There is a part of us that can connect with the melodies in music that few other genres of media and art can really do. Visual art is wonderful sure.
Sound is glorious.
I often listen to music while working because my mind tends to even out to the melodies. It reaches into those parts of my brain that I cannot reach otherwise and brings out a depth that seems to run dry at the surface. It’s like a well really. Music is the longer rope to draw out the deepest and freshest water. You hear a sound that reminds you of color. You hear a lyric that touches your heart and helps you understand a design concept. Some lyrics can remind me of artistic movements and their ideals.
Here is a list of a few bands I often listen to while designing. I ask that you share some of your favorite bands/songs/movements/composers as well.