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GageCook
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Listening to music while observing
      #6047730 - 08/26/13 09:13 PM

I was just wondering how many people listen to music while observing? What kind do you listen to? I usually have Pandora radio going on the Pink Floyd station or something light and easy. I've got some great suggestions if anyone is interested in adding them to your Pandora list! I find it really adds to the experience.

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JMKarian
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Re: Listening to music while observing new [Re: GageCook]
      #6047748 - 08/26/13 09:27 PM

Nocturne in E Flat - F. Chopin - As good as it gets

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GageCook
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Re: Listening to music while observing new [Re: JMKarian]
      #6047764 - 08/26/13 09:35 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dne11-PA3JQ check it out!

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okieav8r
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Re: Listening to music while observing new [Re: GageCook]
      #6047782 - 08/26/13 09:47 PM

The vast majority of the time, I prefer to just enjoy the peace and quiet when out observing.

But once in a great while, if I'm observing alone, I'll listen to a bit of music in the background, with the volume way down. Neil Young, Allman Brothers, Crosby Stills & Nash, Led Zeppelin, Leon Russell, Manassas, Allison Kraus, Yes....that kind of stuff. I've got over 500 CD's burned to a hard drive, so I have a good selection of stuff.

Edited by okieav8r (08/26/13 10:40 PM)


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kfiscus
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Re: Listening to music while observing new [Re: GageCook]
      #6047787 - 08/26/13 09:49 PM

Pink Floyd or nothing.

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jeff heck
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Re: Listening to music while observing new [Re: GageCook]
      #6047788 - 08/26/13 09:50 PM

If observing with others I prefer no tunes. Going solo I sometimes listen to light jazz or classical on the radio at low volumes, seems to keep the critters and that spooky feeling at 4am away.

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GageCook
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Re: Listening to music while observing new [Re: okieav8r]
      #6047790 - 08/26/13 09:51 PM

Good selection you've got there. I also keep the volume nice and low. The music I listen to is kind of ambient sound and slow tempo beats. Very "float through space" sounding.

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GageCook
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Re: Listening to music while observing new [Re: GageCook]
      #6047799 - 08/26/13 09:57 PM

You guys should check out that link I posted above. Sounds like you may like it. I use a single bluetooth capable speaker called a jam speaker. I recommend picking one up!

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City Kid
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Re: Listening to music while observing new [Re: GageCook]
      #6047806 - 08/26/13 10:01 PM

As much as I love astronomy, I like music even more. But I prefer the peace and quite of being out at night under the stars so I never listen to music when I observe. I gotta admit though I've never actually tried it. Who knows, maybe I would enjoy some tunes at the eyepiece. I don't think so though. The peace and quite is one of the selling points for me.

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sslcm56
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Re: Listening to music while observing new [Re: GageCook]
      #6047818 - 08/26/13 10:10 PM

Does anyone have the original Cosmos soundtrack? I have searched and searched for it. A single mp3 would be fine.

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Re: Listening to music while observing new [Re: GageCook]
      #6047847 - 08/26/13 10:27 PM

The acoustic ninja, Trace Bundy. Playing just loud enough hear over the crickets and yelling neighbors.

Also, Rodrigo y Gabriela, a little Mozart, Pink Floyd, some blues, some jazz,

When I'm at a dark site, though, I hardly ever listen to music (it's far away from neighbors).


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GageCook
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Re: Listening to music while observing new [Re: sslcm56]
      #6047850 - 08/26/13 10:29 PM

Check out "Explosions in the sky" on YouTube.

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jrbarnett
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Re: Listening to music while observing new [Re: GageCook]
      #6047861 - 08/26/13 10:34 PM

Oh yeah. With headphones though.

Depending on my mood, it could be anything. Zeppelin, Kansas, Loreena McKennit, Kitaro, John Serrie, Vangelis, Pink Floyd, Beatles, Debussy LP, you name it. I have many playlists including a couple that are more than 8 hours end to end. You know, for the long sessions.

- Jim


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jrbarnett
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Re: Listening to music while observing new [Re: sslcm56]
      #6047884 - 08/26/13 10:46 PM

The original Cosmos soundtrack is out of print, but you can sometimes find used examples (vinyl or CD) for several hundred dollars. Alternately, you could research the playlist for the series soundtrack and build your own version in iTunes or other digital music sales portal.

Here's the original track listing:

Tracklisting
CD 1
1. Heaven And Hell, Part I - Vangelis
2. Symphony No. 11 - Shostakovich
3. Alpha - Vangelis
4. Depicting The Cranes In Their Nest - G. Yamaguchi
5. Clarinet Concerto A Major - Mozart
6. Canon A 3 On A Ground In D - Pachelbel
7. Metamorphosis - Boydstun
8. The Sea Named 'Solaris' - J.S. Bach/Isao Tomita
9. Partita No. 3 - J.S. Bach
10. The Four Seasons: Spring - Vivaldi
11. Sonata D-Dur Fur Trompete, Oboe, Und Basso Continuo - Finger
12. Concerto For Mandolin & Strings in C Major - Vivaldi
13. The Tale Of Tsar Sultan: Suite - Rimsky-Korsakov
14. Legacy - Larry Fast
15. Russian Easter Festival Overture - Rimsky-Korsakov
CD 2
1. Pulstar - Vangelis
2. Symphony No. 19 - A. Hovhaness
3. Melancholy Blues - Bloom, Melrose, Schoebel
4. Aquarius - Macdermot, Ragni, Rado
5. Beauborg, Part II - Vangelis
6. The Planets, Mars - Holst
7. Alien Images - Boydston
8. Fly Night Bird - Roy Buchanan
9. Entends-Tu Les Chiens Aboyer? - Vangelis
10. The Rite Of Spring - Stravinsky
11. Prayer Of St. Gregory - Hovhaness
12. Bulgarian Shepherdess Song - Traditional
13. Comet 16 - Vangelis

You can find most of the tracks without to much trouble, though a couple may be hard to find or unavailable.

Used or new-old-stock, you're looking at $250.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00006HCVP/ref=dp_olp_0?ie=UTF8&co...

I don't think I need the Bulgarian Shepherdess Song that badly.

Regards,

Jim


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GeneT
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Re: Listening to music while observing new [Re: okieav8r]
      #6047892 - 08/26/13 10:49 PM

Quote:

The vast majority of the time, I prefer to just enjoy the peace and quiet when out observing.




Same.


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Re: Listening to music while observing new [Re: GeneT]
      #6047914 - 08/26/13 11:06 PM

I like bela bartok. debussy. Dvorack.

And to keep the bears away Krzysztof Penderecki. But he does attract zombies.

But mostly I like hearing the bugs make their noise.

Edited by Pinbout (08/26/13 11:07 PM)


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Usquebae
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Re: Listening to music while observing new [Re: GeneT]
      #6047932 - 08/26/13 11:14 PM

If you view the full moon and listen to Dark Side of the Moon it's like seeing the whole surface of the moon at once!

I prefer the "quiet," which offers plenty to listen to when you're paying attention to it. Similar to how much you can see outside in the dark when you allow your eyes to adjust. That combination of sensitivity to faint sound and light is a major part of the magic for me. Maybe not the same if viewing from suburbs or city.

If I were to try music, my first choices would be Cathode or Godspeed You! Black Emperor.


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csa/montana
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Re: Listening to music while observing new [Re: GeneT]
      #6047970 - 08/26/13 11:31 PM

Quote:

Quote:

The vast majority of the time, I prefer to just enjoy the peace and quiet when out observing.




Same.




Same here. My music while observing is the night sounds. Coyotes howling, loons & geese calling, owls; just to name a few.

I dearly love music, but prefer the quiet solitude while under the beautiful night skies.


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Re: Listening to music while observing new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6047983 - 08/26/13 11:45 PM

I like having a little soft music while sitting at my scope outside or at my imaging workstation inside.

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Re: Listening to music while observing [Re: jgraham]
      #6048032 - 08/27/13 12:26 AM

Music while observing? Never. I love silence, the great gray owls, the coyotes, the murmur of the distant river.

Dark skies.

Jack


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