I'm not really distracted by music too easily so I can listen to almost anything when reading manga. However, I do have a tendency of listening to scores — especially any composed by Murray Gold — but I doubt that's in your alley.
I listen to instrumental stuff, mainly film soundtracks and albums by Ludovico Einaudi. Anything that isn't too loud and doesn't include any lyrics pretty much, as I wouldn't be able to concentrate otherwise. Although sometimes I read with the television on.
I made a special manga reading playlist that's made up of my favorite anime/game/movie music. (It's a lot of J-Pop if you haven't guessed) It almost always seems to fit with whatever is happening in the manga I'm reading.
most of them time i just listen to what i ever i have playing from before but if i ever pick something for reading music its normally 65daysofstatic. post-rock in general is great stuff to read to in my opinion
codes said: Mostly hear Ambient electronic music.
or a playilist of Touhou piano music, or stuff like that (mostly with no lirycs)
^From the moment I downloaded the Imperishable Night soundtrack it is the only thing I hear while reading. Touhou music is epic (and so is the game if you can play lunatic).
Although I do hear some different game OST's sometimes for a change. Usually Kingdom Hearts is my pick.
Cause when I tried OSTs and such, it matched sometimes, but when the mood changed in the manga, I hurried to change the song, and it got annoying after a while.
Create playlists. I had that problem myself with final fantasy songs. The battle theme kicks in during drama/comedy moments and annoyed me. I made a playlist each for a different manga genre.
i guess it depends on the manga...like if im reading Bleach or something, i dont want to listen to slow songs....whereas if im reading some tragedy, i like listening to solemn music to get me in the mood? hahah ^^
like you guys say, it utterly depends on the manga.
I cant listen to anything full on or too loud or distracting and stuff, other wise i cant concentrate and end up re-reading the same panel over and over again.
I listen to OST's alot. Or mostly slow, sad relaxing songs. things that just ease my mind into the pictures and words.
I haven't ever willingly listened to music while reading manga, but my dad always seems to be playing(crappy) guitar and listening to old school rock. Now, this actually fit 20th Century Boys, as old rock was actually part of the storyline.
But, Rurouni Kenshin? Hell no. Unfortunately, I have no taste when comes to putting music together with a manga. Though, I do know the anime versions music doesn't particularly suit it imo.
It depends on the manga I'm reading.......if I'm reading horror then I'll listen to some horror soundtracks from some movie....if it's samurai or something like that I'll probably listen to some soundtracks from the last samurai movie, if it's about mafia then I'll listen to some 20's chicago blues music :P