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The music that helps get me up those hills

I’ve been running for the last two months (not continuously), and I’ve experimented with some sort of audio accompaniment to help pass the time.

I started off listening to podcasts, and while this helped me get through more of my podcast backlog, listening to podcasts doesn’t really give me that extra oompf to get up the hills.

So I switched over to some music. I started off with “9 Dead Alive” by Rodrigo y Gabriela, but then it disappeared from Spotify (for me at least). I then bought the album, and loaded it onto my phone to play through another audio app on my phone

That worked for a run or two until I felt the need for something different. In the past, I’ve tended to go for movie soundtracks when I worked out, specifically instrumental soundtracks. With music from the likes of Batman, the Flash, and more, the playlist definitely has the drama to get up those hills.

Still, it didn’t quite hit the spot for me. So I looked at some of the music I’ve been listening to lately, and came up with my current “Going for a run” playlist:

This music isn’t exactly what you’d hear in a gym, or otherwise associate with some sort of workout but what I like about these songs is that they tend to have a great cadence for my current running pace.

I’ve used this playlist for about a week or so, and so far it’s helped move me along my current route at a decent pace.

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Starting my week with rhythmic inspiration from Emancipator

I came across music by Emancipator in one of my Spotify playlists. I started to dig into some of the albums, and I really enjoy this music for general background music, as well as for work. A great starting point is this Spotify playlist:

Here’s some more information about Douglas Appling, aka Emancipator, in his YouTube About page:

A sleeping giant of the electronic music world, Douglas Appling – more commonly known as Emancipator – has quietly established himself as a mainstay in the electronic music scene since the release of his debut album, Soon It Will Be Cold Enough in 2006. Classically-trained as a violinist from an early age, Appling’s organic approach to electronic music production draws inspiration from a wide range of international cultures and musical genres, culminating in a refreshingly authentic brand of electronic music that has infiltrated global consciousness.

One of my favourite albums so far is “Soon It Will Be Cold Enough“:

I’m still working through Emancipator’s albums, though, and I’m really enjoying the music. As is the case with an artist who just seems to produce so much great music, it’s difficult to pick out favourites. “Ocelot” from “Seven Seas” is a good one though:

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A Great Spotify Playlist to Relax With

I’m a recent convert to Spotify and I’m really enjoying it. I discovered this playlist that has some great, new (to me) music that’s perfect to relax with:

One of my new favourites from this playlist is this one from Little May:

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Today is powered by Sam Feldt

My work day is powered by my SoundCloud mix, “Music to smooth my work days” and one mix by Sam Feldt, in particular, works well for me today:

I really like the change around 20:40 or so but this is the sort of track you can just run for the hour or so it lasts and focus on some work. I like Sam Feldt’s mixes on SoundCloud, really good for those times I don’t want to mess with playlists and let something different run while I work. He often includes quotes in the beginning of these long mixes. I wrote about another one I like a while ago:

Steve Jobs just makes this mix for me

One thing I would love to see is SoundCloud’s playback controls integrated into my Mac’s music playback controls when I am listening to SoundCloud. I keep hitting the “play/pause” button when someone wants to speak to me and it launches iTunes or continues a track in an open iTunes playlist by mistake.

I also just found a playlist with all of Feldt’s “mixtapes” (very retro) on SoundCloud which I am going to dive into one day when I have a big writing project:

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Update (2016-01-26): Sam Feldt replied to my post tweet on Twitter a few minutes after it was published. I get a kick out of quick feedback like this!

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Music

Music for work

Music plays a huge role in my life. I listen to a lot of music and I’m pretty picky about my music. I’m not even remotely an audiophile but I don’t bother with crappy quality music downloads. I want 256kbps at a minimum and I prefer the AAC format.

I’ve started listening to music on SoundCloud a lot lately. I have found quite a bit of music that works really well for me when I work and its great quality. I created a playlist of some great music for work which is my default when I start working and I thought I’d share it:

I’ve also started using Apple Music (3 month free trial – why not?) and I like it quite a lot! The selection is great and I like many of the suggested play lists. It also ties into the store where I buy my music (Apple Music is basically a gateway to music purchases) so that works well for me too.


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