James Lamb writes: Last March, I posted an invitation on this blog for tracks that learners used to support the task of academic writing. Whilst acknowledging that the digital classroom encourages and allows for new ways of writing, my interest was in identifying music that accompanied, influenced or enhanced activities what might be described as 'essayistic composition'.
In the following weeks, more than twenty students from a broad range of disciplines suggested a wide variety of listening material. As the comments under the original blog entry show, the task of academic writing was shown to be influenced and inspired by Classical, Northern Soul, Electronica, Techno, official film soundtracks and guitar music made by thin men in hipster jeans. This is great in terms of diversity but difficult in terms of making what I wanted to be a single, cohesive and usable soundtrack. And so I decided to make two separate compilations, loosely classified as ‘Classical’ and ‘higher tempo’ (and if my use of terminology presents me as a musical amateur, that’s because I am).
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