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Do you listen to music while studying?

Yes, a specific type of music
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Yes, what I normally listen to
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Voting closed: 15 May 2006, 22:04


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« on: 15 May 2006, 22:04 »

So, do you listen to music while studying?

I normally do, otherwise I become distracted by ambient noises.
I generally listen to either Post Rock of the lively variety (Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, etc) or electronic (Avalanches, Royksopp , etc) although !!! are also a nice choice which helps keeping me awake.
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« Reply #1 on: 15 May 2006, 23:16 »

The only music I can listen to while studying is post-rock or jazz.  Otherwise I become utterly distracted.  Which is why most of the time I don't listen to anything at all.
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« Reply #2 on: 15 May 2006, 23:23 »

You didn't give an option for no music. I rarely listen when I study, but if I do it's usually some piano arrangements or something.
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« Reply #3 on: 15 May 2006, 23:30 »

Shit, I forgot to click on the "add option button".
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« Reply #4 on: 15 May 2006, 23:49 »

I usually don't listen to music either.  It can be distracting.  When I really need to shut out other noise, I just listen to anything instumental.  Doesn't really matter the genre.  I just can't be lured into singing along with things.
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« Reply #5 on: 16 May 2006, 02:32 »

I like Brian Eno (which is typical :( ) , and Bob Marley. I use him whenever I'm down... or whenever I'm not... whenever. Bob Marley is the shit.
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« Reply #6 on: 16 May 2006, 02:35 »

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The only music I can listen to while studying is post-rock or jazz.  Otherwise I become utterly distracted.  Which is why most of the time I don't listen to anything at all.

Same here. I especially can't listen to Belle and Sebastian, the Mountian Goats, Nick Cave or the Eels. The lyrics are always more interesting than what I'm trying to do.
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« Reply #7 on: 16 May 2006, 03:46 »

I can listen and sing along without giving too much attention to it. Usually I don't even realize I'm singing.
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« Reply #8 on: 16 May 2006, 07:04 »

Good News For People Who Love Bad News, by Modest Mouse, cause it's super mellow, and This Adultery is Ripe, by Blood Brothers, cause I can't sing along, and it effectively becomes white noise.

Then again, given my grades this term, maybe those aren't the best study choices...
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« Reply #9 on: 16 May 2006, 07:50 »

I've always listened to music while studying, especially calculus or any other kind of math since it's too boring to concentrate on sans background noise.

It's usually smokething calming/mellow or conversely electronic. Noise pop works sometimes too.  Mogwai, The Album Leaf (which was my chemistry cd for the longest time), American Analog Set, Radiohead, Tortoise, sometimes BSS are the more mellow stuff.  Sometimes when my concentration's really high I put on Jawbreaker, Modest Mouse, Slint or Neutral Milk Hotel.

More dance music would be groups/people like The Chemical Brothers, The Go! Team, Kid Koala, DJ Shadow, Fischerspooner, Royksopp.
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« Reply #10 on: 16 May 2006, 09:10 »

I listen to music that doesn't have prominent vocals so I can't get distracted, as I love to sing along to things and tht distracts me. Quiet stuff is best. It blocks out everything else.
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« Reply #11 on: 16 May 2006, 09:25 »

Godspeed You!... and Radiohead are definitely my favorite study music, unless it's very late at night and I'm having trouble staying up.  Then it's Daft Punk, Basement Jaxx and Fatboy Slim.
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« Reply #12 on: 16 May 2006, 09:32 »

Hmmm ... I did a lot of studying to Sepultura CD's. Chaos and Roots and I'm so showing my age there ...

Anything heavy that you cannot sing along too works for me.
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« Reply #13 on: 16 May 2006, 09:51 »

I tend to listen to any old thing. However, stuff that works best is usually either things with long songs so that the time doesn't just disappear, or just any proggy stuff that I can't sing along to or owt. The Mars Volta generally fill both those categories, and Pink Floyd tend to as well (although I do usually sing along to them)
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« Reply #14 on: 16 May 2006, 10:24 »

i can't listen to anything. it's too distracting because i'd rather pay attention to the music than what i'm trying to read. although, sometimes, i can listen to soundtrack music and not be bothered, just depends on which one.
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« Reply #15 on: 16 May 2006, 12:21 »

I listened to a lot of Autechre when I was writing a twenty-page sociology paper.
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« Reply #16 on: 16 May 2006, 13:28 »

Classical, usually Mozart, Bach or Beethoven.

That stuff really works, with the regular songs I just get carried away etc.
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« Reply #17 on: 16 May 2006, 13:34 »

My study cds... Aphex Twin's Richard D. James album, or the Slected Ambient Works. Bill Laswell stuff is good. Brian Eno, electronic stuff, you know. Post rock is good too. Post metal, not so much.
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« Reply #18 on: 16 May 2006, 15:43 »

If I listen to music while studying, I invariably stop studying, sit listening for five minutes...and then all of a sudden I'm at my piano jamming and it's 4 in the morning. Oops.
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« Reply #19 on: 16 May 2006, 15:55 »

I always have something playing, as I like to make the experience as pleasant as possible.  Staying up late to finish essays can actually be okay when I'm accompanied by music and a cup of tea.

I listen to things that are comforting, like The Mountain Goats, M. Ward, and Vashti Bunyan.  Some oddballs (Dylan, The Microphones) are thrown in to make sure I don't fall asleep.  ;)
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« Reply #20 on: 16 May 2006, 16:02 »

Speaking of which, I should be studying!
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« Reply #21 on: 16 May 2006, 16:27 »

calexico, iron & wine, or jazz usually.
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« Reply #22 on: 16 May 2006, 16:42 »

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me too! Finals are fun.
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« Reply #23 on: 16 May 2006, 16:52 »

I mostly listen to calmer more soothing stuff, like Iron & Wine or somthing similar. Anything to loud or fast just makes me nervous and forgetful.
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« Reply #24 on: 16 May 2006, 18:10 »

As long as there are no vocals. I usually just play my "Ambient" playlist, which at the moment consists mostly of Dreamt About Dreaming by Lull, and Astoria by When I Know You Will Too.

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« Reply #25 on: 17 May 2006, 00:03 »

Explosions is my fav studying music.
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« Reply #26 on: 17 May 2006, 02:04 »

I find it very hard to concentrate without something to listen to, it let's me form my own little word, and when someone bothers it gets bad. It really depends on my mood at the time as to what i listen too. Sometimes i go for the crazier stuff like System of a Down, Killswitch Engage and Trivium. Other times, i go for stuff like The Chillout Sessions albums and Coldplay.

That is, if i actually do any study at all, i find it difficult to study for exams, as i tend to remember a lot of what i learn without any problems, so i can get into an exam and regurgitate everything i have learnt no problemo. Some people don't like this technique, but i seem to be getting 85% plus on my papers, so it works!
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« Reply #27 on: 17 May 2006, 08:22 »

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« Reply #28 on: 17 May 2006, 08:35 »

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« Reply #29 on: 17 May 2006, 15:42 »

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I generally listen to either Post Rock of the lively variety (Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, etc) or electronic (Avalanches, Royksopp , etc)

I concur wholeheartedly. Explosions especially. Sometimes Pelican's pretty good for it too.
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« Reply #30 on: 17 May 2006, 17:20 »

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Sometimes i go for the crazier stuff like Killswitch Engage and Trivium.


*raises an eyebrow*


Why the eyebrow raise? By crazier i mean, louder, something that would normally allow for lack of concentration.
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« Reply #31 on: 17 May 2006, 20:26 »

Well, it's just that saying you "go for the crazier stuff like System of a Down" is a bit like saying " I like really arty TV, like Sesame Street"
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« Reply #32 on: 17 May 2006, 20:32 »

But for studying, SOAD is pretty crazy. It's like listening to Deerhoof while baking.
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« Reply #33 on: 18 May 2006, 00:12 »

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Sometimes i go for the crazier stuff like Killswitch Engage and Trivium.


*barf*

Ok, now that I have that out of my system, I typically listen to what I normally listen to - this means metal.  Most frequently through my CD player while studying is Samael - Reign of Light, though The Old Dead Tree - The Perpetual Motion has been enjoying some time of its own.
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« Reply #34 on: 18 May 2006, 06:44 »

I listen to a lot of post-rock, mostly Mogwai and sometimes Pelican.  When I'm reading something really dense that I have to concentrate on, I listen to just post-rock.  Vocals completely throw off my concentration.

I can also usually do pretty well with lighter indie folk as well, as long as the vocals don't get prominent enough for me to get distracted.
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« Reply #35 on: 18 May 2006, 06:51 »

Flamenco, jazz, and non-vocal ambient stuff.

I find that vocals distract me, but pure music helps me concentrate.
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« Reply #36 on: 18 May 2006, 11:15 »

minimalist piano/string arrangements, i.e. Erik Satie/ Morton Feldman, maybe Shostakovich string arrangements, though sometimes even those are a bit too involving.
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« Reply #37 on: 18 May 2006, 13:07 »

daft punk keeps me energetic without crowding my brain with words.


............not that i have much studying to do.  i'm a family & consumer economics major.
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« Reply #38 on: 18 May 2006, 13:09 »

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Well, it's just that saying you "go for the crazier stuff like System of a Down" is a bit like saying " I like really arty TV, like Sesame Street"


stop-motion clay animation music videos punctuated by kids yelling random shit = arty.  definitely.
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« Reply #39 on: 19 May 2006, 12:16 »

Bob Marley or the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street.

I used to listen to the radio as well, but now not so much.
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