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Old 11-28-2004, 09:47 PM
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Music to listen to while reading -- recommendations?

OK, I just did a little looking around the net and searching through this forum and have decided to post a new topic because I found nothing. I am looking for some good music to listen to while reading books. I was looking for some specific artists and albums, because simply saying "classical" doesn't really help me much. I often find that even some classical music is not good for reading because it has too much action/crescendos/sudden changes in tempo. For reading I really need some calm, quite, and still music--just enough music to block out what is going on around me, but not too much as to distract from my book.

All that being said, I am completely open to any suggestions you may have...I couldn't find much. Thanks in advance for your help!



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I am going to respond to my own topic because I just found a pretty good album...

It has a funny name, but it is called "Peaceful Baby" and I think is actually meant to relax babies. Here is the link to the iTunes Music Store if anyone is interested.



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There's a guy named "Deuter" that makes some very quiet music that's great for reading. Anything that falls under the "new age" genre can be good background music.

The easiest and best way (in my opinion) is to sign up for free downloads at eMusic. You get get 50 songs for free the first month; if you search around the internet enough, you can find links to get you 100 free songs the first month. Its only $10-20 a month after that, for 40-90 songs. That's pretty cheap, especially since some of those songs are over 20 minutes long. A lot of the Deuter albums are there. I also have downloaded the following (I've subscribed for 4 months now):

David & Steve Gordon
R. Carlos Nakai
Lanterna
Phil Thornton (& other New World label artists)
Japancakes
Strossio, Enriquez, & Tissler
Paul Adams
Patricia Spero
Terry Oldfield

The Windham Hill label has a lot of good artists as well. William Ackerman plays some really smooth guitar.

I vary the music depending on what I'm reading. I'll listen to some celtic-like music (e.g. Diane Arkenstone) reading J.R.R. Tolkien, but Leo Kottke & Bill Frisell guitar music for John Steinbeck.
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Thanks for those suggestions...I'll look into all those.

One question about eMusic.com though, what bit rate is the music? Because I often times have problems listening to low bit rate music--even iTMS AAC files get me sometimes.



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I'm a CD guy myself too....................

I only listen to Joe Sample when I read. He's great modern piano jazz. I think my favorite album is "Ashes to Ashes", but I haven't listened to anything by him that I didn't like. Never vocals, and not as emotional as classical. Very mellow stuff. Good luck.




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eMusic is VBR mp3, somewhere around 192kbps average (I see it go from 160 to 320). There are a few albums that are 128kbps only, but not very many. Their samples are the same bitrate (AFAIK) so you should be able to get some idea of the quality.
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sigur ros

i recommend an icelandic band called Sigur Ros. they are a very ambient band who i usually use to fall asleep to, but i guess it could be good backround music to read to as well.

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ditto on the sigur ros. they are amazing and mellow. i study to them all the time. i also recommend Miles Davis, especially "Kind of Blue". great mellow album.

another good one is "THe Guitar Trio" by Paco de Lucia, Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin. three guys with acoustic guitars playing mellow yet amazing music. all great stuff to read/study to.



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The main thing to do while listening to music while reading I find is to listen to something you've already heard, or something that has no lyrics. If you're forced to split your attention between what's going on in the book and what's going on in the music you'll lose important aspects of both experiences. That's why I usually go for tried and true albums that I know so that while the music is there, I don't have to pay attention to it on a conscious level. However, when I'm listening to something new, no books or distractions allowed.
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I like to try to find music to fit the mood in the book, this can be sort of fun to find. i.e. If it is horror I may throw in some dark ambient etc.





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Video Game Music. You'd be surprised how melodic and soothing the stuff is. For instance, listen to this: Copy and Paste. Is that allowed? It's ripped from a video game, I believe... I'm not sure about the legality of that. Anyways, listen to it and see if you like it.



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Alison Krauss and Union Station - New Favorite www.amazon.com
Even thought there are some fast-pased banjo numbers, for the most part Alison's voice is sutble enough not to notice

Idina Menzel - Here www.cdbaby.com
Very soft and soothing. The only thing is that there's only 6 tracks on the CD.



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Re: sigur ros

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i recommend an icelandic band called Sigur Ros. they are a very ambient band who i usually use to fall asleep to, but i guess it could be good backround music to read to as well.

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I completely agree. Sigur R??s is excellent study/reading music



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just listen to the audio book of whatever your reading




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