What is some good instrumental study/reading music that isn't your predictable Mozart or something overly distracting like bop jazz?
I recently read a study that found listening to mellow music while studying increases your concentration by decreasing anxiety.
I saw this in a cringe thread before, it's fucking terrible.
I'm listening to World's End Girlfriend - Hurtbreak Wonderland right now, and it's pretty great. It might have something to do with me loving that album anyway, though.
Post-rock in general that doesn't have words should work for you.
post rock - explosions in the sky, godspeed you black emperor, do make say think are all generally non lyrical - some short spoken samples tho
downtempo electronic and IDM are pretty good - Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin type shit
20th-21st century classical? John Cage, phillip glass type shit
I dunno anything nonlyrical
This album by evax (of ratatat) is super melo and minimalist. It's great for studying or reading. It's a real nice album too, I'm surprised it gets so little attention compared to ratatat's albums.
+This Will Destroy You
Also Vivaldi - Four Seasons makes me feel classy as fuck while studying
Any music with too distinct melodies could be distracting. Try this.
Here's another song I like a lot that kind of reminds me of this album. If anyone else knows anything that sounds like this I'd be happy to listen to it.
If decreasing anxiety is your goal, try Arvo Part's Spiegel im Spiegel:
Personally, I prefer Brahms' 21 Hungarian Dances (set to shuffle) as study music. Not because it reduces anxiety, but because it prevents my mind from conjuring its own melodies to ruin my concentration with.
I tend to study to Selected Ambient works Vol. 2, except I always skip White Blur 2 which gets on my nerves.