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I can't listen to lyrics and program, the words draw my focus and make it difficult to proceed. I end up listening to Classical music or Psy/Trance for heavy coding days.

It may just be a psychological placebo but I seem to find my groove much easier when I'm uninterrupted and listening to music that blocks distractions.

I'm the exact same way. techno + baroque (Bach fugues especially) I at least feel more productive.

And given the number of other people who express similar tastes it makes me think there may be a market opportunity for a team of music theory nerds + neuroscientists + programmers to come up with a box that generates "music to think by".

(I want to believe that certain Bach fugues are wired into the universe at the level of apodeictic mathematical truth.)

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