What are you listening to? (when coding)

Just thought we needed such a thread :slight_smile: I’m a heavy music listener and can’t get code out without listening to anything ranging from black metal to soft electronic :smiley:.

So today I’ve discovered a band and the comments section is full of people talking about how it helped them code better :wink:

This is not for everyone, but still I find this very interesting !

The Algorithm - Brute Force

So, what are you listening to?

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Lately, CHVRCHES, Emancipator, Boards of Canada, and Chance the Rapper.

Before that Childish Gambino, Russian Circles, Lacuna Coil, and Bear Hands.

Lots of chiptune, EDM, etc. Essentially I started a pandora station with Anamanaguchi as the seed and have let it grow from there.

Some of my favorites:

Anamanaguchi
Savant
TheFatRat
Sabrepulse
Mitis
Disasterpeace

I also added in some bands that do rock covers of video game tunes:

Minibosses
The Advantage
Entertainment System

Then just a sprinkling of Nobuo Uematsu

Nothing like the FF Victory Fanfare when you get a piece of code to work :smile:

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  • Groove Armada,
  • Moorcheeba,
  • Massive Attack,
  • Portishead,
  • Sneaker Pimps,
  • Aphex Twin,
  • Merz…

Anything 90s-ish trip-hoppy/ambient.

Pandora Radio is great for that - and it has a great client on Ubuntu called Pithos

Incidentally, when doing DIY I like to listen to 90s metal / stoner metal: Clutch, Tool, Down, Corrosion of Comformity.

And general day-to-day I lean a little more towards the 80s these days, Talking Heads, Bowie, The The, The Cure, The Cult, The Smiths.

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Ah, another trip-hop fan! Pretty much my list, plus some DJ Shadow, Lovage, and UNKLE.

Tool and Clutch are great too. All great choices!

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I actually don’t listen to music when I code. Or at least 90% of the time, I don’t listen to music while coding. If I’m doing simple HTML/CSS work/small fixes, I sometimes listen to music. That music tends to be Hip-Hop/Japanese/Korean music, loool.

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Yoshida Brothers make for excellent coding companions!

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binaural beats from Brain.fm

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Aha, nice! I love these guys! Storm is my favorite song from them!

Though, not a good song for coding, I also like their collaboration song with Monkey Majik, “Change”! :smile_cat:

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Gave beat.fm a listen and it’s very nice ! One thing close to this (and free) is Noisly where you can customise and mix what sounds you’d like to hear !

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Whatever makes me happy at the moment :grin:. Some regularly-played stuff:

  • Bruckner symphonies
  • Laura Veirs
  • Lake Street Dive
  • James Ehnes
  • Air
  • Beethoven sonatas for piano and cello
  • Complete Stax/Volt anthology
  • Coralie Clement
  • Phineas Newborn Jr.

Other times I put on mindless TV. I can’t concentrate without background noise.

I’d like to nominate @ewathedoer to share her playlist, since the music on her vlogs is always excellent!

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The Algorithm is awesome!!!

This has become one of my go-tos, check it out: 8 Hour Study Mix.

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Woah…does he stand there mixing for 8 hours?

Yes, he does. It’s very good, easy to get lost in the music while working. Also awesome to just watch they guy jamming away.

Thanks @JacksonBates Majority of the vlog tracks so far are CC YouTube AudioLibrary tracks, so it’s hard to do a playlist from them. That’s why while coding I listen to music from Spotify or Soundcloud.
I like listening to electro swing mixes like this https://soundcloud.com/catfishmuzik/electro-swing-mix-30min-promo
For coding I’d also go for good workout music cause it’s motivating. Any vivid jewish or house music is great too. I need the clear beat more than the words while coding.

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I can’t do vocals while coding, so I mostly stick to minimal techno, deep house and the like. I have about a dozen or so playlists on Spotify that are my go-to mixes.

I also really like some of the radio stations at Digitally Imported.

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Ow! Nice question. It depends for me… on the mood… now I’m listen to Pete Rock & CL Smooth. But when I face some difficult to concentrate a used to liston some Bineural Beats.

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http://musicforprogramming.net/