MusicForProgramming() Offers Focus-Boosting Mixtapes For Everybody

Website musicForProgramming(); distributes a series of roughly hour-long ambient music mixes intended to "aid concentration and increase productivity" while you work.

Despite the name, the site's mixes are, of course, suitable for anyone. Their aesthetic manifesto:

Through years of trial and error — skipping around internet radio stations, playing our entire music collections on shuffle, or just hammering single albums on repeat, we have found that the most effective music to aid prolonged periods of intense concentration tends to have a mixture of the following qualities:

Drones Noise Fuzz Field recordings Vague memories (Hypnagogia) Textures without rhythm Minor complex chords Early music (Baroque, lute, harpsichord) Very few drums or vocals Synth arpeggios Awesome Walls of reverb

Music possessing these qualities can often provide just the right amount of interest to occupy the parts of your brain that would otherwise be left free to wander and lead to distraction during your work.

True or not, the four current mixes on the site feature music from some musicians I'd happily listen to during a heads-down work session, including Philip Glass (he of many great minimalist film scores) and Cliff Martinez (who did the score for the movie Drive). If you're looking for some good music to work to, musicForProgramming() has some nice offerings.



    We appear to have overloaded the site...

    Poor webmaster, getting a great backlink only to have his server die from it :3

    I use Rainy Mood often for 'whitenoise' while I'm coding in a noisy office; it's amazing how long I have found myself listening to the rain... I was very excited to read this post but we've killed the site. I'll be bookmarking it for future reference though!

    there's been research done that shows reduce performance across the board in critical thinking and problem solving when exposed to any kind of noise or music. though different noises have different levels of distractions, so replacing a noisy office with rain might be an improvement

    No Nine Inch Nails a la Ghosts? This surprises me. Reznor is the Overlord of various drones and Hypnagogia.

      Agreed. I have used The Social Network soundtrack for this purpose to great effect. I used to have to code in a call centre environment :[

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