At the same time, I can't write with new music in the background. Unless it's classical. I pay too much attention to lyrics.
What I need is a single tune from an artist that I already know well, if not by heart. I set it on repeat, and let it play in the background. I know is said and no longer pay attention to it over what I'm writing.
This means, of course, that I have a couple favourite. Often, the lyrics relate to writing (yes, despite not listening to them, I pick lyrics related to writing). At others, it's the sheer awesomeness of the music that gets me.
I worked it down to three, only one of which is from Quebec (that's a little miracle. Most of my playlist comes from Quebec).
Bullets, by Tunng
I don't know what about this tune gets me. It's a little on the crazy side, it's upbeat, there's a lot of weird sounds, the rhythm is good and the end blends seamlessly with the beginning. Great for a single-tune loop.
Le Vertige, Karkwa
I love Karkwa. Seriously, all-on groupie love. I never miss a concert and keep playing their discs. When I write, I use either Le Vertige (it has 1488 hits on my iTunes, gives you an idea), L'Acouphène, or La façade. I could only find the latter on the tube but there you go:
No specific music here. I love Philip Glass. Anything I've heard from it. He made the music from Koyaanisqatsi, along with many concertos and operas. I love the rhythm in his work, the almost mathematical frequency of sounds. It's weird and awesome, and makes for a great ambiance.
So that's it! I could have put twenty and more tunes is, but I reserve my fangirly love for music from Quebec for another time. These are what I listen to during my writing.
What do you listen to? Or do you prefer silence?