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Music While Programming

04-19-2012, 06:35 AM
#1
Music While Programming

Just curious,
what do you folks listen to when programming? I can't have anything with lyrics, I end up super distracted. I mostly listen to stuff like Mogwai, God Is An Astronaut, Baltic Fleet - instrumental rock-based stuff that doesn't interrupt my train of thought too much. Anyone else?

BeatScribe
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04-19-2012, 07:05 AM
#2
Lyrics eat your brain resources. I heard during a course on application ergonomy, that it can take you almost 60% of your brain activity.
A perfect example is when you drive a car. You make more mistakes when you take a phone call.
And the first think you do, when you are lost, is to switch off the radio...

In my case, I just put a web radio loundge style or jazz. Something smooth.
Sometimes I put some more energized music like Prodigy.
And sometimes a little classical music.

04-19-2012, 07:07 AM
#3
Strangely, I even find classical music too absorbing! I find myself thinking about the composition and things like that.

BeatScribe
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04-19-2012, 08:02 AM
#4
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Strangely, I even find classical music too absorbing! I find myself thinking about the composition and things like that.
This. Though I don't program - just design the game I can't have classical playing. I end up listening to game soundtracks (a number of songs from Braid are great) or swing/jazzy music lately.

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04-19-2012, 08:55 AM
#5
try Beethoven The piano sonatas by W Kempff, it always keeps me on the edge without abdorbing me!

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04-19-2012, 09:05 AM
#6
Joined: Feb 2012
Location: Brisbane, Australia.
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Basically anything without too dominant lyrics. Something at at least a medium pace. I listen to all sorts of stuff when working. Depressive black metal (lyrics, but you can't understand them), classical, jazz, etc.
04-22-2012, 04:40 PM
#7
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I completely agree with the Beethoven, especially Moonlight Sonata. I find myself listening to that on repeat when I'm developing. Doesn't hog my brains resources, but is nice to listen to when programming.