creative soundtrack

November 24, 2008 | 5 Comments

When I’m designing, I can listen to just about anything, whether it be a podcast or whatever music I’m in the mood for. If I’m doing just about anything else, the playlist is shorter. If I’m reading, writing, or just working through some ideas, I need to listen to music that doesn’t have any lyrics (unless they happen to be in Hopelandic).

I’ve come to love instrumental stuff so much, I listen to it most of the time. Some of my favorites are below. They are listed from most favoritist to not quite as favorite (but still better than noise). The first few of them I could listen to just about anytime, while the ones further down the list seem to come and go with moods.

I liked the look of mixing all the artwork together, but for convenience’ sake, the artists listed above include Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Ros, This Will Destroy You, Joy Wants Eternity, The Album Leaf, Caspian, and Eluvium. If there are others you’d suggest, I’d love to hear about them.

  • I TOTALLY feel you on the no-lyrics thing. I tend to focus on them if they are there. I have a couple pandora instrumental stations that I roll during the day. The first is generally a little more upbeat than the second…
    “New Funk” (link above) which uses the following artist seeds – Soulive (an east coast funk trio), Fingathing (an instrumental hip-hop group), and Chordless Theory (tango chill).
    “Instrumental” which uses the seeds – Brian Eno (ambient), Jesse Cook (modern flamenco), Tiesto (trance), ‘Reset’ (a Mutemath instrumental), and ‘Club Nowhere’ (a Blue Man group song). This Will Destroy You and The Album Leaf sometimes show up on this station – some very cool stuff.
    You turned me on to Explosions back in the day, and i really dig them, but their stuff tends to be too dynamic for me in a work setting – I wind up turning it up and down a lot. 🙂

    thanks for the post. you’re a wonderful human.

  • Brian

    I love all the bands that you listed, they are pretty much on rotation all the time on the ipod. Another band (that unfortunately is no longer) that I listen to along these lines are “Godspeed You! Black Emporer”. Weird name, amazing music.

    Also “God is an Astronaut” is a wonderful band too.

  • John

    Thanks for the comment Brian. I have an album or two by each of them as well, though I haven’t gotten into them as much.

  • Keaton

    Mogwai, Piglet and the Redneck Manifesto

  • John

    Keaton,
    Thanks. I’ve not been hooked by Mogwai yet, though I haven’t listened to them in a few years. The other two are new to me, so I’ll give them a listen.