Music while you map?

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  1. SPHinx

    SPHinx L2: Junior Member

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    Does anyone listen to music while they map? And do they find some music better than others?

    I recently acquired a bunch of the James Bond themes, and found it surprisingly fun to map to --- especially for spytech.
     
  2. J4CK8

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    I like to have music playing, though sometimes I forget. It helps to relax I find but never seems to give me any inspiration.
     
  3. Psy

    aa Psy The Imp Queen

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    I listen to anything really but music only works well when I have a clear idea of what I want to do. For example, I can't listen to music when I'm struggling to create a part of a layout. It's too off-putting.
     
  4. SiniStarR

    SiniStarR L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    Boom Boom Satellites are all I need. Their a perfect mix of every genre XD
     
  5. Nutomic

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    Exactly that.
     
  6. strangemodule

    strangemodule L5: Dapper Member

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    I find that game soundtracks are perfect for mapping.
     
  7. YM

    aa YM LVL100 YM

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    New question: does anyone breath whilst mapping?
     
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  8. AntonJ3000

    AntonJ3000 I am inactive and make horrible maps

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    I listen to music almost 100% of the time I use the computer, and that includes mapping :D
     
  9. strangemodule

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    Breathing is overrated!
     
  10. Radaka

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    I actually agree with strangemodule here, game soundtracks are great for working on stuff.

    For example, I listen to the Donkey Kong Country 2 Soundtrack when I'm studying for tests and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle while I'm mapping.

    There aren't any words to distract your brain, and the music sets up a mood for you to adhere to while you work.
     
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  11. Psy

    aa Psy The Imp Queen

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    Godspeed You! Black Emperor are good for that. Very long mellow songs. :D
     
  12. Fraz

    aa Fraz Blu Hatte, Greyscale Backdrop.

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    Depending on my mood I listen to different things, if I can I generally talk to people via voice on steam so I have some human interaction and can bounce ideas off of if needed.
     
  13. luxatile

    aa luxatile deer

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    I listen to the radio because my music collection is rather small. :p In case I need some variation/radio plays crap, I go to Grooveshark or Spotify. If I do listen to my own collection, it's usually some game music.
     
  14. Fearlezz

    Fearlezz L10: Glamorous Member

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    Agreed
     
  15. Dr. ROCKZO

    Dr. ROCKZO L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    I'm pretty much always listening to Music, and have no preference for "Mapping Music" But I am enjoying Röyksopp and Unkle currently..
     
  16. Da_Man

    Da_Man L4: Comfortable Member

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    Depends on the theme. For my Luna map (which I had to redo because of massive visleaves issues) I listened to a lot of Pink Floyd, particularly Dark Side Of The Moon.
     
  17. Terr

    aa Terr Cranky Coder

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    My library is generally stocked with things from Ocremix, although lately I've been hooked on some of the Neotokyo soundtrack. (Certain tracks, anyway.)
     
  18. Dr. ROCKZO

    Dr. ROCKZO L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    I guess I've just never been that in to Game Soundtracks..
     
  19. Terr

    aa Terr Cranky Coder

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    I think I like Movie/Game soundtracks for two reasons.

    1. Usually no vocals. If I'm programming something, I don't have to bother trying to interpret irrelevant incoming language, and it makes it easier to write. My left hemisphere can concentrate on one thing. In some cases, I'll really like a song, but hate the lyrics.
    2. For many of them, when you first hear them you have a strong emotional association. The sweeping score as the battle commences, the sad melody as a character dies, etc. For better or worse these associations get bundled, so later the same tune has more emotional content.

    Listening now to: [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPUp2PiCYBY"]YouTube - Ed Harrison - Tin Soldiers [Neotokyo OST][/ame]
    I like the bit that starts at 4:54
     
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  20. Tapp

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    From what I can tell, a LOT of tf2 mappers like to listen to propane nightmares. Personally I don't have music, as I don't have a strong collection of lyric-less music.