I’ve gone into quite a few different workshops and am always fascinated with what people listen to on the radio while they are working. Probably most often is classic rock. Then the next favorite is classical music (usually NPR). Country Western on occasion. Then there is talk radio that shows up here and there. There are very few times when there is just silence.
Which brings me to the conclusion (or maybe confirms my suspicion) that I am quite an odd person when it comes to this. I generally do not listen to anything while I carve or work in my shop. I do turn the radio on occasionally, but find that when I am really concentrating and focusing on a carving, the music ends up being a distraction and I end up turning it off. I think the only time I listen to any type of music is when I feel like I need to have distraction from what I am working on. This is usually when I am doing something very repetitive and I am past the point of really needing to concentrate or focus on what I’m working on. I find that I turn to listening to music as a distraction and it causes the time to go by faster.
I think also that I tend to really listen to the music, rather than just let it be something in the background – which can be more of a distraction that just passive background music.
And if you do listen to certain types of music, what types of music do you listen to that will inspire you when you are doing a particular kind of work? French polishing with French opera music? Celtic knot carving with The Irish Tenors? How about when you have to do a lot of really hefty mallet work you can listen to some really angry rap music.
Maybe I’ll just enjoy the “sound of silence”…