Lately I’ve been paying particular attention to the music that’s been playing around The Real Adventure as I walk around. There are a few pockets of people with speakers on their machines, and even a pink radio gaffer-taped to a partition, but there are lots more who prefer to do their listening on headphones: heads down, working hard; in their private listening zone. I got to thinking – what is our collective soundtrack? What’s keeping us nodding all day?
What is the real sound of The Real Adventure?
I set out to create a snapshot of what people were listening to at one particular moment in time all across the office. I didn’t want a list of favourites, just the tune that was playing at that moment. An honest portrait of what was filling people’s ears at 3:37pm on a Friday in mid-January. I sent out a mail asking the question and got a surprisingly large number of responses, then put the songs together in a playlist on Spotify.
What are my findings?
Well there is a diverse selection, from New Folk, to Deep House, to Hipster Electronica, to Pop, to Chamber music. But that’s what I expected. What I didn’t expect was that I’d enjoy it so much! I feel like I’ve got a tiny bit closer to understanding the musical culture of The Real Adventure through this exercise, and I’ve been sent off on quite a few interesting musical avenues from this list.
So here it is, the sound of The Real Adventure at 3:37pm on a Friday, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.