Ah, the beginning of another semester. Time to hit the books! Or at least time to cure that winter break insomnia by lulling yourself to sleep after reading a chapter of that outdated physics textbook. Studying can be a peaceful time to sit alone and absorb a new wealth of knowledge. It can also be a great time to shut out your annoying roommate or your noisy neighbors. A mellow soundtrack, however, is needed for the effects to be truly achieved. It has been said that listening to classical or jazz music on a medium volume helps you retain information learned while the tunes were playing. The following tracks will help focus your mind and clear out the mysterious noises that echo around campus.
1“Zissou Society Blue Star Cadets/Ned's Theme Take 1” by Mark Mothersbaugh
This bouncy beat is the perfect blend of modern piano and strings to get you ready to read and take diligent notes. The song picks up tempo halfway through with an electronic backbeat sure to compliment the effects of the coffee you just brewed. Pretend you're Steve Zissou on the open seas, ready to explore a world of possibilities! (Instead of sitting in your underwear in your stinky room.)
2“Myself When I Am Real” by Charles Mingus
Mingus is the man, especially on piano. This sentimental jazz ballad is smooth and sweet with interesting improvisation. It won't distract from your studies, as it is the perfect background mood music to ease any anxiety over your next big exam or presentation. Let old Mingus be the master of your mind and think of his jazzy notes when you're stuck on a test question.
3“Arabesque #1” by Claude DebussyStudies have shown that music from the Baroque era has the best effect on remembering information. Although Debussy is known for certain compositions from the Baroque, his impressionist pieces are the most soothing and less distracting. This tune is like a musical painting you can stop to appreciate when you need a break from your work. With its ingenious use of dynamics and masterful blend of notes, Debussy's composition will complement your creative process.
4“Everything Happens to Me” by Thelonious MonkAnother atmospheric piece by a fellow jazz pianist, this tune reminds me of a quiet bus ride through the city. Although you probably won't be studying on the bus, unless you're cramming for an exam coming up in 15 minutes, the music will glide and guide you through your work without room for stopping. With upbeat breaks and a quiet layering of notes, this lovely tune is really more than just background noise.
5“Meteoric Rain” by Sven LibaekFinish out your study session with this up-tempo '60s instrumental. With its spacey, watery sounds paired with steady percussion, this is more of a lounge-style tune that will push you to finish out the last 100 words of that 10-page paper. Void of distracting vocals or heavy guitars, this relaxing number may make you tap your foot to the beat while writing. Get the blood and brain juices flowing with Libaek's little ditty.