What do you listen to when you need to think?
very op-ed question. Whether it's a genre, a band, song, or specific style let it out. What helps you think?
Uh, mostly the voices in my head. When I need to think, I don't listen or pay attention to anything around me; my thoughts will take a life of their own and tune everything else out. However, I think best when completely alone. If I'm around people too much, I become a retarded robot who never thinks because I don't have the opportunity, and it drives me insane.
I have a plethora of mood music including semi-classical and classical music I listen too when I need to think. I turn the volume down so I can barely hear it so I can turn my attention to the thoughts that envelope me. It usually sets the tone for really deep or important thought for me. I like my relaxation CD's the best since they include a combination of the above and are not too heavy so they enhance my ability for thought.
Side: Semi-Classical Mood Music
I actually can't listen to classical music while I'm trying to think; I get far too into it, since the classical that I enjoy is generally very dramatic.
When I need to think, my ideal situation would be Simon & Garfunkel and a substance that makes it all that much clearer....
Side: Simon and Garfunkel
Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, The Avalanches, Justice, Metronomy, NIN's Ghost I-IV... Pretty much any electronic/ambient with a constant beat and no lyrics. Real instruments and lyrics are naturally distracting.
I'm really bad when it comes to music, I know nothing except how I feel when I'm listening, so it's difficult to explain myself.
Side: Electronic and Ambient
I've always thought that listening to music doesn't help you focus, it just makes you less aware of the periods where you lose focus. If there's no music, your mind will eventually wander and then you'll be like, "Whoops, better back to work"; but if there's music playing then when your mind wanders you'll just end up listening to the music. So I think that while listening to music makes you feel more productive, it actually makes you less productive.
If I have to work in a noisy environment I'll just google "streaming white noise" and end up here. Although I'd much rather just move to a less noisy environment.
Side: Streaming white noise