Monday, September 26, 2005

Mood Music

Creative "challenge" posed by Venky last class was Listening to My Favorite Music - L O U D! Simple enough... considering I've been doing this during the ride home from evening classes in the MBA program from the start. It's great to unwind during the trip home... reflecting on some of the discussions during class that night or figuring out what I needed to do the next day for work.

If I'm not on my iPod I mainly listen to WKNC 88.1 FM which is a student run, non-commercial, educational radio station located on the campus of North Carolina State University that broadcasts at 25,000 watts. N.C. State has had different forms of radio stations off and on since 1922, but WKNC has been around since 1966... they don't usually play the mainstream stuff that gets piped through the standard radio channels.

Listen Now:

I figured I would tie in what I was listening to with the Exploris project and dug these albums out from the iTunes library... Seeing how I listen to pretty much anything these reflect, in no particular order, the ways and means of getting into the thought about a global museum. How music might sound from a different culture. As well as hearing the effects different types of instruments add to the whole environment and imagery.

Deep Forest, Boheme
(Just plain spooky, nice rhythms and visual effects... different subject matter but similar to the Enigma series with multiple layers and strange background noises and languages)

Mickey Hart - Planet Drum
(Crank up the volume)

Fifth Element Soundtrack
(Diva sequence plays well really loud)

Green Day
(Great album, 'growing' up...)

(A little something different, retro mixes are nice, newer stuff has an interesting rhythm)

White Stripes
(When you're done with this duo try Helena)

Wagner - aka Apocalypse Now
(Must have in any collection... by far the best orchestral music made in during my lifetime have been made specifically for movies - although this one borrows generously from the classics)

(Last few tracks are pretty haunting)

Blue Man Group
(Speaking of odd cultures)

Dreamtime Return - Steve Roach
(Picked this up for a flight back home from a business trip in Boston... great environmental effects... calm and quiet, however, listening to it loudly produced some nice full ambient sounds)


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