Top 10 CD's for Creative Thinking

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Post by dark77778 » Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:17 pm

I make different mixes depending on what I'm doing, but there's usually at least one Genesis (or member of), song involved in each one. Then maybe some George Winston or Yanni or Liz Story...something along those lines. There's also always some Tool in there if I'm working on a darker piece. Oh, and I also can't forget Frou Frou or Imogen Heap.
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Post by rebels1226 » Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:15 pm

all of pink floyd albums
J-rock band asian kung fu generation(sol-fa), pretty much all of their albums
queens of the stone age, (R)
Zazen boys(zazen boys 2)
gutter twins
gackt (Cresent)
Cool Kids
Toddle (dawn prasie the world)
eastern youth
smashing pumpkins
number girl

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Re: Top 10 CD's for Creative Thinking

Post by rightsfathers » Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:18 am

any music from enya, astrud gilberto and vanessa.

You really should buy any albums from those artist...
I highly recommend it

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Re: Top 10 CD's for Creative Thinking

Post by vaha130 » Mon Sep 07, 2009 6:31 am

I'd go for rock anytime when it comes to squeezing out my creative juice. Marianas Trench, Hedley, Simple Plan.. they all sound great to me.

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Re: Top 10 CD's for Creative Thinking

Post by aoi_tori » Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:49 pm

Like many others here, I also tend to make specific mixes for various type of work, though I prefer no background music when I'm writing. When I'm drawing however, I like to listen to mostly soundtracks and moody rock/ambient stuff:

-any Ghibli soundtracks by Joe Hisaishi (Princess Mononoke and Laputa being the most effective for me)
-Yoko Kanno (Ghost in the Shell SAC, Wolf's Rain, etc)
-Radiohead, Elbow, Kaki King, Elliott Smith, Eno...

On the other hand, if I'm doing something tedious at work (like rotoscoping), I would pick something loud and obnoxious just to stay awake...speed metal and prog rock usually do the trick. Probably not so good for creative thinking though. :)

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Re: Top 10 CD's for Creative Thinking

Post by cheshire » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:32 pm

hmmmm top no particular order....

Skeletonwitch beyond the permafrost- great ridiculous deathmetal

Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack- uniquely good classical/technoish mix(good mix with above cd)

Gorillaz (either demon days or plastic beach)- oddly addicting, almost like surrealist music O_o

Final Fantasy soundtracks(either 9 or 10)- 9 sounds like a old silent film soundtrack(only better) even with old blurish sound. 10 is alittle more popish but better real recording.

anime soundtracks(either Akira or Ghible films)

i cant begin to narrow it down much more.....Johnny cash, micheal jackson, megadrivers, neskimos,tangerine dream,other videogame/anime/movie soundtracks.

and of course this

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Re: Top 10 CD's for Creative Thinking

Post by matthewart » Sun Apr 25, 2010 11:04 pm

My current scitzo-ness music habits... I kinda don't think of them as albums any more... more like play lists

Arcade Fire

the New Gorrillaz

Cocteau Twins


Dethklok (I didn't know I was a metal head :)

Myazaki (mostly when writing)

Favorite Remixes of Video Games

The Black Hole Soundtrack and ... Tron Soundtrack


Kitchens of Distinction (The Death of Cool, and Strange Free World) best two albums

Legendary Pink Dots (they are hit and miss... but I have my super favs)

I don't know... thats what I've been drawn to lately... when not listening to books on tape :)
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Re: Top 10 CD's for Creative Thinking

Post by nateomedia » Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:30 pm

When I'm concepting, I need silence. For intense drawing, I sometimes can listen to music. When I go totally right brain, I like to keep my left brain occupied with comedy podcasts: Nerdist, Kevin & Bean, I Love Movies, Adam Carolla.

Anyone else use I just found a good scrobbler for the Mac (ScrobblePod) and have recently started using the service again. Here's what I'm listening to now:

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