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Posted by on Mar 1, 2014

Music for writing: Playlist exploring the role of music in academic writing

James Lamb, a friend and colleague from our years on the MSc in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh and subsequently from shared projects like Edinspace and Elektronisches Lernen Muzik, has posted recently with an excellent playlist of tracks nominated by students.

Introducing Volume 2 of Music for Writing, the product of this exercise that we undertook last year to explore the music that students, researchers, teachers and tutors use to accompany and influence the task of academic writing.

The title of this playlist is a play on the phrase used to indicate the tempo of a piece of music, as well as the description attached to typing efficiency. So, music and writing. The title is also explained by the fact that the tracks collected here are generally of a much higher tempo than on Volume 1: Classical Composition.  Personally, I think both collections have their place, perhaps reflecting that we undertake different types of writing and that these varying compositional forms merit distinct types of aural accompaniment. But don’t just agree with me: why not use the comments function below to indicate whether and how this playlist might influence of disrupt your own academic writing (or if you nominated a track, tell us how it works for you).

The playlist is excellent so why not give it a listen and comment on how it could possibly influence your own writing. Or, nominate a different track altogether. At least affirm to me that I am not the only one that writes academically to a single track looped incessantly. A different track each time, mind you, but always on Repeat One.


Music for Writing (Volume 2): 120 words-per-minute by Elektronicheslernenmuzik on Mixcloud

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