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Ask HN: What music do you listen to while working?
6 points by plibither8 3 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 13 comments
Hi, I was wondering whether listening to music while working increases your productivity. My "work" is mostly just programming.

Do you listen to music? And if so, what kind?

Thanks :)

Depending on the mood I'm in, usually one or the other of heavy metal, synthwave, hip hop, or classical.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uUdoxvigIl8 for example.

Cool! Thanks for sharing :)

> Hi, I was wondering whether listening to music while working increases your productivity.

It definitely depends who you ask. I tend to listen to a mix of punk (classic, hardcore, skatecore, crust, grindcore) and metal (crossover, thrash), trip-hop, and jazz.

I enjoy fast-paced music while programming, as well as more relaxing low-tempo instrumental music.

Nice! Any specific artists or playlists you can refer me to?

Ridiculously heavy and fast-paced stuff: Municipal Waste, Nasum, Magrudergrind, Wormrot, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Pig Destroyer.

Pretty energetic and melodic: The Bouncing Souls, 88 Fingers Louie, Propagandhi, Strung Out, Pennywise.

And, finally, plenty of electronic/beats/trip-hop:

https://open.spotify.com/user/ew0l3zye4wza5co9o42axgkpn/play... https://open.spotify.com/user/ew0l3zye4wza5co9o42axgkpn/play... https://open.spotify.com/user/ew0l3zye4wza5co9o42axgkpn/play...

Wow, the names are top-notch :D

Thank you, I'll check them out!

Don't miss Cattle Decapitation[1] and Septic Flesh[2] as well.

[1]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8t8g8lU4ms

[2]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jB7OVYZUjs

Suicidal Tendencies?

Of course, cyco-punx unite ;)

All I wanted was a Pepsi, just one Pepsi...

According to last.fm it’s mostly synthwave, techno, and psytrans. Examples:

Neurodriver - Ball of Judgment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPkyT4QaUOU

The Midnight - The Equaliser (Terry Da Libra Remix) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daERNrY15CE

Burial, μ-Ziq, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Squarepusher, Autechre, Four Tet, Venetian Snares, Access to Arasaka and, lately, Skee Mask.

Also really like dungeon synth sometimes (Erang, Dargaard, Depressive Silence). If I'm doing something that doesn't require a lot of attention, I might listen to some black metal (Wolves in the Throne Room, Panopticon, Falls of Rauros, maybe Immortal if I'm deeper than my third cup of coffee).

I listen to everything I generally listen to, so a very diverse pool of music.

I'm most productive when playing post rock however.

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