I tend to listen to music when I'm doing stuff like writing, since it helps pull it into focus. I also have the good fortune to (most days) be able to listen to music at work while I do my mind-numbingly tedious tasks-- which helps my performance and speed immensely, since I can't get distracted as easily by everyone around me jabbering on and on.
When reading manga, however-- or even just a novel, usually I go with silence. Sometimes it's just because of WHERE I am-- bedroom has no computer and I don't take my mp3 player in there, for instance. It's not really a matter of distraction or not... but it does depend on my mood, I guess.
I will say, however, that I won't listen to music with intelligible lyrics when reading, because that DOES tend to run interference on my concentration of stuff with dialogue. ; Weird, I know.
Post by Musa-Revived on Mar 19, 2009 6:52:44 GMT -5
Only when I'm using the comp to read my manga. In fact, I listen to music whenever I read stuff or surf the net using the comp. But I will not listen to anything when I'm reading from a physical book or manga in my hands.
It's weird. Probably because I just want to multitask my computer whenever I'm using it, and so I have to turn on some other program besides just reading stuff on the monitor. I guess I'm used to the idea of computer = multimedia, I just have to be visually and erm aurally(?) engaged while using the computer.
Japanese PC Gaming DIED since 2010. So after travelling for years in gameless limbo, I'm now rocking a PS VITA (JAP).
Post by Gamemusicfreak on Mar 19, 2009 18:41:41 GMT -5
Yes, but what type of music depends on the material. I listened to Saga Frontier Battle music when Cable and Apocalypse had their final battle. RPG battle music also goes well with Beet the Vandel Buster manga. I don't read a lot of novels, but I've used orchestra arrangements of game music for that before.
I voted on this a day or so back and now I've forgotten which option I picked. X'D
But anyways, I think it was option 3. Its odd... whenever I'm reading something, some story on me computer, any form of extra music almost always distracts me. Maybe its because I relate each music back to whatever the music is from (whichever game, movie, etc.), I start day dreaming, and so, sort of get distracted from the story in front of me? Even more so with music with lyrics in it! A definite no no! Plus it feels like noise.
On the other hand, I think I've become immunized to the sounds around me. Most of me manga reading tends to be early in the morning - while I'm having breakfast. And.... me mom just doesn't understand that I'm reading. X'D Unlike music, I can actually filter out her voice and at times, some words even subconsciously reach reach me mind, providing one opportunity enough to let out a well timed 'hm' (so that she doesn't feel ignored).
Sooooo.... I can't stand music, especially with words, but I can stand a whole army standing behind me, chatting away? :'D
Mangaaaa..... No, not really. Reading is one of those things that I typically do as a staqnd-alone activity. When it's a book (that I want to read) or manga, that is. Homework? Pfft! Bring on the distractions! Music tends to invade about 95% of my workday, too. That is, when my overly happy chatterbox coworkers aren't being... themselves (read: kinda obnoxious). Music definitely makes the workday go by faster and helps me keep my focus in that department, though.
I used to pop over to DI.fm's trance channel and let that blast while I did stuff playing WoW. Probably the thing I miss most about playing that game - it gave me a good context to listen to that awesome radio station. I can never seem to bring myself to do it anymore - when playing compy games like Ys I want to listen the the in-game music, and unless I'm doing homework, if I'm on the computer, what I'm doing typically has its own sound as well. I do still download and listen to mp3 recordings of A State of Trance, though. Armin ftw.