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    Hello fellow Lobste.rs! Post your playlist(s)! ask

I am hoping I’m not the only one who codes to music a good four hours a day. I am six months into a brutal coding effort and I want more music. Please post a playlist or two. Punk, Metal, Classical, or Musicals. It doesn’t matter what it is. If you code to it. Submit it! Please don’t mock what other people are into, to each their own. I am just looking for better music to hack to. Thanks!


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    I don’t do individual playlists, prefer to listen to entire works of favorite musicians. Mostly jazz, blues, reggae and soul. Just looking at my current playlist.

    Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Charlie Mingus, Jonas Hellborg, Moon Hooch, Cody Chesnutt, Nikki Yanofsky, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Hypnotic Bras Ensemble, De'Angelo, Lala Hathaway, Anthony Hamilton, Lettuce, Soulive, Groundation, Black Uhuru ..

    Mix of masters, mainstream and buskers.

    I’m probably the noisiest quite guy to work near. Big fuck-off headphones on, restless-leg syndrome and a lot of nodding and head-bobbing. Add to that my habit of alternating between sitting and standing desk, coffee, dark chocolate and nuts, and I’m pretty much wired the whole time I’m at work.

    Here is a taste of my tastes:


    [Quick edit: Yeah, I do choose instrumentals over vocals when coding. For all sorts of other other non-creative programming chores, then I do prefer vocals.]

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      Hellborg, Ustad Khan & Qureshi: a great album for coding…

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      I usually vary my listening style quite a bit depending on my mood. Most of the time though I stick to a few Spotify playlists that are quite long. Here are some of them:

      “Electro makes people reach ecstasy” (12hrs)

      “Electro house” (74hrs)

      “Goa” (352hrs)

      “Tung gung” (Kind of heavier/dark hiphop) (19hrs)

      “Epic Music” (Mainly movie soundtracks but also some classical) (5hrs)

      Some albums/artists:

      “Blade Runner Original Soundtrack”


      Kendrick Lamar

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          I’ve been obsessed with Lane 8 recently. Similar vibes to 16 Bit Lolitas.

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            16 bit lolitas is great, thanks.

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            To really get into the flow, I play records by The Necks. Long, instrumental tracks that are improvised around very simple figures. They generally feature a strong pulse that propels the track (and me) forward and, at about an hour long, also remind me to get up and walk around before reimmersion…

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              You might say we’re… Neck and Neck…

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              Neu!, Brian Eno, The Necks, and BadBadNotGood make great programming music. If I know what I’m doing and don’t think I’ll get stuck (usually while writing boilerplate kind of stuff) I enjoy aggressive and loud mixes, like that of Boris and Lightning Bolt, but I usually stick to the more quiet head-filler

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                Thanks for turning me on to The Necks!

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                The music for programming mixes are great. No vocals, pretty wide range of moods.


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                  While I have a couple playlists, most of the time I just pick and album and go. I’m also a fan of Google Music’s radio feature.

                  Looking through, in the past couple days I’ve listened to (links for some of the more obscure stuff):

                  • This Is War by 20 Seconds To Mars
                  • The Whole Love by Wilco
                  • Supermodel by Foster the People
                  • Bon Iver by Bon Iver
                  • Oceans EP by Coasts
                  • Weeknights by The Welcome
                  • Glass Floor by Maritime
                  • Live in New York City by Dave Matthews Band
                  • In Motion part 1 by The Cinematic Orchestra
                  • The soundtrack to Upstream Color by Shane Carruth (which was also a good movie, not as good as Primer, but still pretty good)
                  • Daydream Forever by The Chain Gang of 1974

                  And others. Typically there’s some Ben Folds and The Mountain Goats mixed in there somewhere, along with a whole lot of other stuff.

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                    I’ve been listening to two new records

                    1. The One I Wanted to Be, by Sharpless, a favorite local act of mine, and

                    2. In Conflict, by Owen Pallett, one of my all time favorite musicians.

                    Although for coding I generally tend to prefer music without words. Sabrepulse is an atrist I’ve been really digging for the last few months

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                      The modern mixtape game is rocking. They’re free, they have diverse tracklists and they even have high production values.

                      My two favorites:

                      • Acid Rap by Chance the Rapper
                      • Royalty by Childish Gambino
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                        Acid Rap is a masterpiece.

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                        Five Finger Death Punch!

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                          I mostly listen to whole albums. Almost anything from Opeth (preferably not their oldest work) is very calming and gives me laser focus. In Flames “A Sense of Purpose” is just good <- that’s melodic death metal that even my wife loves

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                              The thing I find most difficult is “choosing” what to listen to, it’s something I don’t want to have to think about when I’m trying to work. I tend to fall back on the Resident Advisor podcasts [1], the podcasts are mixes that last ~1hour so it’s easy to line up a few and not have to think about it. It’s electronic music covering a wide range of types, with minimal vocals and very easy to feel and get into without being distracted.

                              Another thing I’ve found recently is Spotify’s “Your Music” feature, using that I’ve been able to create a large collection of albums that I used to own (and some that I’ve found since then), with that I know I can quickly switch to the app, select something, hit play and get straight back to work.

                              [1] http://www.residentadvisor.net/podcast.aspx

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                                Clams Casino and The Field (Axel Willner) get me pretty far.

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                                  Best Melodic Dubstep 2014 Mix and other mixes by the same user. Labrinth and remixes of his songs. A little unexpected genre of poni poni songs (give Boooring! a chance). And above all, Dj Zen. Some of his albums have leaked to YouTube, for example Dj Zen - Fire.

                                  I also suggest getting a di.fm subscription (also covers sky.fm).

                                  Finally, something for Debugging.

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                                    Here’s my IDM/Chillwave/Ambient playlist. It’s a compilation of my favourite tracks from my favourite genres (both in no particular order). It’s very chill, easy to concentrate when listening to, there’s not much in the way of vocals.


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                                      Except on rare occasions where I’m in the mood for Chiptunes (which I get from either youtube, or the random array of mp3s on my hard disk), I listen to punk and hardcore albums from beginning to end. Currently really enjoying the new (and final) Bane album, “Don’t Wait Up.”

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                                        I don’t normally use playlists, I just pick some album and have it play. Then I pick another one (or play the first one again if it was great). Yesterday, and again today I’m definitely listening thru Under The Moss vol. 3, which was posted on Ektoplazm a couple days ago. Give it a try, it’s free download. I really dig the two previous volumes too..


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                                          Three playlists I’ve made that I listen to often:

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                                            I find OSTs from games I played during my childhood or teenage years really great to code.

                                            If I’m under pressure or really focused on some tedious problem, calm and funny tracks works wonder to calm me down and help my focus. Having already listened these for hours helps me getting to the zone :)

                                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGK3usiX31s Secret of Mana

                                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtYEt0H1Wuk Legend of mana

                                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gumt8xfnspk Chrono Cross

                                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA6HpFfsFxY&list=PLCB5EC0C5E1947BF4 Xenogears

                                            If I need to wake up my brain or maintain strong focus while being tired, I usually go for fast paced action games. Melodies are usually mind drilling and stick forever in my head, as they used to be.

                                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBWl9p0fH28 Megaman X

                                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPjvRddcECA Double Dragon 2

                                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrF3WPi_7uI Street of Rage 2

                                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOxtw0a8Fio Valkyrie Profile

                                            Fun thing is, I usually listen the first group to think or read code, then the second one to implement :)

                                            Both groups bring me reassuring thoughts and positive emotions. I found it to be probably the best thing I’ve ever tried to handle whatever stress or anxiety work can cause (freelancer here).

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                                              Anything with no lyrics, or lyrics I know so well I my speech centres don’t pay attention to. Soundtracks to any big-budget sci-fi film or game are always good. Currently in high rotation here is Skyrim, Oblivion and Tron. Trance too, anything from Armin, Tiesto from a few years ago, Corsten, etc.

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                                                  I don’t have specific playlists as that would take time to compile. I prefer music without vocals to work to.

                                                  If it is fast paced and motivating that helps, this often means I end up listening to psytrance radio stations. My wife likes the Soma FM radio stations such as suburbs of goa.

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                                                    i usually also prefer whole albums

                                                    c2c - tetra http://open.spotify.com/album/1e3EQYi3OGvbzW9bpyv7rO

                                                    pilotpriest- original-motion-picture-soundtrack (almost free) http://pilotpriest.bandcamp.com/album/original-motion-picture-soundtrack

                                                    audiodope - Anthophobia (free) http://audiodope.bandcamp.com/

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                                                      I am currently listening to a lot of Mitch Murder and Power Glove. Retro 80s electronic with reverbed synths, and very little song which tends to be a plus when trying to focus.