This week I find that I have been avoiding too much music with a lyrical base. I have been able to focus much better with instrumental tracks playing. I am working on some projects that require a deft and subtle hand in post production, and I find the more subdued tracks keeps my hand a little calmer. There are definitely some great treasures on this list, most notably Red Sparowes, a band that has long been in my constant play rotation. Its both driving and relaxing, works fantastic for both computer work and in studio when shooting. Bohren and Der Club of Gore is another group worth checking out for those who find themselves doing a ton of work on the road on their laptop. Cool, dark, and moody jazz inspired tracks that can be pretty much adapted and listened to in any situation. They are very theatrical as well, fantastic personal soundtrack music.
We are introducing a new feature here on the blog, it is called Work Music. Every thursday a new playlist will be posted, 12-15 song lists perfect for retouching, shoots, general office work, and creating moods. We will even be bringing in some guest creatives from time to time to share the music that they work to. With the weather in western New York starting to become a little colder, we are beginning to enter my favorite time of the year; fall. I find myself putting away the frenetic and aggressive music that keeps my energy levels up in the summer (a much needed effect, I am most definitely a cold weather person and generally dislike the heat) and replacing it with more down tempo, melancholy fall music that I often find myself listening to during marathon retouching bouts or long blogging sessions.
Check back regularly for some bouts of inspiration and sonic nourishment to help you through those rough days at work. Highlights of this list for me are definitely the tracks from Leonard Cohen, City & Colour, The Moody Blues, and Angels of Light. All great songs that are worth the purchase.
My friends over at Auxiliary Magazine just celebrated their one year anniversary with the release of their December issue. For the last year this growing publication has developed its unique take on counterculture fashion and style and this is the finest issue that this small independent publication has released. I was honored to photograph the anchor editorial, WET, for the beauty section as well as the cover of this important edition. WET features a modern take on mass produced plastic jewelry from great independent designers and artists like Plastique, Isette, and CBST’s Closet.