Well, exam season is upon us, the time of Red Bull and getting cabin fever from Fisher or Law library, depending on how isolated you want to feel. But this time doesn’t have to be all that tumultuous, there’s always effective methods of preparing for these daunting dates, and a useful tip to begin is providing a good soundtrack to alleviate some of the difficulties of these taxing times. Accordingly, here are some albums you can listen to, all on Spotify, while you chisel your butt-shaped dent further into the library couches and enter lockdown mode.
If you have overplayed the ol’ timey study-music classics such as ‘3 hours – meditation, concentration music, alpha waves’, or the heavy hitters of the study-music scene such as Bach and Mozart, these albums will surely aid you in finding study-inducing music that can improve your state of mind as well as figuratively keep you company while you’re kept in quarantine.
Brian Eno – Ambient 1: Music for Airports
The experimental electronic minimalist’s primary venture into ambient music is so beautifully contemplative that they could help Melania Trump learn and understand the theory of relativity. You’ll almost want to keep your hands on the computer keyboard so that you can be as close as possible to where these pleasing sounds are coming from. The only issue that comes with an album this meditative is that it relaxes your mind so much, to the point where you just stop caring about your work, or anything, because these sounds have shown you that life will always be beautiful no matter what you get in a silly exam. Who needs economics anyway? Why are we stressing about potential jobs or internships? We can survive on the beautiful nature and environment like god intended us to!
Shlohmo – Bad Vibes
The debut full-length album by LA electronic/instrumental hip-hop producer Shlohmo acts as a passive listening experience which brings together serene, melodic synths and vocal samples effectively with soft percussion which provide a very strong sense of rhythm and groove to these tracks. Your study-driven mind could use this album to ease any tension and comfortably accompany you while doing the less focus-heavy tasks such as writing out bullet-pointed notes, going over practice questions or stylistically changing your document format. But to best put this album to use, it serves very well as a nice soundtrack to your rewarded Facebook scrolling after smashing out a hefty paragraph.
Bongripper – Satan Worshipping Doom
Ok, so it’s essentially similar to Brain Eno’s ‘Music for Airports 1’, but replace all the gentle pianos and strings with monstrous guitars and crashing drums, and pretty much change every musical quality, really only keep the fact that the album has four tracks, and that they reach into the 15 to 20-minute range. Whilst this album might be as heavy as the three shirtless, couch-ridden bottle-shop workers could muster up under the influence of cannabis and episodes of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, what makes this album work for the studying is the pacing, repetitiveness, and simplicity of these tracks as they just transition from one sluggish guitar riff to the next, all with a thick, warm mix that makes this metal music as soothing and easy on the ears as it can get. It also helps that there is not a vocal in sight.
Kero Kero Bonito – Bonito Generation
If there is any album that reminds you that everything is going to be okay, it’s this debut release from this joyous British/Japanese J-pop trio. Packed with cute little blissful jams about enjoying what’s immediately around you, this record has little gravity to it and virtually no emotional commitment required, perfect for your headspace in preparing for exams. Nothing too blaring, nothing too flashy, nothing too distracting. That being said, if you are struggling to understand something and find yourself entering a state of frustration, best turn this album off, these songs may lead a person in this state to end up with their fist through their monitor, or a broken toe from kicking their wall. This is probably best suited for the arts students; we don’t get too many problem-solving issues if I’m being honest.
Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Black metal from the 90s can actually astound you with how conducive it can be to studying thanks to it’s slow tempos without big changes all delivered with a characteristic monotony. This music is created to evoke an emotion, however the terrible recording of these songs due to the technological ineptitude of these musicians makes it rather hard to decipher the message and so it’s pretty easy to just let this music act as a backdrop to your concentration mode. It may also help you feel better when you get too stressed and hot-tempered, because this album shows that you’re never going to reach the anger levels of Mayhem’s vocalist, so you’ll most likely be fine.
Good luck for your preparation! Hopefully this can cater to your various moods during this time. Now may I please ask, what are you doing reading this entire thing? GO STUDY!