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09-02-2012, 09:45 AM
I don't know about the rest of you, but I can't work in complete quiet. My brain just stops. So when I'm designing, I'm usually listening to Pandora radio - and please don't laugh when I tell you which stations.

If I'm working with darker colors or a very pale palette, I listen to my Taylor Swift - White Horse Radio station. If I'm working with bright (or at least well saturated) colors, I listen to Glee Cast Radio.

What do you listen to when you design, if anything? What gets your mojo flowing?

09-02-2012, 10:12 AM
Isn't that funny? I have to have complete quiet when I design. I don't even listen to music when I read. I like to totally concentrate on what I am doing. But I'm sure I'm the minority. If I was going to listen to something though, it would be BMP on satellite radio. (that's dance music...it gets my juices flowing).

09-02-2012, 10:16 AM
If I'm designing the only think I listen is my own brain gears. Even if my kids are at home (the big and the small one) I close my studio door! I love heard my thoughts. Well this is a long history! But if some day I'm like crazy, then a have some play list at YouTube like Tom Jones, Seal, Zarzuela (Spanish Classical Music) or some Spanish singers guys.

09-02-2012, 11:32 AM
I'm a mix...once I start to hit a wall in my designing I play music. I like all sorts of stuff ranging from Celtic to Within Temptation, Tans Siberian, Colbie Caillat - but one of my all time favorites is Two Steps from ****. It's actually NOT a bad bad or negative, not even hard rock or anything - it's beautiful music that ranks right up there with NightWish. Some Jon Bon Jovi is always a good thing as well!

09-02-2012, 12:02 PM
I listen to classical music. Mozart works great as anti-depressant and usually gives me a creativity-boost :)
But I also love most of the other baroque composers, Handel, Vivaldi etc.

When I'm very deep in concentration it often happens that the CD runs to an end and I don't even notice it. So I don't really mind working in silence.
And for reading, studying etc. I need the quiet.

09-02-2012, 12:13 PM
I donīt mind the quiet times, but if I wanna hear music I just play something from my Youtube play lists....what ever I feel like, it can be oldies, Eminem, Adele or Johnny Cash are some of my favorites

09-02-2012, 12:13 PM
My dogs snoring....LOL (I have 3 that are usually in my office or right outside the door)

09-02-2012, 06:11 PM
The music I listen to is the voices and laughter coming from the next room. My house is always full of people. When I get to enjoy that rare opportunity, and can listen to music when I design, it's Matchbox 20, Patrick Joseph, Lisa Brigatino, and alot of indie artists.

09-02-2012, 06:26 PM
Interesting how different we all are! I am usually just listening to the kids playing, and I usually have re-runs of something going on in the background on the TV. But nothing that needs my full focus, I need to concentrate on what I'm doing.

09-02-2012, 06:29 PM
Most times its the TV going as I need some type of noise unless I am really stuck on a LO then I need complete quiet. That is sometimes hard in itself with 3 chihuahua's who like to bark at anything under the sun!

Studio4 Designworks
09-02-2012, 06:53 PM
Usually the TV is on when I'm designing. But I do sometimes just play my playlist on my iTunes account on my computer. Noise doesn't really bother me while I'm designing. I seem to be able to filter stuff - probably from raising children!

09-02-2012, 07:07 PM
HAH!!! Grandkids yelling and playing outside my door!!! I love it when I scrap at night and everyone is in bed and it is absolutely quiet!!! shhhhhhh------

09-02-2012, 07:09 PM
Hmm.. Usually my 4yo! lol! But on the rare occasion I get to put on my music, it 's a mixture of aussie rock to country to classical.. what ever mood I'm in! lol! I have been listening to the Breaking Dawn soundtrack lately & Adele. I know what you mean about filtering noise Darlene! lol!

09-04-2012, 11:29 AM
I rarely listen to music when I'm scrapping/designing but if I do it's usually Green Day, Tori Amos or Adele is my new favorite :)) I occasionally put on some LMFAO if I'm in a super mood, and dance in my chair! :l

I'm usually watching shows on Netflix off my ipad - current faves are Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, Buffy, Charmed, Breaking Bad & Lost - of course, I've already seen these shows, but I just can't help watching them over and over again! :DD

09-04-2012, 12:48 PM
my kids screaming normally... lol. but now that my DD is back to school, i hear my DS playing with his online pre-school. at least that's what today is like. if it's music, i just shuffle iTunes with Tori Amos, Florence + Machine, Nine Inch Nails, etc. :)

09-04-2012, 05:26 PM
Most of the time, instead of music - I like to watch movies/tv shows while I am working!

09-05-2012, 12:03 AM
I love silence when designing :D I dunno why music or anything I hear can change my mood

09-05-2012, 12:15 AM
I love silence when designing :D I dunno why music or anything I hear can change my mood

09-05-2012, 02:39 AM
I waited to see what everyone listens to, hoping I wasn't alone... but it seems I am. Sigh. I like a little bit of noise when I design. Ozzy is my favorite, but I also like mellower stuff like Neil Young, Tom Petty and newer stuff that my daughter puts on. No idea what those guys are called LOL.

09-05-2012, 02:50 AM
I appear to be an anomaly ... I listen to audio books. :)
When I couldn't get a copy of the third Hunger Games book fast enough, I discovered that I could download the audio book from the library ... without even leaving my house!!! and put it on my phone. Now I am constantly reading like 3 books at a time ... an audio book, ebook (also on the phone, man do I love modern technology!), and an actual book book.

09-05-2012, 03:13 AM
I watch lousy television. Right now I am watching last weeks Young and the Restless :P My brain gets to critique the acting and the storyline instead of being my own worst critic. I always scrap like that too - even years ago when I was a paper scrapper I would set up in front of the TV.

09-05-2012, 10:01 AM
I appear to be an anomaly ... I listen to audio books. :)
When I couldn't get a copy of the third Hunger Games book fast enough, I discovered that I could download the audio book from the library ... without even leaving my house!!! and put it on my phone. Now I am constantly reading like 3 books at a time ... an audio book, ebook (also on the phone, man do I love modern technology!), and an actual book book.

My husband does that at work! It's really funny, he'll be in the back room, crunching numbers and checking stock, listening to Neil Gaiman or Brandon Sanderson. It's funny to hear about the temps reactions when they walk in in the middle of a chapter.

ADBDesign {anita_d}
09-05-2012, 11:20 AM
mostly it is silence for me....but sometimes .... classic country, oldies from the 60s, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, .........

09-05-2012, 12:41 PM
sometimes i listen to the tv in the background sometimes i split my screen and watch a movie while i am designing or when i am in the mood i listen to my itunes, which consists of heavy metal,rock to irish rock/punk, i even have some johnny cash and techno music...lol

09-05-2012, 11:56 PM
I might have just about anything going... Sometimes, I just need the quiet, but MOST of the time, I have some kind of noise going on... I watch tv shows on netflix, play music, or listen to podcasts... It just depends on what mood I'm in. Sometimes I will even turn on the radio, which is unusual for me, but has been happening more frequently. In my office, my hubby's puter sits here next to mine all day while he's at work. So, I'll often turn it on and get my netflix instant que going, or listen to his music. This way, I get the benefit of the noise, without having to give up any of my processor power, lol... I'm sneaky that way, :D


09-06-2012, 05:47 AM
I also do signature tags for some yahoo groups using Licensed Art. We have this game called Secret Diamond Sister ( like a secret sister game) If I am working on following a tutorial or just trying to come up with something to tag I play Lord of The Dance end theme over and over. My family knows if they keep bugging me and the music suddenly gets cranked up ( I am usually wearing my headset) and they hear it to just back off and leave me alone for awhile. works every time3:)

09-06-2012, 10:03 AM
I actually have to have some background noice so I have the TV on, lately it's been the US Open!

09-06-2012, 04:18 PM
My favorite time to design is at night after DH (and the grandkds if they are here) have gone to bed. But I still have to have some kind of quiet background noise. Most of the time it's the tv, netflix or hulu plus with fav shows I've already seen, usually House, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice or Glee. When I want music it depends on my mood, it ranges from rock to country, lately it's been the soundtracks from Country Strong and Glee ;-)

09-06-2012, 04:27 PM
For me it doesn't matter at all. There can be music or tv in the background, my cat's snoring, the gardener cutting the trees outside with a chainsaw, my hubby trying to tell me how horrible his day at work was... as long as I started designing BEFORE the "noise" began, nothing can disturb me *lol*

09-06-2012, 05:24 PM
I'm probably alone (well close to it, lol) but I like to design in silence. I like the sound of the fan going, the birds outside and stuff like that. However, sometimes when I'm in the livingroom on my laptop, I will watch Netflix. I tend to watch documentaries and love to watch The Civil War and WWII by Ken Burns. When I listen to music, it's usually something mellow. Like Coldplay, Rufus Wainwright or Cat Power. Sometimes classical, too. Love me some Rachmaninoff!