What we listen to in the studio can have a profound effect on what and how we create.
I share the three modes of listening that accompany my studio practice.
3 Modes of Listening in the Studio
When I need to get a painting moving, I listen to my favourites playlist on my iPod via a chunky set of speakers; when I've got mundane stuff to do or I want to 'trick' my Inner Critic into going to sleep so I can experiment, I listen to a podcast on topic related to art or art business; but when I need to go deep into myself, I prefer the 'sound of silence'.
The Sound of Silence in the Studio
In my studio 'silence' means the friendly sound of birds chirping in their nests on my roof accompanied by a background hum of the street's occupants going about their business: The 'ching' of the old-fashioned till belonging to the 'panadero' (baker) opposite; my neighbours chatting in the street below; the wheels of a child's school bag dragging along the pavement.
Occasionally, I get to hear a special sound that I associate with 'disappearing Spain' such as the tune of the knife-grinder here. I try to record these for posterity for who knows how much longer they will survive?
Sometimes the concept of a sound even gets recorded in a painting.