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32 Post author: JesseGalef 17 May 2013 01:59AM

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Comment author: JesseGalef 17 May 2013 02:09:54AM *  20 points [-]

Regarding the music: I found video game soundtracks to be especially perfect - after all, they're designed to be background music. But I think there's more to it than that. I've had years of conditioning such that when I hear the Warcraft II soundtrack I immediately get into a mindset of intense concentration and happiness.

Obviously it depends on your tastes and whether you have attachments to particular video games, but here are my favorites:

(non-video game music that go into the rotation)

Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 17 May 2013 08:12:50AM *  7 points [-]

Warcraft 2
Might and Magic VI: Mandate of Heaven
Heroes of Might and Magic IV
Planescape Torment

I endorse your taste in video games.

Comment author: Qiaochu_Yuan 17 May 2013 04:05:59AM 5 points [-]

I've been experimenting with Rainy Mood recently (I think someone on LW linked to this but I don't remember who). Not exactly music but it's interesting. I don't know if it actually helps because I'm not being totally consistent about only playing it when I'm working. Also, some people might find the sound of rain depressing (I find it kind of comforting).

Comment author: [deleted] 17 May 2013 03:49:48PM 2 points [-]

I use Rainy Mood too. I need something to block out background noise while I work, but music distracts me to the point that I become unproductive. Rain is comforting to me too, so that's an added plus. I also downloaded the audio from this video which allows me to listen on the go, without internet access.

Comment author: Error 17 May 2013 04:42:30PM *  3 points [-]

I wasn't aware of Rainy Mood, but I think I'm going to like it. I'm in the same situation as Pearwood; work is noisy but music distracts me.

For anyone who, like me, can't leave a tab open with Flash running all the time, the audio file is here.

Comment author: Emily 24 October 2013 03:51:55PM 0 points [-]

This link seems to be broken now. I don't suppose you still know where the file is available?

Comment author: Error 25 October 2013 08:42:34PM 1 point [-]

Link updated. It's possible it changes, though.

Comment author: Emily 29 October 2013 11:48:41AM 0 points [-]

Thank you!

Comment author: Error 29 October 2013 08:08:47PM 0 points [-]

You're welcome. I also recently became aware of ChatterBlocker, which costs money, but has a demo and seems quite effective and less repetitive.

Comment author: jamesf 17 May 2013 04:56:58PM 3 points [-]

musicForProgramming(); is essentially video game music but slower. It's supposed to be just interesting enough to reduce boredom, without being interesting enough that you end up choosing between tuning it out so you can get work done and listening to it actively and not getting work done.

Comment author: PhilipRies 17 May 2013 03:51:22PM 2 points [-]

I do this too and will check out your tracks! I would add Morrowind and Final Fantasy 6.

Also, it's very easy to find game music on Youtube like you have. Just search "<game name> music, playlist".

Comment author: RomeoStevens 17 May 2013 10:43:42AM *  2 points [-]

Awesome taste in music. Might I suggest post rock playlists.

Comment author: BerryPick6 17 May 2013 10:57:04AM 0 points [-]

Good call. I don't normally like Post-Rock, but when I'm studying, I can just plug it into Pandora and go.

Comment author: incariol 18 May 2013 12:09:56PM 1 point [-]

Here's another one: Skyrim soundtrack (a bit over 3,5 hours of epic fantasy music, with the last ~40 minutes being purely atmospheric/ambient).

Comment author: CWG 23 February 2015 03:46:45AM 0 points [-]

Choose music that you're very familiar with it and put it on a loop. New music is much more likely to distract you. (Tip from Matt Mullenweg, interviewed by Tim Ferriss.) That might be more significant than the type of music, although we'd expect instrumental music to be less distracting. I know a health professional (who has ADHD, and works with people who have ADHD) who finds that AC/DC is best for helping to concentrate. I'm not an AC/DC fan, but I'll try some fast heavy music one day when I need an extra concentration boost, and see if it works.

Comment author: Dr_Manhattan 28 May 2013 01:56:30PM 0 points [-]

I find techno stuff also conducive to working - it aims for the right level of arousal without being too disruptive. Deadmau5, Daft Punk kind of stuff. (will appreciate other suggestions in this vein)

Comment author: OrphanWilde 28 May 2013 05:11:16PM 0 points [-]

Splashdown. Archer and Mayan Pilot are my go-to songs for programming.

Comment author: ryjm 19 May 2013 04:58:45PM *  0 points [-]

focus@will is pretty useful for me - I've never been into movie music, but the cinematic option was very inspiring for me. There is some science behind the project too.

Comment author: [deleted] 18 May 2013 06:59:56PM 0 points [-]

You might like The Advantage.

Comment author: wallowinmaya 17 May 2013 11:05:28AM 0 points [-]


Thanks so much!