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    Darkroom music

    Is there a particular type of music you like to play in the darkroom? I am quite fond of "The best of Erik Satie", as I have never heard music that is more relaxing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    Is there a particular type of music you like to play in the darkroom? I am quite fond of "The best of Erik Satie", as I have never heard music that is more relaxing.
    been thinking about this today actually.

    I LOVE opera - I am a huge romantic, BUT I have found, when working in the darkroom or making bromoil, I really enjoy listening to the piano concertos by Beethoven. Especiallt nr 4 and 5..

    It's like it is pure - no "alternative motives" - no bull... Just the right amount of notes at all times...

    (However, I find L. Cohen good for bromoil printing too!)

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    I always have the Radio on, generally BBC Radio 6 Music, so you never really know what you are going to get. A Floyd track could easily be followed by some 70's disco or French accordion music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gandolfi View Post
    (However, I find L. Cohen good for bromoil printing too!)
    Ooooh L. Cohen; I love his stuff. Not sure I could listen to it too much in the dark room though, I'd end up selenium toning everything !

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    My metronome keeps very good rhythm...
    When my darkroom CD player worked I would often play lots of Delta Blues, early recordings from the 1920s and 1930s. It was just the right mood for me. I'll have to fix that CD player.
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    I use to print my weddings listening to Bob Kerr's "Off The Record" on CBC Radio 2 back in the 80s and early 90s. He was very perceptive when it came to European Art music of the last few centuries. I learned a lot and became acquainted with many new composers by way of his programme. The time went so fast during those sessions.

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    Generally some sort of Asian or Native American flute music. I also play a lot Asian string music as well as more meditative music. I particularly enjoy the Native American flute music when I am working on stuff from New Mexico. So far I have found these to be the most relaxing. However, I did listen to a lot of blues, jazz and swing music in the painting studio this Spring. Maybe it will work as well in the darkroom.
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    Blind Boys of Alabama. Any deep delta, deep south gospel. Don't knock it till you try it...

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    Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band.Mainly two albums-Doc at the Radar Station or Bat Chain Puller.Makes time fly.

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    I play pretty much any song by Rammstein when I am in printing or developing film (headphones + mp3 player).

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