Andrew McCluskey

About the curator - Andrew McCluskey

Andrew McCluskey musicto Playlist Curator

The first visual memory I have is that of the white upright piano in Singapore, Hell and the Dark Forces lived at the bottom, Heaven and the Angels at the top, they would play battles through my fingers and I was hooked.

As a psychology graduate I studied how sound affects human performance.

As a musician I compose instrumental music that stimulates your brain but doesn't mess with your language centers, leaving you free to be creative and brilliant without distraction.

As a curator I research how music can improve your life and create flow - I can tell you what music to listen to when studying for a test and why listening to sad music can make you feel better.

As the founder of musicto I’m on a mission to inspire a global audience of music lovers and artists through the development of people powered playlists.

Polyphonic – MAYN

31 July 2021

Rules?  Fuck ’em!

Generally – as a rule – the tracks you find on this playlist don’t have lyrics – the reasoning being that if you’re writing – you don’t need someone else’s words taking up cognitive space.  But it’s not really a rule – it’s more of a “best practice” – at the end of the day, tracks make this list if I’m able to write to them and wow – look at me typing…

Maggie Is Napping – One Of Them

29 July 2021

A quiet, mellow, contemplative piece – complete with soothing Owl hoots – that wrapped my psyche in a warm acoustic blanket and gave me the gentle encouragement I needed.

Aphelion – vivaellipsis

11 June 2021

This is a really cool track for lots of reasons – some of which I might outline below and others which I won’t – ‘cos I’m a cryptic motherfucker like that! You can learn more about vivaellipsis here.

A Further Look at Loss – Andrew Wasylyk

13 April 2021

I was feeling sad – and I know why, but damn it’s so hard at times.

I’ve sat and watched as circumstance came in and deconstructed my defences one by one – constant pain leading to lack of sleep to lack of writing to lack of self care to lack of confidence to lack of hope to – STOP!

Think It – ORBIT 22

31 March 2021

musicto started out with a vision to become the #1 Independent playlist site on the planet. To that end we set about recruiting amateur playlist curators with the promise that – if we all worked together under the same brand we would eventually be able to monetize our playlists – not through pay to play, but through sponsorship and ultimately single track distribution deals…

Paralysed – The Staves

31 March 2021

There’s this idea in life that just because you know a thing it makes it easier to deal with.

Like sitting down with a therapist, driving through your history until you find the behavior that causes you, many years later, to run away from connection or drink too much or insist on cleaning everything 3 times.

Avril 14th by Aphex Twin

30 January 2021

New year new start huh?!

Yeah – that didn’t exactly work out for me either – but – but – it’s the end of January and I’m feeling kinda – what’s that word – I used to use it all the time… it’s odd isn’t it – when you don’t use something for a while it removes itself – giving up space to something more popular – but I’m trying to remember now – what was it – oh yeah – Optimistic!…

Lux Aurumque – Eric Whiteacre

26 January 2021

Aaaah yes, the choir – the harmonies, the frisson, the hairs standing up on the back of your neck as a soprano haunts your soul.

This is a winter track – best listened to while looking out the window – watching the outside – inclement weather is the perfect accompaniment…

Fables – Yard Arms

16 December 2020

I’m all too familiar with the effects of becoming dependent upon drugs and alcohol – I don’t wish that on anyone – let alone myself – but in the immortal words of Irvine Welsh:

People think it’s all about misery and desperation and death and all that shite, which is not to be ignored, but what they forget is the pleasure of it…

Binary Warriors – Humn_Error

16 December 2020

Sometimes it’s just so fucking bleak – the past, the present, the future – nothing’s right – everything’s wasted, me included. At times like this – I need something simple, something recognizable, something tangible that I can attach myself to – I need sonic salve.

While the organic opening to this track is rather foreboding, the subsequent six minutes of solid 4 by 4 electronic beats feels relentlessly optimistic…

Smirr – Adenine

8 December 2020

There’s music on this list that’s there to help production – to provide an energetic accompaniment to your writing or typing – the tracks are not terribly reflective – they’re there to help an existing idea manifest.

But what if you don’t have the idea? What if your muscle memory is all warmed up and ready to go but nothing’s coming out? How do you write your essay then?

Honestly – Second Hand Poet

8 December 2020

I’m trawling along the bottom again – I don’t know why – honestly…

It’s the not knowing that kills – and not just you, but your loved ones too as you can’t articulate and are forced to watch as they project and hurt…