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I love listening to music while I work. Always a wide mix of genres but over time (including right now) I get bored of my playlist and want something new.

 

I tend to browse YouTube for some songs, but end up being distracted by all the recommended videos as well. Radio is an option but with adverts and the fact they keep playing everything that's in the top charts it gets boring quickly. Movie soundtracks always interest me for background music/noise, and yes admittedly some of which are from 'The Social Network' haha.

 

Wondered what type of music everyone else listens to while they work or just in general?

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Movie soundtracks always interest me for background music/noise, and yes admittedly some of which are from 'The Social Network' haha.

 

Me too :mellow:

 

Late night coding with that piano/keyboard going...I get more work done between 12am and 2am than I do all day!

 

Generally something quite upbeat. I'm a guy stuck in his kid years with regards to music. Blink, Greenday, Fall Out ... nevermind, The Offspring. Ultimate playlist is Muse, though. There's rarely a time when Muse isn't appropriate ;)

 

Edit: I might add, I do listen to more up-to-date music - but for working, I don't know, it just...doesn't work.

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I tend to go on YouTube and search for a chill out playlist, something relaxing and interesting enough that it keeps me working but doesn't distract me from the task at hand.

 

Movie soundtracks also work for me, listening to themes and soundtracks to some of my favourite films. Some faves are Hans Zimmer - Time (inception) & Injection and Steve Jablonsky (The Island/Transformers soundtracks). They help me concentrate.

 

I'm similar to you Andy, I love all music, but the up-beat stuff just doesn't work for me whilst working!

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I listen to loads of stuff. From trance to the beatles ha ha. I have radio 1 on at the min. I haven't tried chilled out music why I work, maybe I should

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Movie soundtracks also work for me, listening to themes and soundtracks to some of my favourite films. Some faves are Hans Zimmer - Time (inception) & Injection and Steve Jablonsky (The Island/Transformers soundtracks). They help me concentrate.

 

"Hans Zimmer - Time" - Great tune. I like that it seems lasts for a while too so your not off checking iTunes or other playlist for your next song again so soon.

 

'The Blues' is always nice to listen too.

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Although I said I don't listen to regular radio. I do check in to some on SHOUTcast often. Most are ad-free (or limited to just 1 between songs) and got a nice range of genres.

 

[update]: Sounds strange but I occasionally have the sound of rain playing in the background. It helps me fall asleep too but while im working it kind of makes me think it's actually raining and I'm not missing any sunshine outside to distract me. Although we don't actually have any sunshine anyway haha.

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I usually listen to instrumental/chillout music on Spotify when I work like Aphex Twin or artists like Nosaj Thing.

 

Lately though, I have been listening to audio books instead of music on Youtube. Mainly Roald Dahl stuff, but have tried The Hobbit and 1984 in the past.

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It depends on what I'm doing...

If I'm designing I tend to go for music that fuels my creativity, this could range from some hip-hop or with actually good, creative lyrics or some trance that's quite relaxing but with a good rhythm (I also listen to a lot of Linkin Park which are the only "rock" band that I listen to).

 

When developing I tend to put on a trance yearmix (Menno de Jong does a good one every year and Paul Oakenfold has done a few as well), these are very long (3-6 hours) so I don't get distracted by having to switch song and consequently losing my trail of though and momentum.

 

EDIT: Oh, and if I'm reading a technical book or studying, I tend to go for something much more soothing such as soft trance or the endless number of "rainforest" and "ocean" melodies.

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I usually listen to an album from what ever band is my latest obsession. I do also love listening to albums that contain a lot of instrumentals, such as Deadmau5.

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I just found my new favourite band - GoldFish. Added half their songs to my YouTube playlist and got it on replay too now :p

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Mumford and Sons, Monsters and Men, Muse.

 

Also, occasionally K-pop. Surprisingly easy to work when you have a good melody/beat and words you can't understand :p

 

I listen to loads of K-pop and J-rock! UVERworld are amazing :yahoo:

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Oh and before I get all passionate and carried away with music, one last recommendation would be Flying Lotus. Judging by some of the listings above, some of you may like him :).

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Oh and before I get all passionate and carried away with music, one last recommendation would be Flying Lotus. Judging by some of the listings above, some of you may like him :).

 

Oh yeah, Flying Lotus is a great shout! Their music videos too are very interesting to say the least lol.

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Tricky, Massive Attack, Portishead or Placebo usually.

You got some taste xD

 

I go by this...

 

Working hard, and fast = Dubstep

Working during a peaceful night = Classical music, soundtracks, and Humming by Portishead.

Working daily/evening, loving it = Settle music.

 

If you are looking for a particular bands/artists.

 

Working hard, and fast = SKISM, Roksonix, Skrillex, and Zomboy.

Working during a peaceful night = Beethoven, Bach, Vivaldi, movie soundtracks, anime soundtracks, Japanese classical, and Humming by Portishead :3

Working daily/evening, loving it = Japanese classical, Chinese classical, Pink Floyd, The Doors, and The Beatles.

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I'd have to say when working on websites I love dubstep :) It always seems to work out that when I try something and it improves the design of the website the bass drops in the song and I get all pumped up :D

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Mumford and Sons, Monsters and Men, Muse.

 

Also, occasionally K-pop. Surprisingly easy to work when you have a good melody/beat and words you can't understand :p

 

 

I listen to loads of K-pop and J-rock! UVERworld are amazing :yahoo:

 

What K-pop artist's do you's listen to?

​My favorite is the girl group 2ne1

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What K-pop artist's do you's listen to?

​My favorite is the girl group 2ne1

 

I've listen to quite a few but don't really have a favourite... such various songs that I like, some examples:

 

  • Brown Eyed Girls - Abracadabra
  • Brown Eyed Girls - Sign
  • Beast - Fiction
  • SISTAR19 - Ma Boy
  • Big Bang - Haru Haru

There are other songs that I like as well by groups like Super Junior, U-Kiss, 2NE1, Shinee etc. But I prefer J-Rock to K-Pop.

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Man i'm plugged in constantly, without music I find I loose concentration. As for sounds, I don't really have a particular style but chill features highly. Current top 5 most played for me are;

 

  1. 'Tanola Nomads' by Sainkho Namtchylak
  2. 'Host of Seraphim' by Dead Can Dance
  3. 'Ska Con Queso' by Dreadzone
  4. 'Madrugada Eterna' by The KLF
  5. 'Beauty and the East' by Bombay Dub Orchestra

Oh and I use GrooveShark.

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Ronald Jenkees too if anyone has heard of him. A huge hit on YouTube, bought his album not too long ago online.

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At risk of going a little off-topic - I advise anyone here who hasn't seen The Social Network to stop what they are doing and watch it now. Brilliant film.

 

...and back to music ;)

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I completely agree with Andy. Amazing film! I can understand some being put off by the idea the real 100% truth of what really happened in the early days of Facebook is obviously not going to be in this film as no one knows but still great regardless.

 

Few more recommendations:

 

The XX - Intro

Yeasayer - O.N.E

Fleetwood Mac

Never Shout Never - Smelyalata

Calvin Harris

Pitbull - Back In Time

 

Harlem Shake

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Like some of you, i like to listen to some movie/game soundracks, sometimes as well some relaxing music through youtube. In general, calms musics.

 

As exemple :( Hans Zimmer, Vangelis (1492), soundracks of Gladiator, lord of the rings, Braveheart) these are somes I like it very much ! However, often, I have the feeling to be able to work a lot more in the night If I stay awake... I try to avoid this nowadays however.

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With the way this post is going, I won't recommend any guitar based music ;) But in case you guys either haven't heard of or haven't listened to in a while, check out Hexstatic, DJ Food (and probably much well known) Kruder and Dorfmeister. I don't know people's age groups but back in the day I used to listen to Fantasia and stuff like the Rat Pack and SL2.

 

When I used to make short films, Boards of Canada were my muse of choice. You hear them in practically all BBC documentaries but I love them. If you're interested, Geogaddi is pretty much my favourite. The <ahem> bootlegs are particularly good. Though, I've err.. never heard them ;)

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I don't know people's age groups but back in the day I used to listen to Fantasia and stuff like the Rat Pack and SL2.

 

Hahaha yeah mate, vinyl groover, Fabio, grooverider ... "whistle and horns, hold tight" lol

Damn I think my age is showing *blush*

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For me i struggle to listen to songs with lyrics, but I've got round this with Kraftwerk in German! :) Will defo have to try movie soundtracks.

 

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Definately indie, alternative, american lo-fi - British Sea Power, AmAnSet, Death Cab for Cutie, Mars Volta, Mew, Cut Copy

 

mattds: Kraftwerk are awesome!!

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Didn't realise this was still going! I've been listening to Muse lately. Not a fan as such. I used to listen to Showbiz when it came out, but I lost interest. Being a gamer when I get time(!) I bought Rocksmith and that got me back into listening to them. Last night was almost an all nighter and I ended up listening to Steel Panther :)

 

@NoClass - sorry! I didn't see that post. Grooverider - yeah boy! Those were the days... Remember SL2? What's his name... DJ Slipmat didn't live too far down the road from me a while back. Didn't know him though.

 

@pamjam - Love Mars Volta and his Omar Rodiriguez's solo stuff. You might like King Crimson if you like your prog... ;)

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4li4s Steel Panther are so awesome lol!

 

Haven't posted what I listen to yet so here we go...

 

At the moment, I listen to alot of Nickelback, always gets you pumped to do more work! On the slightly more nerdy side... I have the entire Vice City and San Andreas soundtracks and can't stop listening to them. Brings back decent memories of running down the beach with my chainsaw ( on the game ;) )

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Yeah, I used to sing Steel Panther songs at karaoke. As I was listening via YouTube, I ended up seeing some of their videos for the first time. Compliments the music ;)

 

I don't think the Vice City and San Andreas soundtracks are nerdy, but then again, perhaps I'm a nerd... ;) I bought the Vice City boxset in MVC and San Andreas from HMV. Talk about nostalgia - both shops are gone! I have a lot of the original music from both soundtracks (apart from Jah Radio) but I like the way the tracks have been compiled. Might have to 'dig them out' from the old Drobo :)

 

Nickelback? Hhmm... I jumped on the snob train with them once they got popular. They had too much of an unjustified bad reputation which is a shame. Each to their own, but being pelted with rocks in Portugal(?) was scandalous.

 

Listening to Deftones - Koi No Yokan (stupid title ;)) right now.

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graphic work = The Asteroid Galaxy Tour, Katzenjammer, WOTE, Ellie Goulding, Pixie Lott, Goyte, Kimberly Caldwell, and Duffy

coding = skrillex, La Roue, Bassnector, any decent Beatboxer with good throat base such as skiller, dubstep

problem solving = The Sundays, Repo-man soundtrack, Sweeny Todd soundtrack, Moulon Rouge soundtrack, Edie Brickell,

brain storming = any blues player but prefer lighting hopkins, John Lee hooker, T-bone walker

debugging = Chopin, Verdi, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Tchaikovsky

deadlines = Metalica ( pre black album ), Ozzy(pre Zack Wylde), Motley Crue, Disturbed, Green Day

job well done = Queen, David Bowie, Elton John, Beatles, Herman's Hermits, Harry Neelson,

commute to work = anything above unless it's raining. If raining then definitely dubstep

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To me dubstep was what nu-metal was. Ok, maybe an extreme example but I thought "it'd be interesting if some bands fused rap and metal together" I mean, Ice-T did quite a good job. Then it became Limp Bizkit, PApa Roach, etc.. and I got tired of it. Don't dislike it or anything, but fed up with always hearing similar stuff. I feel that way with Dubstep. Really loved it but then it got a little bit too familiar and I don't listen to it so much (even though I like it).

 

I'm one of the few who actually liked Korn's last album which featured Skrillex. Someone recommended to me Rusko. Not sure if that's dubstep, but I liked it. Skream too.

 

Following Deftones, I moved on to some Fantomas, Melvins and one of my favs, Sonic Youth. Any cats digging the string based music these days? @drt_t1gg3r - anything pre-Black album by Metallica is great. My cousin introduced me to them millenia ago. He had alot of their stuff on vinyl! Kill 'em All, I say ;)

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Rap + Metal = Antrhax!

 

Beastyboys did a bit of metal fused into their style on early albums and kidrock can be tolerated for a while but pure unadulterated bang your head, thrash the house, rhythm infused drive your mom crazy kinda rap then Anthrax is unsurpassed. But Offspring can help bring you back to Earth to help clean up the mess. :)

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