What music do you row to?

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Re: What music do you row to?

Postby Rownan » May 20th, 2018, 2:37 pm

[quote="Dangerscouse"]Always house and techno for me. Nothing else gets me going enough and I listen to A LOT of music. I have probably got over 3000 albums of most genres you can think of.

any particular djs or mixes? also major music nerd myself - i find some ambient stuff can be good for exercise, i like a lot of early electronic music and balearic type stuff, or disco also, started this thread cos music and exercise have always gone together for me, with running mainly prior to getting my concept 2.
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Re: What music do you row to?

Postby jackarabit » May 20th, 2018, 3:03 pm

Imagistic/off center/looser antihero ballad cryptopoetry gets me going. Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills, Neil Young. Joannie Mitchell. Tom Petty. Roy Orbison. Townes vanZandt, Guy Clark, Merle and Willy, Dylan. I can row to Leonard Cohen in limited amts.
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Re: What music do you row to?

Postby Dangerscouse » May 20th, 2018, 3:12 pm

Rownan wrote:
Dangerscouse wrote:Always house and techno for me. Nothing else gets me going enough and I listen to A LOT of music. I have probably got over 3000 albums of most genres you can think of.

any particular djs or mixes? also major music nerd myself - i find some ambient stuff can be good for exercise, i like a lot of early electronic music and balearic type stuff, or disco also, started this thread cos music and exercise have always gone together for me, with running mainly prior to getting my concept 2.


I do my own mixes, but I do enjoy DJ Dan, Technasia and Dosem mixes at the moment. All on SoundCloud for live sets. The Toolroom downloads are also excellent. £7.99 on Amazon for sometimes up to 70 tracks and 3 mixes if you don't DJ.
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Re: What music do you row to?

Postby Minimoof123 » May 20th, 2018, 3:22 pm

there is a multitude of songs on my itunes, my wife is a teacher and a long time ago she was wanting numerous theme tunes for use at school,( i downloaded them from the net) quite interesting when i suddenly got the "jaws" theme tune the other week.........but if I want to do some serious rowing I find no music is better as I use the incredibly loud sounds of my breathing technique to form a rhythm......
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Re: What music do you row to?

Postby Psychopasta » May 20th, 2018, 3:58 pm

I, erm, listen to a metronome set to the SPM I'm trying to lock into...triplet time so I do a 1:2 ratio ONE-and-a, TWO-and-a,

So I guess it's really a click track :D
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Re: What music do you row to?

Postby hobbit » May 20th, 2018, 4:25 pm

Psychopasta wrote:I, erm, listen to a metronome set to the SPM I'm trying to lock into...triplet time so I do a 1:2 ratio ONE-and-a, TWO-and-a,

So I guess it's really a click track :D


I'm sure that it works for you, but for me it sounds like a recipe for making erging even harder to stick with for long times :? .
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Re: What music do you row to?

Postby Dreadfish » May 20th, 2018, 4:32 pm

when i remember to take my BT headset i listen to 80s rock, hard rock and a bit of metal thrown in to balance it out. most of the time though i just listen to the erg fan. where the erg is in the gym is in a bit of a corner away from any speakers (not that the gym music is worth listening too) and i do tend to tune out when watching the women on the machines (lol creepy gym guy)
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Re: What music do you row to?

Postby RWAGR » May 20th, 2018, 4:50 pm

Pop or pop-punk for sprints and test pieces. Audiobooks, podcasts, or musicals for SS.
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Re: What music do you row to?

Postby jbhop5857 » May 20th, 2018, 6:13 pm

Good Day,

For me, its Watsky radio on Pandora. Had it for a few months so it knows the songs I want. I will also do some hip hop (yeah, I'm a 90's kid) and I always have a go to song for that last interval. Currently, it is Tech 9 Dysfunctional, but it changes quite often. Anything with a 15 second building intro while I hold the handle and anticipate crushing the pain.

For longer rows, I use G-Love and Special Sauce on Pandora. Little slower pace and more relaxing hooks allow me to get more in the zone. But if its a test distance, even a HM, I need by hip hop.

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Re: What music do you row to?

Postby lindsayh » May 20th, 2018, 9:40 pm

nothing but the sound/roar of the fan (like Henry) and my own inner demons I am afraid ( boring old man)
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Re: What music do you row to?

Postby Dangerscouse » May 21st, 2018, 12:20 am

RWAGR wrote:Pop or pop-punk for sprints and test pieces. Audiobooks, podcasts, or musicals for SS.


Good.to have you back posting again Rob
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Re: What music do you row to?

Postby Brian Lancaster » May 21st, 2018, 4:53 am

I usually row with earplugs at my gym. I find that the Spotify playlists served up there usually make me think that deafness during my sessions would be a blessing worthy of higher subs.

The norm is a mixture of foulmouthed rap **** and endlessly repetitive juvenile lyrics mixed in with a few simple synthesised 'musical' phrases. It often reminds me of an old 78 record repeating itself at a crack. I am amazed that anyone would actually pay to hear such rubbish but it seems that millions must do so. As I say, I would happily pay to turn it off. It is like the 'white noise' used in some forms of torture. I wonder what goes on in the heads of avid listeners when they are subjected to silence. I suspect that the answer is not much.

Occasionally a line or two that is coherent amongst the usually indecipherable barrage, penetrates my defences. One memorable item has been, 'do you want a drink'? No, thanks for asking'. Wow, what ingenuity that composer must have. J. S. Bach, George Gershwin Tom Lehrer and a host of others must turn green with envy in their graves when they hear such lyrical jewels. I'm not sure that Tom Lehrer is in his grave yet but I'd bet that he would prefer to be rather than listen to such stuff.

The music typically played in gyms is supposed to motivate greater effort but for me thumping drum rhythms, rap and the like have the opposite effect. I have seen rowers being urged on to maximal efforts by shouts from watchers and, for most, it seems apparently to be beneficial. Silence and no one watching works best for me. I had the unnerving experience of having Sir Steve Redgrave acting as cox, on his knees behind me at the Crash-B championship when I was sixty five. (He was captain, not participating, of the British team entry that year.) I was dying and he was offering encouraging comments such as, 'that's good style and good pace'. I just wanted him to go away, I was so knackered. Then he suddenly came out with the 'coup de grace'. 'ONLY SIX HUNDRED METRES TO GO'. That killed me. I stopped and went to put down the handle. He immediately said 'a little recovery'. By then the flywheel had gone on the best part of 10 metres and I had realised that stopping in front of SSR is just not done. That tiny delay did in fact give a little recovery and I was able to get back to pace and finish. I took 7:09. I had no chance anyway because the age band then was 60-70. I have always regretted that happening and wondered, if he had just not said that, would I have managed to continue without the delay. It was my ambition to break 7 minutes and that just might have been my moment.

So, for me, silence is golden.
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Re: What music do you row to?

Postby jackarabit » May 21st, 2018, 10:27 am

From the Time Out! Tees collection: “I’m not old. Your music really does suck!”

I have no desire to stand atop the generational divide and be egged but that is quite a nice diatribe, Brian.
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Re: What music do you row to?

Postby Rownan » May 21st, 2018, 11:50 am

that story makes me glad i do my exercise at home :)
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Re: What music do you row to?

Postby Anth_F » May 21st, 2018, 12:48 pm

lindsayh wrote:nothing but the sound/roar of the fan


Lol same here. Listening to the fan whoosh helps me with my rhythm somehow, which i like!!! Anything else like music etc serves as a distraction to me. And I hate distractions when on the erg :D
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