Favourite music?

Songs that express my current moods the best always find me. I interpret them as poems, and I listen to them on and on (sometimes several times a day for weeks) until every note penetrates deep into my mind and I can also express the feeling through that song. Recently, Audra Mae and Woodkid have impressed me a lot.

It varies from style to style. I love the music of the 1960s. If I have to choose from those, then it would be Foxy Lady by Jimi Heandrix, Paranoid by Black Sabbath, or Picture of home by Deep Purple. And of course, I should not forget Paint it black by the Rolling Stones.
In the local scene, LGT is my all-time favourite. Songs like Fiú (Boy). I love Pál Szécsi (Pillangó - Butterfly) and Tamás Cseh (Születtem Magyarországon – Born in Hungary). I also ike jazz and lounge, the India Arie collection, Raul Midon collection, Nina Simone collection. I am crazy about Erika Badu’s Baduism and Mama's Gun. When it comes to pop, I have always loved Michael Jackson since I was a kid.

EMŐKE: Electronic.
TAMÁS: Astrud Gilberto or Duke Ellington.

It changes all the time. In the past few years I got bored with pop music. Especially with the way it sounds. Everything is too compressed. Everything sounds at the same time. For a while, I went back to the progressive music of the 1960s and ‘70s (e.g. King Crimson). And these days, I listen to new bands, most of all. Music they call jazz but I prefer to call it instrumental music, where the instruments’ dynamics play the main part. And I always enjoy David Bowie.

I am omnivorous, one day it is Trilok Gurtu, then Stravinsky, Keith Jarrett or Péter Eötvös, then Nusrath Fateh Ali Khan or Arvo Part ….yes, I know, it’s too much of a good thing. I listen to the Bartók radió while I work. Sometimes it’s world music, but more often original folk music. But silence can be very pleasant as well, even for hours on end.

Stravinsky, Chopin, Gainsbourg, some old Cuban stuff and a few Velvet Undergrounds songs once in a while.

It’s a difficult question. I choose the music to match my mood. I can really become lost in classical music and jazz. I listen to Bach a lot, and there is a movement from one of Mozart’s piano concertos (the second movement from piano concerto no. 23 in A major, K. 488) that I listen to over and over again. When I started my career, I also worked as a critic, and listened to a lot of jazz. I lived in New York for 8 years, where I had the chance to meet many illustrious jazz musicians, including legends I grew up listening to. When I’m feeling a bit snappish I prefer Herbie Hancock, otherwise it’s Jarrett, Metheny or Brecker and, for winding down, Stan Getz and João Gilberto. But the truth is that I don’t have much time to listen to music for pleasure, because my work involves listening to music 10 to 12 hours a day.

My tastes happily encompass mainstream classical music, techno, deep house, etc. I couldn’t pick a specific artist or genre.

It’s quite a wide range from silence through Miles Davis and Beethoven to Indian and Japanese classical and authentic folk music. Interestingly, though I appreciate Bartók immensely, I’m not touched by his music emotionally.

I have several favourite bands, including Neurosis, Ufomammut, Down and Queens of the Stone Age.

I don’t have a specific genre I favour. I rarely listen to music while I’m working. In general, I listen to all kinds of music, from classical to electronic, from Bach to Jon Hopkins.

Unfortunately, I have little time to listen to music. I normally do it while driving, working or cooking. I have a fairly broad taste in music.

I always listen to music while I work and also in general. My taste in music is pretty varied; I listen to punk, jazz, classical, pop, minimal, basically anything, as long as it fits my mood.

KCsCs: Depending on my mood and the situation, I listen to some world music, jazz or electronic music.
ZK: My tastes are eclectic. Although modern pop music really isn’t my favourite, if the radio happens to be tuned to it when I’m driving, I happily listen to it.
But if I had to pick, my all-time favourite is Vivaldi.

I like acoustic music, the music of the ‘60s. I love Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, David Gray, Nick Cave, Joan Baez. And I recently bought “Love Is a Four Letter Word” by Jason Mraz. I like music. I’ve got this heavy stuff in my paintings and I need some positive things.

What perfectly fits my mood these days is Akkezdet Phiai. We share the same source of inspiration – Hungarian public life. A few years ago I discovered the Japanese band Soil & "Pimp" Sessions and I simply love them. On the other hand, if I was to give you a really precise answer, I would need to think hard. It hardly ever happens that I purposefully choose some music and entirely focus on it. At the studio, I keep the radio tuned into channel Tilos.

I’m not sure if anyone can give a meaningful answer to this question. As a musician, I listen to 3 or 4 new bands every week online, or, whenever I’m in the mood, engage in nostalgia and listen to my favourites from 10 years back. It’s very difficult to pick just one. If I must, then I would choose Radiohead, though lately I have hardly listened to them at all.

I mostly only listen to music while I am working. It helps a lot. I lived in France for a short period of time; after I returned to Hungary, I listened to French rock for two or three years. My favourite band is Mickey 3D.

Rock ‘n’ roll. Anything that is filled with the ancient power of music. I only got hooked on electronic music for a while. I don’t really have one particular favourite, but I can listen to Pink Floyd at any time.

Nina Simone, Hindi Zahra, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ray Charles.

It keeps changing all the time. And even if I listen to the music at home, I can only figure out what people want once I’m actually on the stage. I could mention a lot of music that I’ve loved for a long time. The truth is that all art, including music, has to have a sense of both immediacy and timelessness. If only one is there, the music will either lose its relevance 10 years from now or it won’t give you a feeling of being in the now. That’s why you can’t tell how today’s music will come across in 10 or 20 years’ time. Though with some of the music I play, you would guess it was made today if you didn’t know better.

I depends on whether I want to jump around and sing along or to go deeper in my sadness… some folk African songs by Miriam Makeba are good for the first state, Tristan and Isolde by Wagner – for the second.

We started listening to “work songs” at the alternative school, like Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre and so on. We called them work songs. I really like the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.

I don’t really have a favourite. I have some dear friends whose music I like to listen to, like Pici (Gábor Presser), Tolcsvay or Bródy. I also have a lot of family friends from the classical music world.

I have eternal favourites such as The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Michael Franks and current favourites like Bibio, Flying Lotus, Toro y Moi, Stephan Bodzin and Todd Terje.

Bach – in any form or quantity. Also György Kurtág, though he’s a far cry from Bach. I find it such an amazing experience to listen to the Kurtág couple play Bach transcriptions.

Just like with books, I can only say that I’ve been listening a lot to Bach’s chorale from Cantata No. 147 for our latest play.

There’s a piece I especially like and always carry it close to my heart. Two really close friends of mine, Csilla Domonkos and Péter Sziámi Müller, wrote a song for my birthday. It hasn’t been published, but it’s by far the best piece of music to me ever.

There’s a standard, which I also use all the time for work. If I start working at a place where they amplify the music and I’m not familiar with the room’s sound system, I always use a specific CD to test it. That CD is The Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (1997).

József: When it comes to rock music, my favourite is The Rolling Stones. In terms of classical music, it’s Chopin.
Ibolya: Beethoven. I also enjoy the music of Eastern cultures, including Arab music. As I have daughters, I also have to be up to date with the current trends in music.

I’m surrounded by musicians, therefore I’m surrounded by music of all kinds. It’s easier to say what I don’t like that much: jazz and world music. Anything else I’m fine with.

Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. I am not an expert on music. I do not connect with or understand today’s music (e.g. hit songs or operettas).

The jazz, pop and rock’n’roll music of the 1950s and 1960s. It encompasses everything, it is incredibly diverse.

It’s a difficult question. For 10 or 15 years, I used to always listen to music while I worked. Now I can’t listen to music anymore, it distracts me. This is the phase I’m in at the moment. But to answer your question, I used to listen to all kinds of music.

A difficult question. It keeps changing all the time. I listen to a song or an album over and over. And then when I get bored with it, I put on something else. Mostly it’s Gyuri Ferenczy, Budapest Bár, Guns&Roses, Biohazard, Quimby, Dog Eat Dog, Kispál. But of course that’s not the complete list.

Any kind of music except Rock, Punk, Metal, Pop or Folk music.

Zsolt: I don’t really have one favourite in any category. I listen to all kinds of music, from classical to electronic, and the style I prefer changes all the time. Depeche Mode is the only band I’ve always followed and loved.
Donát: I like all kinds of music. My taste changes constantly but there are certain kinds of music that stick.
Ákos: Kispál and Tankcsapda. [two well-known Hungarian bands]

Sakamoto Ryuichi, Dj Bootsie, Zagar, Yonderboi, J.S. Bach.

It’s wide-ranging. My favourite from my youth is Patti Smith. The first time I was allowed to the West, to France, I went shopping and bought some albums.
I find the latest Rammstein album (Liebe ist für alle da, 2009) incredibly interesting too. Their music is a really unique mixture. I never listened to that kind of heavy music in the past, but this is a fusion of many genres, including a mediaeval choir.

It’s wide-ranging and my choice is always inspired by the given moment.

Ádám: Jazz, Lou Reed and Lhasa de Sela.
Sándor: Stereo Total.
Tibor: Bach, Mozart, Mahler, Bartók, Reed, Cave, Waits…
Orsolya: In classical music, I like Russian Romantic era composers and Bartók; and in pop, I like electronic music (the more experimental line), punk or sometimes hippie music.

Mozart’s piano concertos and Schubert’s sonatas as performed by Sviatoslav Richter and Alfred Brendel.

It’s always aligned to my work. Right now I’m listening to Dés [László Dés], because we’ll be working together. You can give me Bach, Beethoven and Mozart any time. I can’t listen to music while working though. It’s quite a problem, but there you go.

These days it’s the French pop music of the ’60s. I’ve been trying to enjoy classical music for the past 10-15 years but I haven’t warmed to it yet.

I like good music, be it blues or classical. As an applied artist I also like music with a strong “plastic” quality. Perhaps the best examples are Bach and Bartók.

I like to savour a lot of things in music, just like I do in literature. But I do have some recurring favourites like Bach or Monteverdi. I also love early American blues and jazz.

The songs mostly performed by Chet Baker in Bruce Weber’s documentary Let’s Get Lost. In the film, music, noises and dialogue play in parallel and combine to make a fabulous story.

It’s a difficult question, since I listen to a wide variety of music. I prefer experimental musicians who are always seeking new forms of musical expression. Lately, I’ve been listening to Demdike Stare.

I listen to all kinds of music and I don’t really have a favourite. I listen to a lot of classical music, even though it’s hard to give yourself over to music with three kids around. When I really yearn for music, I take out my motorbike and listen to music during the ride.

None. Or whatever I’m working with or on at the time. But if I’m in a bad mood, I listen to Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin with the volume turned up really high on the record player. Or I listen to another all-time favourite of mine, Variations on a Hungarian folk song, The Peacock by Kodály. And Péterfy Bori.

I usually listen to classical music. However, I also appreciate fine blues and jazz. Also, Don Giovanni is a piece I listen to all the time.

Bach’s cello suites, especially in Rostropovich’s interpretation.

I listen to all kinds of music. Music is like a big ocean. If I started fishing, there would be no end to it. I like receiving music and I listen to it because of the people I was given it by. The most recent was “The Knife”, which my son gave me.

It’s a tough question. One of the things I’m involved in is audio history of music, so I listen to everything from folk music to classical music.

It keeps changing. I usually use the Internet to search for music. Lately I’ve been listening to Amy Winehouse a lot.

ND: Don Giovanni and Schubert’s string quartets.
GZ: My tastes are eclectic. I like everything from Mozart to the music of the turn of the century. Going to MŰPA (the Hungarian arts centre), is like an infectious disease with us, so our favourites tend to depend on who’s performing there.

RF: I prefer classical music, but also like folk music, world music, jazz and pop.

JN: I don’t want to pigeonhole my musical tastes, but what has really stuck was the music of the ’70s from English-speaking countries, rock music including contemporary Californian rock bands such as Fu Manchu, and abstract hip-hop like Antipop Consortium. I’m a regular listener of Tilos Rádió, so I’m receptive to all kinds of music. I don’t really care about female singers, I grew up listening to boy bands. I don’t even have an idol, but I do have favourites.

Nowadays it is the Beethoven - Quartet in A minor, op 132 3. Molto Adagio.
At 20, one does not understand Puccini and finds La bohème as fluffy as a meringue. At 40 you admire him. It seems that you need to mature to like these things.
And my profound attraction to Depeche Mode dates back to my high-school years.

It depends on the part of the day. I listen to classical music in the evening.

I love music. Music is good. We go to a lot of concerts of classical music, for example, to the Kaposvár Chamber Music Festival. We also go to Ádám Fischer’s Haydn – Creation concert every January 1st. Ligeti, Kurtág, Steve Reich and so on....

I always have a current favourite that I listen to all the time for a while. Right now, it is Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (Belezza: Natalie Dessay). But there is total silence when I paint.

Lots of music! Right now I listen to Thom Yorke’s album The Eraser, and Tinariwen’s Among these. I look for music and music also finds me.

KI: Recently, Caravan Palace.
NR: Right now: Fever Ray, Quimby, Hair.
KS: Various types.

It changes over time. Recently, it has been Marcus Miller, but when I have finished a painting I often listen to Metallica or Prodigy. Philip Glass is a great classic for me.

K: I have lots of favorites. Faithless, for example.
A: I cannot pick just one.

Bach. And Handel, recently. I have listened to his three Italian cantatas most. And if I do not feel like choosing, I turn on Bartók radio.

CsH: Queens of the Stone Age, Motörhead, Ramones, Turbonegro.
TT: Music is my main inspiration, and what I listen to changes all the time: I grew up on Depeche Mode – Qeens of the Stone Age.

I listen to music all day! Bach is my ever favourite… and Brian Eno. I like ambient.

The Bartók radio or Mezzo is on during the day. Classical music at night. I listen to every piece of music focusing on how I can use it in my work. And music is also a source of inspiration when I am working.

Morcheeba. I listen to classical music when I work. My favourites are Romantic composers: Liszt, Chopin.

Music is constantly playing around me. I like every genre. When I work it is jazz, blues and world music but lounge and afro are also among my favourites.

It changes all the time. Right now it is Billie Holiday.

I hate he term ’favourite’! I listen to all kinds of music.

It changes periodically. Right now, it is country music from the 1970s. Before that, I listened to Baroque operas.

Music released and sold by Ninja Tune.

Various genres. Always for the occasion. Right now, I am listening to African music (Ali Farka Touré: Niafunké) and Moldovan folk music.

Right now it is Die Antwoord.

I am too lazy to operate CD players and the such, so I prefer the radio, which is sometimes surprising. I used to listen to classical music while painting but I no longer do. I like silence! I used to listen to Petőfi Rádió when putting the canvas on the frame, but it has become boring.

These days I listen to Far Eastern and Tibetan music, and badjan.

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