June 17, 2006

Damn you, Shostakovich.

So I'm adding Shostakovich to my list of composers not to listen to while studying, writing or working as his work is too damn engaging. I'm going to go find some Passacaglia's and see if I can study with one of those running. It is that or back I'll go to Vangelis' Blade Runner soundtrack.

Speaking of which, it seems there are some albums I never get away from. The BSG Miniseries and Season One soundtracks have been pretty on heavy rotation lately. It's like my brain is keyed to get stuff done while listening to them. The odd thing is that I've listened to them so much that when I watch the show, I'm practically vibrating with track info.


zeruch said...

Try some of the ore orchestral work of Mark Isham or Anne Dudley.

Phil Jordan said...

That sort of thing happens to me as well - especially soundtracks by John Powell (Bourne Identity/Supremacy, 2004 Italian Job, etc.) seem to magically focus me and make me more productive.

The scariest instance of music-based conditioning happened when I first got the game Rollercoaster Tycoon. It lacked music, so I played an album I got at the same time, Die Aeronauten - Jetzt Musik on repeat. RCT is a very addictive game, so the album repeated many times; now, years later, whenever I listen to that album, it triggers the 'RCT switch' in my brain and I want to play the game.

I'm guessing that the productivity effect must be related in some way.