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The Definite Guide to Pick the Correct Music While Working

Periklis Gkolias on August 27, 2018

I only know few semi-god-concentration-giants who don’t work with headphones, while being productive at their company’s -usually noisy- office an...
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Ben Halpern

Wow, this is one of the more thorough examinations of this subject I've ever read.

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Periklis Gkolias Author

Super glad that you like it, Ben :)

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Quentin Sonrel

Awesome article!

Small thing I'd like to add though: for people listening to a lot music (meaning: often and for long periods of time), do prefer a headset to headphones.

Long story short, headphones sound isolation is poor, making you increase the volume. In-ear headphones are even worse because they increase pressure in the ear.

Also, prefer a headset that encompasses your whole ear, that's more comfortable on the long run and it also provide a better isolation.

My last advice would be to go for a wireless headset (like a bluetooth one), these are quite affordable today and, again, if you use it for long periods of time, not having a cable is a true relief.

Take care of your ears and earing :)

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Periklis Gkolias Author

Totally agree. Wireless has some cons for me, but it is really handy.

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Ross Henderson

Great article! I imagine that's what most people would think coders listen to. I say that because people are shocked that I listen to rock/metal music a lot, but generally, that's only when I need some inspiration. If I'm wanting to zone it, I normally put on a few hour long mix of House or Trance music.

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Periklis Gkolias Author

Thank you. Metal music is great, I still believe we are a minority in the software world, though. Most people I believe prefer more dancy hits.

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Ross Henderson

If you want to zone out to some heavy metal, give the DOOM soundtrack a listen (the 2016 game)

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Mihail Malo

It's from 2016?
Wow, seems like yesterday.

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michaeltd

A solid article is always pleasant to read.
From everything you've listed here, I'm only familiar with freeCodeCamp Radio, reason being that I've found early on the effects of OST's on my work habits.
OST's tend to do the trick for me as they're designed to boost listeners focus and be relaxing at the same time.
So go to youtube and search "<your favorite title here> OST", tune in and see if it'll work for you.

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Michael Kohl

I listen to OSTs of (mostly) Japanese video games for the same reason 😀

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Periklis Gkolias Author

Thank you, I knew OST, I just didnt know the name of the genre.

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Mihail Malo

@michaeltd @perigk
Kill la Kill OST vs Transistor OST?

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JustinK

Sweet! Great list! I'm glad I'm not the only one microwaving my brains with binaural beats. I use a site/app called Brain.fm as well as the excellent resource mynoise.net/

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Periklis Gkolias Author

Mynoise really rocks. I will totally donate.

Why are you calling binaurals, microwaves? I think microwaves are potentially harmful, whereas binaurals seem quite more innocent, unless abusing them(like all things of course)

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JustinK

That was just a joke, the thrumming of the binaurals only seems like it would melt your brain.

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Periklis Gkolias Author

That makes sense and I agree. Thats why I usually combine them(fractal panda has such mixer) with nature sounds

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JustinK

If you like Fractal Panda's mixer, I suggest checking out calmyleon.com/. It's by the same guy who does the myNoise stuff but in a much more simple UI. It's worth paying a couple bucks to unlock all the options as well.

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Michael

Wow, this is some interesting stuff to check out. Typically I just use Spotify and play a track or list of songs that suit my mood or needs. Fractal Panda looks really interesting, I may have to check that out more. Thanks!

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Russ Hammett

I generally tend toward "liquid dub" and/or less chaotic techno-ish music, when i need to concentrate.

Have you heard of music to code by? Carl Franklin from dotnetrocks/2ketodudes is behind this - I haven't listened to the new stuff, but at least tracks 1-7 I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Periklis Gkolias Author

Thanks for mentioning it, I didnt know it

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rouzbeh

Nice post! I like a bit of new wavey stuff but more 80's and less kygo-y haha. Also love the cmd.fm interface even though it's just pulling SoundCloud it makes it less noisey and it has games! Also radio.newretrowave.com/ which is the fancy site for a great youtube channel. React Rally also puts out awesome annual playlists too :).

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Periklis Gkolias Author

Very interesting links, many thanks :)

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Bytegasm!

Everytime I'm writing CSS,I put on some downtempo instrumental in the background. It puts you in a state of 'concentration trance' as I like to call it.

This is what I'm listening to right now.

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Donita

This guide is amaaazing! I would always find myself trying to literally pick the right music that wasn't boring but also wasn't distracting.

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Frank Carr

I'm not sure how Dinosaur Jr and The Pixies fit into this equation but that's what I was streaming yesterday while working on some SQL queries.

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Periklis Gkolias Author

Nice coincidence :)

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Alex Lohr

I'm missing classical music in that list. For example, Bach's Suite No. 3 "Air" on the G string is excellent for concentrated work.

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Periklis Gkolias Author

I am mentioning classical music in the article's body, but I think you are right, I should have put a good reference in the last section.

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Yes, thank you very much. I know how to find and choose my own ringtone (klingelton)

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Gregory Sequeira

"Instrumental Music makes me smile" - I read this in my batman voice o_o^

Also, nice article!

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Brian Hanna

Cult of Luna - Mariner. Thank me later.

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Periklis Gkolias Author

Nice channel, thanks for the suggestion.

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Mihail Malo

no brostep
no bossa nova
no lofi hip-hop for studying (with anime background)
no tibetan throat singing

What kind of article is this?

Is this what Python does to people?

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Tommely

Never was able when music is on, it really distracts me. But for some people it helps to stay focused somehow...

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Periklis Gkolias Author

You are keen on no sound at all? Have you tried ambient mixer or noisli or fractal panda?

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