Every morning Flow State emails subscribers a set of background music, mostly wordless, to soundtrack your work day. And they’re pretty good at digging up non-obvious music, some of which isn’t even available on major streaming services (though almost all of it is on YouTube).
Past artists include Max Richter, Olivier Messiaen, Debussy, Johann Johannsson, Tangerine Dream, Kaoru Inoue, Brian Eno, and William Basinski. (Yep, almost all men, sorry.) Occasionally there’s a DJ mix that incorporates several artists.
Until today, this newsletter cost $US30 a year. Now it’s free, and $US30 a year will get you access to Monday mixes “created in-house,” as well as a database of previous featured artists. Most editions of the newsletter include several albums or sets by an artist, plus a recommendation or two for expanding your own search.
I’ve found this newsletter helpful in eliminating one of my common work distractions: picking what music to play, then switching two or three times as I find each choice too distracting. (Most of my job is reading and writing, which is hard to do with a lot of popular music, especially if I haven’t worn it down with a few months of steady listening.)
It’s nice to have a stream of new work-ready music, like fresh running water.
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