1. avatar Niall Harden
    yeah, i pretty much spend 90% of my time doing those things. and i like to listen to music.
    only thing is, nearly all music destroys those activities. for example, rap music. you ever try reading a 19th century novel while listening to the wu-tang clan? it's literally impossible.

    the only music i can read / sleep / study to is:

    william basinski
    gregor samsa
    arvo part
    the books
    trans am
    clogs
    lucky pierre
    mozart
    chris brokaw
    bach


    everything else is impossible. even tracer amc. any suggestions?


    p.s. in the remaining 10% of my time i like to do the washing up. loads of totally different music is ok for washing up to, mostly Spoon and Errors.

    p.p.s. here's a tip for sleeping music! well, it isn't music really. but on the bbc radio 4 website you can listen again to any episode of In Our Time, which is awesome for sleeping.

    i hope this post is of use to you AND me.
  2. avatar greensleevesisgod
    I can't read while listening to anything with singing/words.

    Jean Michel Jarre is the best to read to. Oxygene or Equinoxe being particular favorites.

    Or the 2nd Mvt in Beethovens 7th.

    Bolero by Ravel on repeat is good too.

    And if it's fantasy you're reading stick on Pictures at an exhibition. (JMJ is great for any R.E.Fiest novel too btw ;))
  3. avatar rubyvroom
    Agreed. Difficult to find both engaging music and 'musical furniture' in the same album... here's a wee list:

    Eric Satie
    Gregory Ligetti
    Broadway Project
    Aphex Twin ambient works, volume 1 and 2
    The Blue Notebooks
    most things on the ECM label....
  4. avatar kagura
    i've always found it really tough to find music that suits those sorta activities, i went through a brief period of listening to sigur ros while i was reading but i always end up concentrating far too much on the music :?

    since then i've pretty much stuck to anything from brian eno's ambient series like music for airports, apollo, on land etc.
  5. avatar Dirty Stevie Grizz
    i've neither read a 19th century novel nor listened to the wu-tang clan.


    have you tried Keane?
  6. avatar Beau Sooth
    Try the Gotan Project or Eno as said above.
  7. avatar Pete
    Back in my student days I had a couple of minidisk mixes made for studying/reading that contained a mixture of the following :

    St Germain
    Cinematic Orchestra
    Koop
    Miles Davies
    Charlie Haden
    Portishead
    Massive Attack
    Air.

    Mainly jazz-tastic. Although the Air, Portishead and Massive Attack tunes where always a signal to take a rest from reading to listen!
  8. avatar tingtatingtingtingtating
    I usually get to sleep with the following:

    Dave Brubeck
    Early Genesis
    Any Classical Radio Channel
    Second half of Bi[i:7beef13b68][/i:7beef13b68]tches Brew
    A nature TV program turned down low

    Sometimes the hum of a Playstation is good too.. Anything to replace that high pitched ringing in my ears.
  9. avatar remedy malahide
    I use a few trusties...
    * Enya - the memory of trees
    * Tracy Chapman - Collection
    * Simon and Garfunkle - Wed morning 3am
    * Dax Riggs - Anything, its all good
    * Idlewild - The Remote Part

    ...I used to try and listen to heavier stuff when I was doing my GCSE's but I ended up in a caffife induced twitch fest! I've always found it easier to sleep or study to music that I know off by heart, so I think less about the major details, and enjoy the background sounds.
  10. avatar Niall Harden
    Ah! The Blue Notebooks is great (by Max Richter, fact fans). thanks for reminding me!


    pete, i've never heard of charlie haden, but i'll try..
  11. avatar confetti
    Anjani and Leonard Cohen, I can listen to Leonard Cohen while doing anything.
  12. avatar spirit of division
    songs ohia
    trans am
    talking heads (usually)
  13. avatar the dirty weed
    i always fall asleep listening to iden green or barry peak and niall harden.


    ho ho ho...
  14. avatar my-angel-rocks
    Lullatone - japanese electronic stuff written as lullabys for the pairs daughter.
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  16. avatar Niall Harden
    haha, i saw lullatone in nagoya on the amc tour. i hated them lots but i got their album off alex yesterday!
  17. avatar my-angel-rocks
    Not sure how Lullatone would work live, there's definetly a need to be in a horizontal position when listening to it
  18. avatar feline1
    The best album of inducing delta waves for sleep is Edgar Froese's 1975 Berlin mellotron epic, EPSILON IN MALAYSIAN PALE [img:60ed6ff589]http://content.answers.com/main/content/img/amg/pop_albums/8/3/8/c83768f1u8o.jpg[/img:60ed6ff589]

    Unfortunately, it's been deleted for years and the current CD is this ridiculous "re-recorded" version that Edgar Froese has put lots of extra 'digital space goat' noises on.
    So, unless you were smart like me and bought a copy from the Virgin Megastore in 1993, ewe're screwed :)
  19. avatar tingtatingtingtingtating
    Yes. Anything with a mellotron. Just like foxtrot :D
    If you're sleeping with your girlfriend or whatever - it's probably best to listen to something more baker street or careless whisper though. wink wink nudge nudge say no more say no more.
  20. avatar feline1
    I can't imagine how anyone could fall asleep to the cathartic mellodrama of "Supper's Ready" et al...... :o


    Eno's NEROLI is also a goodun

    [img:e0449be7c4]http://www.kompaktkiste.de/cd/_abc/_a/ascd15.jpg[/img:e0449be7c4]
  21. avatar JTM
    In addition to the above (I especially like whoever suggested Eno, Jarre and Arvo Part)

    Rubycon by Tangerine Dream
    Phillip Glass
    Seefeel
    Biosphere
    Luciana by Juno Reactor
    any classical guitar or harpsichord music
    recordings of short wave radio transmissions, preferably really crackly ones
  22. avatar tingtatingtingtingtating
    [quote:f4aad0c64a="feline1"]I can't imagine how anyone could fall asleep to the cathartic mellodrama of "Supper's Ready" et al...... :o[/quote:f4aad0c64a]

    Haha - as malahide said earlier - if you know a song off by heart you can hone in on the background and listen past madness!

    Another one:
    McDonald and Giles - Brilliant to fall asleep to.
  23. avatar feline1
    Rubycon is very good, yes
    [img:b89d1598a5]http://www.vitn.homepage.t-online.de/c/rubycon.jpg[/img:b89d1598a5]

    It's from the same year as EPSILON IN MALAYSIAN PALE - but it also has a really scary spooky bit at the start of side 2, when they do an kinda Ligeti atonal mellotron choir hell section.

    John Foxx's CATHEDRAL OCEANS (Vols. I to III) is also a winner
    [img:b89d1598a5]http://www.karborn.com/content/dvd/johnfoxx-cathedraloceans/DVD-COVER.jpg[/img:b89d1598a5]
    ...particularly Vol1 and Vol3, which are out on DVD with surround sound...
  24. avatar the dirty weed
    study music for last set of exams was:

    Belong: October Language http://www.carparkrecords.com/october.html
    Delia & Gavin: Days of Mars http://www.deliaandgavin.com/
  25. avatar tinpot anto
    Van Morrison - Moondance is the best reading music ever :)
  26. avatar Serge Fabregas
    [quote:fd3a303c43="my-angel-rocks"]Lullatone - japanese electronic stuff written as lullabys for the pairs daughter.[/quote:fd3a303c43]

    they don't have any kids, as far as i know... they're great live, bigger beats and twee flaming lips style megaphones, balloons and what not.

    For similar stuff try skrew kid [url]http://www.thanksgiving-net.com/skd/[/url] or ichi, who unfortunately i can't find any web links for. They both help out Lullatone live from time to time.
  27. avatar Manny Calavera
    I definitely can't read to anything with lyrics and I always need the volume turned way down. There's no multitasking going on here.

    Best music to read is Manuel Gotsching's Inventions For Electric Guitar.

    Anything by Michael Hedges is also great.

    If you want a challenge, try reading to the song Weasels Ripped My Flesh by Frank Zappa.
  28. avatar my-angel-rocks
    [quote:d29bae822f="Serge Fabregas"][quote:d29bae822f="my-angel-rocks"]Lullatone - japanese electronic stuff written as lullabys for the pairs daughter.[/quote:d29bae822f]

    they don't have any kids, as far as i know...[/quote:d29bae822f]

    Well, thats what I was told when the person gave the CD to me...
  29. avatar xfirefishx
    My friend likes to listen to the Orb just before sleeping. It gives me nightmares, however but well, it's a suggestion!
  30. avatar thefatson
    The only thing I can read/sleep/study to is John Zorn's Masada Guitars.
    A great guitar album.
  31. avatar Achey
    Eno, Bird York, Victor Wooten (only some, though), Adam Nitti.

    Ever tried silence?
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  33. avatar Crackity_jones
    This is exactly the reason I don't read enough books - pretty much my entire free time is spent listening to music, except just after I go to bed, by which time I'm tired and want to sleep.
  34. avatar michael countervela
    I don't know how you can fall asleep to Ligeti, all the stuff I have by him is pretty intense! Arvo Part is great to listen to, and a bit of 'the cinematic orchestra' too.
    In saying that, I used to listen to 'nothing' by Meshuggah to fall asleep...... :roll: :lol:
  35. avatar Alan Unirem
    sky, an underrated and nearly completely forgotton instrument crossover of classical, prog and blistering rock around the turn of the 70s. the first two albums are by far the best.
  36. avatar TheJaneBradfords
    Very few CDs I can do any of those things with.

    During my masters i listened to the OST of The Thin Red Line loads. Its very relaxing. Also liked the more instrumental Air tunes.
  37. avatar dodgi stereo
    Lullatone - good albums - computer recital + little songs about raindrops.

    I made an album with my partner inspired by their work - again lullabies for my niece - gentle electronics with no beats under the name the hammock district.

    If you enjoy soft music like that you may also be interested in other artists that have released on http://www.audiodregs.com/
  38. avatar sheriffjohnstone
    Red Sparowes
  39. avatar BookBookBook
    Fast paced stuff which is gentle, like Aphex Twin or John Martyn or something. Usually ambient stuff gives me a sore head and the bass travels into my head too much when I lie down on the bed. Classical stuff has too much information to phase out when sleeping.
  40. avatar feline1
    [quote:3c7988655e="Alan Unirem"]sky, an underrated and nearly completely forgotton instrument crossover of classical, prog and blistering rock around the turn of the 70s. the first two albums are by far the best.[/quote:3c7988655e]

    I have always been rather fond of the first three Sky albums... they were hardly "under-rated" though - they were chart toppers, fer feckssakes.

    I wouldn't go to sleep to them though, as they are not exactly tranquil. Although at least there are no vocals with people yapping on about drugs, machine guns and women's breasts, or whatever it is pop songs tend to be about these days.
  41. avatar Alan Unirem
    [quote:452c01790f="feline1"][quote:452c01790f="Alan Unirem"]sky, an underrated and nearly completely forgotton instrument crossover of classical, prog and blistering rock around the turn of the 70s. the first two albums are by far the best.[/quote:452c01790f]

    I have always been rather fond of the first three Sky albums... they were hardly "under-rated" though - they were chart toppers, fer feckssakes.

    I wouldn't go to sleep to them though, as they are not exactly tranquil. Although at least there are no vocals with people yapping on about drugs, machine guns and women's breasts, or whatever it is pop songs tend to be about these days.[/quote:452c01790f]

    they did have a vocal on an even more forgotten later album called the great balloon race - clare torry of pink floyd fame. what did she sing about? largely the same subject as she did on the great gig in the sky. niiice.
  42. avatar Cugel
    Sigur Rós
    Boards of Canada

    A mate in work got me into Maeror Tri and Troum - great when reading Sci-Fi

    Mozart
    Verdi - Requiem

    Neil Young, Dylan, Early Floyd

    I find any music I'm really familiar with to be good for reading/working/sleeping to. Less familiar music demands more attention.
  43. avatar Cathal
    My first post!
    Radiohead - Kid A is great for going to sleep, especially the first two songs. I thought it would be a great album to revise with, but I ended getting distracted by just sitting and listening in a daze!
  44. avatar Nephilim
    Team Sleep and Pelican are sleepsie time bands of my liking.
  45. avatar ShowYourBones
    Tend not to listen to music before I drift off, no encouragement required, however I could imagine the following two work quite well:
    [quote:581d29c26c="Cugel"]Sigur Rós
    Boards of Canada
    [/quote:581d29c26c]
  46. avatar all-is-vanity
    The latest ones for me are:

    Eluvium
    Biosphere
    Eno (of course)
    Tricky (Nearly God album only)
    The Necks
    Telefon Tel Aviv
    Susumu Yokota
    Murcof
    Lali Puna
    Fridge
    A Silver Mount Zion
    Sigur Ros
    Certain jazz albums

    If you ever need something to re-energise you late in the evening, then "Bitches Brew", which was a rather surprising find for me, sitting at eleven o clock waiting for 45 minutes on the last train....good times :lol:
  47. avatar thehellfireclub
    For pitch black reflections of the present and paranoid visions of a near future (where the earth smoulders in it's own bag and humans sell themsleves into slavery for the price of four walls and a roof, overseen by a state that sees and controls all) bludgeoned into the sub-psyche on a repetitive loop for an 'edge' that lasts all day. You can't do any better than BBC News 24.
  48. avatar my-angel-rocks
    [quote:aad796e4bc="all-is-vanity"]
    Eluvium
    [/quote:aad796e4bc]

    I just picked up Copia...damn its good