What music (or sounds) do you like to listen to when you’re in focus mode?
I’m a lofi fan, but one of my all-time favorite work-to playlists is the soundtrack from the Ping Pong anime: Spotify
High energy, no lyrics. Only downside is I feel deep in my soul that I need to watch it as soon as humanly possible every time I listen
If I’m writing (words or code), it’s usually jazz or classical.
If I’m debugging, it’s usually something heavy: especially grungy grunge, or thrash metal, etc.
I’ve been listening to a lot of ambient M83 (Spotify)
It’s definitely lofi for me. I would say I learn more toward chillhop- hip hop beats. However, I could totally be down for some FKJ or Pink Martini.
The chillhop playlist + ambient coffeehouse combo that is available in the Virtual Workspace is straight magic for me. I never focus better than when I’ve got that going.
That Ping Pong anime soundtrack sounds good, though, @Francesca ! I might need to pull that out when I need some extra motivation.
Great post @Francesca ! I added your playlist to my Spotify.
Here is my focus playlist:
This is a good point–I can’t listen to lyrics when I’m doing most things, but if I’m drawing or illustrating, lyrics are great.
lol Iistening to deep-anger-music while debugging is perfect.
I haven’t listened to M83 in awhile! I’m adding this to my Spotify–good stuff
Thank you for sharing this Sam, I’m fav-ing for listening later today when I’m in head-down mode
I really like adding that coffee shop sound with my focus music, too–I don’t work in coffee shops so much these days, and I miss having just ambient people sounds around me while I’m working.
Btw, welcome to the community!
Music is very personal, so one person’s chill list may not work for others.
Here’s a few lists that I listen to:
I have couple other 20+ hour playlists for those times when I need something louder
- Few lyrics-- melodic, non-lyrical music & soundtracks by Trent Teznor and Atticus Ross (Nine Inch Nails) and related styles: Spotify
- This has more IDM & ambient electronica including some older stuff: Spotify
Yeah, MFP is the bomb for me.
I’ll listen to lo-fi or white noise, but I also have lists for specific projects:
- Career: Instrumental music by Louie Zong.
- Personal project: A mix of 80s and 90s hits and couple of indie artists. I will sing along with the vocal tracks while setting up or finishing a task.
- For a couple volunteer projects I listened to Vitamin String Quartet and similar artists.
I have been changing our the ambient noise for my work lately and was starting to think I need some more ideas.
Typically in the morning I will check for videos from certain creators on Youtube (JayzTwoCents, Dawid Does Tech Stuff and Gamers Nexus). After that I will go from random videos on youtube to Netflix / Hulu tv shows that do not require my full attention. I have also been finding ambient music videos on youtube from The Lord of the Rings or Skyrim or The Witcher 3.
I used to listen to audio books as well. But I found that now that I am doing more thought intensive things, I lose track of the story easily.
There is a new playlist on WorkFrom now. Does anyone know what the previous Chillhop playlist was? I can’t find it.