The only music I can listen to is music I’m fairly certain the creator enjoyed making.
If I’m thinking about design or designing, I’m almost certainly listening to music. It’s not a crutch, it’s part of my process. I’ve recently pondered to myself if I could easily explain why it is. I’ve come to the conclusion that I can.
To me, music takes my mind somewhere else. It pulls me out of my seat mentally and shows me something new. In other words, it inspires me by changing how I perceive my surroundings. What I feel is important to inspiring me. If I’m sitting at the same desk as usual, nothing is new and my environment will always make me feel the same way. So, if I can transport my mind in a way and forcefully change how I’m feeling, I can think differently.
I said this was supposed to be easy and it is, but my fear is that it sounds like I’m insane.
To be more blunt about it, different music makes me feel different and different feelings inspire me in different ways. If I always felt the same, everything I did would be exactly the same. Music makes me look at things differently and to approach from a new angle.
Good music does this. Good music such as pretty much every artist formerly or currently on Ghostly International. This past weekend I stumbled onto Ghostly International and I’m in love. Mostly instrumental electronica/ambient music is what I crave in life. It’s what they’re serving to me. More on them and particular artists in the future. Purchasing my first albums from them tonight and I’m pretty excited about it. These days, I’m excited about purchasing music in general. More on that later.