[TAG] Music whilst you work....
kat at linuxgazette.net
Thu Jun 29 06:50:29 MSD 2006
On Wed, Jun 28, 2006 at 09:50:11PM -0400, Benjamin A. Okopnik wrote:
> Well, I'm a musical ignoramus compared to you, Mike, and Jimmy at least
> - it was weirdly fascinating to see you guys discussing all these
> groups I'd never heard of (hell, entire musical genres I'd never heard
> of!) the last time, but I'm afraid I just don't speak the language.
> Though I would certainly not mind learning it. I just have no idea of
> where to even start.
I'm surprised to hear you say that, actually. your music collection's
pretty eclectic, and you've talked about some seminal moments in your
life and the soundtrack to those memories.
The stuff that Thomas, Mike and Jimmy have talked about is often deep
geekery about the music that they and I grew up with, and the stuff that
went on afer that. If you'd like, we can go off to a proper music store
like Tower or HMV, one that has listening stations (one with a used CD
department would probably be the best bet) armed with a list from The
musical set here, and get you caught up.
Meanwhile, there's all this cool (IMHO) stuff you've introduced me to
that I'd guess they don't know about. Deva Premal, Prem Joshua, Eileen
Quinn, Catie Curtis... and a wealth of sea shanties.
> Most times, I don't listen to anything at all when coding - well, except
> the creaking noises my brain makes. However, if I actually think of it
> before I start - rare as that may be - I do find music helpful... in
> some strange way that I can't describe.
We seem to go through phases of remembering to put on music, and
competely ignoring the presence of our CD and .mp3 collection. The music
thing is about reaching that Zen flow trance/meditation state, no?
> > I myself have noticed that if I am programming I tend to listen to the
> > following bands:
> > ``
> > Edgar Broughton Band
> > Screaming Trees
> > Pavement
> > Gomez
> > Patti Smith
> > ''
> Haven't heard of a single one, sorry. :\
You've probably heard some Pavement and Patti Smith. Patti Smith's one
of the grand dames of punk. You may have heard her voice on "Because the
> > And if I am doing general stuff (such as emails, IRC):
> > ``
> > Gorky's Zygotic Mynci
> > Incredible String Band
> > Nick Drake
> > Gryphon
> > Yo La Tengo
> > ''
> Ditto for these.
I'm really curious about these. I have a vague sense that I like
Incredible String Band and Yo La Tengo, but I don't know that I'd be
able to pick them out.
But then, I like Nina Hagen, so my musical tastes are a bit suspect.
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