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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Spot View Post
    Don't listen to Motorhead while painting, it just doesn't work.
    WRONG! Last time I painted for 2 hours straight with Death or Glory on repeat, felt a little deaf and stupid afterwards, but it was fun while it lasted. xD

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    It definitely helps me to tune out anything going around me and focus solely on what I am working on. For me it is more beneficial as it helps me work and it's not like tat jsut with art, but pretty much any other activity I am doing (such as writing or even mundane things like home repair).

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    Only track I can listen to while working is Bladerunner Blues by Vangelis.

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    I find it incredibly hard to draw without music or some other type of noise in the background.

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    I think a much more important question is do musicians draw while playing?

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    Screw music, to draw properly, I need me a good movie and a simultaneous phone call. ADDlicious.

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    I cannot listen to anything with words in it when I am drawing or painting. That includes audiobooks and the radio, but also songs with lyrics. It causes either a kind of brain crash, or a complete blocking out of one of the two things, because I cannot process both things at the same time - it seems like the part of my brain which deals with language cannot operate at the same time as the part which deals with art. I also can't just stick on any old playlist because, as others have mentioned, the mood changes caused by different music makes my work process kind of screwy.

    But I don't like the silence. If there is silence I get fidgety and my mind wanders. So I listen to classical music when I draw and paint, which I have found to be a happy solution to all of my problems. It gives my brain somewhere to go for a break - if my mind wanders away from the drawing, it wanders into the music, enjoys it for a few seconds, then wanders back to the drawing again, without ending up in what's for dinner or wanting to go back to that computer game for a while. It also solves the problem of short songs with different moods, as many classical pieces are long and (with relatively few exceptions) mood changes tend not to be major or abrupt.

    Besides, the sciencey people say it makes you smarter, which is always a plus.

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    I just had an interesting conversation with one of my students. He has synesthesia, and different pictures have different sounds for him. He can't have music on when he works, because it clashes with what he hears in his head as he's painting.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    I just had an interesting conversation with one of my students. He has synesthesia, and different pictures have different sounds for him. He can't have music on when he works, because it clashes with what he hears in his head as he's painting.
    Is it an advantage for him in any way? I knew someone with it who saw colours as they heard sounds and as a result took fairly quickly to a variety of musical instruments.

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    Totally agree, I've read a LOT of books last year while drawing - perfect multitasking! I also like to listen to music that enhances the mood of the drawing. I've discovered though that I can't listen to 'busy' music or audio books when I write dialogue or plot (I do comics). Then I have to shut everything off and focus.

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    I use music to drown everything else out because after a while I actually stop focusing on the music entirely. Gets me distracted from the outside noises of a house with loud-ass people who shout all the time into something more calming.
    I dunno how it makes sense, but it works for me. I have the same playlist running over and over, so I think it's just the constant thing drowning out the sudden sounds of everything else.

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    Slothboy, I might be able to answer that question for you. My synthesthia involves feeling/perceiving colors from music. It's not so much that I get drowned out by various colors, but that music feels a certain color and, if I'm not distracted, what I'm looking at can pulse slightly or I see little flashes of color. When I listen to music, I tend to pick up the colors of the music and use it in my work. As a result, lately I have preferred music that is very dark blue, gray and white with yellow in it, much like the color schemes of my latest paintings I can also get a sense of texture, like splotchy ink drips or scratchy paint. It can get very repetitive with regard to my choice of music but it helps me to "see" what I want to paint.

    Honestly, the best way to describe how it actually is to experience it is to suggest this clip, starting at 3:30: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1z12_Ps-gk this is about the closest it gets to describing what it's like to see music. Keep in mind the daily experience is not like a lifelong acid trip though.

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    It depends for me, but usually I go with some sort of audio when I draw. I have a playlist of random songs that I generally like, and they usually have a bit of an upbeat feel or mood to keep me energized, or they are strong emotionally. That playlist tends to have songs that I've listened to so often, I'm not distracted by the lyrics. Other times, I'll switch over to instrumental music, and sometimes I'll listen to a podcast or audiobook. For some reason, once I put music on, I tend to stay on task a little better, almost like mental blinders. It works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    I just had an interesting conversation with one of my students. He has synesthesia, and different pictures have different sounds for him. He can't have music on when he works, because it clashes with what he hears in his head as he's painting.
    I have a friend with condition. She sees sounds, literally. Music creates colors and shapes in her head. I think it's fascinating.

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