View parent Full Discussion (Why do programmers wear headphones? For the same reason that you can’t juggle.)

Have you tried Betawave music (low key music engineered to increase beta waves in the brain) or Classical music (nonvocal music can still be a great "white noise")?

Another option is to listen to soundtracks from video games. The music for them is engineered to keep the player engaged and not distract from the game.

Game music is a good idea. I'll try that today.
If I really need to concentrate I use one of the sound engines from mynoise.net/
I like the "cafe restaurant" one, which perfectly drowns out colleagues talking, even without noise canceling headphones.

Wow, that site is awesome! Thank you for posting this.

Very true! I actually do this everyday, listening to soundtracks from video games. It keeps me focused. Sometimes I feel like I'm in a completely different world, my own world where I'm the star of the show! :D

Absolutely! Lately I have been listening to these "homework edit" versions of popular soundtracks, especially Skyrim. This rocks youtube.com/watch?v=xWtfo9kuRTU

What soundtracks do you recommend?

If I gravitate to game sound tracks I go to Mario tracks; I don't know why I'm sure there are better ones, that's just my taste.

You can go to youtube and search for game sound tracks and find some that work for you.

thanks for the tip, I'll try it next week :)

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