For no-brainer-activities like updating tasks, HTML/CSS etc. I listen to podcasts, or music like Ryan Adams, John Mayer, Damien Rice, nothing heavy.
For "deep" work (at least as deep as interface-development gets 😬) I have two playlists I listen to:
Slow scary industrial techno-music
Indie-game soundtracks (my own playlist)
Also there is this pretty awesome website listentothe.cloud, where you can listen to live airport-chatter mixed with ambient-music from Soundcloud. Works pretty well!
"slow scary industrial techno" sounds appropriate for software development 😄
Oh and I think "spooky" is a better word, not "scary"
Maybe "industrial" is usually something else, but it's mostly some slow subgenre of techno, like youtube.com/watch?v=nxg4C365LbQ
Thanks for the recommendation of listentothe.cloud - Strangely satisfying!
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