Sometimes I listen to white noise or James Blake when designing. What type of music do you listen to or get inspired by?
As soon as I saw Yagya, it was pretty much... have my upvote :)
Also, this has been working for me. A sort of balearic Yagya. Good stuff: https://soundcloud.com/n-u/s-o-l
Finally, an epic dub playlist: http://open.spotify.com/user/baretom/playlist/50oyVNwpgWEaBSL5YDybtC
I love these posts because my taste in music is rare among designers, just interesting to me. I mostly listen to Hardcore, Powerviolence, Beatdown etc... Probably on the fringe but I'd love to meet other designers who share my love for hardcore/punk :)
I love breakdowns too
Long time lurker on Designernews, but had to register to step up: I too am listen to Hardcore / Beatdown / etc.
I listen to a lot of genres, but only the real hard stuff seems to work when designing / coding.
The real hard stuff + Slow Focus by Fuck Buttons. Always delivers what it promises.
To get into the zone I always need to listen to His Hero is Gone and Tragedy. D-beat calms me down somehow. Spazz also seems to work well. Lately I've also been listening a lot to Hoax – one of the best hardcore bands of recent years.
Oh yeah! Have my upvote. Usually listening all day to this http://tunein.com/radio/Chaos-Radio-s194043/ and of course Powerviolence all the way please!
All day! Mostly Sumac and Xibalba lately...throw in some thou, weekend nachos, black sheep wall...
YES YES YES. I went to Xibalba's album release for Tierra y Liberta a couple weeks ago with All Out War. I'm glad I'm not alone \m/
I listen to Verse when I really want to get shit done.
I am still fond of old-school punk bands such as Dead Kennedys, but when I was really into that scene I listened to a lot of UK bands such as The Exploited, GBH, Subhumans, The Business.
I've found if I have to do much thinking while working, that music distracts me, but if I know what I have to do and simply implement something, that music can make time fly by.
I kind of have the same mentality. If I need to think, or basically talk to myself in my head, I can't listen to music I want to sign along too or mosh to, too distracting. But If I'm experimenting, doing visuals, I love hxc to tap my feet to.
The amount of you who replied to this got me stoked, glad I'm not the only hardcore head on DN <333
Hardcore pride checking in! Champion / Have Heart / Chain of Strength / Bane / Set it Straight is my top 5 for getting stuff done. What's yours?
Right now I'd say the new Turnstile / COK / Harms Way and I'm literally always jamming Integrity.
I don't listen to it while working, but I generally love hardcore, especially the old school sounding stuff, like Devil In Me, Raised Fist etc.
lo-fi surf rock
You have some good band recommendations?
- the growlers
- mystic braves
- ty segall
Movie scores like Jurassic Park, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel & Avengers are all epic soundtracks to design too
I would love to see your playlist. I try John Williams, Ennio Morricone and Hans zimmer while working. So much focus it gives while designing.
Its mostly those above with some Alan Silvestri and lately The Legend of Zelda: Link Between worlds soundtrack I got from CLub Nintendo :)
Jazz: Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis
Classical: Glass, Satie, Beethoven, Wagner
Neo Classical: Max Richter, Olafur Arnalds
Folkish: Adanowsky, Devendra Barnhardt, Kings of Convenience
Electronic: Ellen Allien, Vitalic, Modeselektor,
I'll just leave this here https://designers.mx/
Mostly R&B & Hip-hop. Jhene Aiko, SZA, Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar have been on repeat ♥
yep same except I throw in some Prince and Amy Winehouse to switch it up
I love Amy Winehouse
Trance and psy-trance when coding. Deep house and progressive trance while designing.
Btw. these djs all have brilliant weekly or biweekly podcasts:
- Christopher Lawrence
- John 00 Fleming
- Max Graham
- Paul Van Dyk
- Adam Ellis
- Markus Schulz
- Above and beyond
Just search for their names in iTunes or Instacast and you'll find it.
Off the top of my head, Pixies, Afghan Whigs, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Hot Water Music, Fugazi, 70's rock and old school hip hop.
Something calm like Beck Morning Phase when I don't know where I am headed just yet and need to explore ideas. http://www.rdio.com/artist/Beck/album/Morning_Phase/
When I know where I am going I might listen to something more upbeat or something poppy.
In the office everyone wears headphones so it's quite a different experience having the music in your ear vs at home where I can put it in the background.
Everything electronic which isn't distracting. Preferable without or not much vocals.
- We Were In Love - Ta-ku
- Lower Spectrum - Khlever
- Sansula (Max Cooper's Lost in Sound Mix) - Dominik Eulberg
Stuff like that takes me right into the tunnel.
I generally listen to industrial/ebm/power-noise, e.g., Skinny Puppy, Front 242, Project Pitchfork, Xotox, etc.
Some other artists I like listening to, Venetian Snares, Xanopticon, Autechre, Richard Devine, Aphex Twin.
usually downtempo / trip hop: massive attack, tricky, portishead. or latin/south american: gotan project or classical argentine tango (separate obsession), novalima, tinariwen or other african blues. been exploring more old school hip hop lately.
I'll listen to just about anything I like when working on design work, it takes up most of my time so I use it to discover new artists. I do tend to stick to certain genres when I draw or code. With illustration I like to listen to a lot of psych rock, and when coding I like to listen to all sorts of electronic stuff, such as Burial, Flying Lotus, Groundislava, Gold Panda, etc.
Here's my main work playlist on Rdio: https://rd.io/i/QX0p5jPRfg4/
Howard Stern on Sirius all day every day. Electro House when I'm in the zone.
Trance, psytrance, progressive trance. Music without too much lyrics.
Lately: Oneohtrix Point Never, Tim Hecker, Death Blues, Belong, William Ryan Fritch
Progressive Rock and Jazz mainly. Always full albums. Never playlists.
some of most recent great albums that are always inspiring me https://medium.com/@brunoportnoy/top-10-albums-of-2014-b042c3703fb1 and https://medium.com/@brunoportnoy/top-10-albums-of-2013-5587b0f20ffb
Every day is something different. I usually go by albums, rather than making playlists. Favorite artists include: Deadmau5, Drake, Calvin Harris, Madeon, Metallica, Lecrae, Ed Sheeran, Avicii, Nickelback, ect.
Also, Spotify has some comedy playlists/albums that I actually find pretty good to work to. It's great being able to get work done and laugh.
Really depends on the mood and also on the kind of work
For inspiration: • Sigur Rós • Explosions in the sky
For Getting things done fast: • Bad Religion or other punk alike
For focus with some speed: • Dream Theater • Liquid Tension • Mettalica
Liquid drumm&bass when im still on my coffe, ambient for the most of the time
I recently noticed I listen to some totally weird shit when designing. Some of the things I listened to recently:
- Black To Comm
- Jon Mueller & Duane Pitre
Irish Punk, FTW!
Silence if I'm designing or developing. Or white noise (like rain) if I need to mask the background noise.
I usually listen to E-40, but if I really need to focus, then I might listen to E-40 instead.
Metal, all the time, the more progressive, the better.
People fancy and shit here with their taste. I like to listen kind of Reggeton, Bachata and Chachacha when I design.
Kidding of course. Haha, alternative rock and deep house. Some times rap and hip hop help to wake a little bit on mornings. Just saying.
Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West. Some J. Cole and Drake
it varies between sam smith the fray type stuff, korean hip hop, and jazz hip hop
It ranges from hardcore to hip hop, to scores and samba.
Less than Jake, Goldfinger and pretty much anything up beat ska.
I typically listen to Alternative or Folk music most of the time, but when I am on a deadline... nothing works better than Dubstep or Old School Hip Hop on spotify.
Currently jamming these albums (since I don't do playlists): Mew - No More Stories Kishi Bashi - Lighght The Smith Street Band - Throw Me in the River Fink - Hard Believer St Vincent - S/T + Strange Mercy
This is f amazing music for inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mlpl-RzsCck Works for me! :)
I've been listening to the deathcore end of the metal spectrum lately.
Always listen to Soulection for that Sound of tomorrow. Which basically is R&B-leaning remixes, hip hop cuts, and instrumentals.
They are also around 3 hours long sets which helps my constant what-should-I-play-next disorder.
Chilled electro. (I know, such a hipster right?)
In my defence I get way to distracted by lyrics when working
Neutral Milk Hotel, of Montreal, Ariel Pink, The Flaming Lips, John Maus.
Lo-fi, indie rock and psychedelic pop.
Mostly hardcore and metal, the heavier the better.
It ranges from black metal to reggae. Right now I am into old swedish punk..
Link to old swedish punk?
Sorry for the delay, here's the playlist for anyone interested: http://open.spotify.com/user/117531126/playlist/24BRibZjv15v5iEQHqni05
dub, trip hop, acid jazz, chillout, drum n base, dubstep
Usually music that doesn't get annoying and don't disturb the inspiration process. For me that's mostly soulful deep house or chill-out. I keep an archive of what I buy and mixes that I share at my music blog
I usually listen to this (defonic.com) when I design.. puts me in the "zone"
All of the songs on this list http://hypem.com/r_raincloud
Movie soundtracks :) http://open.spotify.com/user/jkeentauna/playlist/6ezSeuJjsVrIGqmCl12L5d
For me, it all depends on the kind of work I'm doing.
Most recently I've been working on a few personal projects and I listened to the SamuraiGunn EP by DoseOne the most during that time. It was the perfect thing to listen to at the time.
Dubstep, EDM, Trap, Chillstep
At the studio my colleagues like to listen to the Top 100 Triple J list on repeat for 365 days. (Blank Stare)
When I am on my headphones, I like it when I listen to random music from all over the world (8tracks - Choose mood instrumental, calm.). It feels good to build your playlist on spotify with some different tunes.
When I work at home I listen to this: http://www.noisli.com/
Your taste is awesome :)
relaxing, rocking, great for focus-mind
This must be one of the best posts. Usually house and deep house. But I also have a love for bossa nova and jazz and the mixture of both.
One of my favs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_0vJiXP7GY
I love atmospheric and post rock. It's upbeat enough to not put me to sleep, but isn't distracting. 65 days of static are always my go to band. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WneDU-K3Sww
I like to listen to podcasts or some essential mixes.
When i feel my motivation start to drop i stick this on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mcGJA7-HeM :]
Tropical House via https://soundcloud.com/melodic-sounds
Every once in a while ambient noise designed for meditation.
usually albums from Pink Floyd.. stuff like 'echoes' from Meddle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm0VBWnUhvU or maybe all of 'Obscured by Clouds'... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_vVFC7URkc their latest is pretty good as well...just ambient music mostly.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAPBU1vqRZA
I'm in my 40s though...so I may be a bit biased ;) to me, this is what music should be like :)