing Bach… Who knows I may try some Sex Pistols next week?

I’ll go with jazz or deep house dj mixes for general purpose although you start listening to it when it’s real good. Jungle for late night crunch time, makes any monkey work go by much faster.

A hearty second on the late night jungle. It works for DJ’s and ravers, should work for designers. The more jarring, the better. Mash-ups might be amusing for creativity.

C.H. can we get some names for japanese punk bands? sounds fun.

I will personally nominate Underworld’s “moaner” from Beaucoup Fish as the all-time break-on-thru-to-the-other-side design anthem. Can I get an ‘amen’?

I actually have friends asking me what Im listening to so often that I decided to put my ipod playlist on my portfolio website.
Here’s a short list, theres a bunch of random stuff. There are a lot of albums that I only like one of two songs from and the rest is too pop. Thank god for MP3s.

Interpol - Antics
Interpol - Turn on the bright lights
The Shins - Oh Inverted World
Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlantism
The Postal Service - Give Up
Telepopmusik - Genetic World
Cardigans - Gran Turismo
Solaris - Original Sountrack
Linkin Park - Meteora
Snow Patrol - Final Straw
Modest Mouse - Good News…
Modest Moust - The Moon And Antarctica
The Long Winters - When I Pretend To Fall
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing
DJ Shadow - The Private Press
Crystal Method - Legion of Boom
DJ Tiesto - Just Be
Young & Sexy - Stand up for your mother
BT - Movement In Still Life
The Killers - Hot Fuss
Franz Ferdinand - Self Titled
Frou Frou - Details
Jem - Finally Woken

Hey mm you’ve got some nice stuff in there - DJ shadow is a regular when I’m doing work! (check out Kid Koala if you like that kinda thing)

Slippy - A few jap punk bands I’d recomend are the Zett, Lolita no 18 and the Gebaku Onanies. If you do listen to any jap punk it has to be the Polysics (a mix of punk electro and live they all look like robots, its stunning).

Oh yeah, the C.H. is because I posted from work and couldn’t sign in, bah.

Getting hooked on MP3’s and pilfering music downloads hanging out on the school network has got my wife thinking that I’m a more “sensitive” man than I used to be. Here’s some stuff I’ve enjoyed of late:

Death Cab For Cutie: Transatlanticism
Fischerspooner: Fischerspooner
Anything by Belle & Sebastian
Bjork: Vespertine
Gorillaz: Gorillaz
Midnight Oil: Scream in Blue (Life)
Morrisey: You Are The Quarry
Neko Case: Blacklisted
Anything by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Pat Metheny & Charlie Haden: Beyond the Missouri Sky
Anything by Robert Cray
Anything by Radiohead (you should also check out the Pianist Christopher O’Riley playing Radiohead)
Anything by Yes
Scissor Sisters: Scissor Sisters
Nick Drake: Pink Moon & Way To Blue
Thievery Corporation: The Mirror Conspiracy

Rock on!

ol skool depeche mode

william hung make my id work bang bang move move

Abandon Jalopy, funny song about riding a big wheel through a trailer park as a kid.

one more for the techno heads -

sandra collins/ perfecto presents…sandra collins

…so smooth…

I generally listen to something fast-paced, edgy, and/or raw, but it depends on my mood as I switch it up with some slower, more palatable stuff now and then. Currently on my PC at the office:

Project 86 - all of their releases (personal favorite)
Blindside - Silence, and About a Burning Fire
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Californication
Beloved - Failure On
Finch - What it is to burn
Ghoti Hook - Two years to never
Blues Brothers - greatest hits (IIRC)
Glass Jaw
And some other misc. punk, hardcore tracks

the new mars volta & hip hop from the early 90’s.

hmm-I listen to-when designing shoes-Mobb Deep, M.O.P, Cam’Ron, Harlem Diplomats, Dead Prez, and sometimes local dj mixtapes- n the streetlords-detroit’s finest seven mile’da betta mile- detriot chedda boyz. (can be heard on 105.9 detroit jamz-sometimes in battle of the beats)

when doing graphic design-

Dj shadow, Jel, Aphex Twin, madlib, squarepusher-

hard to say sometimes get sick of everything and just put on shuffle–

and MF DOOM-helps