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Favorite music for getting things done - acg - 10-06-2016

Hi, this is not your regular "favorite music" thread as we may have a lot to discuss, I want to keep this as a way to know each others genres for working. Concentration music, relaxing music, you name it.

Besides when I'm just listening to music I have very defined genres for working. When I'm programming, I normally listen to fast or non-common music.

This music tends to be melodic dubstep, Kashiwa Daisuke or nu metal (Issues, Crown The Empire, Limp Bizkit, etc...).

If I'm not programming and I'm just working on other stuff, I bring up my softer music.

The Police, Def Leppard, The Kooks, Queen, Pink Floyd.

So, if I'm feeling like getting stuff done, I listen to this music.

Share with us your "working music".

(This is actually an improvement to my workflow that didn't fit the Workflow & Customization forum)

RE: Favorite music for getting things done - vain - 11-06-2016

That really depends on what kind of work it is. :-)

At home, when I'm "working" on my private projects -- and I think this is what you mean --, it certainly is Drum and Bass in its various variations. "Reggae DnB" is my favorite, "Female Vocal DnB" is a little more relaxing. I don't know if these are actual genres, but you can find a lot of it on YouTube. The amen break burns into your soul and keeps you going. Sort of.

At work, in the office, this kind of music has way too much energy. I usually listen to or dub techno streams. That, too, helps me to stay focused and to get things done, but in a very different way.

The most important thing about "working music" is that it must have a "steady flow". I don't like big changes in volume or tempo when working. It should be rather fast. It also shouldn't be "too interesting", so I don't get distracted. :-)

(I don't like the word "work" because it can have many different meanings. It's a complicated topic here in germany ...)

RE: Favorite music for getting things done - Adrift - 11-06-2016

Yeah, I feel like most seem to have a list of non-distracting relaxing music for thinking. But I agree, the type of work denotes the genre of music I would pick.

I like post rock like 65daysofstatic, This Will Destroy You, Mogwai. Other all instrumental random collections sometimes classical(ish?) particularly with piano, cello, and/or violin. 2CELLOS, The Piano Guys, Giovanni Sollima. Perhaps folk as well like Final Fantasy, Rilo Kiley, Elliott Smith.

If I'm trying to listen to something a bit more robust to stay awake perhaps Apocalyptica, Lacuna Coil, Nightwish. If I'm working around the house or doing something active I end up with a lot of '90s rock and metal type bands. Especially if I'm working out or hardcore spring cleaning or something.

RE: Favorite music for getting things done - Mrat - 12-06-2016

Usually I listen to complete albums, but I have some playlists. None for programming, but I even have one that I like to listen while i'm cooking.

Cooking Music:
Nujabes - Ordinary Joe (Feat. Terry Callier)
MINMI - Shiki no Uta
Nujabes - Blessing It (remix, feat. Substantial & Pase Rock from Five Deez)
Nujabes - Lady Brown (feat. Cise Starr from CYNE)
Nujabes - Feather (Feat. Cise Starr & Akin From Cyne)
Nujabes - Modal Soul (Feat. Uyama Hiroto)
Akira Kosemura - Departure
Kenmochi Hidefumi - Modal Soul (Kenmochi Hidefumi Remix)
Haruka Nakamura - Faure feat. Uyama Hiroto
Nujabes - Battlecry feat. Shing02
Fat Jon - 624 Part 1
Fat Jon - 624 Part 2
Nujabes - 1st Samurai
Alys - Ordinary Joe (Nujabes / Ordinary Joe)

There is one that I like to use while i'm programming which have two and a half hours of jazz. There is just one song that isn't completely instrumental.

RE: Favorite music for getting things done - Adrift - 12-06-2016

Mmm, that sounds nice, I didn't even think of cooking. That's another story entirely as well, depending on what you are actively cooking, and what you're pairing with it. I'd say more upbeat rock music (but no metal, also more eras, often oldies -- though not limited to cooking either) specifically if it's many elements being cooked all at the same time.

Calmer music if it's mainly prep. I would say more instrumental -- except more so movie soundtracks, Danny Elfman of course comes to mind, but a lot more that I can't think of off the top of my head at the moment.

RE: Favorite music for getting things done - venam - 12-06-2016

One answer: It depends on my mood.

Let's just focus on the time when I'm working, as you mentioned "productive songs".

Some days, I'm extremely annoyed by music, I find it repetitive and it drives me away from my imaginative mindset.
Some others, I'm thrilled by it and feel like when I type it follows the beat of the song.

I tend to go with the more artistic kind of music and not the pop/popular one.
I stay away from songs that seem like no thoughts have been put into them. I only associate myself with things reflect me and listening to those pop songs would mean that I'm one of those sheeples that listens to consumer made music that have no depth.

You only hear the music when your heart begins to break.

Yep, depends on the mood.

RE: Favorite music for getting things done - z3bra - 12-06-2016

I almost exclusively listens to vintage electro, especially It's a live stream with lots of energic electronic musics which I find suitable for focusing.
I tend to listen to repetitive electro musics as they don't distract you and help ignoring external sounds.

RE: Favorite music for getting things done - Mrat - 12-06-2016

The cooking music idea came to my mind after realizing that i'm always listening to Nujabes or related artists while i'm preparing my food

RE: Favorite music for getting things done - josuah - 13-06-2016

It may change every day, like some of you says, it changes.

For today, for me, it's Citizen Cope - Let's the drummer kick

So I'm not the only one to listen 2f30 radio sometimes :P

RE: Favorite music for getting things done - swathe - 13-06-2016

Star Trek: TNG warp drive noise.