What sort of music do you guys listen to when you're in the zone while designing?
Ta-ku, all of his earlier albums. In particular: 50 Days for Dilla Vol. 2
Great suggestion! Along with that, I like to listen to Soulection Radio. They have a different guest DJ every week (Ta-ku is a part of the label so he's done it a few times in the past.) You can listen to these through Soulections Soundcloud or at soulectionradio.com
Best of Hans Zimmer.
Great composer he is
I like neo-soul because it's smooth.
Another Aaron W that listens to metal? I can entertain this one! What releases have you been into lately? :)
Sorry for the delayed reply, too busy head banging :) 2015 saw some awesome releases, new ones from While She Sleeps, FNM, Lamb Of God, Rivers Of Nihil, Parkway Drive, Black Breath, Clutch, Sikth, Protest The Hero and Baroness all kept my neck sore. What about you? Always looking for recommendations :)
What an awesome list. I've been getting into way more of the heavy, sludgy, and technical albums as of late.
A few of my favorites this last year are:
- Counterparts - Tragedy Will Find Us
- Entities — Novalis
- The Afterimage — Lumière - EP
- CHON - Grow
- The Contortionist - Language
- Prettymuch all Rosetta albums
2016 looks like it's shaping up for a bunch of good stuff!
Oooo yes to Parkway Drive
Pretty much switch between chill, ambient stuff and rap haha
Nice! Same here!
By the way... Do you listen to Matoma, Kygo, Thomas Jack, Wankelmut, FlicFlac, Filous, KlangTherapeuten, Robin Schilz, Klingande? And many more those are the ones on top of my head right now!
Honestly I've never heard of any of those. Will be checking them out today, thanks!
And Batman soundtrack I suppose!
Calm shit like: Jamie xx, Majik, Flume, M83, Maribou State, Caribou, Four tet, George Fitzgerald, Jon Hopkins, Bob Moses, Floating Points etc.
All of these. I saw floating points recently with a full orchestra in London, phenomenal!
Thats awesome! Never saw him live myself, but he is definitely on my "to-see" list.
Burial. Lots and lots of Burial.
None. I work alone and I work best in quiet. If there is background noise, then I'll listen to ambient sounds, usually rain.
+1 on Soft Murmur. I hadn't heard of the other one. Thanks for the link.
Metal, hardcore, punk and Taylor Swift :3
+1 for being another designer that admits that he likes Taylor Swift.
+1 for Taylor
Gangster rap yo! .. keep that shit mad thuggish all day, son.
+1 Hip Hop nigga here o/
Anything I feel like mostly. Right now? Perturbator, QOTSA, and Grimes
So glad Pertubator was mentioned.
Radiohead always gets me in the zone
Usually either Progressive Metal or Pop.
At the moment I'm between Ayreon/The Gentle Storm and Carly Rae Jepsen/CHVRCHES
Mostly electronic-based music. I'm adding recently discovered songs to cave playlist on Spotify :)
Simon & Garfunkel
For the last 2 weeks : Brain.fm. It claims to have focus oriented music and if you ignore the UI, this is actually worth checking out. I think they are also working on an iOS app.
i quite like brain.fm too. Otherwise drum and bass is good.
I sometimes use a similar service, https://www.focusatwill.com
Liquid or Jazzy Drum & Bass.
Apple Music: New > Genre: Dance > Hot Tracks
Same for Electronic. Perfect design music, and you always get to listen to something new.
- So much hip hop and R&B.
- Spotify Discover Weekly
- Chance <3
- Tedeschi Trucks
Grammatik, Portishead or Massive Attack are my automatic go-tos, otherwise I like listing to talk radio or nothing.
I’ve found myself listening to a lot of Little People recently. Mainly I listen to smooth jazz and hip-hop instrumentals.
Tycho, Ulrich Schnauss, Helios. My spotify playlist:
Haitus Kaiyote is my ish right now
I actually pick an album/playlist/station based off what mood I'm trying to capture in my design.
check out designers.mx. I have a few mixes up there but it answers this question from a lot of designers' PoV
I basically vary between really good music and weird stuff, check out my stats.
Warm focus from BFF.fm and Camposanto’s Patrick Ewing. 2 hours of «instrumental music, walking the line between mellow & energetic, digital & analog, high & low BPM». It’s just perfect.
I like listening to this radio station: http://soulectionradio.com . Usually a good mix of new future beats stuff and some classic instrumentals.
I created a special playlist on Spotify for when I'm working in the office. It has some chill alternative hits. Give it a try and subscribe if you like it. I will update it monthly.
A lot of Ludovico Einaudi (Apple Music: https://itun.es/si/BUtC)
Roots Rock, Folk, Singer-Songwriter, New Americana and Country Rock according to Spotify's Year in Music.
Chiptunes up my productivity like none other. Shit gets me PUMPED
Really depends on the type of work I'm doing but film scores work for me because they have no lyrics.
If I need a boost, lately it's been this awesome Spotify playlist
I've got a playlist with over 2000 songs I made 5 (?) years ago with Spotify. I'm still baffled with the songs that's in it, it has anything and everything from classic piano, to heavy metal/ Viking metal
We just launched a series of mixtapes with my collective, goes from ambient to house and funk/disco. I think it can be a nice work music, no hard promotion intended.
If you want to give it a listen: https://soundcloud.com/heed_music/heed-tape-1-cad