Offtopic: What music do you listen to while you"design"

26 Feb 2008 - 2:18pm
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Dante Murphy
2006

Mostly I stick with what's on my iTunes, which is heavy on early jazz
(1920s), swing, early blues (20s and 30s), rockabilly, jump, and plenty
of punk and hardcore thrown in...and a little hip-hop, but not much.

I can also check out what's on other people's iTunes in the office,
though I rarely do.

On the rare occasions I go beyond the iTunes playlists, I like to check
out this:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/networks/radio2/aod.shtml?radio2/shakerat
tle#

Really good rockabilly and early RnR.

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A L T H
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26 Feb 2008 - 3:15pm
John Vaughan - ...
2004

"approaching 40" .... sheesh ... Don't worry, you'll get over it (if yer
lucky)

In the meantime, try this: http://recklesslyromantic.com/index.shtml
If in NYC subway, you may find this genius playing beautifully on the
platform. Inspired.

-- Pushin' 60

> Depends on my mood... if I need to get in a groove, some kind of
> electronic or even metal works. And I'm approaching 40 too. :-)
>
> On Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 10:38 AM, Bryan Minihan <bjminihan at nc.rr.com>
> wrote:
>> I never think of fun topics to talk about (frequent complaint at work),
>> but
>> have been wondering what folks like to listen to while they work, if
>> anything. I recently found an online station called somafm.com that's
>> been
>> able to keep me working into the wee hours even as I'm approaching 40
>> (yuck).
>>
>> Hope it's not too far off-topic...
>>
>> Bryan
>> http://www.bryanminihan.com
>>
>>
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26 Feb 2008 - 3:58pm
Wendy Fischer
2004

god no, not 40..........

----- Original Message ----
From: John Vaughan <vaughan1 at optonline.net>
To: David Shaw <david.shaw6 at gmail.com>; Bryan Minihan <bjminihan at nc.rr.com>
Cc: IXDA list <discuss at ixda.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 12:15:49 PM
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Offtopic: What music do you listen to while you"design"

"approaching
40"
....
sheesh
...
Don't
worry,
you'll
get
over
it
(if
yer
lucky)

In
the
meantime,
try
this:
http://recklesslyromantic.com/index.shtml
If
in
NYC
subway,
you
may
find
this
genius
playing
beautifully
on
the
platform.
Inspired.

--
Pushin'
60

>
Depends
on
my
mood...
if
I
need
to
get
in
a
groove,
some
kind
of
>
electronic
or
even
metal
works.
And
I'm
approaching
40
too.
:-)
>
>
On
Tue,
Feb
26,
2008
at
10:38
AM,
Bryan
Minihan
<bjminihan at nc.rr.com>
>
wrote:
>>
I
never
think
of
fun
topics
to
talk
about
(frequent
complaint
at
work),
>>
but
>>
have
been
wondering
what
folks
like
to
listen
to
while
they
work,
if
>>
anything.
I
recently
found
an
online
station
called
somafm.com
that's
>>
been
>>
able
to
keep
me
working
into
the
wee
hours
even
as
I'm
approaching
40
>>
(yuck).
>>
>>
Hope
it's
not
too
far
off-topic...
>>
>>
Bryan
>>
http://www.bryanminihan.com
>>
>>
>>
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>>
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>
>
>
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>
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solves
problems"
>
>
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http://www.davidshaw.info
>
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26 Feb 2008 - 4:00pm
Jeff Seager
2007

Classical and jazz, mostly: Shostakovich's Symphonies 6 and 9,
Budapest String Quartet (mostly Beethoven there), instrumental
acoustic stuff by Keith Jarrett, Al DiMeola, Earl Klugh, Michael
Hedges, Doc Watson, Sea Level, Weather Report, Paul Winter Consort
(this is mostly stuff from the 1970's, kids) ... I also like Miles
Davis and Charlie Mingus.

Piedmont blues guitarists John Jackson and Etta Baker. Viva Quetzal
(music from the Andes and Central America).

My acoustic guitar is handy for break time ... which could be more
frequent. Back to work!

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26 Feb 2008 - 4:14pm
Jack L. Moffett
2005

The sales guy's phone calls.
The support guy who coughs a lot.
Really annoying ringtones.
Clickety-clack of the developer's keyboards.
Random conversations about random topics.
A phone conversation with the documentation guy's wife.
Skype alerts.

...oh, wait, you wanted music.

Jack L. Moffett
Interaction Designer
inmedius
412.459.0310 x219
http://www.inmedius.com

If there's anything more annoying
than a machine that won't do what you want,
it's a machine that won't do what you want
and has been programmed to behave
as though it likes you.

- Don Norman

26 Feb 2008 - 1:44pm
Zachary Sam Zaiss
2008

I think that's a fun topic. :)

My music taste is too broad for me to target one radio station or
resource for design music... these days hard rock seems to bring out the
designer in me. However, if I need to get a lot done, I tend to opt for
music with a fast beat to try and keep my productivity up.

If you are similar, I might recommend Podrunner... it's designed to be
music to run to, but they are great hour-long mixes of dance, house,
techno, and a whole bunch more... all organized by their BPM. They're
all free downloads on iTunes... great for motivational workout music or
for design!

-Sam

26 Feb 2008 - 3:59pm
Scott Cobban
2007

Great topic!

It depends on my mood. I tend to go with familiar stuff (either with or
without lyrics) when I need to hunker down. I do better if I can hum along
in my head (I'm in an a cappella group, so singing to myself is calming).

On recent "try new music" days, I've discovered:
Rilo Kiley
Pink Martini

When I need to hunker down (in order of preference):
Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon/The Wall
The Beatles' later stuff
Billy Joel (anything)
Lionel Richie and the Commodores
Huey Lewis and the News

Great background music (not necessarily slow/mellow though):
classical (fan of Dvorak as well)
"The Thomas Crowne Affair" soundtrack
soundtracks from Pixar films
"Ocean's 11/12/13" soundtrack
Michael Buble
"Lord of the Rings" soundtrack

When I need something to pick me up:
"Superbad" soundtrack
Justin Timberlake
Manu Chao
"300" soundtrack
Heart

28 Feb 2008 - 4:09pm
Eugene Kim
2005

If I listen to music, it's gotta be a favorite artist and an album I'm
already familiar with. I can't listen to anything new or that isn't a
favorite because it becomes a distraction... "Should I rate this
song?", "This one doesn't sound so great", etc.

4- or 5-star songs, shuffle, repeat. Specific artists include
Metallica, Morrissey, Ministry, Elliott Smith, Soundgarden, Cat Power,
Half-handed Cloud, and a dash of others.

(Then again, I don't think it helps to have my Gibson SG/Fender amp
sitting right next to my desk, either.)

:)

Eugene

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of
Bryan Minihan
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 10:38 AM
To: 'IXDA list'
Subject: [IxDA Discuss] Offtopic: What music do you listen to while
you"design"

I never think of fun topics to talk about (frequent complaint at work),
but
have been wondering what folks like to listen to while they work, if
anything. I recently found an online station called somafm.com that's
been
able to keep me working into the wee hours even as I'm approaching 40
(yuck).

Hope it's not too far off-topic...

Bryan
http://www.bryanminihan.com

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28 Feb 2008 - 4:19pm
Angel Marquez
2008
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