In my opinion, being a graduate student is an eternal journey to find the most comfortable place for reading books. Music is important, not only for aesthetic reasons but to keep myself reading. Over the last few days, all I did is ordering books for the new semester and buying new songs specifically for reading background. When I started a phd in political science three years ago, it was a bunch of post-rock (?) bands (Explosion in the Sky, Mogwai, etc) and classical music that let me survive the first year. I tried various kinds of music for the reading purpose since then, but it seems I am settling down with very quiet ‘ambient’ (whatever it means) like Brian Eno and Sigur Ros, and a bit more electronic pop kind of music including Broadcast, Stereolab, Air, etc. I downloaded new albums so it feels like I am fully loaded for this semester.
I wonder what other people listen to when they read.