Writer_ Edward Ginn
- With essay deadlines not far away Edward Ginn has complied a list of the perfect songs to listen to whilst you’re studying.
I know it’s a bit too early to be thinking about revising, but essay writing is just around the corner and there is a lot of reading to do. Staring into the great abyss of Marxism or Engels can be daunting, but having music to listen to can make the whole process a whole lot better. In fact, recent research conducted for Spotify by Dr Emma Gray (who specialises in cognitive behavioural therapy for The British CBT) found that students are more likely to perform well academically if they study to music. The report goes on to explain that those studying English, Drama and Art perform best whilst listening to ‘emotive rock and pop music’, whereas those learning Science, Humanities and Language subjects are helped most by listening to ‘music with 50-80 beats per minute.’ With this in mind, below are 10 albums suggested by me and other Goldsmiths students to listen to whilst you’re cramming.
Explosions in the sky – The Earth is Not A Cold Dead Place
A beautiful album, atmospheric and fully instrumental – setting a great pace to work at. Every EITS is brilliant to listen to when studying but this one is my favourite.
An extremely calm album = a lessening of all other distractions.
Ray Barbee -Ray Barbee Meets the Mattson 2
A professional skateboarder playing jazz guitar, what’s not to like? Extremely mellow and smooth guitar music.
Tristeza- Spine and Sensory
Unfaultable intertwining of guitar riffs build layers of sound which feel as if you could almost float on them. A lot of variety in this album, some tracks have an ambient drone, some a pacey baseline. An album with a balance of upbeat and calm like this will help ensure you don’t fall asleep.
Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information
If you’re feeling a bit low when studying, this jazz/funk fusion will motivate you and put a smirk on your face. You’ll genuinely start to find yourself boogying whilst working when listening to this album.
Not too distracting but won’t create boredom. Sets a constant beat to work to, keeping you in the right mood.
Suggested by Tom Gordon
Sigur Rós ( )
Each track is designed to evoke different responses in an individual, so for the purposes of revision it can be quite relaxing. As each song is ‘untitled’ the songs can mean whatever you want them to.
Suggested by Catrin Vincent
Al’Tarba – Lullabies for Insomaniacs
Although the guest vocalists should be avoided, this album is the soundtrack to a sleepless night of toil during exam season. ‘Lullabies for Insomaniacs’ includes some fantastic psychedelic beats and phenomenal sampling.
Suggested by Suggested by Jules Temple
Kurt Vile – Walkin On A Pretty Daze
A lackadaisical affair, this is a record submerged in a laid back loftyness. Defined by it’s unhurried pace, yet filled with those all important positive vibes.
Suggested by Katherine Cantwell
Mono – Hymn to the Immortal Wind
With its shuddering strings and cinematic piano melodies ‘Hymn to the Immortal Wind’ builds to the kind of motivating positivity that is essential for making it through the early hours of an all-nighter. It’s lack of lyrics can help the easily distracted remain focussed without having to surrender to silence.
Suggested by Ella Daniel-Lowe