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OT: What's Your Soundtrack?

by George_Sherston (Vicar)
on Aug 05, 2002 at 15:31 UTC ( [id://187700]=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Do most/many of us listen to music whilst working? I do. And it just occurred to me that I may be the only monk to be listening to the massed bands of the Brigade of Guards playing music for Trooping the Colour (a live recording, complete with Military Shouting and a fabulous Guards subaltern forming up to the podium and saying "your Majesty's Guard is ready to march orf, Ma'am").

This is not my usual aural fare, but when I'm feeling rather low-energy some robust military brass band gees me up. Another fave rave is Handel's oratorio "Joshua". Since my Real Name (TM) is Joshua, I find the choral number that goes "hail, hail mighty Joshua, thy name shall rise into immortal fame" rather encouraging.

Generally, though, I divide my time between uplifting Holy Roller music, and wordless logical sounds, for example piano boogies, ragtime, Drum 'n' Bass and Bach keyboard stuff.

I'd be very interested to know what sibling monks are listening to right now, and what weird and wonderful stuff you find appropriate for particular moments in your working lives.

§ George Sherston

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Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by Abigail-II (Bishop) on Aug 05, 2002 at 15:42 UTC
    I'm listening to the chatter on the hallway. ;-) I'm at work right now and don't have music playing equipment with me. I haven't bothered to enable sound on my laptop - computers should be quiet! Nor do I want to sacrifice disk space to mp3s. (I rather have my 195 versions of perl).

    At home, most of the time I listen to the radio (Radio 1 for those in .nl), but if I listen to CDs, it's usually work from artists that were around in the 60's and 70's. I prefer good vocals over beat. Paul Simon (with or without Garfunkel), John Lennon, Mark Knopfler, Joan Baez, John Denver, Janis Ian, that kind of work. But I do play classical works as well, or music from musicals.


      ++Janis Ian, 'cause she gets the internet!

      (She's also a pretty darn good singer/songwriter.)


      They laughed at Joan of Arc, but she went right ahead and built it. --Gracie Allen

Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by dreadpiratepeter (Priest) on Aug 05, 2002 at 15:46 UTC
    Actually right now I am listening to Joni Mitchell.

    Whe I really want to be productive I have a short list of discs that I will put on repeat for days at a time:
  • The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, The Ben Folds Five
  • Great Sky River, Jazz is Dead (or any of their other albums)
  • Live at the Fillmore East, The Allman Brothers (the Whipping post disc)
  • Synkronized, Jamiroquai
  • Bitches Brew, Miles Davis
  • This Desert Life, The Counting Crows
    Otherwise, I have my whole collection mp3d (mine, not stolen) And I put the whole 85gig on random play.

    "Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever."
Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by lemming (Priest) on Aug 05, 2002 at 16:04 UTC

    At work I'm limited to listening to the fans of the 30+ machines near my station. Occasionly there's a machine behind me that starts freaking out, but I can't quite call it music...

    Then I have the soundtrack that I play in my head, I seem to play a lot of Blue Öyster Cult, especially Career of Evil. Though Nine Inch Nails, Neil Diamond, Abba, AC-DC, Liz Phair, and several others crowd in occasionly. Now that the car stereo is fixed, maybe it will settle into whatever I listen to on the way to work.

    At home, I've got a random list of 4000 MP3s that I listen to that are mixed in with samples from Daily Wave

    Update: And most of those MP3s were self ripped at 160, though I'm starting to use OGG Vorbis now.

Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by PodMaster (Abbot) on Aug 05, 2002 at 16:25 UTC
    Hell yes!

    I llllllllike the ffffunky stuff!!!

    Right now, my most played jams "Are You Experienced?", "Super Bad", "Payback" and "Machine gun" (bootleg. if you can't figure out by whom these are, i feel sorry for you ~ no one should be deprived )

    Then there is:

    Drive Me Away - John Lee Hooker,
    Gimme Some More - Busta Rhymes,
    What The *uck you want - Busta Rhymes,
    This Means War - Busta Rhymes ( a "cover" of War Pigs by ozzie),
    Lovage - Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady (cd, fav song, Stroke That ~ cause stroking is the antidode !)
    Bernard Herrmann Hitchcock Tribute (cd, minus the commentary)
    Rosa Parks - Outkast
    All that Glitters - Death In Vegas (Dead Elvis)
    GBH - Death In Vegas
    System Of A Down - Toxicity (CD)
    I can't quit you baby - Led Zeppelin and Rush Otis versions.
    My Love will Never Die - Rush Otis

    I throw in FWORD when I need a chuckle.

    I've given the Led Zeppelin a rest ~ i only play it when I drive.

    That's what I've been playing lately. I didn't list some ethnic stuff I got with no name for (track 1 don't exactly mean much).

    ** The Third rule of perl club is a statement of fact: pod is sexy.

      Bernard Herman's soundtrack to North by Northwest is one of the alltime great movie soundtracks. Not just rehashing Holst's The Planets like so many movie music hacks.
Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by bedk (Pilgrim) on Aug 05, 2002 at 15:56 UTC
    If I really, really need to think, there's nothing better for me than silence.

    If I'm doing something very routine, a little music helps to keep my mind from wandering. My favorites at the moment are either early music, baroque (Bach, Rosenmuller or Vivaldi) or modern classical (John Adams, Arvo Pärt or Lou Harrison). Pärt's Te Deum is especially gorgeous, contemplative music. I can even code to it, sometimes.

      My favorites at the moment are either early music, baroque (Bach, Rosenmuller or Vivaldi) or modern classical (John Adams, Arvo Pärt or Lou Harrison).

      Except for Rosenmuller, this describes part of my collection. If you go for this, you might also find that early polyphonic plainchant is good for getting into (and staying in) the groove. The Hilliard Ensemble recording of the music of Perotin is outstanding.

      Philip Glass: The "Heroes" Symphony, based on works by David Bowie and Brian Eno, also finds its way into the player at least once a week.

        The Hilliard Ensemble are gods. I was never a big fan of counter-tenors until I heard David James sing with them. My favorite recordings are their albums Mnemosyne & Officium with jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek. In them they sing mainly medieval vocal pieces while Garbarek improvises around them. Haunting stuff.
Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by beernuts (Pilgrim) on Aug 05, 2002 at 16:03 UTC
    Hmmmm... At the moment, my soundtrack consists of various bits by:

    • MC 900FT Jesus
    • Better Than Ezra
    • The Dead Kennedys
    • Frank Black
    • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    • Soul Coughing
    • Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts
    • Radiohead
    • The Ramones
    • Fishbone

    If I'm really writing code, I lean toward electronica (Boards of Canada, Chemical Brothers, etc.) as I find I don't really focus on it like I do music with lyrics and melody... =-) When I need a pick-me-up, I go with ska. Less Than Jake, The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones, Buck-O-Nine, Skankin' Pickle and the like can really rip me out of a funk.

(jeffa) Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by jeffa (Bishop) on Aug 05, 2002 at 16:23 UTC
    I really prefer instrumental music when i code, such as The Orb, Vangelis, Ozric Tentacles, The Art of Noise, and even my own MIDI music that i wrote back in 1995. An exception is the Cocteau Twins - since i can't decipher half of what Elizabeth Fraser is singing anyway, i can't be distracted by the lyrics. Classical music is good too, i just don't have a collection worth mentioning. ;)

    When i am driving in the car i listen to MTSU's jazz station, WMOT. Check my home node for a list of my favorite rock bands.


    (the triplet paradiddle with high-hat)
Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by rozallin (Curate) on Aug 06, 2002 at 12:54 UTC
    I have to listen to music while coding, and for any other task. I have to have some sort of noise (be it white or otherwise).

    My musical tastes lie in the Genres of metal, punk and rock music, and some of the sub genres of those. I suppose you could file everything under "Alternative".

    As well as the "traditional" alternative, i.e. Sex pistols, Siouxsie Sioux and the Banshees, The Clash, The Smiths, etc. I like some (not all of their songs though) from the following:

    Muse, Ozzy Osbourne, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day (Early stuff, not their Warning teen-poppy angst rubbish), Nirvana, Placebo, Deftones, Korn, Gary Numan, Rammstein, Incubus, Silverchair, Hole, Idlewild, Foo Fighters, Ash, Offspring, Nine Inch Nails, Filter, and Kittie.

    And the soundtrack song to my life - Inkubbus Sukkubus' cover of the Stones song Paint It Black.

Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by tjh (Curate) on Aug 05, 2002 at 16:09 UTC
    • Eric Clapton
    • Stevie Ray Vaughn
    • early Chicago
    • Allman Bros
    • Blues Traveler
    • Susan Tedeschi
    • Roy Orbison

    Strange list eh? Omits some Mozart, Chopin, Beatles and Moodies, and some other more esoteric things.

Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by physgreg (Scribe) on Aug 05, 2002 at 15:52 UTC
    Depends on mood: If i'm feeling relaxed and happy I like Aphex Twin (or similar ambient stuff). Most of the time I rquire a bit of energy, and to be able to block out the world, so I like Slipknot, Slayer, Linkin Park or anything sufficiently loud and mindless.
Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by rattusillegitimus (Friar) on Aug 05, 2002 at 16:09 UTC

    I typically have three CDs I pop in at work (I don't listen here as often as I'd like because it lets people sneak up in my cubie).

    • Depressing Mix - a bunch of dark and depressing songs in minor keys, like Marilyn Manson's cover of "Suicide is Painless," several tunes from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Murder Ballads, some Pink Floyd, etc.
    • Irish Folk Mix - The Irish Descendants, The Irish Rovers, The Flying Fish Sailors, and others.
    • Metallica - my old standby, 9.5 hours of Metallica mp3s I ripped from my cd collection at home and burned onto one disk. Whenever I need something loud and angry in the background, I go with this.

    At home, I'm much more diverse, listening to everything from Bob Marley to Beethoven to Megadeth to Rush to Thomas Dolby... With everything ripped to my hard drive, I can follow whatever whim suits me at the moment. I tend to keep it quieter, since I do most of my coding while the rest of the family sleeps.

    He seemed like such a nice guy to his neighbors / Kept to himself and never bothered them with favors
    - Jefferson Airplane, "Assassin"

Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by runrig (Abbot) on Aug 05, 2002 at 18:19 UTC
    I saw the Turtles yesterday (at my favourite place), and I've still got "Happy Together" playing in my head. It was a fun show, the lead singers are great. With names like Flo 'n Eddie, you know they have to be, um, interesting (and being former members of Zappa's Mothers of Invention, they are guaranteed to be). They at least have a sense of humour ("They only difference between us and the Beatles is three letters and about 6 billion dollars...") :-)
Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by JSchmitz (Canon) on Aug 05, 2002 at 18:38 UTC
    -Husker Du
    -Bouncing Souls
    -Royal Trux
    -White Stipes
    -Velvet Underground
    -Sonic Youth
    -Modest Mouse
    -Nothing of Merit
    -Elliott Smith
    -Blue Meanies
    -Stiff Little Fingers
    -Edith Frost
    -Cat Power
Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by bilfurd (Hermit) on Aug 05, 2002 at 18:54 UTC
    I need my music to filter out the office noise. Current favories are
    • Tangerine Dream
    • Joe Walsh
    • Jimi Hendrix
    • The Doors
    • Ozzy
    • The Cult
    • Led Zeppelin
    Each for very different reasonse, of course. I am lucky enough to have an office with a door. The Cult is best listened to at volume...
Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by jynx (Priest) on Aug 05, 2002 at 19:01 UTC

    You may be interested in looking up this and this which asked the same question previously.

    My responses there are still roughly accurate regarding myself...


Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by aufrank (Pilgrim) on Aug 05, 2002 at 20:59 UTC

    might as well mention some good bluegrass, since it's often my genre of choice.

    for some good old-timey stuff, try:

  • Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys
  • The Monroe Brothers (see above link)
  • Doc and/or Merle Watson
  • Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs (and the Foggy Mountain Boys)
  • Allison Krauss and Union Station
  • and for some different/newer sounds, try:

  • Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
  • The Wayfaring Strangers ("Shifting Sands of Time" is really a spectacular album, worth checking out)
  • The String Cheese Incident
  • Yonder Mountain String Band
  • anything with Tony Trischka
  • and finally, for a man in a class by himself, checkout the following John Hartford albums:

  • Morning Bugle
  • Mark Twang
  • Me Oh My How Time Does Fly (anthology)
  • and the greatest album of all times, aereo-plane
  • "some day my baby, when I am a man
    and others have taught me the best that they can
    sell me a suit, and cut off my hair
    and send me to work in tall buildings

    cause it's goodbye to the sunshine,
    goodbye to the dew
    goodbye to the flowers
    and goodbye to you
    I'm off to the subway, I mustn't be late,
    I'm going to work in tall buildings.

    now when I retire, my life is my own
    I've made all my payments, it's time to go home
    I wonder what happened, betwixt and between,
    when I went to work in tall buildings

    cause it's goodbye to the sunshine,
    goodbye to the dew
    goodbye to the flowers
    and goodbye to you
    I'm off to the subway, I mustn't be late,
    I'm going to work in tall buildings." --John Hartford, "In Tall Buildings"

    RIP John,

      My, my, I'm not the only bluegrasser! Now, if only I actually had enough time to spend picking the old banjo.

        I could never get the hang of pickin' so I developed a taste for (the oft-overlooked and under-appreciated) clawhammer banjo.
      I'm no expert in bluegrass (John Hartford's name just rings a bell - I'll have to check him out), but you may find these bands interesting: The Bad Livers, Split Lip Rayfield, and the Meat Purveyors.

      -- Frag.
      "Never could stand that dog."

Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by ignatz (Vicar) on Aug 05, 2002 at 16:31 UTC
Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by Rex(Wrecks) (Curate) on Aug 05, 2002 at 17:18 UTC
    Hmm, here goes:
  • Coctaeu Twins
  • Vanessa Mae
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Les Miserables
  • Annie Lennox (with or without Dave Stewart)
  • Garbage
  • TenaciousD
  • Almost any good female vocalists

    "Nothing is sure but death and taxes" I say combine the two and its death to all taxes!
Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by Albannach (Monsignor) on Aug 05, 2002 at 17:39 UTC
    My taste includes prog rock, jazz, blues, Gregorian chant, Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Handel, Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovitch (and other Russians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries), Aaron Copland, Stan Rogers, the Chieftans, and never anything country & western. My currently favoured artists include (in no particular order): early Genesis, and any Peter Gabriel, YES, ELP, FM and of course Nash the Slash, Rush, King Crimson, Art of Noise, Jethro Tull, Steve Ray Vaughan, Steve Vai, Jean-Luc Ponty, Weather Report, UZEB, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and any good solid "wall of sound" big band, along the lines of the Boss Brass.

    For me at least, music is not an option, it is a fundamental part of being human, and one of the biggest personal productivity problems of an office is the lack of music. I can't say that some type of music is better than another for a given task, as it simply depends on my mood at the time, and whether I want to retain and reinforce that mood, or change it - the right music at the right time can work wonders.

    I'd like to be able to assign to an luser

Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by Adam Kensai (Sexton) on Aug 05, 2002 at 17:46 UTC
    I've sincere doubts much of what I'm listening to is well known but...
    • Classical: Bach, Pachelbel, Handel primarily
    • Japanese Rock: L'arc en ciel, Siam Shade
    • Classic Rock: Just about everything ^_^
    • Wierd German Stuff: Rammstein
    • American: Aimee Mann
    • African: Burundi Drummers
    Well that was an esoteric list ^_^.
Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by Daruma (Curate) on Aug 05, 2002 at 17:17 UTC

    my %need = ( "energy" => "Crystal Method", "nostalgia" => "Jethro Tull", "relaxation" => "Bob Marley", "inspiration" => "Chrisitian Pop" );
Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by Marza (Vicar) on Aug 05, 2002 at 17:03 UTC

    It varies

    Zydego, Opera, Billie Holiday, Andean, Blue Grass, Professor Longhair. Just to name a few.....

Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by hding (Chaplain) on Aug 05, 2002 at 18:08 UTC
    I've always suspected that I'm in a small minority in liking to listen to bluegrass. I use jazz a lot too. And prog rock. And various other things, I suppose. John Hiatt is king. Bill Frisell is my favorite musician. According to Duke, there are only two types of music: good and bad. Can I make this response any more rambly? :-)
Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by MrCromeDome (Deacon) on Aug 05, 2002 at 19:13 UTC
    Typically, my playlist is dominated by Rush. I don't know that there's a mood or a time that they don't have a song that's appropriate. Of course, YMMV ;)

    That's not all I listen to though. If I'm feeling more laidback, I like listening to music such as Pink Floyd and Collective Soul. If I'm angry or agitated at a coworker, or just generally frustrated, I switch to the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Front 242, KMFDM, Prodigy, etc. And if I need to concentrate or wrap my head around something difficult or foreign, nothing beats the sound of silence.


Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by simon.proctor (Vicar) on Aug 05, 2002 at 21:10 UTC
    Well at home I hardly listen to anything these days, I prefer the gentle hum of my puters.

    However work is a very different story. Being surrounded, as I am, by women who giggle a lot I find that very distracting (and not for the reason some of you may be thinking of). So at work I fuel my code with some hard, fast and heavy stuff.
    Today, I am been mostly listening to:
    1. Fear Factory - obsolete
    2. Morbid Angel - latest album
    3. Motorhead - 1916

    And tomorrows selection will include (bangs desk in cheap imitation of drum roll...)
    1. Obituary - world demise
    2. Nine inch nails - the fragile
    3. And if they can keep their mouths shut - Bjork, homogenic
Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by nefertari (Chaplain) on Aug 06, 2002 at 08:22 UTC

    Some years ago when I was doing my math-exercises until 3 a.m. I listened mostly to Midnight Oil(site uses flash, but there are links on the bottom), it was the right stuff to keep me awake.

    (This happened once or twice a week on Wednesday (for the exercises that were due on Thursday) and on Thursday (for the Friday-exercises). I have to admit that I could have done them earlier but on other days I preferred to sleep. Usually I solved them first with pencil on paper and then wrote down the exact proofs after everything was ready.)

    Now I prefer Vangelis (1492, The city, Mythodea), the soundtrack of Myst 3 (got it as MP3s on a CD in a magazine), the soundtrack of Diablo II (from Blizzards Site, my favourites are the tracks for Act 5), and Wolfsheim (Dreaming Apes and Spectators).

    At work (university) there is only the sound of the old laser-printer (also a "good" ozone- and heat-source) and sometimes the birds

Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by hsmyers (Canon) on Aug 06, 2002 at 13:40 UTC

    Listing of D:\MP3\*. reveals

    • Cat Stevens - Teaser And The Firecat
    • Christy Moore - Christy Moore
    • Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem - Greatest Irish Hits
    • David Massengill - Coming Up For Air
    • David Massengill - My Home Must Be a Special Place
    • David Massengill - The Return
    • David Massengill - Twilight the Taj Majal
    • Dick Gaughan - Outlaws & Dreamers
    • Dolly Parton - The Grass Is Blue
    • Dolores Keane & John Faulkner - Broken hearted I'll wander
    • Dolores Keane & John Faulkner with Eamonn Curran - Farewell to Erin
    • Emmylou Harris - Red Dirt Girl
    • Emmylou Harris - Spyboy
    • Fred Holstein - Fred Holstein& A Collection
    • Jean Redpath - Jean Redpath
    • Jean Redpath - Jean Redpath& Leaving the Land
    • Jean Redpath - Song Of The Seals
    • John McDermott - Old Friends
    • John McDermott - Remembrance
    • John McDermott - The Danny Boy Collection
    • John Stewart - Bandera
    • John Stewart - Rough Sketches
    • Liam Clancvy, Tommy Makem, Family & Friends - The Lark in the Morning
    • Legacy - A Collection of New Folk Music
    • Leonard Cohen - Field Commander Cohen
    • Leonard Cohen - Live Songs
    • Leonard Cohen - Songs of Love and Hate
    • Leonard Cohen - Various Positions
    • Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris - Western Wall # The Tucson Sess
    • Loreena McKennitt - The Book Of Secrets
    • Paddy Reilly - 20 Golden Irish Ballads
    • Paddy Reilly - The fields Of Athenry
    • Paddy Reilly - The Paddy Reilly Collection
    • Pavarotti Luciano - Pavarotti &Friends for war child
    • Queen - Greatest Hits
    • Richard Shindell - Reunion Hill
    • Richard Shindell - Somewhere Near Paterson
    • Robin and Linda Williams - In the Company of Strangers
    • Steeleye Span - Commoners Crown
    • Steeleye Span - Horkstow Grange
    • Steve Goodman & Friends - Gathering at the Earl of Old Town
    • The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem - The Clancy Brothers and Tommy M
    • Various - Hard Cash
    • Various - Timeless - Hank Williams tribute
    • Various Artists - Spirit of the 60's - disc 1
    • Various Artists - Spirit of the 60's - disc 2
    If there is a bias (and there is!) then it would have to be Folk>Irish...


    "Never try to teach a pig to wastes your time and it annoys the pig."
Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by neilwatson (Priest) on Aug 06, 2002 at 15:22 UTC

    Silence is best when I'm really thinking hard. However, for run of the mill work Pink Floyd with a smattering of classical is my choice. On occation I will dig into the rest of my online collection.

    Neil Watson
Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by markjugg (Curate) on Aug 05, 2002 at 21:50 UTC
Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by toma (Vicar) on Aug 07, 2002 at 04:23 UTC
    White Zombie / Rob Zombie.
    Mothers / Zappa if I get tired of that.
    If I listen to anything I haven't heard a large number of times, it breaks my concentration.

    It should work perfectly the first time! - toma

Re: OT: What's Your Soundtrack?
by jrsmith (Pilgrim) on Aug 16, 2002 at 19:37 UTC
    my music choices generally flow between the following:
    • loud, violent rap music, such as eminem, wu tang, etc
    • classical, such as wagner, rachmanninoff, debussy, and the popular ones like bach, beethoven
    • frank sinatra, dean martin, louis armstrong, harry connick jr
    • theme songs! there's nothing like sitting down and coding to the beat of duck tales, gummi bears, or the price is right... i also recommend the quantum leap theme, very good

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