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Luca Grandicelli
Luca Grandicelli

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Music & Coding: let's take a survey

Saturday morning brings simple questions, but not simple answers.
What kind of music do you listen to when coding?

Personally, i choose a music without singing, which honestly distracts me quite a lot. What about you, DEV community?

Your favourite music genre when coding
So let's take a survey: comment with your preferred genre or "love" someother's one: that would count as a vote.

Note: silence is also an answer.


This article was written while listening to La Casa Elettrica #01.

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Dylan Anthony

Silence

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edA‑qa mort‑ora‑y

I live in a city and get only low-quality silence. On occasion I take a trip to enjoy high quality countryside silence.

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Luca Grandicelli Author

Would you code then, being in the countryside? :)

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edA‑qa mort‑ora‑y

And disturb the silence with key strokes?

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Cubicle Buddha • Edited on

I like to use “pink noise” sound waves to put my brain in the right state: dev.to/cubiclebuddha/10-tips-to-fi...

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edA‑qa mort‑ora‑y
  • Death/Black/Doom Metal
  • Any Atmospheric/Soundscape
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Massimo Artizzu

That's... quite a shift of genres 🤣

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Dian Fay

Not really, the black metal - dark ambient connection is pretty close.

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edA‑qa mort‑ora‑y

Yes, precisely. I actually listen to two styles of music "Intense" or "Atmospheric". Most of this happens in the black/death/doom genres, but they are kind of orthogonal measures to the genre.

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edA‑qa mort‑ora‑y

I love stuff like Ghoultown as well, if you want an other shift of genres. :D

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Anyari Tanake

Silence disturbing me :)

Those for coding:

  1. Deep Progressive Underground House Sets. Mostly Johnny M in the Mix johnnyminthemix.com/
  2. Psy Trance
  3. Electro
  4. Synth wave, Electro wave, Retro Electro
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edA‑qa mort‑ora‑y

Pysbient or Space Ambient as well?

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Anyari Tanake

Sure :) This is sooo long list :D I've mentioned only my last obsessions ;)

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Jonas Winzen

Psytrance ❤️

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Matt Willis • Edited on

I used to listen to atmospheric/surreal rock and EDM music (i.e. Radiohead, Pretty Lights, Phantogram) but recently I’ve found I can’t concentrate with any music on. Maybe it’s like when you turn down the radio when you’re lost in your car? 😝

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Luca Grandicelli Author

I think the more you go deeper in thoughts, the less your brain can handle music.

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Thomas H Jones II

The deeper into a task I go, the more everything else fades out – even background music that might be playing at a not insignificant volume. The key is to find a soundscape that is sufficient to obliterate random noise without being so engaging that it becomes a distractant in its own right.

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🍝 sadder sCrypt Kiddie 𖤐🕷️

Mostly (technical | progressive) death/black/djenty metal, things like Periphery, Jinjer, Devin Townsend, Keith Merrow, or even Yngwie Malmsteen and DIO.

I think it helps me relax and liberate the stress of constant tension for thinking and coding during long periods of time :)

And I listen to that music wearing some nice in-ear monitors to get better noise isolation and more sound spectrum!

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edA‑qa mort‑ora‑y

I work at home, so I get to use proper studio monitors for full sound spectrum. Losing that is one of the hardest things I have to do when going to an office!

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mapstar8

Definetly silence.

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Nick Janetakis

I listen to a lot of ambient scores from movies and video games but I also listen to a ton of deathcore (with and without lyrics).

However when it comes to writing documentation or any type of writing (blog posts, etc.) I don't listen to anything. It's much too distracting.

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Manuel Moya

Like you, Luca, I prefer music without vocals. I listen to Classical and Post-Rock when coding. Below is one of my favorite Post-Rock playlists:

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Vicente Reyes

This week, I've listened to a lot of lo-fi house music to help me get in the zone. I do this for 2 hours straight and sometimes, I get too zoned out that I dont realize the playlist has ended and no longer hear music until I get distracted by our dogs barking.

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Camilo Martinez • Edited on

I'm the kind of developer that turn coffee music into code.

I'd taked this habit from school when found I can have my maximum concentration listening music and playing air drums.

I use 3 playlist:

  • Classical Music (Classical, Opera)
  • Rock & Heavy Classics (Rock, Glam, Heavy, Power)
  • Evil Metal All Nite (Doom, Death, Black, Thrash)

I'm usually listen some Death Metal when need maximum concentration and speed. For me it's like use nitro.


I'm not updated those playlist frequently on my YouTube channel but used it as backup when can't access my Goggle Music account.

youtube.com/user/equiman/playlists

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Thomas H Jones II

Been listening to "noise" music while coding since the 90s - mostly electronic. In days gone by, that was stuff like industrial and aggrotech. These days, it's usually some sort of EDM - usually in the hardstyle, dubstep or trap genres.

I'm exceedingly prone to distraction by random noises. "Noise" music gives me a predictable sound-stream that obliterate the more-distracting random noises.

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Jonas Winzen

Recently I'm enjoying this album a lot:

Also this one (same artist) gives me a great flow at work ⌨️

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Nancy Deschenes

John Cage's 4'33 (someone had to say it)

It very much depends on my mood, but usually lyrics get in the way so I go for instrumental.

When I'm in the mood for classical, I gravitate towards Bach.

When I'm in a more modern mood, I go for electronic/ambient. I used to know the names of the pieces and artists (Jean Michel Jarre comes to mind) but these days, I let Google Play or Deezer pick for me.

I also use focus@will, a music service that's supposed to help you concentrate. I find it generally helps, but then again, I used when I really want to concentrate, so it's self-fulfilling. I go for the "alpha chill" channel more often than not.

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Massimo Artizzu

A bunch of genres:

  • Epic (Two Steps From Hell, Audiomachine, etc.)
  • Celtic and New age
  • Electronic and dance music
  • Rock (including a playlist with only Queen songs 😁)
  • Classic pop
  • Ambient sounds (noisli.com for example)
  • Metal, mostly symphonic

... Well, in the end I spam quite a bit. But, most importantly, I use noise-cancelling headphones!

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Jamie

I've only ever worked in open offices (and I'll leave my opinions on whether they are good for productivity or not to myself), so being able to drown out the din is always essential.

When I'm not using podcasts to drown out the noise, I usually use Japanese Rock music. The sound-scapes that artists like L'Arc~en~Ciel, Gackt, Radwimps, and One OK Rock tend to create are full enough that they block out most of the sound of people shouting at reach other, or barking down the phone at each other.

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Florian Rand

classical music, but Ost can do the trick too!

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Ian Rathbone

Wow I figured this would be easy but it's not!

Turns out I listen to a variety of stuff, I've got some playlists which is music I know back to front so you'd assume it less distracting. But I also like doing admin while listening to spotify's "made for you" playlists like New Releases.

I'll happily get some movie OSTs on while coding, and I love Pink Floyd while looking for deep concentration.

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Juan F Gonzalez

It's funny 'cause I used to listen to EDM while coding and doing stuff. Later on, I started to get distracted by critiquing the tracks and the productions so I moved to other genres. Nowadays I tend to listen to full mixes or sets of Psytrance, Hardstyle and I even used epic cinematic music on one occasion. It was a 2 and a half hour mix that did wonders :'D

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Jolas

Any music will be a disturbance for our concentration. But in this is so called open office environment you need to cancel out the chatter noises around.
So, I listen to nature's sound(youtu.be/1t7g690boao) on a noise cancelling headphone. So far it's good.

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Olivier Jacques

I can do a lot without music. But when VSCode is opened, I have to have music on as well.
I listen to EDM, Linkin Park, Depeche Mode, Muse, Pink Floyd, Genesis, and so many others...
I found that I really like listening to full albums vs. playlists. Maybe the album concept, in its
continuity, helps me to stay “in the zone”.

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Sandor Dargo

I either listen to some heavy music or classical.

A couple of days ago, I was listening to a live recording and I repeated after the singer half loudly "creeping death". A young trainee sitting next to my desk turned around and with a trembling voice asked: "sorry, what?". Someone else started to laugh loudly. Most probably she knew who came to kill the first born pharaoh son.

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Nick Lewis • Edited on

I love to switch it up every once in a while. I'm happy listening to hip hop or jazz, chill out and cinematic tunes from Hans Zimmer but also enjoy pop punk when I need to gear things up.

I don't mind lyrics as they don't distract me too much. It's more the general noise that helps me zone in and concentrate!

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Vitali Pomanitski

When I learn I sometimes prefer music to disturb me more on the less technical stuff and things that disturb me to concentrate myself more on them.
Uhm, I like Russian Youtubers, American and Israeli 90s.

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Matthias Barde • Edited on

SomaFM.com -> especially DEF CON Radio or Groove Salad Station

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hannahgaskins

spotify playlists with no singing:

brain food
jazz vibes
lofi beats

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Brian Hanna

Death/Progressive Metal and video game soundtracks

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MD Geus

When I'm coding I need to have techno but without singing and not to much melody.
The live sets of Charlotte de Witte are dark, stripped techno and go up to 136bpm which make me type faster 😁

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Nixon Kosgei

Interesting take, I will give this a shot

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Abid Rahim

I prefer silence.
Butt, lets say there is some noise or distraction around i want to avoid, i go for DeepHouse music (mostly from AnjunaDeep).

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KeyFr4me

I don't get distracted, so I can listen to anything!
On the other hand, I prefer Electronic.

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Kostas Sar

Smooth jazz!

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Neil Syiemlieh

I look up a 10 hour or so video of pouring rain

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Nixon Kosgei

Silence is king

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Nicholas Fazzolari

No music. I used to try, but music takes over my thoughts. This is sad for me because writing and performing music is a big part of my life (less so these days).

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Boris Jamot ✊ /

Silence

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CreativeTransmissions

Minimal techno and tech-house - beats for energy, melody for mood, no lyrics as they break my concentration.

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MilMike

I also prefer music without singing. Chillout, Synthwave, Chillhop. These tunes keep me in the flow without distractions.

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Wyatt Lee Chastain

For a while, I tried brain.fm, which some coworkers of mine absolutely love, but for me, it's video game soundtracks that give me my best work.

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Karen Grigoryan
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Rachel Soderberg

I am just all over the place, I could write an essay on all the different "sound moods" I get struck with on a weekly basis haha

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Antonio Radovcic

Folky countryish singer-songwriter stuff like Ryan Adams, Adam Green, Ben Kweller, Blitzen Trapper mostly.

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Michael "lampe" Lazarski

I also can not focus on when someone is singing!

That's why I create a playlist with lo-fi music on Spotify!

you can find more information here:
instagram.com/p/BwSNtObBK-S/

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simonfranz

Silence

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Paul Isaris

I prefer either piano-only songs or movie soundtracks. My all-time favorites are Ennio Morricone and the soundtrack from LOTR.

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Quintus Cardozo

Currently I've been listing to a lot of EDM especially Monstercat

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Luca Grandicelli Author

Electronic Music

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jefdcruz

LoFi beats has been my go-to music whenever I need focus

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Prince Otchere

90% Tycho or Datasette's compilation at musicforprogramming.net/

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Timothy McGrath

I avoid anything with lyrics.
Piano or guitar works well for me. Also some videogame soundtracks work great, especially ones that are designed to suck you in, like SimCity or Civilization.

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João Vanzuita

I like classical music for deep concentration, and instrumental..

one of my favorite is CHON:
youtube.com/watch?v=xdCbfdlj5CA