The Art of Listening with Artist Blaine Siegel

“through the doldrums that can occur during the art-making process”

By Blaine Siegel

Blaine Siegel’s Studio. Provided by the artist.

When I begin a new project in the studio it is generally accompanied by an album (or two or five or ten) that keep me going and in some ways influence the artwork. While post-rock (Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Mogwai) have been a go-to in the past, the Death Grips and LCD Sound System albums have also picked me up through the doldrums that can occur during the art-making process.

For my current project, creating a Brutalist Architecture-inspired set design for Maree ReMalia’s The Ubiquitous Mass of Us, I put my phone on shuffle and waited to see what took hold while I was working. The following albums are the ones that I ended up playing over and over:

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down — A Man Alive

Alt J — An Awesome Wave

Pixies — Doolittle

Childish Gambino — “Awaken, My Love!”

Radiohead — A Moon Shaped Pool

I’m not certain how this group of artists will influence the work, and in the end, nobody can really tell but me.


“The Art of Listening” asks visual artists to reveal their go-to music when creating work in the studio.

Blaine Siegel is an artist that works across diverse mediums and disciplines, incorporating broad interests into his studio practice, set design, and socially engaged projects.