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    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen

    Do you listen to music while painting or doing hobby stuff? While writing? Cleaning figures up? Making army lists?

    Does it differ on the period you are playing?

    What kind of music? Any metal heads out there?

    Avatar photoEtranger

    I usually have something on. Either music, sport on the radio or a documentary on TV/DVD. Currently working my way through Hew Strahans series on WWI that came out around 10 years ago.

    Which musical genre depends a bit upon mood at the time and also whether I’m ‘home alone’ or have to take wife/kids into consideration.


    I don’t listen to anything – I like the silence (as all I hear in my day is noise).

    It also means I can hear what our rascal cat is up to

    Avatar photoPaint it Pink

    I actually use my painting time to listen to podcasts.  When I do listen to music it will be modern classical e.g: John Williams Star Wars OST etc.

    One is good, more is better

    Avatar photoSpurious

    Always. Drowns out the noise of other things going on so I can properly (try to at least) concentrate. Lots of podcasts and Lets Play type videos as well as music also feature though. Not really era/genre tailored most of the time, I mean currently I am working on modern era terrain building plus troops and some starships yet am listening to a mess of Devin Townsend/Little V (particularly his game soundtrack cover/remixes)/Neurotech and bunch of old Swing orchestra stuff.

    I’ll make no argument as to my musical taste being good or not.



    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen

    Townsend and swing music?

    I don’t if that can even be classified on a “good/bad” scale but more power to you 🙂

    Avatar photoThaddeus Blanchette

    WWOZ out of New Orleans, usually. Although lately I’m listening to a lot of Billy Connolly on youtube.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    Avatar photoRules Junkie Jim

    I usually listen to something while I’m painting, either the local radio station, which is apparently unaware that there were songs written post 1986, or some worthy album I’ve bought that I can’t be bothered listening to unless I’m doing something else. I’m not a metalhead, though I do like Nadja, Sunn o))) and a little bit of Om. But not while painting.

    Avatar photoAltius

    I like listening to music while I paint. Often, it’s rock, classical or ambient, depending on how I feel.

    Sometimes, I like to listen to something that’s appropriate to the period that I’m painting to get me in the right mindset. Spotify is great for making up playlists for this stuff. I’ve got a Dark Age playlist (heavy on movie soundtracks and Medieval-sounding bands like Corvus Corax), a Mexican-American War playlist (19th Century military music from Mexico and the US), and a Russian Civil War playlist (Czarist and Bolshevik marching songs from the RCW period or close to it). I would consider playing these during games, but I don’t want to inflict it on fellow gamers unless they like it.

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    Avatar photoEdzard

    I have been listening to the Napoleon podcasts for a while, episode 22 currently. I listened to another podcast series on the Roman civil war, all pretty good stuff.

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    Is this the Napoleonic podcast you are referring to?




    The Bandit

    Avatar photoEdzard

    Yep, that’s the one! I would recommend them, even though I’m not even halfway 😉

    Avatar photoSummoner

    All the time. A track from the new Haiduk album Diabolica





    Avatar photoMike Headden

    The soundtrack varies as I discover new stuff but recently Dua Lipa, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Shy’m, Joyce Jonathan and L’Ame Immortelle have featured heavily.

    There are 100 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who can work from incomplete data

    Avatar photoMcKinstry

    Fairly often if I don’t have a football(US) or football (everywhere else) match on in the background. My tastes are so eclectic that I usually have Spotify’s new release or discover selections on as the mix usually suffices although lately for some reason, Spotify seems to think the Disney thing about Bruno belongs in my ear and it does not.

    The tree of Life is self pruning.

    Avatar photoAndrew Beasley

    Always – I find the music drowns the noise of the figures screaming with laughter.

    Not sure if it is due to me tickling them with the brush or a comment on my painting!

    I tried YouTube and podcasts but found voices distracting and songs had the same effect. Classical or more modern instrumental only music (esp Einaudi) works best for me..

    Avatar photoOh no….

    The Doors, Sabbath, Yello mainly……..


    WWOZ is an excellent choice.


    when i paint it’s usually ambient or electronica. Carbon Based Lifeforms  are my current favs.  Anything too noisy gets me too jumpy for detail work.

    Mick Hayman
    Margate and New Orleans

    Avatar photoSummoner

    Always metal




    Avatar photoMartinR

    Not when painting, it just interrupts me as I have to get up and pick something else as I  prefer to listen to whole albums in the order they were recorded, not some random playlist.

    When I’m on the computer writing or designing scenarios etc, then yes, lots of music. I generally live my life to the beat of the 70s and 80s, so a lot of punk and new wave, but also Bowie, hard rock, post punk, electronica and dance with a smattering of blues, folk and world music.  Depends what earworms I’ve got.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

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    Avatar photoMcKinstry

    Spotify or similar really makes things easier.

    The tree of Life is self pruning.

    Avatar photoTony S

    Spotify or similar really makes things easier.

    Have to agree wholeheartedly with that thought!  I started with Rdio back in the day, and haven’t bought a CD since.  And then podcasts appeared, and made my painting an even more satisfying way to enjoy my time.

    Avatar photoAlan Hamilton

    Almost always.  Usually Classic FM, sometimes a TV Documentary, something that requires no concentration or provides no distraction.

    Avatar photomark leslie

    When in the mood I trawl YouTube for video game soundtracks, a lot of good stuff to be found.




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    Avatar photoian pillay

    Audio books for me…


    working my way through the Heresy and getting some ideas for Starwars Legion.

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    Avatar photoOh no….

    Well, the other day it was the Au Pairs and various Punk/New Wave compilations….

    I tried audio books but found i stopped painting to listen closer!

    Avatar photobobm

    Music unless my RL team’s playing and a local radio commentary is available.  Mainly Classical, Americana and heavy rock depending on mood.

    I have tinnitus so “silence” isn’t an option…

    There's 10 types of people in the world. Those who understand binary and those who don't.....

    Avatar photoStriker

    I flip-flop between podcasts and music, mostly metal.  Now that I’ve found podcasts of horror short stories that’s my go to.

    Avatar photoJim Webster

    I tend to use music when at the computer. It acts as white noise, it doesn’t distract me but drowns out other stuff that might.
    Best something I know that just washes over me, no speech, and nothing new and interesting 🙂


    Avatar photoMike Headden

    Recently found myself listening to “Viking” music – Wardruna, Saltatio Mortis, Hinderfjall, Danheim, et al


    There are 100 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who can work from incomplete data

    Avatar photoDaveH303

    Music usually on CDs – sometimes classical (Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, and baroque era), more often rock (Hendrix, Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Beatles, David Bowie) or punk (Husker Du, Replacements)

    Sometimes podcasts, but not if I am really interested in the topic and it might distract me from painting.

    Blogging about wargames at https://comment-deleted.blogspot.co.uk

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