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    I actually find I can't have any music playing in the darkroom. I get too distracted and I can't dodge and burn properly. I really need to concentrate on the metronome when dodging/burning and having music on is too distracting. Perhaps it has to do with being a musician. Not sure. Anyhow, I will sometimes put on talk radio, but I can't work properly during the commercial jingles.

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    played my share of heavy metal back in the day, now it's: mozart piano sonatas, rachmaninov vespers, orlando de lassus, palestrina

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoffy View Post
    SILENCE......

    Or, maybe some Nine Inch Nails or Rage Against The Machine? Such soothing and relaxing music.

    No, just joking - I generally listen to the ABC Jazz digital radio station.
    NIN and Rage Against The Machine actually served as my darkroom jams for a few weeks earlier this year. Would blast them while printing 20x24" FB prints for my final critiques at school.

    There was the nice side effect of getting my annoying-to-no-end classmates, and their Taylor Swift out of the darkroom when I put The Battle of Los Angeles on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael R 1974 View Post
    I actually find I can't have any music playing in the darkroom. I get too distracted and I can't dodge and burn properly. I really need to concentrate on the metronome when dodging/burning and having music on is too distracting. Perhaps it has to do with being a musician. Not sure. Anyhow, I will sometimes put on talk radio, but I can't work properly during the commercial jingles.
    Interesting how different people react differently. I find music relaxing (even upbeat music, but I wouldn't personally listen to, say, heavy metal while printing) and very helpful when printing, while talk drives me bonkers. I sometimes wait for the DJ to quit and get back to the tunes before starting another print.

    On the other hand, I am not a musician in the same sense that a fish is not a bicyclist. So it's possible I'm just not engaging the part of the brain that pays attention to detail when I listen to music. Or some such part, anyway.

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    Everything from Peter Tosh, Roy Orbinson, Metallica to Shania Twain when I want to get my sensitive mojo going.

    I never print without music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael R 1974 View Post
    I actually find I can't have any music playing in the darkroom. I get too distracted and I can't dodge and burn properly. I really need to concentrate on the metronome when dodging/burning and having music on is too distracting. Perhaps it has to do with being a musician. Not sure. Anyhow, I will sometimes put on talk radio, but I can't work properly during the commercial jingles.
    Funnily enough that's exactly why I tend to listen to house and techno. Not nearly as distracting and fast paced as trance, but with a defined pace that serves as a sort of internal metronome for me. I don't use it to measure precise amounts of time, but I often keep my agitation of my trays timed to the 4/4 beat in the track. 124-127BPM seems to be just perfect.
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    Either Johnny Cash's old albums or the Beatles, when I play cd's or I listen to my local BBC radio station, radio Jersey,

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    I just hope those of you listening to Metal, or Rage or anything cranked up aren't vibrating your enlarger/table into unsharpness...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael R 1974 View Post
    I just hope those of you listening to Metal, or Rage or anything cranked up aren't vibrating your enlarger/table into unsharpness...
    Jazz unsharpness however, is quite artful.

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    Tonight, Bach. But I like jazz from the 50's and 60's so that will happen too. I downloaded the mp3 of a metronome from the "web darkroom" site and rigged myself a little switch so I can have the metronome when I'm exposing and music the rest of the time. My player remembers where I left off the music when I switch back-- I like!

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