Studio Music…What’s On?


"Modern Art" The Rippingtons
“Modern Art” The Rippingtons

Like many artists, I listen to music when I’m working in my studio. What I choose depends on my mood, the time of day and the day of the week…I tend to crank up the rock and roll on Friday afternoons (Terry and the Pirates is a favorite or anything else with my Guitar God John Cippolina). My default, however, is a playlist I call Chill Music, set to Shuffle. Here’s most of who’s on it, in no particular order:

Karunesh (New Age)

The Rippingtons (Smooth jazz)

Craig Chaquico (Smooth jazz)

Peter White (Smooth jazz)

Sting (well, you know…)

John Adorney (Smooth jazz)

Darshan Ambiant (New Age)

Vickie Logan (New Age)

David Arkenstone (New Age)

Brad Jacobsen (Smooth jazz)

Davol (New Age)

Degi (Mongolian violin traditional songs)

Nightnoise (Celtic)

Minstrel Streams (New Age)

Marc Antoine (Jazz)

Kenny G (Jazz)

Yanni (New Age)

Shastro (New Age)

Nils (Jazz)

I went through iTunes, listening to the samples and picked individual songs that fit the theme. Some artists, like The Rippingtons, Karunesh and Sting, I’ve got whole albums. I also sometimes hear something on our cable Soundscapes channel and jot down the artist and song.

If I want to liven things up I have playlists for mellow rock, the 1960s, road music and individual musicians like Mark Knopfler, John Mayer and Fleetwood Mac. There’s also one for “new” Celtic, which includes Peatbog Fairies, Kila and Shooglenifty. I also like Celtic music from singers such as Enya and traditional groups like Clannad and Nightnoise.

I have LOTS of music from Mongolia, brought back on CDs and downloaded into iTunes. That ranges from traditional music like khoomii (throat singing) and morin khuur (horsehead fiddle) to neo-folk (Altan Urag, Altan Orgil, Khishigten), pop music (A Sound, A Capella, Camerton, Nomin Talst, Bold), rock (The Lemons, Madness), classical composers like Jantsannarov and the man who, if anyone, is the heart and voice of Mongolia, Javkhlan.

What kind of music do you listen to while you work? Let me know in the comments!





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