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    i draw to a rhythm, whether it's from music in my head or out of it. the music in my head gets old and repetitive sometimes, so i like external music.
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    It depends...sometimes yes, sometimes no...I'm not in the same place all the time when I draw and paint. For me it has to do with the current activity and left brain/right brain processes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    It depends...sometimes yes, sometimes no...I'm not in the same place all the time when I draw and paint. For me it has to do with the current activity and left brain/right brain processes.
    Yeah, me too. I usually listen to audiobooks, podcasts or music if I'm rendering or otherwise doing repetitive brainless work, but words tend to interfere with lettering.

    Outside I prefer to leave the headphones off, in case of bear or backing up truck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crossmirage View Post
    I suffer from horrible tinnitus and the constant EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE when there's silence bothers me more than music does.
    Yeah I have this too, it's not really bad but it can get annoying.

    Sometimes a certain song or 2 will really catch my imagination and make me quite euphoric. If it does I like play it on repeat during a piece of work, as it helps to hold that feeling / inspiration.
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    Another factor is when it is 2am, and I have another couple hours ahead (or any other time I'm low on energy), I'll put in some ACDC....Ozric Tentacles...whatever I need to get jacked back up so I can get through.
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    I like to hear musics in other languages than my own... but in the end, I almost don't notice the sound, I don't even notice that dozens of musics already played, since I get really focused on the drawing, but the music helps even if I don't "hear" it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oräli View Post
    I like to hear musics in other languages than my own... but in the end, I almost don't notice the sound, I don't even notice that dozens of musics already played, since I get really focused on the drawing, but the music helps even if I don't "hear" it.
    That's why I listen to hip-hop. Bu-dump Tsssshhhh (rim shot). Thanks, I'll be here all week...
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    I'm a synesthete, so I actually find that I either gravitate to music whose colors fit the painting I'm working on, or the painting will take on the colors of the music I listen to. It helps me get into the right mindset, especially during the idea generating process. I'd never be able to listen to car-driving music (for me, hard rock) while trying to paint. Just me, though.
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    I learned to paint drinking coffee and listening to rock music.
    It would be weird doing it without.
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    In freshman year of college I got stuck with roommates who liked to play Kenny G and Yanni constantly... Headphones and heavy metal were the only things preventing me from murdering them and their stereo.

    I don't have any constants, I change mixes depending on what mood I'm in. For a while it was mostly Massiv in Mensch. Right now my miracle mix seems to be Astral Projection, Eat Static, and Birdy Nam Nam. Next month it'll be something else.

    Though the entire Electric Ladyland album at 5:00am almost always works wonders...

    (@Jeff: if you like Ozric Tentacles, you might like Eat Static... Same guy, if I'm not mistaken...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mumbulu View Post
    I ask, because the first lesson I've read in the Animator's Survival Kit states:
    "Unplug! Turn off your headphones! Turn off the radio! Switch off the CD! Turn off the tape! Close the door."
    That's for animation, it's a little bit different.
    Animation is about 90% file management, among other things. If you're distracted, chances are you'll mess things up.
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    Thanks Queenie - yeah, I've heard a little Eat Static...jury is still out.
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    Depends on my mood.

    Usually it's stuff like this.



    During my first year of college it obviously drove my roommates nuts.
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