What music for interaction designers

28 Feb 2009 - 3:31am
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Pietro Desiato
2008

What kind of music do you listen (when you can) while brainstorming,
analysing, designing interactions?

Are there any songs that would make our design flow better?

Let's make a playlist :)

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10 Mar 2009 - 12:02pm
Evan K. Stone
2008

...I guess I'm little slow on the draw for this one.

Since I dj on the side, I generally listen to my own mixes:

http://www.recombinantstudios.com/dj/mixes.html

The mixes are mostly minimal/tech-house, though I do have some retro-ish
mixes with 80's tracks too in the archives (can't get away from my
roots, man! ;)

I also listen to potential tracks to be included in the aforementioned
mixes, or listen to other dj's mixes from which to get ideas &
inspiration (sound familiar?).

The droning really helps with keeping other sounds around me at bay and
helps me focus better. Sometimes when the music runs out I just keep the
headphones on for the iso-chamber effect.

///eks

10 Mar 2009 - 2:16pm
tonyzeoli
2008

Hey Evan:

I DJ as well. Same type of sound. Will have to listen to your mixes.

I've been listening on iTunes to the Electronica and Dance radio stations,
as of late. Once is a while, I'll pull up Last.fm.

Tony

On 3/10/09 12:02 PM, "Evan K. Stone" <evan.stone at dragnetsolutions.com>
wrote:

> ...I guess I'm little slow on the draw for this one.
>
> Since I dj on the side, I generally listen to my own mixes:
>
> http://www.recombinantstudios.com/dj/mixes.html
>
> The mixes are mostly minimal/tech-house, though I do have some retro-ish
> mixes with 80's tracks too in the archives (can't get away from my
> roots, man! ;)
>
> I also listen to potential tracks to be included in the aforementioned
> mixes, or listen to other dj's mixes from which to get ideas &
> inspiration (sound familiar?).
>
> The droning really helps with keeping other sounds around me at bay and
> helps me focus better. Sometimes when the music runs out I just keep the
> headphones on for the iso-chamber effect.
>
> ///eks
>
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13 Mar 2009 - 1:11am
cfmdesigns
2004

On Feb 28, 2009, at 12:31 AM, Pietro Desiato wrote:

> What kind of music do you listen (when you can) while brainstorming,
> analysing, designing interactions?
>
> Are there any songs that would make our design flow better?

Blue Man Group
Patsy Cline

What more do you need?

-- Jim

16 Mar 2009 - 3:19am
sajid saiyed
2005

I dont listen to music either while working :P
Silence is the best meditation :)

of course I do put on my headphone just to avoid some useless
discussions happening near me (so people will think I am busy
listening to something and bitch about others assuming I cant hear
them) lol

-- sajid

On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 4:19 PM, sajid saiyed <sajid.id at gmail.com> wrote:
> I dont listen to music either while working :P
> Silence is the best meditation :)
>
> of course I do put on my headphone just to avoid some useless
> discussions happening near me (so people will think I am busy
> listening to something and bitch about others assuming I cant hear
> them) lol
>
> -- sajid
>
>
>
> On Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 2:11 PM, Jim Drew <cfmdesigns at earthlink.net> wrote:
>>
>> On Feb 28, 2009, at 12:31 AM, Pietro Desiato wrote:
>>
>>> What kind of music do you listen (when you can) while brainstorming,
>>> analysing, designing interactions?
>>>
>>> Are there any songs that would make our design flow better?
>>
>>
>> Blue Man Group
>> Patsy Cline
>>
>> What more do you need?
>>
>> -- Jim
>>
>> ________________________________________________________________
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16 Mar 2009 - 12:16pm
jet
2008

Mayur Karnik wrote:
> Adrian's comments are noteworthy... I was just thinking the other day how
> workplace environments have changed over the last decade. As 'open offices'
> and laptop / docking cultures manifest (now it seems, just about
> everywhere), there is an increasing clamour for private space.

Are there still design firms that have one-big-room with a net jukebox
ala Vivid in the 90s?

--
J. Eric "jet" Townsend, CMU Master of Tangible Interaction Design '09

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16 Mar 2009 - 12:58pm
Dan Kalafus
2009

On Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 12:59 PM, Scott McDaniel <scott at scottopic.com>wrote:

> Not to be contrary, but I consider music essential to my process.
> There are times for silence and office buzz, but really now...I know how I
> work.
>
> Weedling through wireframes of familiar sorts, documenting, sketching,
> corresponding:
> trance (esp. psytrance), dancey goth-industrial, Mozart, Chopin
>
> Complicated issues:
> Tool, Coil, Aphex Twin, Legendary Pink Dots, Psychic TV, Marilyn
> Manson, Mussourgsky, Debussy
>

Much the same here... At my last job, I actually created iTunes playlists
based on the task I was performing:

Functional specs playlist (slow, deliberate, intensive concentration
required): Ambient, e.g. Drone Zone on SomaFM; classical, esp. piano &
violin concertos, and Baroque operas (esp. Handel).

Wireframes playlist (high energy, intense, narrow focus): Psytrance and
other electronic dance music (e.g. http://philosomatika.com/)

Flow map playlist (moderate energy and concentration, broader focus):
Down-tempo stuff like Morcheeba, Air, trip-hop and some jazz. Govinda ended
up being huge on this playlist: highly recommended.

Site map playlist (broad focus, more energy than concentration): Transglobal
Underground, Thievery Corp, Goldfrapp etc; Secret Agent Radio from SomaFM.

Filling-out-time-sheets playlist (Grrrrrr...): Industrial: Skinny Puppy,
Front 242, Nine Inch Nails etc.

It started as a "what if" experiment, but I ended up using them a lot. I
found that for most tasks, vocals ended up being distracting - unless they
were in a language I didn't understand.

Dan

Information Architect,
Gerson Lehrman Group

16 Mar 2009 - 2:38pm
Alan James Salmoni
2008

I guess the music I listen to depends upon what I'm doing. If I'm
trying to learn a difficult concept or analyse data, I prefer
silence. If it's more the artistic side of things (the creation
part), I like to listen to something a bit arty like Talk Talk
(Spirit of Eden/Laughing Stock or Mark Hollis' eponymous album) or
David Sylvian. By way of a digression, I also get inspiration from
good photographs or other visual art which inspire me.

I was on a team that did some research a while ago into commercial
airline cockpits and one of our findings was that irrelevant sound
interferes when tasks require concentration. Hence silence for
analysis, learning etc, and noise for creation!

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