Llamas are a thing here at dA, and they make no sense to me at all, so let's give them some meaning.
I need music to paint and I have a voracious appetite for new music. I already have a fairly large collection, but give this a shot: a song exchange. I'll listen to just about anything, but if your suggestion makes it into my regular rotation--and I'll know almost as soon as I hear it--you get a llama.
If my suggestion makes it into yours, I will accept your llama.
<---looking just like this, you know
I don't usually communicate in emoticons, but the llama ones are irresistible...
(what even is that?)
This week's selections are all "work music" for art, especially with a digital interface. Songs that do not demand much of your attention so that you can focus on drawing, painting, writing, or whatever it is you do. Traditional work music has a tempo that helps folks perform physical labor more efficiently. At it's most basic, it has a simple beat as heard here in "Here, Rattler, Here"
by Harry Belafonte (1960), an a capella
song that originated in chain gangs.
Our needs are less physical on the Interwebz. The beat is less necessary, and some aspect of the music must exist that allows intense concentration on something else. For me, this excludes almost all hip hop. I cannot concentrate on anything other than hip hop, so powerful is most of the music in that genre. Usually, this digital work music is more downtempo, but does not need to be. Lyrics may be a feature, but not the primary feature.
So let's make a rating scale!
From 0 to 10 where 0 will leave you comatose and 10 will leave you unable to sit still, making most of these songs fall from 1 to 9.
Ambient 1: Music for Airports, (the entire album) by Brian Eno (1979):
Rating: .5 (you may fall asleep)
Floating / Into the Night (entire album) by Julee Cruise
Music that was on the Twin Peaks
Rating: 1 (you may fall asleep, except for that one moment that scares the crap out of me every time)
Linky: youtu.be/Cixs8LCHwX4"Medusa" by GEMS
Rating: 2 (It has words! They will keep you awake, but you may be in an incommunicative trance.)
Linky: youtu.be/a37WY4OAA9Q"Knuddlemaus" by Ulrich Schnauss
Rating: 3 (From the album Faraway Trains Passing By
, which quite well describes the hypnotic nature of sitting on a train and watching stuff in the distance pass.)
Linky: youtu.be/-s50jAWtCdQ"Love Theme from Flashdance" by Helen St. John
Rating: 4 (Tempo picks up a bit)
Linky: youtu.be/-s50jAWtCdQ"Deviant Device" by the Juan McLean
Rating: 5 (a bit hypnotic, but pronounced rhythm is a more prominent feature)
Linky: youtu.be/vSf-d5-ICR4"Muy Tranquilo" by Gramatik
Rating 6 (Is it funky or is it hypnotic? Hypnotically funky.)
"One Too Many Mornings" by the Chemical Brothers
Rating: 7 (You get the point by now.)
Linky: youtu.be/_8sNI194y08"Heartbreak Hotel" by Chet Atkins
Rating: 8 (Try it. See if you don't need to get up and strut around a bit.)
"Flip, Flop and Bop" by Floyd Cramer
Rating: 9 (Very
difficult to stay still.)
I find I must include music released in the previous decade to avoid mindless criticism from
who listens to classical music and then comments that many of the songs I mention on #Sharezone are 20 years old or more.
Criticism that makes sense!
Llamas given: 3
Llamas received: 0
Comment below if you gave me a llama for one of this week's suggested songs!