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    it totally depends on what i'm making and totally effects the outcome. when i'm painting, i have really liked the 'kundun' soundtrack by philip glass, as well as 'medulla' and 'homogenic' by bjork. while doing my caffeinated crocheting at the cafe, i totally dig it when my dj pal there plays chem. bros., mushroom jazz by mark farina or is spinning other goodies. when doing paper mache sculpture, funky/aggro-ish stuff is the way to go. housework has called for screeching weasel, op ivy, and minor threat. guess i'm all over the place!

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    Silence for reading; Birthday Massacre, Rasputina, NIN for studying;

    Ani DiFranco, The Killers, The Faint, Rilo Kiley, OR Nine Inch Nail's Fragile or With Teeth (the other two albums are too loud+concentration demanding for crafting) for crafting/other creativity things;

    Postal Service, The Killers, upbeat contemporary Christian, Queen for cleaning.

    Really anything I'm in the mood for when straightening up, relaxing, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brdgt
    Quote Originally Posted by xuli
    While I study, I need silence.
    It's funny - since I grew up in a trailer, where there was constant noise, I can't stand complete silence, even when I'm studying.
    These things always interest me. I grew up in a house with constant, constant noise too -- four younger siblings and a parenting style that involved a lot of shouting. In my own home, I like as much quiet as possible. It's like I have to get all the quiet I missed out on growing up.

    Sorry for the hijack. I feel like I've been derailing everyone's threads lately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xuli
    Quote Originally Posted by brdgt
    Quote Originally Posted by xuli
    While I study, I need silence.
    It's funny - since I grew up in a trailer, where there was constant noise, I can't stand complete silence, even when I'm studying.
    These things always interest me. I grew up in a house with constant, constant noise too -- four younger siblings and a parenting style that involved a lot of shouting. In my own home, I like as much quiet as possible. It's like I have to get all the quiet I missed out on growing up.

    Sorry for the hijack. I feel like I've been derailing everyone's threads lately.
    I also had the longest busride in history (90 minutes, literally the last stop) so I got a lot of homework done on the bus, which was, of course, loud.

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    I like silence in general too, and I definitely prefer it when I'm reading.

    For other crafty activities, which most often are knitting, cooking or drawing (and hopefully soon: sewing), I like the background noise of TV, as long as it's something I like and doesn't take too much attention. For example, the tennis (the Australian Open is on at the moment) or the cricket (always bloody on). Never game shows. I find them soul-sucking.

    If I'm in the mood for music I mostly listen to The Waifs, Ben Lee or recently, The John Butler Trio - independent, folky, Australian music.

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    I used to need music on constantly, unless I was watching t.v. And still when people ask my why I don't listen to NPR, I say, "Well, why would I do that if I can listen to music?" Music is a huge part of what I was and still am.

    Loud music can actually put me to sleep, and I rarely nap.

    But in general, after having gone to college and lived with several roommates, I find that music, while important to me, is really only most important to me when I'm taking a walk or goofing off in my room. It's great for cleaning, too. And for feeling sorry for oneself.

    But I can't say that I listen to it as much as I used to, and a huge part of that is not having an adequate stereo system here or even really being in my room. But it's always in my head. I just can't read to it anymore. A loss.

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    The eclecticism here is wonderful! What's interesting is I don't see much mention of 'top 40' popular stuff- I see goth/industrial, older country, folk music, classical, and so on. An interesting list compared to perhaps what most people listen to.

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    I think it depends, certain craft time happens to be SATC or GG show or rerun, so I tend to keep it on. Otherwise, I listen to mostly jazz. So, I craft to that.

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    I've been thinking and I think the ultimate situation would be if you could have a crafty TV show playing in the background while you craft.

    I think the pinnacle for me would be watching an episode of Jamie Oliver while baking a cake, or something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthrogirl
    The eclecticism here is wonderful! What's interesting is I don't see much mention of 'top 40' popular stuff- I see goth/industrial, older country, folk music, classical, and so on. An interesting list compared to perhaps what most people listen to.
    I've actually been craving top 40 lately. I feel like I'm sort of at a point in my life where I can openly listen to whatever I feel like listening to, to hell with what other people think, because I know I have some really satisfying music on hand for when I need it. But sometimes it just feels nice to listen to something mindless and catchy.

    Do we have any hip-hop fans on here? I wonder. Or did I miss that...


 
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