View Full Version : What music do you listen to while mapping?

07-22-2011, 04:51 PM
As for me I listen to my typical Trance and Techno.
But, if im feeling motivated and want to get in the feel of mapping I listen to the Fable and Lotr soundtrack's.

07-22-2011, 08:24 PM
We had a thread on this several months ago that went on and on.

07-22-2011, 08:29 PM
Really? I honestly didn't know. My fault.

07-22-2011, 08:41 PM
no it's not a problem - it was a long time back. I'll see if I can find it when I get a chance.

Ah here it is (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?12411-You-all-listen-to-music-Don-t-you-Recommend-some-!&highlight=music) complete with links to vids etc.

07-22-2011, 08:58 PM
I listen to the sound of the mice running on the wheel in my head.....

07-22-2011, 09:17 PM
Well if anyone still want's to post.. I'd be obliged.

07-22-2011, 09:20 PM
Oh.. Yes, and I HATE Modern Pop.

07-23-2011, 02:32 AM
Friday is the greatest song evar!!!!! Kidding. :) The Fallon/Colbert rendition is tolerable, though.

07-23-2011, 02:33 AM
Well personally, I listen to everything from silence to metal except for Rap (I just don't care for it although some of the new stuff tied with more mainstream is good for example "Airplanes" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn6-c223DUU)). Of course, I like Paramour so maybe that helps.

I think music effects your feelings and that translates into something when you are expressing yourself artistically. When I'm irritated and play something loud I tend to draw with strong harsh strokes and sometimes that creates something a little different than what I would do typically (I don't do this very often honestly). Often I'm so focused on what I'm doing that I don't really care about what's playing or if anything is, so there you have it.

07-23-2011, 04:19 AM
Everything ever done by Blue Oyster Cult, set to repeat randomly.

yeah baby.

07-23-2011, 04:31 AM
I listen to all kinds of stuff. Everything from Franz Liszt to Creedence Clearwater Revival to Arch Enemy :P

07-23-2011, 05:17 AM
I enjoy listening to alternative & classic rock. Including Led Zeppelin.

07-27-2011, 01:00 PM
Ronnie James Dio!

08-01-2011, 06:30 PM
My music collection is way too diverse... right now I'm doing work (not mapping) to Underworld's "Second Toughest in the Infants" and yesterday it was Tool's "Aenema"

08-01-2011, 06:39 PM
I don't really listen to music while I'm mapping. Usually, I'm watching something online, such as on Hulu or Youtube.

08-01-2011, 08:00 PM
Everything ever done by Blue Oyster Cult, set to repeat randomly.yeah baby.
BÖC! I could hardly concentrate on work while listen to them... They make me holding my pens at the top and transform my wacom and everything I can find into a drum set :-D

As to the music I prefer:
If I am working on details, I never listen to music.
But for the initial ideas and major layouting, style, colour changes, etc. I usually chose a genre/band/artist harmonising with the mood I try to create.

08-01-2011, 11:05 PM
BÖC! I could hardly concentrate on work while listen to them... They make me holding my pens at the top and transform my wacom and everything I can find into a drum set :-D

Agreed, that is a serious danger! It's a hazard i'm willing to brave though!
I'll admit lately I've switched to Alan Parson's Project though. I Robot, Stereotomy, Turn of a Friendly Card, Ammonia Avenue.. The older stuff.
(yes! I'm working on a map right now, and not the new york one either.. I'll be checking with the client soon to see about posting WIP's..)

08-01-2011, 11:09 PM
I'll admit lately I've switched to Alan Parson's Project though.
That's a good choice though - I could listen to 'The Raven' for hours ;-)


08-02-2011, 03:40 AM
Stuff like 'The Dawn' by Dreamtale, to Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin =D

08-10-2011, 09:38 AM
Well, while mapping I enjoy some norwegian "quasi-jazz" like Jan Garbarek or Nils Petter Molvær.

But I could also listen to the non-lyric songs of artists like Nine Inch Nails or VAST. Despite their reputation, they can make very moody and atmospheric songs which enhance my world-envisioning capabilities.

09-05-2011, 02:31 PM
I listen to trance/techno or folk/melodic metal

10-07-2011, 02:01 PM
Lets start this up again. It's time for some new track rotations...
I signed up for a spotify account (new to the USA market) and I didn't like it. Played & displayed ads everywhere.

Here's some gems you might like.




10-07-2011, 02:51 PM
Oddly...I tend to turn on Fleetwood Mac radio on Pandora.

10-09-2011, 09:42 AM
I have an EXTREMELY wide range of musical taste and like to have iTunes set on random shuffle. I never know what I'm going to get from one moment to the next. Mike Oldfield one minute, Public Enemy the next, then Johnny Cash, and then maybe some Nine Inch Nails. I'm very erratic like that.

Mumford and Sons is probably my favorite newer band.

10-09-2011, 10:01 AM
Except for the Public Enemy bit your playlist sounds a lot like mine :) I only ever put mine on random shuffle with the headphones on...or else my wife busts in every few minutes with a "what the hell's that" look.

10-09-2011, 10:27 AM
Lol I know that look well! :)

10-09-2011, 02:15 PM
My brothers give me that look ;)

10-09-2011, 02:48 PM
By now, I'm listening the Emerald Sword Saga (Rhapsody of Fire - 10 CD) and video games sountracks (Specially World of Warcraft and Diablo)... Giving to me some feeling to draw maps and write RPG campaign.

I'm also a big fan of '70s rock (LeD ZePPeL!N, Alice Cooper and Deep Purple).

10-09-2011, 09:28 PM
Lol I know that look well! :)

yep. same here. My range is all over the place. Pretty much most stuff, but never got into the southern country stuff - it's big around my part of the world though.

10-09-2011, 09:37 PM
Depends what I am drawing, the following two I often listen to when doing coastlines or bodies of water.






10-13-2011, 03:47 AM
Mumford and Sons is probably my favorite newer band.

I've been into Mumford and Sons lately too! I don't do much mapping, but when doing it (and writing, for that matter) I tend to enjoy more "epic" music, like E.S. Posthumous, or Paul Oakenfold... Movie soundtrack such as LOTR, Last of the Mohicans, Pirates of the Carribean, or Braveheart are great too. Anything melodic and relaxing yet inspiring. I also like listening to classical music while mapping: Beethoven, Bach, Giuseppe Verdi, Haydn, Mozart, etc. :)

10-13-2011, 09:58 AM
The Legendary Pink Dots, writing and mapping, are a common choice.

10-13-2011, 05:45 PM
I listen to a very wide range of music from Vivaldi and Bach to Faderhead and Rise Against Discography. Though, like Jaxilon I am not really a fan of rap.

Usually I will make playlists of certain moods to enhance whatever I am working on. However, when I am painting or working on an image, not text, I tend to find a good audio book, I prefer science fiction and fantasy. I just finished LOTR and have started the Discworld series again.

10-17-2011, 12:16 PM
I like Demons & Wizards, Ayreon, Star One ... proggy stuff like that :)

Bruno Cabral
10-25-2011, 12:43 PM
i can't hear music whem i am working....

10-30-2011, 01:44 PM
I have a bunch of stations on www.pandora.com that I use depending on what my mood is. I also just work in silence at times. I recently created a station using the band name "Silentium" and that seems to work pretty good. I have also been listening to a station created from "Red". Next week, who knows? I like stuff from instrumental to Heavy so it's hard to say.

10-30-2011, 02:42 PM
It really depends on the mood I'm in and/or what I'm doing.

If I'm doing something creative, such as map or 3D work, etc, I'll tend to listen to something more upbeat.

If I'm doing something very "fantasy-like", I'll tend to listen to music that evokes those kinds of images in my mind.. I listen a lot to the Lineage 2 soundtrack by Bill Brown for that.

As of right now, I'm naming locations in a map I'm working on and so upbeat/heavy music would kinda be an ear-sore. So I'm listening to "Ghost" by the Devin Townsend Project. Here's a sample of a track from that CD: Heart Baby (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmGdF7JKitg)

At the other extreme is Dev's heaviest stuff, such as this song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-DKs0qfdEk) off of Deconstruction. Same guy as Heart Baby.

All in all, my musical tastes range anywhere from super heavy to super mellow with various stops in-between. All depending on my mood.

01-17-2014, 03:43 AM
I often listen to the LOTR soundtrack while working. Another good one is Inception.

01-17-2014, 04:35 PM
Silence for me, I find music distracting when I do mapping. But then I'm an odd-bird, I never turn on the radio when driving in a car, even alone on a cross country trip. I like music, but only in the right setting.

01-18-2014, 04:33 AM
I love all music from ancient tribal to rock to metal to jazz, to western classical to Asian medieval, and everything in between. I will sometimes choose music that fits the type of map I am working on. If I am working on a battle map it will be an aggressive set of songs. Usually I just let the play list shuffle.


01-18-2014, 05:53 AM
in my case its generally movie soundtracks or favourite tv shows and movies that i basically know by heart

01-18-2014, 11:47 AM
As Gameprinter said, sometimes I prefer the silence because music can become a distraction depending on my mood. But when I do, I play music form movies, tv series, video games, some classical and folk music.