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Karl Wiebe
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Posted: 24 August 2017 at 1:25am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

When I am writing, I am finding it distracting to listen to the TV, the radio, podacsts, or regular rock or pop music.  I thought I was just being picky, but then I discovered Ludovico Einaudi.  There are no words in the music, and I quite enjoy listening to him while I write.  The key (for me) is no words in the music.  I know all about Mozart and Beethoven, hoping for something off the beaten path a bit.

Does anyone have any "instrumental" recommendations (artists, albums, etc).  (Every one is entitled to an opinion so please don't be shy!) Hoping to expand my music tastes.   Many thanks!
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Mario Ribeiro
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Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk.
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Michael Hogan
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I tend to kean toward movie soundtracks by Ennio Morricone.
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Michael Murphy
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Natalie MacMaster has some instrumental albums. She plays the fiddle in a Celtic style.
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Bill Mimbu
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"Something Dark Is Coming" by Bear McCreary is a go-to on my playlist when being creative.
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Peter Martin
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Might be worth trying some Philip Glass. His Fog of War soundtrack is quite hypnotic or his Metamorphosis piano pieces.

You could also try the Penguin Cafe Orchestra (some of Einaudi's music reminds me of their Perpetuum Mobile).

Rachmaninov's Isle of the Dead is a symphonic piece that has atmosphere and builds, but shouldn't disturb your line of thought.

Erik Satie's Gymnopedies are introspective piano pieces that could also work for you, I think.  


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Eric Sofer
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I'm quite fond of the Who's "Underture" from Tommy.

Swing Out Sister has several instrumental cuts that I find pleasant.

IIRC, Eric Clapton released an album of nothing but jam sessions (with friends... I think an Allman appears on it, maybe one or two others...) It's just fantastic.

Holst's "Mars: The Bringer of War" is absolutely fantastic, and I swear that when I hear it, I hear EVERY SINGLE SCI-FI underscore and theme in it. I believe it is a considerable source of a LOT of later TV and movie music.


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Brian Floyd
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Strangely, I don't really listen to a lot of instrumentals, aside from movie and tv theme songs. (A lot of John Williams, for example.)

But here are a few of my favorite rock ones:

Joe Satriani - SURFING WITH THE ALIEN, ICE 9 (Off the album Surfing With The Alien), BACK TO SHALLA-BAL, THE FEELING, ONE BIG RUSH (Off the album Flying In A Blue Dream).

Dokken - Mr. Scary.

Metallica - The Call of Ktulu








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Shaun Barry
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Karl, if you're looking for music that won't distract you while you're writing, I highly suggest searching out a series of instrumental music under the "LIFESCAPES" banner... you can probably find some used CD's on Amazon, or I imagine most, if not all, are available somewhere for download.

There were over a dozen or so of these titles sold almost exclusively at Target about 5 or 6 years ago, and I got in the habit of picking up most of them back then, when my kids were much younger and needed some soft music to lull them to sleep at night.  Most of them are so good, I got to listening to them all on my own as well.



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Eric Ladd
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Steve Roach is good for mellowing out instrumentals.
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Bill Collins
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La Villa Strangiato,YYZ,Where`s My Thing?,Leave That
Thing Alone,Malignant Narcissism by Rush.

Escape From The Island by Kiss.

Flying In A Blue Dream by Joe Satriani.

Captain Nemo by Michael Schenker.

Transylvania,Losfer Words by Iron Maiden.

Orion by Metallica.

Ytse Jam,Dance Of Eternity,Enigma Machine by Dream
Theater.

Difficult To Cure,Still I`m Sad by Rainbow.

The Loner by Gary Moore.

Switch 625 by Def Leppard.

To name a few rock ones!
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Craig Markley
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Chet Atkins-Mr. Guitar: The Complete Recordings 1955-1960
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Rebecca Jansen
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Yes, Chet Atkins is great for any occasion! I am a huge enjoyer of his, and also The Ventures, and The Shadows. I'd like to mention the passing of Nokie Edwards, one of the absolute greats of instrumental electric guitar (of The Ventures)

One of the instrumental CDs I play the most that would be inline with what the original poster could be looking for is The Jacques Loussier Trio performing jazz interpretations of Erik Satie compositions. They did a companion one on DeBussy, but I play the Satie one a lot more. And of course straight recordings of Satie are great as well! In a similar vein there are many Dave Brubeck quartet albums worth checking out and worth their weight in gold. Horst Jankowski who did A Walk In The Black Forest is my tip for overlooked instro great... he recorded in the '50s and '60s. Brazillian Antonio Carlos Jobim's music is also wonderful to work by, the world first heard him in the film Black Orpheus.
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John Popa
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My favorite classical music is by Modest Mussorgsky, most notable for his piece, "Pictures At An Exhibition."

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Brian Miller
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In Memory of Elizabeth Reed, Les Brers in A Minor and Jessica - The Allman Brothers Band
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Bill Collins
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Got the car USB player on random this morning on a long-
ish journey...Coast To Coast by Scorpions,Eve by Dream
Theater,Fractured Mirror by Ace Frehley and YYZ by Rush
all popped up!
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James Woodcock
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Peter Gabriel - Birdy, Passion and Rabbit Proof Fence. also the instrumental parts of Ovo

Eno - loads but my favourite is APOLLO ATMNOSPHERES AND SOUNDTRACKS

Cocteau Twins - the thinner the air

Pieter Nooten - Sleeps with the fishes
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Ronald Joseph
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TWO STEPS FROM HELL - Invincible
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