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Music to read by
« on: April 10, 2016, 05:35:29 PM »
I've been doing a lot of reading and writing in the past year thanks to grad school, and I find it helps to be listening to music while doing so. But it can't have words! I've made a Google music playlist that's 2000 songs long full of movie scores (mostly) to listen to while reading and writing. But I want still more! So, here's your place to put music of any kind, not just movie scores (though those are welcome, too) that might be good for reading to. Like I said before, the only qualification is that there should be no words, or at least very very very few words.

Here's one of my faves for this particular use.
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Re: Music to read by
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2016, 05:59:28 PM »
I don't know if you're already familiar with them, and I can't find the whole album in one video on Youtube, but I used to listen to Can's "Tago Mago" while writing. I wouldn't say anything silly like it put me into a trance, but it's steady rhythms are good for letting your brain get a little loose. It may help with reading in the same way - I never tried it though.

It violates the lyrics thing, but most of the album is instrumental, and when there are vocals it's mostly incomprehensible.


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Re: Music to read by
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2016, 06:05:30 PM »
That's cool. I'll try 'em out.
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Re: Music to read by
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2016, 07:50:53 AM »
I find some of this Spotify playlist good for this purpose:

https://open.spotify.com/user/127054489/playlist/33LkEWYi4Hd4SEp2NRFUDY

Nils Frahm is also pretty great for this purpose.




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Re: Music to read by
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2016, 03:14:57 PM »
I basically need absolute silence in order to read. Any other noise is just distracting to me.
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Re: Music to read by
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2016, 03:33:47 PM »
I'm kind of the same way, but I don't usually have the luxury of silence. :) But yes, music is definitely a distraction to reading.
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Re: Music to read by
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2016, 04:53:22 PM »
Since if the tv is on then there's generally music on in the background and since the definition of a good book for me is one I can read whatever the distraction, then I can have all three going at once. Distracting? Who knows. I don't think I miss much by reading in a madhouse.
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Re: Music to read by
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2016, 06:42:03 PM »
If you have Amazon Prime, there are some fabulous playlists designed for reading - strangely enough they are labeled as For Reading. 
They include a lot of movie scores and classical.

An album I really enjoy reading to is by a one-off group out of Chicago called Bed of Roses. The album is called The Kissing Tree and it is a joy to listen to or even enjoy (especially with headphones) on its own.
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Re: Music to read by
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2016, 02:27:47 PM »
I create playlists to write to, and they have to be something that I don't focus on.  I can have lyrics, but they have to be well blended with the music so I don't pay attention to them.  I've been using certain Radiohead, Black Heart Procession and Red House Painters for this kind of thing. 

But I also use a lot of instrumentals.  Chopin is always a favorite. I avoid Mozart and Beethovan because they're always demanding my attention. But Vivaldi!




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Re: Music to read by
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2016, 10:34:31 PM »
I don't know if you're already familiar with them, and I can't find the whole album in one video on Youtube, but I used to listen to Can's "Tago Mago" while writing. I wouldn't say anything silly like it put me into a trance, but it's steady rhythms are good for letting your brain get a little loose. It may help with reading in the same way - I never tried it though.

It violates the lyrics thing, but most of the album is instrumental, and when there are vocals it's mostly incomprehensible.
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