First things first: this is not the scientific article full of facts and numbers that the fancy title up there suggests. Instead, I aim to provide what I hope is some useful information to help your work flow and also provide some directions towards some totally free (and totally legal!) music from mostly unknown artists.
Recently I fell in to a photographic slump, after my visit to London (pictured above) and an entire afternoon spent at my local playground with some Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 I soon began to run out of ideas. While this may not apply to many Lomographers, I personally find my hometown to be quite boring, leading me to take far fewer photographs than I would like to.
After going almost three weeks and only taking about 5/6 photographs (I know! barely any!) I decided that there had to be a way to cure my photographer’s block. After hours of scrawling through the internet to no avail and scribbling every thought i had onto a notebook, I gave up and decided to just chill to some music; which is when I realized that the music was what i was missing.
Listening to the right music can breath whole new life into what you might have previously thought to be a boring area. Having background noises and conversations blocked out will often make composure easier for when you do find a good photo opportunity.
Now, a personal favorite of mine is to plug some headphones in, whack on some chilled tunes and just snap away as I stumble through the city turning left and right at random. Some of my favorite photographs have been taken this way. If anybody fancies giving it ago I have scoured round and found some free (and legal!) downloads that I have been enjoying recently.
First of all is a beat tape by “Analog | Division”, a relaxing and mostly instrumental album with chilling synths and simple drum tracks. (Warning: Album artwork slightly NSFW)
Download/Link (needs WinRAR or similar)
Next is a mellow EP by Freddie Joachim which has to be heard to understand.
Download/Link (direct download, needs WinRAR or similar)
Secret Hangout Vol. 4 is a compilation of some of L.A’s finest Hip-Hop
Download (listen/download individually or as album)
Last, but certainly far from least is a contemporary jazz artist by the name of José James, this album will set you back $10 (or around £7) but is definitely worth the cash. José’ has the sort of smooth voice you just don’t hear anymore.
All downloads are legitimate, though feel free to make donations or buy their other work. Thank you for reading my first article and remember this: Listening to music will stop you from hearing oncoming vehicles, so check LEFT and RIGHT before crossing any road!