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message 1: by Nick (last edited Feb 19, 2012 07:11AM) (new)

Nick (whyzen) | 1295 comments Just bought the Amadeus Director's Cut Blu-ray which also comes with a CD of music from the movie. I don't normally listen to music much while reading since I find it keeps me from concentrating sometimes on my book. If I do have music going I have it turned very low. I'm finding Mozart to be good as background music for reading. Anyone else listen to music while reading? If so, then share please.

EDIT: An additional note about Salieri for those who have seen the movie. The story is made up and Salieri wasn't really a hack. For those who haven't seen it. Rent it. Its excellent.
Actually, the notion of Salieri as a hack is a lie too; he was highly respected, writing more than 40 operas, some of which are still performed today. He also taught such future composers as Liszt, Schubert, Beethoven, even Czerny. True, he wasn't as good as Mozart, but if you don't see a difference between "not as good as Mozart" and "a talentless bum," your standards might be a bit high.

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message 2: by Stan (last edited Feb 19, 2012 09:26AM) (new)

Stan Slaughter | 359 comments When I listen to background music while reading it tends to be John Williams stuff

As for Salieri, the movie wasn't so much about him being a hack (quite the opposite, after all he was one of the top composers/conductors for the king). It was about how he saw himself as a hack compared to Mozart.

Even though the movie did exaggerate things, strangely enough, there was a kernel of truth. Skeptoid has an interesting article about this whole subject if you are interested

message 3: by Warren (new)

Warren | 1556 comments Same here. For music I usually stick with Mozart or something by Yo Yo Ma
For pure background noise its rain or surf:

Streaming music options;
1.SomaFM: Mission Control

2. Space music
Downloadable podcasts-

or record the weekly Hearts of Space Podcast

message 4: by Kate (new)

Kate O'Hanlon (kateohanlon) | 778 comments I'm a fan of Beethoven or Saint-Saëns for reading.

message 5: by Anne (new)

Anne Schüßler (anneschuessler) | 830 comments I used to be able to listen to most kinds of music when reading, but somehow this has passed. Now I can hardly listen to any music at all and prefer to read without any background noise.

I guess I could tolerate classical music, but these days most of the time I just don't listen to anything while reading.

message 6: by Brian (new)

Brian A. | 47 comments I listen to music around half the time I'm reading. I find classical too dense to listen to while reading. I listen mainly to low key pop/indie/electronic that I'm familiar with so it doesn't snag my brain.

Examples: Sun Kil Moon, Sting, Coldplay, Washed Out, Air, Atlas Sound, Little Dragon, Moby, The National, Sigur Ros...stuff like that.

I read The Drawing of the Three while listening to Fiona Apple's 'Tidal' on repeat. I still associate that book with every song off that album...

message 7: by Anne (new)

Anne Schüßler (anneschuessler) | 830 comments Brian wrote: "I read The Drawing of the Three while listening to Fiona Apple's 'Tidal' on repeat. I still associate that book with every song off that album... "

I had that while playing "The Settlers II". I listened to Edie Brickell on a permanent loop and now whenever I listen to those songs I automatically associate sitting in my father's office building settlements on the computer.

message 8: by Pickle (last edited Feb 20, 2012 05:57AM) (new)

Pickle | 192 comments I cant listen to anything with vocals when i read so with that i tend to read to nice ambient bands like:

Pete Namlook
The Orb
Aphex Twin - when he is in his ambient mood
Sun Electric

or i tend to listen to really fast electro/acid mostly from:

aphex twin
benn jordan aka the flasbulb, human action network, flex-e, acidwolf

message 9: by Brian (new)

Brian A. | 47 comments Oh lord. Don't get me stared on all the music I've listened to while grinding through various sport video games' dynasty modes.

message 10: by Napoez3 (new)

Napoez3 | 158 comments For me it's hard to listen to music with lyrics while I read, I can't ignore the music and I get lost...

So normally don't listen to music when I'm reading, but when I do I listen to a play list with most of the sound tracks of the Indi Bundle games. One of my favorite soundtrack is CaveStory+, I strongly recommend playing the game and listening to the music.

message 11: by Michael (new)

Michael (michaelbetts) I read Reamde while listening to the complete soundtrack to Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Not sure what inspired it, but it worked ok.

message 12: by Keith (new)

Keith (keithatc) Ambient works best for me. Background music from the video game Mirror's Edge, or the soundtrack to Ergo Proxy. If not that, I retreat to my collection of hits from the 20s and 30s.

message 13: by Walter (new)

Walter (walterwoods) | 144 comments I'm reading Sandstorm right now, which takes place in Arabia (and Uncharted 3 is eerily similar). But I'm listening the Uncharted 3 score while reading. It's a great fit. Likewise, while reading science fiction I like some ambient, spacey sounds. The absolute best I've found (and a damn good score in it's own right) is Cliff Martinez's score for Solaris.

message 14: by Nick (last edited Feb 21, 2012 07:03PM) (new)

Nick (whyzen) | 1295 comments Bjorn Lynne has some great music that is good ambient background music for reading.

This track called Savannah is one of my favorites

For those of you who play Warcraft, Tank Spot uses his music a lot for their boss videos.

message 15: by Warren (last edited Feb 21, 2012 09:44PM) (new)

Warren | 1556 comments Excellent. Thanks.
Streaming option-
Select: New age : meditation music

message 16: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Curtis (kingtriton92) | 62 comments lorenna Mckinnet, Enya, Pete Townsend, Genesis, Sting...

message 17: by Walter (new)

Walter (walterwoods) | 144 comments Adrienne wrote: "I typically listen to the rain, but that's because I live in Seattle."

message 18: by Michael (new)

Michael (michaelbetts) Oh, Godspeed You! Black Emperor makes for good ambient listening.

message 19: by Vance (new)

Vance | 362 comments The only music with lyrics I can listen to while reading is Bon Iver's new album. But on the "rain" idea, when things around the house are too noisy, I put on the "White Noise" app on my phone and play the rain track.

Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 2844 comments I really like immersive reading, and in this Around the World reading project I'm doing, I very intentionally find music from that country that fits the time period. (When I read Zoo City and Moxyland by Lauren Beukes, I even found music that seemed to suit the cyberpunk dystopian near-future South Africa.

I like when publishers make playlists - Anathem had one, and so did 1Q84.

Otherwise, I just listen to whatever I'm in the mood for.

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