Music to read to?

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  • Trane 23 Aug 2013 11:00:25 4,060 posts
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    Having just joined the ranks of the rail commuters, I find myself doing a lot more reading. I predominantly read fantasy/sci-fi and find that a good movie score makes a great accompaniment without hindering my imagination or comprehension, and actually sometimes it aids the immersion.

    I have created some playlists but some of the stuff I find works really well is:

    Last of the Mohicans, Transformers, Sunshine, any Zimmer stuff (Batman Trilogy, Inception, Da Vince Code etc), any Clint Mansell stuff, Tron Legacy (and reconfigured).

    Just wondering if anyone else shares this endeavour, and if so do you have any recommendations I might be missing out on?

    Cheers!
  • Load_2.0 23 Aug 2013 11:02:08 20,846 posts
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    College - Northern Council.
  • Mr-Brett 23 Aug 2013 11:06:30 13,261 posts
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    Explosions in the Sky, God is an Astronaut, Bye Horus, Tycho, Faunts, Ludovico Einaudi and maybe Brian Eno but that might be a bit too ambient to block out train noise though.

    Edited by Mr-Brett at 11:06:42 23-08-2013
  • imamazed 23 Aug 2013 11:08:35 6,217 posts
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    Nope, one or the other for me.
  • Folant 23 Aug 2013 11:08:50 1,750 posts
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    E.S Posthumus.
  • Trane 23 Aug 2013 11:27:27 4,060 posts
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    Cheers! I have listened to Einaudi actually, works very well. I shall check out some other suggestions on spotify or the youtube.
  • Deleted user 23 August 2013 11:41:46
    Reich, Steve - music for 18 musicians
  • Deleted user 23 August 2013 11:54:23
    Tangerine Dream: Rubicon, Force Majeure, Stratosfear, Ricochet are some good ones to read to.

    Also, I tend to listen to alot of ambient when I'm reading / working. Carbon Based Lifeforms, Solar Fields, Sundayman, Spacetime Continuum
  • Arrr9 23 Aug 2013 12:14:03 470 posts
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    The Planets - Gustav Holst may be a good shout seeing as you like sci-fi.
  • DUFFMAN5 23 Aug 2013 12:38:19 16,701 posts
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    Classical music always and forever. Except maybe the Chill Out by KLF
  • jellyBelly 23 Aug 2013 12:39:39 585 posts
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    birds singing or the sound of crushing waves, by nature
  • mal 23 Aug 2013 12:49:27 23,995 posts
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    I mostly listen to music with words, so for me it has to be stuff I already know very well so I can not focus on the wrong words.
  • mrpon 23 Aug 2013 12:53:50 30,469 posts
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    Has anyone taken it to the next level and synced the music to the chapters?

    No. That's insane, isn't it?
  • CrispyLog 28 Aug 2013 18:02:13 115 posts
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    Mr-Brett wrote:
    Explosions in the Sky, God is an Astronaut, Bye Horus, Tycho, Faunts, Ludovico Einaudi and maybe Brian Eno but that might be a bit too ambient to block out train noise though.

    Good shouts, a bit of instrumental post rock is great for reading to (also for going hiking up mountains). So to add to that, Caspian, Mogwai and This Will Destroy You.
  • Deleted user 28 August 2013 18:04:39
    mrpon wrote:
    Has anyone taken it to the next level and synced the music to the chapters?

    No. That's insane, isn't it?
    http://www.booktrack.com/
  • rtk79 28 Aug 2013 19:48:55 499 posts
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    If you want music to read science fiction to, then you should definitely hear Ornette Coleman's Science Fiction. What's better?
  • thelzdking 28 Aug 2013 20:53:46 4,664 posts
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    Fripp & Eno
  • shamblemonkee 28 Aug 2013 21:17:42 15,156 posts
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    Here's some picks from my Spotify playlist for when playing Endless Space and XCOM, so not strictly for reading but they are suitable for when reading too :);

    Solar Fields
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNiD9M59FQE


    Ramjin Djawadi
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQl6FTYBqgs


    Tyler Bates: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_u55ne1OAo


    Jack Wall: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5byI9fED5I


    and of course Sam Hulick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gh39K4lMGK8


    Edited by shamblemonkee at 21:20:40 28-08-2013
  • Punctum 28 Aug 2013 22:24:43 1,134 posts
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    Chas n Dave

    Edited by Punctum at 22:25:02 28-08-2013
  • Trane 30 Aug 2013 10:36:26 4,060 posts
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    Cheers again.

    I've downloaded a Solar Fields album on the strength of that song 'Sol', like it.
  • Deleted user 30 August 2013 10:46:02
    Solar Fields is well worth a listen. Lets not forget he did the Mirror's Edge soundtrack as well.

    Sol's one of my fav's too. That whole album is good. Das Bungalow is another.
  • mrpon 30 Aug 2013 10:46:05 30,469 posts
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    meme wrote:
    mrpon wrote:
    Has anyone taken it to the next level and synced the music to the chapters?

    No. That's insane, isn't it?
    http://www.booktrack.com/
    :D everything has been invented!
  • Deleted user 30 August 2013 11:12:44
    Post-rock, ambient, neo-classical, certain classical composers. Mostly covered.
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