Meet 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.


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YouTube was the first place where essay writing music really kicked off.  Long form instrumental tracks created the perfect balance of blocking external noise without distracting cognitive centers with words or lyrics. Often falling into the “New Age” category, it wasn’t the sexiest of genres and would never appear on radio but there was a huge and hungry audience.

Many of the tracks on this playlist have millions of streams and views and are very much people's go to writing music, others are brand new compositions but are great at setting the optimal environment for getting the words out.

Here’s the thing though - there’s no way that every track on this list is going to work for you - it’s likely that you’ll experience some tracks as jarring or too disruptive or even too boring and soporific. The point of this playlist is less about stringing tracks together in a sequence and more about finding tracks that you can put on repeat and get into a state of creative flow - it’s why we generally prefer longer form submissions.

While we cover pretty much all genres and intensities, typically the tracks are ambient in nature, mid tempo and are instrumental. There are some tracks with the odd word or two but there is no lyrical story telling to distract the writer when they’re trying to get their own words out.

If you’re considering submitting a track know that I get around 30 submissions a week, that’s up from 20 at the beginning of the year, and I just don’t have time to listen to everything. It’s what I read in the track submission, specifically in the answer to the question “Why is this track a good fit for the list?’ that denotes whether I go to Spotify and listen at all. If the track catches my ear I will move it onto a candidates playlist and will listen to it while I’m working on musicto. If I find myself entering a flow state when it plays I will set it on repeat and see what it is like to write to in earnest.

I’m incredibly grateful that you took the time to submit a track and I’m in awe of some of the amazing music that I get to listen to - thank you. I wish there was more time and that I could reply to everybody who submits and asks for feedback - there just isn’t. If your track makes the list I’ll let you know.

Thank you and - good luck out there!

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Submit Your Track Using The Form Below

Read this first:
We receive more tracks than we have time to listen to, here's how you can pretty much guarantee that we will listen to your track.
1/ Take 5 minutes and read this article
2/ in that first answer, write a compelling couple of paragraphs about why your track would be a good fit for this list.
3/ Follow this playlist on Spotify click here
Drop us a link to where we can listen to the track (preferably on Spotify)
Tell us why you love this track and why you think it would be a great fit for this playlist. Remember it is what you write here that will determine whether we get to listen to your actual track ;-)
Does this track have lyrics? *
Remember we only accept instrumental tracks
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