Music for writing
James Lamb writes: We began Elektronisches Lernen Muzik by inviting students and tutors to share personal playlists that accompanied or inspired their learning. The compiled soundtracks, and accompanying liner notes and cover artwork, provided fascinating insights into the different ways that music can influence learning.
What this first exercise lacked however was a focus on musical styles or songs that promoted specific learning activites, rather than studying in a more general sense (which of course is the sum of varied and contrasting activities). As a result, the assembled sound, words and image of each artefact offered a glimpse into the creator's learning space, without necessarily producing a soundtrack that might be synchronised with a single dedicated learning task.
In our second exercise then, it is our intention to collect music that can promote individual learning activities. We are going to be begin by inviting suggestions for music tracks that assist the task of academic writing. By academic writing we are talking about activities such as drafting an essay, report or paper, making an entry in a blog, preparing a script for a lecture or presentation, and other examples of what might be seen as 'essayistic composition' (and I acknowledge that traditional notions of the essay are problematised in digital learning spaces).
You can nominate tracks by replying to this post. Feel free to suggest as many tracks as you like, just as long as you listen to them whilst engaging in some form of academic writing. When replying, we would like you to indicate your area of academic study, research or teaching. You can also add a commentary or rationale as desired.
We will do our best to (legally) acquire the nominated tracks before compiling them within a 'music for writing' extended soundtrack which will be made available on this site to assist other learners. Depending on whether this proves to be a useful exercise and resource, this could be followed by 'music for reading', 'music for reflection' and so on.
We look forward to hearing the music that accompanies your writing.
20/3/2013 10:27:03 pm
Role: PhD candidate at Institute of Education, University of London
21/3/2013 01:15:38 am
Area of Research: Higher Education
21/3/2013 07:52:14 am
Subject: Elearning and Digital Cultures MOOC
21/3/2013 08:53:59 am
Study: Business Studies (Marketing)
22/3/2013 04:54:07 am
I find post-rock to be very effective to listen to when I'm working on maths problems. That is, music with no lyrics. It zones me out from all the distractions around me but doesn't drift me from my work. Explosions in the Sky is a really good band with songs such as 'postcard from 1952' and 'six days at the bottom of the ocean'
22/3/2013 06:07:14 am
Study area: MSc in E-Learning
27/3/2013 03:43:54 am
Study: MSc in Digital Education/E-learning
27/3/2013 07:00:02 am
Study: general blogging
28/3/2013 02:14:30 am
Study - Business Management
28/3/2013 02:18:18 am
area of study: Philosophy
28/3/2013 02:25:34 am
28/3/2013 02:46:12 am
28/3/2013 02:52:58 am
Subject: BSc Psychlogy
28/3/2013 03:12:52 am
Studying Economics- I honestly listen to all sorts of different things depending on what I'm doing. If I'm solving problem sets and doing mathematical stuff I tend to listen to 'jam bands' (ex. Dave Matthews Band) , but if I'm writing essays I lean towards classical music- specifically piano music. I'm a big fan of Gerschwin piano concertos.
28/3/2013 03:55:16 am
Studying French and Spanish
28/3/2013 05:55:45 am
I tend to listen to soundcloud now. I am doing Digital Education and I find especially the cover tracks of certain 80s bands quite creative and inspirational. I like to think that good covers are like critical thinking: no doubt many ideas I have are not necessarily new, but at least it gives me pleasure in developing my own versions.Like this track: https://soundcloud.com/artistunknown
28/3/2013 07:19:58 am
28/3/2013 07:20:32 am
2/4/2013 08:38:26 am
2/4/2013 09:01:38 am
Subject: MSc in Digital Education
4/4/2013 07:33:09 pm
Subject: MSc in Digital Education
4/4/2013 09:03:14 pm
11/4/2013 01:49:48 pm
Early morning, fresh orange juice and The Man Machine album by Kraftwerk – priceless!
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