As I said last year, I like to listen to music while writing. It helps me stay focused and tune out any background noise. But if I’m writing (or reading) words, I find other words distracting, so I usually listen to instrumental music (mainly electronic/ambient). I listened to a lot of older albums, and I’m always discovering new artists (and old artists new to me), but these were my favorite albums (released in 2018) to write to:
- Jon Hopkins — Singularity
- The Field — Infinite Moment
- Steve Hauschildt — Dissolvi
- Max Cooper — One Hundred Billion Sparks
- Tim Hecker — Konoyo
- Szun Waves — New Hymn to Freedom
- Jake Schrock — Tropical Depression
- Shinichi Atobe — Heat
- Simian Mobile Disco — Murmurations
- Ross from Friends — Family Portrait
As for “regular” music, with “words,” my tastes are varied and eclectic (and apparently “adventurous”) — basically not mainstream hits. The radio used to be the only way to discover new music, but I never listen to the radio anymore (and was never a fan of radio hits, anyway). Today, most of the new music I discover is through Spotify: either their recommendation algorithm (which is getting pretty good) or by looking at the “Fans Also Like” list under the artists I already enjoy (which has also been fairly accurate). I’ve also gotten some recommendations from the music blog Gorilla vs. Bear.
- Beach House — 7
- Peaking Lights — Sea of Sand
- Computer Magic — Danz
- Parquet Courts — Wide Awake!
- Animal Collective — Tangerine Reef
- Makeness — Loud Patterns
- Fascinator — Water Signs
- Pastel Ghost — Ethereality
- Milo — budding ornithologists are weary of tired analogies
- Frankie Cosmos — Vessel
That was my year in music. I also created a bunch of electronic songs myself in Garageband, which has become a hobby of mine. I may share those at some point (when they’re ready).