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Brian Eno.

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Thursday Afternoon is great focus music any day of the week for me

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Quite right. I’ve found his recordings with Harold Budd most beneficial…On Land is otherworldly. Just a sonic masterpiece from one of the most innovative sound designers ever. Music for Installations (2018)…very fine.

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Music Has the Right to Children (album) by Boards of Canada

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Such an incredible record. Tomorrow's Harvest, from 2013, is pretty fantastic too.

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I've listened to that countless times since way back when. An all time fav

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This is the best thread the internet has ever seen <3

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Nil's Frahm's latest (a triple set to get me through the afternoon) - Music for Animals

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Nils. Highlight. He plays and records the totality of the instrument. A creative and skilled defiance of tradition. Sonically beautiful boundary exploration.

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Inspired to check this out now; extended pieces are a good focus choice

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Mar 17, 2023Liked by Flow State

Pacific by Haruomi Hosono, Shigeru Suzuki and Tatsuro Yamashita is a recent favourite.

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I'm loving it, thanks for the rec!

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Mar 17, 2023Liked by Flow State

Hermanos Gutiérrez. Just pick any album.

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Love these guys!

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Mar 18, 2023Liked by Flow State

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' score of the Ken Burns documentary on the Vietnam War

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Reznor's music perfectly fills my writer's room—especially his soundtracks and other instrumentals. The lack of lyrics (and it's the same with jazz) often proves to be less of an overwhelming distraction.

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A lot of Welsh language music so I can enjoy the melodies and lyrics, but don't have to concentrate too hard. Adwaith are perfect for it

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I relate to this; not Welsh specifically but selecting 'music in languages I do not know' - or music where the allegedly English lyrics are so undermixed that it is anyone's guess as to what they actually are.

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Kid Koala - Space Cadet really flows my state

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Dustin O'Halloran, Ólafur Arnalds, Balmorhea, Johannes Bornlöf, Peter Sandberg, Alexandre Desplat, Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Austin Farwell, Yehezkel Raz, Andrea Vanzo, Alexis Ffrench, Philip Glass, Thibault Cauvin, Hans Zimmer

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Elaine Radigue, Gavin Bryars, Brian Eno and some baroque music

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I have been listening to Gavin Bryars Sinking of the Titanic for almost fifty years now. It holds up brilliantly. As does all of Brian Eno. Elaine Radigue--I have to check out. Thanks!

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No specific bands or musicians, but usually I like Jazz and Lo-fi music. Sometimes classic music as well.

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Ólafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott - The Chopin Project

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Pumping myself up with some Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard

The Dark Knight (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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Mar 17, 2023Liked by Flow State

Yes! The Dark Knight album used to be my go to study music. You should check out his live album released this month. Album title is just "LIVE".

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Thank you for informing me about the LIVE album! Listening to "Mombasa" as I type this. The energy is so excellent!

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Oh wow, thanks! It's in my queue!

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The Lost Art of Wandering by Raymond Richards. Cosmic slide guitar galore.

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Mar 17, 2023·edited Mar 17, 2023

The correct answer is: Flow State recommendations ;)

* Methods Body, _Methods Body_

* Ellen Arkbro, _I get along without you very well_

* Bitchin Bajas, _Bajascillators_

* Qasim Naqvi, _Two Centuries_

* SAULT, _Air_

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I've very much enjoyed this playlist called "Working from Home 8 hours" (which is what I do, LOL!), from Poolside: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3NCKszCCLCqs0vf4jpcunD?si=a03852aff4094abe

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Today I'm listening to The Herbaliser Band - Session 1 & 2. Instrumental versions of tracks from their other albums. It's just the right level of groovy and funky to sit nicely in the background whilst I work.

https://open.spotify.com/album/4DdPa01IS5X2clpf6Nw8Gs?si=yl79aSmRTPic_ofmxkXnhA

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Hania Rani

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She is amusing!

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Dirty Beaches, John Fahey

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Jon Hopkins, Manu Zain, Above & Beyond (acoustic), The Midnight, Thomas Newman

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Arooj Aftab. Big love for her voice and tenderness in making music.

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Nurse with Wound’s Soliloquy for Lilith, which runs nearly two hours… excellent for popping open a book and settling in!

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Love seeing this here. I visited the band in London when I was there in 1986, around the time SFL was released.

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French pop music from the 90s.

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More details? Bands, performers?

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John Lyell, Jacaszek, Markus Reuter, Harold Budd, Colleen, Photay, Chihei Hatakemaya, Arushi Jain, Phaeleh, Aleksi Perala...

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The instrumental second half of the album Low, by David Bowie.

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Also All Saints, his compilation of instrumentals that includes parts of the second halves of Low and Heroes

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I saw him play both Low, and Heroes live, complete with Brian Eno. Best concert ever.

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No artist in particular; I frequently visit the 'Lava Lamp' and 'Music for Plants' playlists. East Forest, Brian Eno, various baroque composers, Debussy, various jazz performers/arrangers, Chas Smith, Dobrawa Czocher [know nothing about them/him/her but I see that on my 'Study' playlist a lot], Brad Mehldau before introduction here, Oresund Space Station, Kaki King, Cavern of Anti Matter, Fridge. I am not counting music heard here or music I listened to while working but were unwise choices.

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Lava Lamp is awesome

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Nils Frahm's 'Trippin with...'

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Mainly deep house: Myna Cycles. Christian Löffler, Kiasmos.

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Riuichi sakamoti JB Dunkel, Nikolas Godin

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Ryuichi 😍

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Mythic Sunship

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All thing Son Lux and Liminal by The Acid!

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Eliane Radigue (drone pieces)

Robert Rich (everything)

Klaus Schulze (late 70s long form pieces)

Biosphere (everything)

Stereolab (extended motorik beat pieces)

Trent Hawkins (weekly 90 minute free concerts on Soundcloud)

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Mar 17, 2023·edited Mar 17, 2023

SB-10 by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

40+ minute instrumental single that came out just a couple of months ago!

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Because of this thread I found myself listening to Eliane Radique that so many of you listed. In art college 1974 it was required viewing to see “Wavelength” a film by fellow Canadian, Michael Snow, a pianist and experimental filmmaker. The soundtrack was exactly as the title suggests. In both cases their music invoked a subtle sense of irritation and hyper vigilance. The singularity of electronic tones; the not human expression.

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Mary Lattimore

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Air by SAULT

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That and its sequel Aiir are two of my go-to albums for reading. Such beautiful arrangements.

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Hans Zimmer's live album that came out this year. Great collection of his work!

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Aphex Twin.

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Brian Eno, Ziyang Zhao, Kaki King, ...the Cercle channel on YouTube is a nice second screen setup.

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Various series intros like House of Cards (Jeff Beal) and The Succession (Nicholas Britell) and some Prodigy, Com Truise, Martin Cilia...

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I've been really into anything with an emphasis on organ and drums. For example, all recs from Flow State:

Trummor & Orgel

Medeski, Martin & Wood

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Rosinha De Valença

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Skee Mask

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Peter Gundry certainly gives some dark vibes while being one of the best composers who help me to focus. Goëtia is my favorite among his pieces.

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Stars if the lid - almost anything

Shared moments by Ustad Alla Rakha & Zakir Hussain

Ryo Fukui- Mellow Dream

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Stars *of the lid

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Robert Rich’s Echo of Small Things.

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Mar 18, 2023·edited Mar 19, 2023

Hantologies by Quiet Voices

Immediate Horyzon by Alessandro Cortini

Incandescence by Hollan Holmes

Reminiscence by Hélène Vogelsinger

Ricochet, Rubicon et Quichotte by Tangerine Dream

Music for compline by Stile Antico

Indigo Road by Ronn Mcfarlann

As Above So Below by Ferry Corsten

Idle Chatter by Paul Lansky

Volcano by Saycet

Shamal by Gong

The Serpent's egg by Dead Can Dance

Stasis Sounds for Long-Distance Space Travel II by Lake

Caverns of Time by Evan Bartholomew

and also : Mount Shrine, Rafael Anton Irisarri, Abul Mogard, Poemme, Forgotten Future

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FKJ - specifically, the Cercle FKJ feature on YouTube filmed in the middle of Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCNlt5nvSI8

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The "If Beale Street Could Talk" score by Nicholas Britell is always my go to!

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Long time favourite soundtrack. From 1986. “37.2 degrees le matin” or as it was called in English. “Betty Blue” by the ever enchanting Gabriel Yared.

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