background sounds

what do librarians/archivists listen to when they’re working? it depends largely on what kind of organization they’re affiliated with. typically, libraries are known for being quiet spaces but thanks to the invention of headphones it is less likely that shushing will occur…unless, of course, patrons are singing loudly and off-key. fortunately, i am able to listen to music both at work (with headphones to be mindful of others who don’t share my tastes) and while doing library school projects at home. here is a listing of currently-in-rotation albums, not in any particular order:

  • Skinny Puppy- Myth Maker (2007)
  • Dead Can Dance- S/T Album (1984)
  • James LaBrie- Impermanent Resonance (2013)
  • The Saints- Grain Of Sand (1988)
  • King Crimson- In The Court Of The Crimson King (1969)
  • The Catherine Wheel- Chrome (1993)
  • Danielle Dax- Blast The Human Flower (1990)
  • Gary Numan- Exile (1998)
  • Pink Floyd- The Wall (1979)
  • Killing Joke- Brighter Than A Thousand Suns (1986)
  • Device- S/T Album (2013)
  • U2- Boy (1980)
  • Lacuna Coil- Shallow Life (2010)
  • John Lydon- Psycho’s Path (1997)

the list varies, but these are some examples. internet radio has become increasingly popular in the past few years as well, and it’s relatively simple for users to create their own libraries. readers are welcome to share their background playlists.


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