Music For Productivity: November 30th, 2010

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There are some people who need constant audio companionship to keep us sane/motivated. Music is the soundtrack to our creativity. It makes work possible, helps define who we are and adds just enough fuel to our day to get us over most major hurdles. Each week, thanks to our new friends at Inspired Mag, we aim to bring you a new musical suggestion, complete with a recommendation for it’s “intended use”. We hope to explore the full spectrum of musical tastes, so check back each week!

Artist: Janelle Monáe
Album: The ArchAndroid
Genre: R&B

Sometimes, being productive means setting a party atmosphere in the office. More often than not we wish we could invite Fritz Lang to the party. It’s not a party without a German expressionist filmmaker around, right? But then there are the kinds of parties where you want everyone to feel relaxed and laid back. You want to invite Marvin Gaye to this party. Ok, let’s invite OutKast too. It’s getting crowded here, so let’s just put on the Janelle Monáe album instead.

Janelle Monáe is an amalgamation of those artists, and The ArchAndroid is equal parts Metropolis and What’s Going On. It’s literally a concept record based around the film, with as many outside influences and guest appearances as you can imagine. Even the indie band Of Montreal is prominently featured on the track “Make The Bus”. I know, right?

Intended Use: Lifting the mood around the office. Lifting the mood around Metropolis. Think pompadour, Superman, androids, and miniature panthers aka “min pans”.

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  • Michael

    Music may inspire creativity, but it should be heard through headphones. It’s really disrespectful of colleagues to impose your taste, questionable or otherwise, on others. Just as you wouldn’t drench yourself in perfume and make everyone smell it all day. So put on headphones, listen, enjoy, but don’t impose. Imposing types belong in North Korea.

  • Well, you would drench yourself in perfume if you worked at a go-go bar. It’s the same thing. We drench ourselves in music and strut around the office. Trying getting a waft of that and not going bananas!

  • Janelle Monáe is an amazing upcoming artist though. Despite the fact that expressing your taste in music may be “imposing” she’s got a unique sense of style and taste that most artists nowadays don’t have. Hopefully she can continue to make it big. For those of you who haven’t I’d definitely recommend checking out her music videos. Kinda a blast from the past

  • Wait, this isn’t haha

    Totally a blast from the past. If you like her also check out Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. Just stumbled on them recently and it’s pretty great stuff!

  • Very impressive painting! Thanks for sharing. Good point on music for productivity as well, although many times I need silence more than I need a smooth beat to keep me moving.