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Reading Music

  • Jul 12, 2010
I'm one of those people that needs a lot going on at once. So when I read, it's no different--I need noise. The problem is, if the lyrics are too interesting I get distracted from the book. Here's a list of music that I find easy to read to. Mostly wordless music, but a few with lyrics that don't pull me away. Usually I will use the playlist function on my iPod so I don't have to pick just one band, but shuffle them up. These aren't in any order as mood and reading material will decide if I choose a specific band to listen to.
1
Ratatat
This is mostly for reading things I don't want to or find difficult to get through. It's upbeat electronic music with beats that resemble those in clubs or on top 40 radio station. Perfect for textbooks. Wordless.
2
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
This duo plays beautiful and intricate guitars, and that's it. The beat you hear isn't a drum, but them hitting their guitars. Wordless.
3
Bajofonda Tango Club
This band blends tango and electronic music. I think they are technically a collective, not a band, so their songs all sound a little different, but uses the same blending. Some are wordless, some aren't. The tracks that have words are usually in Spanish.
4
Russian Circles
Instrumental rock music. Much louder and harder than the others on the list, but sometimes that's just what you need.
5
Dubbed as trip-hop, their sound varies. Sometimes really chill and sometimes just chaotic. The song of theirs that most people would recognize is Teardrop, which is the opening song to the TV show House. For reading I stick to cds Mezzanine and 100th Window. These have words to them, but their voices kind of blend in with the music so it isn't too distracting.
6
Qntal
A blending of Medieval and electronic music. It's pretty chill though. Has words, but it's mixes Latin, Medieval German, and English. My favorite to read to is Qntal III: Tristan und Isolde. There are a few other similar bands that have some good songs to read to including Estampie, Unto Ashes, and Omnia.
7
This Will Destroy You
Instrumental post-rock music. Similar to the previously listed Russian Circles, but these guys are much more chill.
8
CD Cover
A blending of traditional Middle Eastern and Mediterranean sounds with a modern twist. Has words, but is sung in Turkish and at least one other language that I cannot recall at the moment, but in any case, I am not sidetracked since I am only fluent in English.
9
Classical
Classical music is just great background music. I'm not too up on composers so I just have a little of the well known ones--Beethoven, Bach, Tchaikovsky, etc. Also, Amazon had a free download of some classical called I Love the 80's--as in 1880's--that had some good stuff. I group newer music that reminds me of classical here too, i.e. piano, violin, etc. Keiken's song Trip d'une nuit de printemps is a pretty piano piece that holds the top played spot in my iTunes. Or any modern orchestras/composers--like movie soundtracks. Hans Zimmer, Yoko Kanno, Carter Burwell, Danny Elfman, etc

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August 29, 2010
Great idea for a list. I used to study in college to punk and rock in my headphones in a dorm, but on my own, classical's preferred as lyrics and vocals and beats distract me.
 
August 08, 2010
Classical does it for me as well. It must just be instrumental. My favorite is harpsichord.
 
July 14, 2010
Great list of music to read to! When I was in college, I used to read a lot of my textbooks with background music on. Classical was always one of my top choices. I also enjoyed Celtic, Turkish, and other world musics.
 
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