By DYLAN BROWN For Inland 360
Who knows whether Mom just threatened to play Beethoven while I was in vitro or even if the Mozart effect is real. But Frances Rauscher, the researcher responsible for inspiring ertswhile Georgia Gov. Zell Miller to give pregnant mothers classical CDs in 1998, told Scientific American, Its really a myth.
Either way, music drowned out my dormitory neighbors at 1 a.m. on test day in college. Finding the right sound to study to for me was a four-year voyage through the lyric-less genres.
Dear formerly kid down the hall, No way you get anything done with 50 Cent shaking the desk out from under your textbook. Sorry.
Jazz: Cannonball Adderley Grade: B- Where classical is stuffy, jazz is classy cool, especially when a guy named Cannonball plays some wicked saxophone. The trick with study music is avoiding the Enya effect, and while jazz is soothing, you wouldnt hear it during the spa treatment your girlfriend tricked you into getting with her. Adderleys be-bop keeps you awake and swinging through your reading and writing.
Ambient: Sigur Rós Grade: C- The inescapable adjective to describe Sigur Rós is ethereal. There are plenty of words in Sigur Rós songs, but even if youve mastered Icelandic, you wont understand half of it. The group from Reykjavik one of the most popular ambient acts ever use their own dialect of an already nearly unlearnable language, and it fades right into the comforting warmth of their soundscapes, which feel like a sunrise flaring onto the Arctic. The only problem is just like complaining with classmates, you cant study and throw yourself a pity party at the same time.
Post-rock: Explosions in the Sky Grade: A The band behind the Friday Night Lights soundtrack are my go-to in times of academic crisis. Renowned for captivating, intimate live shows, they have the there, there, I understand emotion of Sigur Rós, but their guitars smash crescendos exalting you to pull your head back up off the desk at 3 a.m.
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