Listening to music while reading

Discussion in 'Other Media' started by Kanly, Sep 9, 2017.

  1. Kanly

    Kanly Well-Known Member

    Do you like to listen to music when you read? Or do you need silence?

    I used to listen to all kinds of music as I read, basically whatever I was into at the time. It didn't matter, so I could be listening to electronic or heavy metal or rock or whatever. But these days I like to listen to instrumental or more soothing stuff. And lately I've been listening to a lot of Dead Can Dance when I read. It was an unexpectedly good soundtrack when I was reading Legend a short while ago. Sometimes, the music and the scene are really in sync, and it makes the experience even more intense. I'm fine reading without music too, but I definitely like to listen to something. And do you have any specific music you like to listen to when reading sf (or fantasy)?
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  2. TomTB

    TomTB Administrator Staff Member

    Never tried to be honest, but I don't think it would do anything for me. It would just be in the background. I don't think my music taste and my reading taste match up very well, thinking about it.
  3. kenubrion

    kenubrion Well-Known Member

    I can read with Mozart in the background but not with Led Zepplin.
  4. Diziet Sma

    Diziet Sma Administrator Staff Member

    Long gone the time when at university, I could read and study while listening to loud and rock music.
    Now, when reading general fict¡on, I like listening to themed music connected to the era of the book, author nationality etc.
    For SF and fantasy I tend to go for classical, easy indie, or folk rock chill: never loud and with unengaging lyrics, otherwise my concentration goes out the window.

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