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Best music to listen to while doing Physics?

  1. Oct 3, 2004 #1
    Anybody have any favorites?

    I like to listen to some classical or classic rock.

    Vivaldi - Four Seasons, Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique, Beethoven - 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Bach - Well Tempered Clavier

    Led, Who, Kansas, CCR, Bob Seger, Eagles
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  3. Oct 4, 2004 #2


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    I like most of the pieces/artists you listed, but if I was listening to them, I wouldn't get any physics done...that's as far as theoretical stuff goes.

    However, I play classic rock in the lab all day, except when there's measurements happening or if I'm doing some tricky soldering, or some such.
  4. Oct 4, 2004 #3
    Why isn't there 6th before 7th... disc of Beethoven ?
    I don't do phy6s exercises when listening to mu6. :redface:
  5. Oct 4, 2004 #4
    I cant think when listening to music i enjoy, i tend to start singing along and imagining i'm slash or axl or mick or keith. Oops there i go again.
  6. Oct 4, 2004 #5


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    The Astrocapellas, especially their song about the Swift satellite.

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    "The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas" by They Might Be Giants.
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    Well, I have 1,600 albums, so it's practically a monumental task for me to pick music for any ocassion. So I often just hit the random button and hope.

    - Warren
  9. Oct 4, 2004 #8
    Learning Physics, I prefer silence or soft classical music playing in the background.

    Working on homework is a different story and it depends on the subject.

    Modern Physics - Rage Against the Machine, Tool, Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails

    Electromagnetism - Wille Dixon, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Doors,

    Quantum Mechanics - Tool, A Perfect Circle, James Brown, Led Zeppelin

    Evidently it turns out I'm way more angry working on Modern Physics than I am working on E-Mag or Q. Mech.
  10. Oct 4, 2004 #9
    Pretty much all of my music collection are love songs. I listen to them whenever, not just while doing physics or math. I've found myself listening to Frank Sinatra a lot, however.
  11. Oct 4, 2004 #10
    I think that Kraftwerk is a good choice
  12. Oct 4, 2004 #11
    There is nothing as good as your own compositions. I am currently experimenting with the fusion of Classical Music, Jazz and Pop music. The compositions are raw and meaty. I just think of space while at it!
  13. Oct 4, 2004 #12
    I just prefer Beethoven's other stuff to the sixth.
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    That really made me laugh out loud! ("LOL" just doesn't do it justice). I only have between 150 to 200 CDs and can't even decide from those. I've been slowly loading some onto iTunes, and then I hit random. But, if I'm really lost in thought, I won't even notice if the same song has been repeating for hours. But, my best thinking happens with Ozzy, Dio, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, The Eurythmics and Clint Black...those seem to wind up on the usual rotation and I think it's mostly a conditioned response. Recently, I've added Godsmack to the list...there's something hypnotizing about their music. Oh, and can't forget Trace Adkins ("This ain't no thinkin' thing.")

    But, then, I wouldn't want to be too predictable, so once in a while, I get inspired by something different...Eric Clapton, Smashmouth, Harry Connick, Jr., R.E.M., Billy Joel, or Paula Abdul. Or, I might go with B-52s, Indigo Girls, and The Cars.

    Oh, see, I started out telling you I can never decide. Once I went through all my CDs alphabetically just to listen to all of them.
  15. Oct 5, 2004 #14
    Roxy Music - The Thrill of it All (Box Set)
    Pink Floyd - Welcome to the Machine
    Hildegard von Bingen - Canticles of Ecstacy
    Rush - 2112
    Kantner, Slick & Frieberg - Across the Board
    John Coltrane - Equinox
    Laurie Anderson - O Superman
    Nick Drake - River Man
    John Abercrombie - Timeless
    The Who - Eminence Front, 5.15, Love Reign O'er Me, Going Mobile
    DEVO - Girl U Want
    Jimmy Hendrix - Angel
    ZZ Top - Tube Snake Boogie
    Paul Simon - Negotiations and Love Songs 1971-1986
    Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear the Reaper, Astronomy
    Calchakis - Flutes des Terres Incas
    Derek And The Dominoes - Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad
    Eric Clapton - Layla (unplugged)
  16. Oct 5, 2004 #15
    Personally I can't get any work done while listening to any music that has lyrics. Light classical music works well for me, but really I prefer as little noise as possible. Even the clock's ticking can annoy me at times.

    Still, for anyone interested, try Coldplay - The Scientist
  17. Oct 5, 2004 #16
    I envy those that have the focus to do their work and research while listening to music and watching television.

    I just can't do it. I don't even listen to music when I type replies. I have to be able to hear my thoughts, and I can't with noise in the background.

    I wish I could tough. And if I could, 90's Rap would be what I'd listen to.
  18. Oct 5, 2004 #17
    For Maths: Baroque
    For Science: Classical
    For other work: Romantic

    But I also listen to a varity of artists that I have music for (e.g. Muse and Aerosmith).

    The only song I can't work to is Aerosmith - I don't wanna miss a thing because it has too much meaning to me to work to and I just have to listen to it and sing alone with it. There are a few more songs but I can't work to them because there are rubbish.

    The Bob (2004 ©)
  19. Oct 5, 2004 #18
    I work on physics and engineering to Classical or New Age music.

    I can work to some songs with words but they have to be songs that I am very used to, such as Pink Floyd's "Us and Them," or Richard Mark's "Hold On To The Night." Nothing too obtrusive. If I am trying to write something, I can't have words in the music, only instrumentals.
  20. Oct 5, 2004 #19
    Bach for anything that requires thought, insight, or a deeper focus (basically nothing i've done in school yet, for example: Fourier Analysis, Tensor Calculus, Quatnum Mechanics, General Relativity), almost always the 3rd Brandenburg Concerto, though i do listen to Saint Matthew's Passion, and the other Brandenburg Concerto's occasionally, i just like the third concerto the best, its the most upbeat and lively, keeps my mind moving, and thinking in a similar pattern, its the only one with only allegro movements.

    When doing actual assigned work from my physics, math, or whatever classes its Barenaked Ladies all the way (with the tv on in the background, most likely tuned either to HBO or FX (NIp/Tuck Season Finale of course)).
  21. Oct 5, 2004 #20
    Thanks for the tips! :D
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