Keep the end of the summer feeling sunny with our latest Playlist from Todd St. John, founder of HunterGatherer – the Brooklyn-based studio/workshop that counts, among its many cool accomplishments, this commissioned music video for Yo Gabba Gabba.
What do you listen to while you work? I usually switch between radio, Internet radio, and iTunes. I have a turntable in the studio, but it doesn't get played all that often when I'm working.
How do you listen? I don't really like headphones if I can avoid them. I usually listen over speakers.
Do you have any favorite music providers? KCRW has some good shows. WNYC, though not for music. Sometimes Newtown Radio. I'll check out the usual blog downloads sometimes as well: Pitchfork, Gorilla vs. Bear. I've been listening to some of the mixes on indoek.com recently as well.
Does music influence your work? I think on the obvious things, like a record cover—definitely. When I animate, I do like to have music to work to if possible. In something like the "Sea Friends" animation, the music structurally drives the piece. I can't say that for other things music affects them in any direct way. Maybe indirectly.
Where do you find music recommendations? Friends, mostly. People in the studio. I used to buy more vinyl, so that was always a way of stumbling into new (or new old) things.
If your work was a song or a musician, what or who would it be? I have no idea. I actually had seriously thought of being a composer before I was a designer. The two things are very related in my mind. Things like contrast, pacing, restraint, and texture all translate directly.
- Love and Peace, Quincy Jones
- For Beginners, M. Ward
- Don’t Toss Us Away, Lone Justice
- Paris 1919, John Cale
- Substitute, The Who
- Street Life, Roxy Music
- Erase You, ESG
- No Such Thing, Agent Orange
- Watermelon Man, Herbie Hancock
- The Vibrator, Jack McDuff
- Walkabout, Atlas Sound
- Sweet Jane, Velvet Underground
Images: Todd St. John