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Music thread! What do you listen to while working?

 

by @freedomsurfer7yr  | 31 comments

Iโ€™ve found that listening to certain types of music actually improve my productivity when I work on my website. When Iโ€™m trading though I require absolute silence.

This is one of my favourite mix:

Do you also listen to music while working?

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@voskovek6yr

I listen to either ambient sounds or stuff like this:

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DJ krush! and other trip-hop or jazz-hiphop music, when coding.
https://www.facebook.com/DJKRUSHofficial

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@voising6yr

Psy Trance and Drum & Bass music help me focus when I code.
Psy Trance : https://soundcloud.com/life-extension-4
Drum & Bass : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1yB5QV-mHU
Drum & Bass : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtTrW9i2RB4

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@larry_oz6yr

Deep & tech houseโ€ฆ follow my mixes and reposts, I think you will enjoy: https://soundcloud.com/larryoz

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@kirill6yr

eye of the tiger.

on repeat.

jk - listening to tipper now. ambient techno. https://soundcloud.com/tippermusic

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@harris6yr

[email protected] has been a game changer for me. They offer a variety of music scientifically proven to help different types of people focus. I wish they had a way to download the music instead of stream it b/c sometimes when traveling my internet connection is not ideal - but thatโ€™s my only complaint.

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Itโ€™s seasonal for me. Some months Iโ€™m all โ€œmusic all day, all the timeโ€ and other months I enjoy the silence.

Although at home I like to listen to music on the speakers. At work, I have to wear headphones and thatโ€™s a bit more distracting for me, so I donโ€™t do that too much. Exceptions are when the office is too noisy and I have to put my headphones on.

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I used to listen to Smooth Jazz during my early professional years and eventually moved on to love Electronic Dance Music (Trance to be specific). It gets me going when I feel like not going. :smiley:

My favorites are Armin Van Buuren, Arty, Above and Beyond, Aly and Fila, and I canโ€™t name to others. Spotify is awesome. I donโ€™t have any mp3 files in my iPhone because I can just search for any music any time.

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Ahhh Above & Beyond <3. Same same here: canโ€™t work without vocal/melodic trance. Also into melodic dubstep lately, though.
Here are my productivity-enhancing unicorns in Trance, if youโ€™re low on inspiration
https://soundcloud.com/free2lance/sets/freelancers-choice

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Dude! Youโ€™ve got an awesome playlist! Are you in Spotify too? I would love to subscribe to your playlist.

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@asin.sam5yr

Gotta be the Stranger Things soundtrack. Also, for video game music, chrono trigger and bastion!

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Personally, I really try not to. I think my attention is divided when I try to multi-task. I tend to have a dedicated work session followed by listening to music.

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@mininaim6yr

Iโ€™m listening to Romanian music while working, they are the best, yet motivate you to work faster.

Inna, Alexandra stan, edward maya, akcent โ€ฆ

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@dmftaras6yr

Yea, Iโ€™m always listening music at work time, as for me Lounge is the better choice, it helps you to stay focused.

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Recommendations, please.

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@dmftaras6yr

For example this one is good

But mostly, iโ€™m listening music on Spotify, there are few good playlists.

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This might be strange to some but video game sound tracks are actually very good to listen to while working. The music is designed to provide an ambient background that doesnโ€™t detract from your ability to concentrate on mental tasks. Skyrim is my favorite itโ€™s very soothing and relaxing. But you can find full soundtracks on youtube for almost any game you can think off. Hereโ€™s the link to Skyrim if anyone is interested: https://youtu.be/AWfYt0FAX8g

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Skyrim is a great shout! I like the Last of Us soundtrack too.

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@theunisk6yr

Ambient tracks usually work quite well for me, eg carbon based lifeforms

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I see a lot of you mentioning Spotify here. Do you know of the Chinese clone of Spotify? Itโ€™s somewhat like Spotify Premium, but for free. If you sign up with their service for a free account you can also download MP3s in 320 kbit/s. You however donโ€™t need an account to use the service.
It seems to be unsure wether this service is legal or not and the answer to this question depends on your local law.

Disclaimer: These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by me of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. I bear no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.

NetEase Cloud Music: http://music.163.com

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Nature sounds, mostly birdsong, on Spotify.

I started this mostly to combat working in cafes without noise cancelling headphones, but ow itโ€™s my go to for good concentration and just keeping me chilled.

If Iโ€™m stressed or anxious, itโ€™s amazing. If I need to zone out of the noise around me, works wonders. Iโ€™ll sometimes listen to some bands or BBC Radio 4 with the volume low.

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I love spotify! From indie to ambient to post rock, I can change up my playlist and save it for offline listening depending on my mood

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+1 for spotify. I subscribed when I started nomading and swear by it now.

Itโ€™s great to build out playlists of music (my preference for coding at the moment is liquid dnb with minimal or no lyrics) which I usually do by copying someone elseโ€™s and then deleting any songs that I donโ€™t love. Itโ€™s far easier than the mess I used to have of trying to manage collections of mp3โ€™s on unreliable harddrives. Plus whenever Iโ€™m web connected and in the mood for something else itโ€™s easy to find.

The ability to then sync a few playlists on my phone is essential as it allows me to play my music off my phone if Iโ€™m mobile and save on my laptopโ€™s battery life.

A word of warning if youโ€™re using Windows, spotify (and chrome) changes the systemโ€™s clock tick rate which can rapidly drain your battery. Thus when running on battery I always use my phone for music.

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A better question for me would be โ€œhow can you NOT listen to music while working?โ€ I simply canโ€™t!
When designing, I listen to a few Indie/soft rock tracks, but when writing (primary), I listen to vocal trance playlists (a big thanks for fellow DN Nikolay for initiating me to the genre). I replay the songs I like from the playlists and put them in my own collection of favorites, which I then in low-inspiration periods. Check it out, you might find it useful https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF3tvJItgskahOP4EwYq_ZRvonejJ36bu

It would be AWESOME to have a place to share and socially-validate our fav productivity/inspiration songs! Vocal Trance works for me because it has a fast tempo synchronic with the heartbeat (uplifting), simple but prominent harmonies, and pleasant melodies with all these dreamy vocals.

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@archagon6yr

As a programmer, I really like to, but it only works when Iโ€™m implementing an already thought-out design, not architecting up a new one.

Current favorites include Tipperโ€™s Fathoms EP, nervous_testpilotโ€™s Frozen Synapse OST, and Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass.

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Listening to music can be a great productivity boost for me, but not under all circumstances.

When working with texts and code (eg. writing emails) I prefer to listen to music that doesnโ€™t have any lyrics. When doing design work I listen to all of my music.

Iโ€™ve read that you become more focused by listening to the same song over and over again. For more details read this post

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Repeating songs? Definitely! When Iโ€™m late with a deadline (writer) and typing frantically, i tend to do CMD+Tab, CMD+R, CMD+Tab all the time to just replay the last song - 15 times, if need be.

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@patrick7yr

Depending on the type of work I am doing.
Uptempo when GTD and classic when writing.

Of course I have a amount of offline playlist in Spotify.

But when in a connecte place, I love to use http://play.thedailydrop.co/#/new or https://22tracks.com/

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Definitely. I canโ€™t work without music. I usually go for some focus music, like post-rock or something close to jazz/classical music. If I need some energy, klezmer/balkan music or electro swing.

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@skatkov7yr

I like to shake my ass while working :smiley:

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@htatche7yr

@freedomsurfer I was thinking of making a post to share our music playlists when we are working, so I think that we can use this one !

I will drop a few ones by the top of my head (or iTunes head) for now.

For inspiration. Letโ€™s say, I am about to write a new piece of code:

Love Song - The Cure
Bring on the Night - The Police
Discotheque - U2 (reflect of working in Ireland for a year)
Iโ€™m hot for you - Milkbar: Deep house lounge (only for deeply funky house lovers)

Ah, also this one :trollface:
Happy - Pharrel Williams

My 2cents, letโ€™s see what others have to throw in :slight_smile:

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