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MUSIC: Your Savior or Your Downfall?

People say that music actually helps them to focus better. But, doesn’t it mean that if you are hearing music, you have two things to focus now? Does it really help?

Here are some facts that shows how music can help you concentrate.

#That annoying sound! 🙁

Imagine you are in a library and you are trying so hard to study as tomorrow is your exam, but there are small annoying noises like a student constantly sniffing or the sound of keyboard hitting that affects your concentration. Perhaps, that is the time to listen to some music to help you focus. Or, you can just ‘cringe’ your way through those noises…

Hahaha

#Instrumental music

Notice how certain airports use slow, instrumental music to help reduce tense and anxious atmosphere or coffee shops like Starbucks playing the same ambient instrumental music.

This fact is quite spot on because instead of doing your Digital Marketing plan assignment, you might be doing your own version of Bruno Mars concert!

 

#Your personality says it all

It is said that introversion and extroversion of a person can also affect whether listening to music while studying works or not. Introverts prefer things quiet and thus, works better without music or only a little at best. Whereas, extroverts, being as they are, prefer it loud, so we can say they work best with music.

 

Personally, I prefer to work with music as it helps to psych me up! How about you? Leave your opinions and comments below. 🙂

Passion on Piano – River Flows In You

Once, my friend played ‘River Flows in you’, to me and I suddenly felt so touched and peaceful that I did not even realise my friend had already finished playing. I later checked who composed this piano piece. When I learned that Yiruma composed this music, I listened to all of his compositions which includes ‘Kiss the rain’ and ‘If I Could See You Again’. All of his pieces deeply touched my heart so much.

I love his all the compositions but ‘River Flows in you’ is my favourite one. It is also the most popular piece in the ‘First Love’ album. This album was released in 2001.

I remembered that I listened this piano piece repeatedly, and then I promised myself that I had to learn how to play it. I found the piano sheet online, and printed it out to practice.

After few weeks, I could play it completely. This piano piece means a lot to me, it is soothing and most importantly, brings me peace. Whenever I feel hopeless or sad, it can always make me feel that everything will be fine. I think this is also the reason why I wanted to learn how to play it.

This version was the first time I recorded myself. Even though it is not my perfect version it can prove the progress of my piano skill.

If you are interested in learning it, here is the link:
http://sheetmusic.web44.net/SheetMusic/Yiruma-River-Flows-In-You.pdf

Photo Credit: yiruma.manifo.com, 588ku.com, youtube.com

Sonic Study Tools; Music To Help You Concentrate.

Whether you’re at your desk struggling to get into the zone or in the library in need of something to drown out the sound of those dudes talking loudly about Game of Thrones; music is the answer.

Heres some artists and albums to help you switch off the world around you and get motivated;

Nightmares on Wax – Smokers Delight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ8CGOXrhks 

The 1995 album by Leeds mastermind Nightmares on Wax is a percussive funky journey to which I arguably owe my success in GCSE & A level. The tracks carry the right amount of minimalism to avoid distraction yet the perfect amount of switch ups to avoid you getting bored.

Kruder & Dorfmeister – K & D Sessions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCU36y5utlw&list=PL0B83276B1AC5C9C5

Produced in 1998 by Austrian DJ/Producers Kruder & Dorfmeister the trip-hop album is a mix of their originals and remixes that will have you locked for the duration. Rumour has it Dorfmeister will be playing in Hull this year…

J Dilla – Vintage Instrumentals vol 2  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff9eDId1GtM 

Little needs to be said about this Detroit hip-hop legend. The late J Dilla often produced tracks for MC’s or his own lyrics however this album is a compilation of dreamy instrumentals which apparently never found vocals to fit. Let the snare take you.

Steve Reich’s Marimba & Piano Compositions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG_1sjActCE

Minimal pioneer Steve Reich delivers compositions that simply take you away. Simple overlapping melodies and arpeggios with no drums keep you thinking without distraction.

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Under The Bridge; Promoters & aficionados bringing life to Hull’s underground music scene.

With this year’s City of Culture celebrations underway it’s more important than ever to get to know the stalwarts of Hull’s electronic music community and what they’re getting up to.

Get Down: If Reggae and Dub is you’re thing then look no further. Although in it’s infancy the 2 year old club night is already making serious movements with live bands at Fruit and soundsystem legends at the Welly Club.  https://www.facebook.com/getdownhull/

Shinobi: Student life in Hull wouldn’t be the same without Shinobi. Their signature style of DnB & oldschool Jungle has seen them bring artists from all over the world to a packed out Welly Club. Feburary 10th sees them mark their 15th birthday in the game! https://www.facebook.com/ShinobiDnB/

Crystal Clear: The 11 year old DJ and events society has ditched their shows at the union and moved onto bigger horizons in the last few years. Selling out shows at Welly with big name artists; classic and contemporary. They represent diversity in music and not only bring different and interesting vibes each time, they also provide a platform for budding DJs to learn alongside their roster of seasoned DJs. https://www.facebook.com/crystalcleardjs/

Fractal: Their intimate parties provide an exciting blend of house, disco and techno at the Adelphi Club. They’ve showcased world class DJs in a very different setting to what the average clubber might usually expect. With only 120 capacity and a huge soundsystem, their parties arent to be missed. https://www.facebook.com/FractalHull/

There’s an increasing vibrancy and diversity in Hull’s nightlife, make yourself a part of it.