Music to Design to - What gets your creative juices flowing?

16 Jun 2009 - 4:39am
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Debug Design
2009

Its over a year since the last post like this...

Music is important to me when designing as it helps inspire, keeps me
creative and helps me stay in the zone. Personally I find more ambient
music more effective as catchy tunes can often find you singing along
or breaking into a guitar riff mid design.

Good design music can also be project dependent as it can set the
scene or create a mood and you might need an upbeat set of tunes for
one and a more obscure set of tunes for something more abstract.

- Kid Loco
- Sigur Rós
- Herbaliser
- The Avalanches
- St Germain
- M83
- Beta Band
- Kruder & Dorfmeister

- John Williams / Hans Zimmer music Scores

So whether I am designing or coding a website, struggling with that
initial logo concept or just trying to get your head outside of that
box music always helps... so any suggestions are welcome!

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16 Jun 2009 - 8:43am
Stephen Holmes
2009

Even though I'm now 50, I seem to NEED Metallica's Black Album to
code to when starting any new project. It seems to get me in the mood
for lots of fiddly tags, CSS IDs and controls! ;-) I must admit,
however that after over 10 years of Metallica I can now almost do the
same with White Zombie! I think it is just the noise that blanks
everything out around me. Works well in the office or late at night.
Better than coffee!

Once I'm going, though the music I listen to will depend on the job.
I've had good results with Ska, Reggae and even went through a time
when it had to be BritPop, but thankfully that phase has passed and
after seeing the movie "The Boat that Rocked", I'm back onto 60s
and 70s music by the Kinks, the Hollies and the Easybeats! (Man, I
love iTunes search!)

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16 Jun 2009 - 9:20am
David Mulder
2007

It definitely comes down to personal preference. I know a lot of people like
to accompany their keyboard time with electronic/ambient music. I tried that
but it never really stuck.

So I listen to light/indie rock and some instrumental, like Josh Rouse,
Sufjan Stevens, Explosions in the Sky, etc. It's perfect for me as long as I
do not need to read anything.

16 Jun 2009 - 9:30am
Anonymous

The only kind of music that actually helps me focus and doesn't
distract from work is ambient techno and space music:

Definiton:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambient_music

Examples:

Anthony Rother
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t96pq45kJcE

Pete Namlook
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mu7fKgcVx4

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16 Jun 2009 - 10:08am
DeHui
2009

New Age music is particularly useful to me. It lets me focus on the
important, frees my mind from the unnecessary, and takes me to a
world of imagination:)

I've also seen designers listen to pop music or rock music to pump
them up. A lot of the research participants I interviewed in the past
seemed to like classical music when they were doing reflective type of
creative work such as coding and writing.

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16 Jun 2009 - 12:22pm
Phillip Hunter
2006

Like others, traditional pop structures and lyrics, though I like
them, distract me from work. I like to sing along too much!

Chill/down-tempo/trip-hop and instrumental (guitar mostly) help me
work the best.

Phillip

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16 Jun 2009 - 11:36am
Lesia
2008

I _wish_ I could listen to music while working.

Every single possible type of music ends up distracting my attention
so much it might as well be fingernails on a chalkboard.

I'm not sure why that is .. I've heard of a few other people having
the same problem, but I think it's more rare than common.

I can't listen to anything while working it has to be as silent as
possible. Then, I get into a 'zone'.. tilt my head a little to the
right (don't ask me why this happens as I can't explain it) and
have at it.

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16 Jun 2009 - 11:03am
Christopher Monnier
2009

Nothing gets my blood flowing like fast and loud punk/pop-punk. Here
are some of my favorite songs:

Saves the Day - Shoulder to the Wheel
Allister - Somewhere Down on Fullerton
Strung Out - Paperwalls
Blink 182 - Touchdown Boy
Pennywise - Surfin' USA
Ramones - Judy is a Punk

After that initial burst of energy I like more downtempo electronic
stuff such as Goldfrapp, Daft Punk, Air, and Zero 7.

Here's my 'Fast' playlist on imeem:
http://www.imeem.com/people/b0NTYKS/playlist/imI1vakB/fast-music-playlist/

Here's my 'Spy' playlist (more downtempo):
http://www.imeem.com/people/b0NTYKS/playlist/GXvm-DDX/spy-music-playlist/

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16 Jun 2009 - 3:41pm
j.scot
2008

yeah.. I connect with music so intensely that, I have a hard time
focusing on anything but the music if the source is in close
proximity, and the task at hand is cerebral in nature (i.e., driving,
physical labor, and music-specific endeavors excluded).

Actually, I'm able to have Brian Eno's "Ambient One: Music for
Airports" going... but that's about it.

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16 Jun 2009 - 3:56pm
Andrea Richeson
2008

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> Music to Design to - What gets your creative juices flowing?
> Started June 16th at 2:39am

Gregorian chants & Bach cello concertos. Complex, engaging, but not
distracting.

--Andrea Richeson

16 Jun 2009 - 5:01pm
Alan James Salmoni
2008

"Its over a year since the last post like this..."

http://www.ixda.org/discuss.php?post=39321 ;-)

My choice depends upon the work. For coding complicated stuff or
really working on interaction, then silence is best for me. Rock
music does the job when I want some ideas (paper prototypes / loose
concepts), classical (esp Bach) for putting things together
(wireframing), stuff like Sylvian or later Talk Talk / Mark Hollis
for artistic stuffs (high fidelity prototypes).

I sense a kind of progression here...

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16 Jun 2009 - 5:19pm
ambroselittle
2008

Often I find I have to turn off more mood-based music (like metal, rock,
indie, etc.) because mood changes or it starts feeling repetitive and even
annoying. This stuff I can just listen to for hours (even tho Pandora
repeats a lot on this station) w/ my Bose headphones (which provide the nice
thwompy beat necessary for full enjoyment):
http://www.pandora.com/?sc=sh104979862750689189
I think a key aspect is no words, or at least none I can understand. :) But
I like mixing in beat w/ the more stereotypical instrumental, too.

-a

16 Jun 2009 - 6:07pm
Andrew Boyd
2008

On Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 8:19 AM, J. Ambrose Little
<ambrose at aspalliance.com>wrote:

> Often I find I have to turn off more mood-based music (like metal, rock,
> indie, etc.) because mood changes or it starts feeling repetitive and even
> annoying. This stuff I can just listen to for hours (even tho Pandora
> repeats a lot on this station) w/ my Bose headphones (which provide the
> nice
> thwompy beat necessary for full enjoyment):
> http://www.pandora.com/?sc=sh104979862750689189
> I think a key aspect is no words, or at least none I can understand. :)
> But
> I like mixing in beat w/ the more stereotypical instrumental, too.
>
> -a
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On a good day, dance (Ministry Anthems 3 disk set on repeat is a good
example). On a bad day, when too much needs to be done in a hurry and a
distraction free environment is required, KMFDM/Slayer/White Zombie/Black
Label Society/misc assorted hardcore.

Cheers, Andrew

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16 Jun 2009 - 6:44pm
DampeS8N
2008

People assume I'm joking when I say this. But I REALLY love "The
Most Unwanted Song"

http://www.wired.com/listening_post/2008/04/a-scientific-at/

22 minutes of music genius.

I enjoy coding to it. And other interesting music like Balinese
Gamelan and Traditional Indian. Why? Like all creative acts, coding
requires interesting external input to lead down new paths.

This song leads to new ideas.

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17 Jun 2009 - 1:58am
Medina
2009

I love to listen to my music collection while working. I prefer lounge/chillout music, whether I'm working or just relaxing at home:

Little Dragon
Kissey Asplund
Cloud
Plej
Hird
Esthero
MGMT
Motorcycle
The Rurals
Kaskade
Tennishero

Put's me in a great frame of mind so that I'm relaxed and superfocused.

17 Jun 2009 - 4:44am
Anonymous

As stated by many above it depends on the task at hand or type of
focus needed. I do like Sirius or Pandora to mix it up as I sometimes
fall into a rut - see music below :).

Detailed Work
Eno - Music for Airports
Moby - A mix of his albums
Radiohead - Any album

Creative Work
Radiohead - Any album
Oasis - Early stuff
Kings Of Leon - Any album
The Killers - Any Album

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17 Jun 2009 - 8:27am
Anonymous

I love listening to afrobeat or funky jazz music when doing anything
creative.

Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra
Fela Kuti

Will Bernard
Stanton Moore
Karl Denson

Charlie Hunter (8-string guitar)
John Scofield

http://www.archive.org/details/etree

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