When I’m designing, I can listen to just about anything, whether it be a podcast or whatever music I’m in the mood for. If I’m doing just about anything else, the playlist is shorter. If I’m reading, writing, or just working through some ideas, I need to listen to music that doesn’t have any lyrics (unless they happen to be in Hopelandic).
I’ve come to love instrumental stuff so much, I listen to it most of the time. Some of my favorites are below. They are listed from most favoritist to not quite as favorite (but still better than noise). The first few of them I could listen to just about anytime, while the ones further down the list seem to come and go with moods.
I liked the look of mixing all the artwork together, but for convenience’ sake, the artists listed above include Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Ros, This Will Destroy You, Joy Wants Eternity, The Album Leaf, Caspian, and Eluvium. If there are others you’d suggest, I’d love to hear about them.