When I was studying for my GCSEs, I remember hearing someone on the local radio station discussing the merits of listening to music during revision sessions. I needed no further reason to whack up the volume on OK Computer and The Fat Of The Land (have you guessed the year yet?), and since then I’ve always played music while I worked.
It’s fine when you get to choose the tunes yourself, but what if you’re one of many in a workspace? The factory I worked at in school holidays would never budge from the local dance music station, and subsequent offices have kept strictly to one channel, usually the one with five ever-repeating tunes.
We maintain a music server at 42nd and Treadmill, with a surprisingly-wide variety of stuff, though people who have access to it are generally expected to keep it to themselves, dammit. I occasionally raid it for single tracks, often at Trini’s suggestion, but in general, what plays in my office is my iTunes install, currently closing in on 4000 songs, mostly ripped from my own Stacks O’ Wax.
Then again, I spent 99 cents yesterday for Leo Kottke’s “Up Tempo,” from his eponymous 1976 album, mostly because I hadn’t heard it in a long time and I figured it would be a while before I got around to ripping that LP. At 1:41, that’s almost one cent per second, so it’s probably a good thing I didn’t download, say, Quadrophenia.