What do you listen to when you work on your game?

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  1. CWells

    CWells Storyteller/Artist Veteran

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    I play my usual stuff:

    Kreator, Kamelot, Incubus, some classical or Opera. The same stuff I use for my painting/drawing, if I don't have to play the game when creating, I just play the music.

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  2. SergeX

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    Nothing, I really dont like to hear music as I do the project. 

    But when Im not working with RPG Maker and thinking of the project, I like to hear games soundtracks to get an idea, a line of dialogue, how will be a cutscene...

    Currently what most I am hearing is FF Tatics OST, it got some really good tracks for custscenes and battles. I also enjoy Chrono Cross, some of Tales of abyss, Shin Megami Tensei series and its spin offs (I have often listened Nyarlatothep battle theme from P2 recently), some FFs, DK 1 and 2 and others.
     
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    Not much, and if I do it's usually folk/jazz/Operatic Metal (quite the eclectic mix, I know).  Stuff like Oren Lavie, Feist, A Fine Frenzy, Of Monsters and Men, Marcus Miller, Vic Wooten, Nightwish, Hammerfall, Iron Maiden, Sonata Arctica, Within Temptation, those guys...
     
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  4. Emzie

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    It's actually depends on my mood, if i want to listen to music while making my game or not, but sometimes i prefer violin/piano and music box like music.
     
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  5. AeonSpark

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    Recently Final Fantasy OST's and their accompanying piano tracks.

    Sometimes you need something calm and soothing to work.

    The punk band NOFX, or sometimes techno like Pendulum and Nero.

    Helps me work fast!
     
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  6. The Stranger

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    I can't work without music, it helps me remain focused.

    When I'm working on my project, I like to listen to music which suites what I'm trying to achieve; dark and melancholy tracks for grim and bleak scenes, and more aggressive pieces for more action oriented scenes. However, recently I can't seem to stop listening to "Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode. I often become addicted to a single track for a while, then I don't listen to it again for a while. Hehehe.
     
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  7. Aceri

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    I've also found that listening to audio books when writing stories helps if you listen to the right type of book. Like for example I am making a game based on World War Z, I've read the book front to back several times, and have listened to the audiobook plenty more. It helps me get in the mood for writing that type of feeling.
     
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  8. C-C-C-Cashmere

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    Listening to a very moody and ambient soundtrack often gets me into the right mood for abstract games. I once drew a whole world map from scratch while listening to "Shlohmo - Bad Vibes". Needless to say, it was pretty trippy.
     
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  9. PixelLuchi

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    Depends on my mood. Mainly Celtic/New Age for the normal stuff, Ludovico Einaudi for sad scenes, epically orchestrated pieces for more demanding scenes. But I can't work without music. I live with the headphones on my ears. I rarely, if ever, listen to commerical video game tracks when working on my projects ( but there is one or two tracks from Xenoblade that I just love: Unfinished Battle and the extended Main Theme. Both are around 11 minutes long. Good stuff ).
     
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  10. Aceri

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    I'm the same way. It's not necessarily music, but I NEED something going on in the background or else I simply can't focus, whether it be the TV or like I said, and audiobook.
     
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  11. demmozero

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    a whole lot of yoko kanno and german metal dont know why but g metal helps me focus lol
     
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    Metallica(Pre St.Anger), Dragonforce(all of it, they rock), Suicidal Tendencies (Look them up, i recommend Lights Camera Revolution), Skid Row, and Within Temptation (Orchestral Metal.)
     
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  13. hian

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    I usually listen to the track that I will have playing in the scene I'm making. When I'm doing database work I usually don't listen to anything, nor when I'm doing particularly complex eventing, or working with scripts.

    When I'm doing graphics work, I'll often listen to music for inspiration or setting the mood. Usually that will be RPG music, like from Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire, Suikoden etc.

    When I make music, I ironically, also listen to music lol. I like to shadow track for reference and ideas.

    Soundtracks should have consistency, and by an extension of the game, rather than the tastes and whims of the producer, so shadow tracks help me detach myself from what I'm making and think technically while being aware of the overall sound of the entire soundtrack.
     
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  14. Tai_MT

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    Eh, mostly just whatever is on Netflix.  Having something on in the background is useful.  I don't usually play music, 'cause I need to run music and sound effects on my RPG Maker fairly frequently to get the feel for what they are and how they sound in order to use them properly.

    So... whatever anime is on Netflix is usually what I listen to.
     
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  15. Sonem

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    Piano. Everything works.

    If not I love Pandora i usually listen to Nujabes, Kamelot, Kid Cudi, or Winds of Plague radio.

    Also League of Legends streams.
     
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    Game musics. Especially from Persona 3 and Final Fantasy. It gets me worked up especially when the music is a battle music :3
     
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  18. hiromu656

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    I have various youtube playlists that i've made (Rap, JRock/Pop, VGM, etc.) a bunch of random genres, if I don't feel like using them I find any video game podcast, or listen to one of my favorite streamers on twitch.tv play a game.

    I honestly can't get anything done without background noise.
     
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  19. JakezuGD

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    I usually just put the area or scene's theme running in VXA's music player. If I'm doing database stuff, then I'll just listen to whatever floats my boat from the selection of tracks used for my game.
     
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    i mute my laptop. since i usually do it at night after all my family sleeping. and i'm not comfortable wearing headphones/earphones. that's why i'm lacking in game music :D .
     
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