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Tips for listening to music while you work

Tips for listening to music while you work

I’ve never quite grasped how to work effectively while listening to music. I feel like I’ve tried every method.

I’ve studied to classical music (Bach, Beethoven). I’ve streamed concentration playlists on youTube. I’ve experimented with the one-song method as recommended by Matt Mullenweg, founder of Wordpress. He listens to one song on repeat until it becomes background music. I had some success with Leon Vynehall’s “Midnight on Rainbow Road, but my phone died after the 6th play.

I’ve even tried the hum of a coffee shop in real life and my headphones with coffitivity. Maybe it’s just me. I love collecting beats so maybe listening for the potential loop like Madlib does at the root of my problem.

So I’ve also explored other noise-producing apps that are designed to improve focus. SimplyNoise offers different frequencies of noise — white noise, pink noise, and brown noise. Rainy Mood plays a 30-minute thunderstorm loop. I write to the sound of rhythm of rails. With minimal beats and no lyrics, these ambient sounds have helped me get closer to a flow state.

And then there’s sheer silence, the kind of environment you get at a library or at home with the door closed.

But if you’re at the office, you may have to use different tactics. Tom Popomaronis of Inc Magazine summarizes the best ways to listen to music while working at the office.

“Music can make a huge difference in your workday. Feel free to crank up the volume if noise has you working like a snail, you’ve got a case of the Monday’s, or you’ve got something mundane or familiar to do. Ideally, though, make your playlists out of songs you already know, and if your tasks involve any sort of linguistic processing, focus on lyric-free options. Lastly, if you have something to learn, pump up your mood with music before you get started.”

Get focused, today with focus@will 👇

Have you had any success in working to music, ambient sounds, or any sound in general? Do you notice any differences in working to music at home versus your professional life? Please let me know in the comments.

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Cue 06 by Madlib

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Kazi and Madlib – AVERAGE

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7 Tunes to peep this weekend | Episode 10

I hit the Internet crates this week and this is what I came up with.

“Don’t fake the funk on a nasty dunk.” – Shaq

  1. MADLIB — “Black Widow
  2. GHOSTPOET— “Cash & Carry Me Home (feat. Kano)
  3. JONO MCCLEERY — “Ballade (Djrum Remix)
  4. SUBMORPHICS —Hurt So Bad
  5. DANNY BROWN — “Float On” feat. Charli XCX
  6. KWES — “36

REWIND TRACK:

INKLIING — Control 5” (2008)

Never miss a [new] beat on Silem Davis

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Lord Quas, “Pen Game Sick”
Lord Quas, “Pen Game Sick”

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Sounds of Stones Throw: Mixtape by Anthony Valadez

“Stones Throw began to develop it’s roster across the musical board with the traditional boom bap styles of Madlib, Lootpack to the obscure sounds of Gary Wilson and Koushik. When you bought or received a Stones Throw 12′ or album, you never knew what you were going to get. And this made record shopping and digging fun again.”

KCRW’s Anthony Valadez mixes up some beats from my favorite hip hop label, Stones Throw.