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#1 Pres

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 08:47 AM

This weeks question comes from Mea (GEP), she asks: What do you listen to while working in the studio? Music, tv, talk radio, silence? Mea admits that the question has been asked before, but that newbies should have a chance to answer it, as those of us older ones may have another answer.

 

 

I use a TV in the studio, it was an old CRT 12" until lately, now a new LED 23". Getting some feedback and fuzziness that I have to check the power and coax feeds. I usually have it tuned in to Westerns or some other thing that I have often seen so that it is just noise, no need to really pay attention. Don't like straight silence in the shop. If I want real silence, I just take out the hearing aides :wacko: .

 

 

 

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#2 Joseph F

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 09:18 AM

I answered this one before a while back and it was silence for me then. However, now I have a bluetooth speaker and I jam out to techno and trance music. Mostly stuff that has no lyrics. I have no idea who the artist are, Pandora just selects them for me.

 

No idea why I like this music.

 

I am assuming it has something to do with the uplifting constant beats to energize me to keep doing repetitive task. I have never listened to this stuff in the past, nor do I listen to it when I'm the car. It seems I only enjoy it when I am doing something that closely related to manual labor. 



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Posted 15 May 2017 - 09:21 AM

Usually talk radio...until I start yelling at the radio. Then I switch to an Oldies station or throw in a CD where I have total control. I don't like to anything in silence except read.

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 10:13 AM

The first thing I did when I set up my current workspace was to install an old CD player, and sit a pile of CDs next to it. Everything from Philip Glass to Miles Davis.

The CDs still sit there, the player is never switched on. I just bathe in birdsong and the hum of insects, and resent anything that interrupts the lazy drone of nature through the open door a few feet from my wheel.



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Posted 15 May 2017 - 01:27 PM

Mostly I listen to what is going on in the main studio - all sorts of fun conversations or instructions going on. If not that, then progressive talk radio though its all about the same topic these days. 



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Posted 15 May 2017 - 01:46 PM

I listen to talk radio or story tapes.  I don't like silence in the studio or our home.  



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Posted 15 May 2017 - 02:35 PM

I prefer to listen to myself think so most of the time its quiet. But if there is music its either classical or acoustic guitar instrumentals.


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 02:53 PM

I put speakers in my garage/studio so I can listed to music. It just helps me be in the mood to have fun at the wheel.

Type of music you ask: basically everything except country and rap.

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 05:30 PM

I like it quiet. Listen to the birds outside.
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 06:10 PM

My Bluetooth headphones are a MUST. If I need to concentrate on things and need to be present for tasks like doing math for glazes, or designing a new piece, then I listen to music. Current playlist:
Space Lord (Monster Magnet)
Whatever (Butthole Surfers)
Rag and Bone (The White Stripes)
Voodoo Hack (Strange Daddy)
The Book of Love (The Magnetic Fields)
Fight Like the Devil (Paul Otten)
I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (Sandi Thom)
Black Sheep (Gin Wigmore)
Got Your Number (Serena Rider)
Sing Sing (Serena Rider)
Hi Ho (War and Treaty)
Wagon Wheel (Old Crow Medicine Show)
Blood in the Cut (K Flay)
Snow (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)
Run the World (Beyoncé)
River (Bishop Briggs)
Middle Fingers (MISSIO)
In Hell I'll be In Good Company (The Dead South)

Joseph is quite correct in thinking beats per minute assists in concentration, and many of these songs fall into that ideal range despite not being techno or electronica.

If I'm doing something mindless, like throwing a form I can do in my sleep, or wedging, then I've recently grown a love for my Overdrive app, where I can get audio books from my local library. Currently working on a huge pile of Sherrilyn Kenyon brain candy. Please don't judge me!

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 10:39 PM

SILENCE !!!!

 

I do listen to the natural symphony: cardinals, blue jays, finches, woodpeckers, wood peckers, and my personal favorite: mourning doves. On occasion, Bea comes over for a visit.

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 10:46 PM

nerd, could you please brighten Bea so we can see her?  


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 10:55 PM

Ms. Bea

 

Hi Bea...... having lunch with me on the deck.. She is chewing by the way, not snarling.

 

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 07:12 AM

what a cutie!

 

one of the guild potters had a basement studio where reccoons often visited.  he also had a small garter snake who spent the winter curled up in a corner near the water heater.


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Posted 16 May 2017 - 08:26 AM

If I had that much nature around my house I wouldn't need music either.  :(

 

Enjoy your blessings! Awesome stuff to have that much music from nature. 



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Posted 16 May 2017 - 10:42 AM

My first choice is audiobooks. My taste in books is not terribly deep. I need to be entertained, and I can only devote a partial brain to listening, so it can't ask me to think too hard. I love murder mysteries and courtroom dramas. I especially love when an author writes a whole series of books starring a character that I like, because those series can fill out months of studio time! Even more if it is worth listening to the whole series again. My current favorites are Jack Reacher (love the books, hate the movies), Barbara Holloway, Harry Hole, and Kurt Wallander (love the books and the BBC series). 

 

My second choice is podcasts. Of which my favorite is the Tony Kornheiser Show. It publishes daily so I usually start my workday with it. It's consistently funny and smart, so it puts me in a good frame of mind.

 

It's rare when this coincides with a work session, but I think it's a real treat when there's an Orioles game on the radio when I'm working. It often works out on Sunday afternoons. 


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Posted 16 May 2017 - 01:47 PM

I have two 300 Sony CD players in house and have those set hooked to my sound system(radio amp turntable) with 7 sets of speakers . One set on Office one set in living room 1 set in kitchen one set near salt kiln one set in BBQ area one set pin kiln area 1 set in studio. All on separate volume controls  at various locations (complex system ) I pump music in all day long on Random play-when one set of 300 CDs gets old I switch to the other 300 CD player.Music is part of my creativity-It always has been.

Back in the 70s I used to listen to a car tape deck in studio as well as a reel to reel-the dust killed all those units and now the sound comes from a clean house environment .I have lots of complex systems set up here from rainwater collection to solar water heat and sound is just one more.


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Posted 16 May 2017 - 02:05 PM

I tend to cycle through a sequence of silence-music-silence-music. Today's playlist is: Grace Jones "Nightclubbing", Krishna Das "All One"; Alan Lomax "Texas Folk Songs", and R.E.M. "Up". The silence is enhanced by birdsong.


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 04:31 AM

Since I have my own studio and don't have to worry about annoying others, I listen to anything from Metal to Mozart.  All depending on my mood, though, sometimes I prefer to open the garage doors and listen to the birds, humming of the bees, and occasionally the buzzing of the mosquitoes...then I have to listen to the sound of my slapping them as they try for a free lunch!!  



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:51 PM

I have a radio and TV, I switch back and forth,  the radio stations aren't very good anymore  around here.  I listen to the TV more, like Pres it is something I have already seen and I use it as back ground noise.  I like to have noise in my shop and house,  I don't  hear all kinds of creaks and groans that make me worry.  Denice






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