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Working Music

  1. Oct 23, 2012 #1
    We, or most of us, listen to music whilst working out, so how about working? Does soothing, relaxing sounds help facilitate your working environment, or banging of bells? Please post some artists to help me find some new music to listen to, so far I've been listening to Erik Satie (The Best Of), Phillip Glass - The Orange Mountain, and the 99 Dakest Classical Pieces (halloween theme for the month).

    Anyone know of some Japanese smooth Jazz artists?
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    If you are working in close proximity to others, it is rude to play music. If your company allows music at your desk, and you don't have a closed office, wear an earbud and don't sing.

    We had a woman that put a radio on her desk and sang along to the crap. Her radio disappeared shortly before she got fired. If she had worked more and listened less, she might not have lost her job. You can't have a dozen different songs all playing at the same time within earshot, it's very disturbing.
  4. Oct 23, 2012 #3
    I think we can give the OP the benefit of the doubt here and assume he isn't talking about blasting music in proximity to his coworkers.
  5. Oct 23, 2012 #4

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    The OP said "working out", not "working".

    I can't listen to music and work at the same time, it breaks my concentration. As for working out, whatever the gym is playing is ok by me. I hate to wear headphones or earbuds.
  6. Oct 23, 2012 #5
    I listen to music in my car while driving the 50+ miles I need to drive every day. That's enough music for me for the day.
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    Any Pink Floyd song, muddy waters, howlin wolf or any good chicago blues and delta blues really, velvet underground, and led zeppelin are what I normally listen to whilst doing work.
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    No, the post is about playing music at work.

    It doesn't have to be blaring if it's on the other side of a cubicle divider, it can be very quiet and still drive you nuts. Just don't do it unless you ask everyone around you for permission first.
  9. Oct 23, 2012 #8
    Oh, no, I didn't mean it in that sense. When I work, I work in a room that is closed and usually have the music turned down any-way as I don't like listening to loud music. I was pointing the question more to people doing research on their own and working at home, not strictly in the office.

    But wow, that lady was certainly rude.
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    Oh, well that's fine.

    And she ate sunflowers in the shell all day. When she left each day, the floor was covered by at least an inch of sunflower seed shells. People came from all over the building to take a look. I believe housekeeping complained. She didn't last very long.
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    I often listen to jazz at my desk. But I work in a place with old-fashioned offices, with walls and doors (yay!). The volume is so low, people standing in my doorway can't hear it.

    I frequently hear sports radio from my co-worker's office :mad:. Especially this time of year - football season. But I'm comfortable asking him to turn it down if it's too annoying.
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    I like to prove theorems or write programs while listening to Tycho radio (a custom station I've created via Pandora). No lyrics, just relaxing music. I'm not sure of the genre. Here's a sample:

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  13. Oct 23, 2012 #12
    For the same reason, I can't listen to music and work out at the same time... at least not if I want a good work out, or if I want to work out a long time. I tend to work out to the rhythm of the song playing, so sometimes that's not very fast... I will however listen to "talk" while running. Like, when I was learning foreign languages while training for a half marathon, I listened to radio casts in that language while I ran. My mind was able to drift off and study while my body just ran for 2 hours straight.

    At work I similarly don't listen to anything, unless I'm trying really hard not to be distracted, then I'll listen to white noise.
  14. Oct 23, 2012 #13
    my work is schoolwork and I *can't* listen to music when I am doing physics or whatever

    unless it's like really methodical, then I get waaay too distracted

    I really like working in complete silence
  15. Oct 24, 2012 #14
    I'm an undergrad (computational physics), so I imagine my "working" environment is a little different than many of you. That said, I own a nice pair of over-the-ear headphones and frequently listen to music while working. When I'm learning something brand new, or reading, music does tend to be a distraction, and I avoid it. Most of my study time, however, is spent working out practice/homework problems, writing code, or just playing around with equations to get a better intuitive feel for them. When I'm doing things of that nature, I find music really helps me get into a groove and concentrate for longer periods of time without getting distracted.

    In short, for me: "doing something actively" = music, "learning/reading/absorbing" = no music.

    I think I probably have a somewhat unique take on why the music helps me: at least part of it is that I have a bit of a psychomotor agitation issue (probably, I believe, due to mild OCD), where I often feel a need to shake my leg(s), bite my pen, etc. It's not much of a problem, in that can stop doing these things easily if I think about it, but when I'm concentrating on something else, I'll find myself unconsciously bouncing my knees, swiveling my chair back and forth, or even picking at my thumbs, etc. -- I find that listening to "chill," but still sort of upbeat music helps me feel more comfortable: I naturally bob/move my head to the music a little bit, and I actually end up having significantly less "agitated" movement, plus it all feels more natural when it's to the rhythm of a good song. This allows me to focus on what I'm writing/doing without being distracted by my own unconscious movement, and I get into a zone where I am much more productive than I would be otherwise.

    Some examples of artists I listen to:

    On the more relaxed end: Nujabes, Emancipator, Thievery Corporation, Youth Lagoon
    Nujabes - Aruarian Dance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUwRGPxCG_Y
    A nice 30min instrumental mix:

    More upbeat: Reptar, Phantogram, Vacationer, Pretty Lights, Ratatat, Surfer Blood, Alt-J, Cut Copy

    Sometimes I throw some Reggae and oldies in there too.
  16. Oct 24, 2012 #15
    Also just wanted to say to Dembadon that I'd never heard Tycho before, but it sounds a lot like the type of music I like to listen while working as well. Thanks for the tip!
  17. Oct 24, 2012 #16
    Nice tunes bossman, I just got onto Nujabes recently, really good stuff. :)

    I listen to a lot of electronic music and I like stuff with no obvious hooks, just a light, repetitive beat, and some interesting harmonies. Something I can nod my head and zone out to, it helps me concentrate. Lately some favourites include:

    Oren Ambarchi - Sagitarian Domain (drawn out electric guitar adventure)
    Cinematic Orchestra - Everyday (acid jazz of sorts)
    cv313 - Live (shimmering dub techno)
  18. Oct 24, 2012 #17
    I like background noise when studying (nothing with lyrics or i will be distracted), but lately I have found that classical music is perfect thing to cover up noises in the library--people sniffling and discussing their homework problems etc. Turns out a lot of old church hymns on the classical Pandora station have beautiful piano in them
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