Coders and code monkeys…. Do you code to music?
by Amanda Blain
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I actually code in silence. Music distracts me. I know I'm going to be in the minority on this one…
Trance, techno, classical. Basically any music without lyrics.
I like anything without words that is a little mellow. Mainly to block out my coworker's voices though.
either bach (piano) or chopin (nocturnes) work for me
I always have the best intentions of putting on some music while I'm working, only to look up 3 hours later and realize that I forgot to press play
I actually listen to some Swedish music, Swedish lyrics that is. But that's just when I'm stuck or writing somethings I've written a million times before. If it's a new problem I listen to the music until I get an idea of how to fix it and then I turn the music off until I'm done writing.
Usually silence, but sometimes I pop onto jamendo.com/ and just listen to random stuff I've never heard. Helps put my brain into "think about things in new ways" mode.
"Irish" playlist on iTunes works pretty well for me! 😀
It depends. Usually I put headphone while coding.. for concentration. 🙂
Daft Punk or System of a Down and staple code-music for me… I know the words, so I'm not being distracted by them… and I can't hear over the music – so not distracted by everyone else.
+Nick Stott i so do that all the time too lol +David Holman +Andrea Rossi do you have some examples?
I code in silence too, but my go to Music is on loop. Arrival of the Birds by The Cinematic Orchestra
Usually I just throw on whatever strikes me from di.fm If I'm not in an electronic music mood, usually progressive metal like Obscura, Arsis, Encircle, etc…
Ambient music wins when I touch code.
Hard rock or Metal
Korn trash, Korn shoots and ladders, zombie any if it's exceptionaly hard.
+Matt Senter I also often code in silence, but when I do "plug in" I'm usually on some kind of electronica or something … fewer words distract me less. Recently, it has been the Daft Punk library
I think choosing the music with which you best connect might help you dig into the core of your creativity and find a place where you feel most confident. Once you find yourself in that place, you will start seeing your code objectives as more linear and resolve them more outside the box.
I find that minimal techo is best for coding try Kether, soundcloud.com/kethermusic
About half the stuff on http://www.magnatune.com works really well for me. If you like Celtic and Classical, you'll like Magnatune (if you're not already familiar with it, of course)…
If you wanna try something different (and foreign) try the cokestudio tracks. Beautiful music. (and free, too)
If rockin code out I usually listen to house or breakbeat. If I need to focus then classical or techno (just needs to have less vocals).
I normally work in silence, but sometimes I like to listen to something really lively and dance in my chair to make boring tasks more fun. 😀 Flamenco, salsa, and big band/swing have become my favorites for a while now.
I like wearehunted.com while I'm coding, because it's good and varied 🙂 Check it out!
It depends on the hour of the day.
For example, right now it's 9pm here (and I'm still coding..) – so it's stuff like Travis/Coldplay. I'm listening now to Bon Iver's first CD.
+Amanda Blain Loreena McKennitt – The Two Trees just finished…now playing Island lake ! 😀
I listen mostly to lyricless trance (usually a DJ mix) while I code. Vocals that are more instrumental than lyrical won't distract me. Recently I've been repeating Paul Oakenfold's DJ Box on Spotify, mixed with Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, Airbase, and Mind.in.a.box. Here's a sampler playlist for fellow trance coders: open.spotify.com/user/hx.stassi/playlist/6n2vKVyDqdUXbI72AaRJsd
+Steven Sherrie check out ex.fm too.
I've tuned Pandora to play female singers over the last few years. Seems to work well for general coding, but I do switch to surf instrumentals when I've got a crunch or a nasty bit of code. Let me know if you want to listen to that station.
+Andrea Rossi, that is one of my favourite songs ever. The whole album is excellent.
Dubstep, techno, industrial metal, or, if I'm in the mood, death metal… similar to what +Stephen Gray said, fewer words (or in the case of death metal, fewer discernible words) distract me less.
It definitely depends on the day, but it will usually be something fast (Skrillex, deadmau5) or comedy (Flight of the Conchords, Lonely Island, mc chris) or indie rock (Black Keys, Raconteurs, Florence + the Machine)
+Yair Barak Woo hoo! Bon Iver… they're from Milwaukee, where I live.
Till the birth of Google Music, I was using Jango.
But now, I've got all my collection click away…
Sometimes I just shuffle.
No I can't code to music. I know a lot of people do but I need absolute quiet. Sometimes my coworkers listen to music so I hear theirs
+Michael-Forest M. glad to see Google+ is full of people with excellent musical tastes…The Mask and the Mirror is one of the most beautiful albums of '90s!
I usually code to Rage Against the Machine, Bad Religion, Daft Punk or anything with a decent beat really… if I really need to flush my mental cache I crank it to 11.
New Age meditation music, celtic, and pink floyd are my main ones. But late at night I will put on 'driving' music to keep me awake – Foghat is great for that.
+Yair Barak Until the birth of Spotify I used to buy music, now I don't.
+Amanda Blain Great minds work… alike?
Oh, and I've decided to try something new, seems like a lot of people listen to vocal free music when programming so I'm gonna try classical and jazz, hate techno and dubstep I've never understood!
http://www.di.fm/ is the way to go! I highly value my premium subscription. No fussing over play lists and other distractions. Also check out somafm.com/ and http://www.16bit.fm/. I can't see how anyone can concentrate let alone write good code when listening to Glitch or Dubstep. I prefer liquidDnB, trance, vocal, industrial, progressive, and my new favorite, oldshool acid.
Mike Oldfield also does a great job on concentration…
BTW, +Amanda Blain, here's an sampler of excellent Magnatune stuff: magnatune.com/artists/albums/braid-soundtrack/ (It's the soundtrack from the game Braid, which was taken from various Magnatune albums.)
Stay away from their rock selection unless you really like Indie and Alternative and don't mind wading through hit-and-miss quality albums (especially the earlier stuff).
Qntal, hard to find in North America, but if you like celtic you'll probably like them
Oh, I mess with those that have to have silence
Bassdrive.com, UnitedBreaks.fm, NuBreaks.com and other assorted vocal and regular trance. Breakbeat, Drum n Bass and all around Electric…all on Shoutcast Radio (via Winamp)…
Beethoven, Craig Armstrong, Movie Scores if I'm struggling. Most forms of Trance music when I'm on a roll.
I code to the Sci-Fi channel (still can't call it the Syfy channel). So, not to music.
For ultimate experience, listen to binaural tones… 😉
Code to neoclassical, trance or dubstep.. depending upon how much I've procrastinated and OTD is looming 😛