I'm sitting here doing some mundane cad/rhino/grasshopper work for what will probably be the billionth time this semester, listening to some music on my headphones. This is making me wonder... what constitutes "studio music"?
My playlists tend to be erratic at best, spanning a lot of artists and genres. While my music library is not the largest (~4300 songs), I like to think it's pretty diverse. I have largely everything from Coltrane to King Crimson, to The Who & Lou Reed, to Galactic & Soulive... the list goes on. There are some genres I don't like (Rap, Metal, Country (but I LOVE bluegrass... go figure)) but largely I'm up for anything.
For me, the best studio music depends on what you're doing. For design/thinking work, I like more instrumental jazz or classical, played softly on speakers. There's this great band called Zilla (ironically not where my screename comes from) that does completely improvised live music, with just a drummer, bassist and hammered dulcimer player on stage. It makes for some great background music and I'm fairly certain a pretty engaging live experience. More good thinking instrumentals come from bands like Fujiya & Miyagi, Critters Buggin', Stereolab, Garage A Trois and Kraftwerk.
When it comes time to really sit down and bust out the CADD work, there's nothing better (in my book) then some hard-driving classic or prog rock. What could be better than a red bull in one hand, a mouse in the other, and "In The Court of the Crimson King" cranked over a sweet pair of Sennheiser HD600's when you're in serious production mode? Maybe some George Thorogood or Nektar... or even The New Deal perhaps.
What are everyone's favorite work songs? Do you prefer headphones or speakers? iTunes, Pandora, or good ol' fashioned FM? Discuss.