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post #1 of 17
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Hey Guys,

I am looking for some good studying or relaxing music. I know there are a few threads on here about classical music and such, but the I am new to this so I would like some suggestions to get me going.

Any suggestions would be great!

Tuan
post #2 of 17
What are you looking for? Classical/Orchestral soundtrack type of music? Ambient? Chill-out? Folk?

A good portion of my collection is study music.
post #3 of 17
A few acoustic recommendations:

Ali Farka Toure/Toumani Diabate "In the Heart of the Moon"
Ry Cooder/V.M. Bhatt "A Meeting By the River"

(Both plucked strings + percussion, the first from Mali, the second a blues + Indian music hybrid).

For classical, perhaps some Bach? For me, the Cello Suites make good studying/relaxing music. I'm pretty sure there are threads about the various recordings available.
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post #5 of 17
If you're looking strictly for classical my favorite relaxing piece is the Allegro from Beethoven's "Piano Concerto no.5 in E-Flat for piano and orchestra". If you're interested it's the second track on the linked cd (for ninety nine cents its worth it)

Amazon.com: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor": Music: Ludwig van Beethoven,Leonard Bernstein,Rudolf Serkin,New York Philharmonic


I really like the album Young Team by Mogwai, not classical but great nonetheless

Check out the Track called "Tracy" a great simple song that keeps your mind ticking without distracting you from your reading/studies
post #6 of 17
Presto - Magic LP. Amazing album of laid back hip hop with several tracks that are just relaxed beats. You can preview it on Amazon's mp3 store. Another album of his is Inflight Instrumentals, but I haven't heard all of that one yet.

The Beta Band - The Three EP's. This has been my study album of choice for a couple of years now. Lots of great, chill songs (the first half of "B+A" in particular) that you can listen to without being distracted.

Underworld - Second Toughest in the Infants. Great techno/dance album that has some laid back tracks. Check out "Banstyle/Sappys Curry," it's a 15 minute wave of tranquil electronica.

If I ever need a pick-me-up while studying instead of something relaxing, try anything by the Pixies. Also, I find that R.E.M.'s "Monster" is a good album for this.
post #7 of 17
Chopin's Nocturnes, Brian Eno's "Ambient" series, BT's "This Binary Universe," and you might want to try some Bill Evans and Oscar Peterson.
post #8 of 17
Tetsu Inoue
Alex Hephaestion
Air
The Album Leaf
Sigur Ros
Aphex Twin's Ambient album
Biosphere
Soundtracks to Solaris and Code 46
Avro Part
Phillip Glass
Moby's Ambient album

That should start you off well.
post #9 of 17
Andy Mckee. I don't know if you've ever heard of him, but I know he's gained quite a few fans through his Youtube videos. He's a solo acoustic artist, I can't get enough of his stuff. He's actually from my hometown so that's cool too. Check out his record studios site CANdYRAT Records or his myspace to check out some of his music here
post #10 of 17
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Andy Mckee. I don't know if you've ever heard of him, but I know he's gained quite a few fans through his Youtube videos. He's a solo acoustic artist, I can't get enough of his stuff. He's actually from my hometown so that's cool too. Check out his record studios site CANdYRAT Records or his myspace to check out some of his music here
Any fan of Andy should check out James Blackshaw and Eric Mongrain. James is more widely known but Eric Mongrain is incredible, very close to Andy's style. Eric can be found on Youtube as well. Stellar stuff.
post #11 of 17
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What are you looking for? Classical/Orchestral soundtrack type of music? Ambient? Chill-out? Folk?

A good portion of my collection is study music.
Hi,

I am looking for all types. I have no preference at the moment as I have not heard enough. I was hoping to gather a variety of good suggestions and start from there.

Thanks for all of those who have posted. I really appreciate the help.

Tuan
post #12 of 17
Personally, if I'm studying (or even reading for pleasure) I can't listen to music: only when I'm writing and can filter it out can I have music on. I hear, however, that listening to Bach actually does something to brain activity (maybe because of the complexity and logic) so it might be worth trying that. (I don't know where I heard that about Bach, by the way; it's probably an Old Wives' tale, but - worst case scenario - you end up listening to more Bach, which is scarcely a bad thing. )
post #13 of 17
Mozart/Bach/Beethoven there are other. I've read this before in neuroscience classes mostly very small studies and mainly with infants or young children.

Still, what's good for them can't hurt us!
post #14 of 17
I would say try Chopin's Nocturnes

For something a little different, give A Challenge of Honour's "Monuments" a try as well as their split with Praetorio called "Hadrian's Wall" specifically Praetorio's section.
post #15 of 17
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Mozart/Bach/Beethoven there are other. I've read this before in neuroscience classes mostly very small studies and mainly with infants or young children.

Still, what's good for them can't hurt us!
There speaks a man who's never had the mumps.
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