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I am a self professed music lover - I can't be at home or walking anywhere without some fantastic metal playing on my iPhone or speakers. I'm also a long-time guitar player.

For all you other monkeys who cant live without your tunes be it at work, travelling or just chilling at home, how do you approach the whole 'headphones at work' thing?

Do you think it's rude and antisocial or just a way to remove distractions and focus yourself? Have you ever been asked to stop listening to music?

If you play an instrument has your work dampened your enjoyment of the instrument simply due to not having time to do it? Lets face it, your neighbours wont exactly be happy if you come home at 2am and start jamming some Slayer or Bach or *shudder* indie pop. How do you find the time to practice and keep your chops up to scratch?

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Aug 29, 2012

I take it you have already found a roommate since you are writing about jamming some Slayer at 2 AM :))

"Every man should lose a battle in his youth, so he does not lose a war when he is old"

Aug 29, 2012

1 headphone, medium volume of Steve Miller Band pandora has been by go-to this week.

Stevie Wonder pandora on any volume will guarantee higher productivity. The Stones aint bad either, hard to keep the volume down when skynyrd comes on though.

I was taught that the human brain was the crowning glory of evolution so far, but I think it's a very poor scheme for survival.

Aug 29, 2012

I'm a fan of low-volume single headphone. Most everyone at my office rock the headphone when they're at their desk. I even catch some Directors doing it. Probably just depends on culture though. (F500)

And between full-time f500 and evening MBA, I still find time to jam (although the GF hates when I come home and get on guitar or Excel - lol).

Aug 29, 2012

I'm a big fan of the 1 headphone at any volume level. Allows you to hear if someone needs you and you still get to enjoy some tunes.

Aug 29, 2012
JEmmerling:

I'm a big fan of the 1 headphone at any volume level. Allows you to hear if someone needs you and you still get to enjoy some tunes.

that's the play right there

"Because it's not worth winning if you can't win big!" - Coach Reilly

Aug 29, 2012

Boring, monotonous work is much improved by the presence of Cannibal Corpse.

Metal. Music. Life. www.headofmetal.com

Aug 29, 2012

Live house music sets (edmtunesTV on Soundcloud) with both in-ear headphones. People will email or come up to your desk if they actually need your attention and you avoid useless phone calls.

Aug 29, 2012
Banker88:

Live house music sets (edmtunesTV on Soundcloud) with both in-ear headphones. People will email or come up to your desk if they actually need your attention and you avoid useless phone calls.

I am in the same boat although I prefer the trance sets. Recently discovered Edmtunes and they do a great job with uploading recent sets

Aug 30, 2012
Banker88:

Live house music sets (edmtunesTV on Soundcloud) with both in-ear headphones. People will email or come up to your desk if they actually need your attention and you avoid useless phone calls.

Absolutely same here.

Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso @ Privilege is a fantastic set, though I quite liked new Tiesto as well.

Aug 30, 2012
damngringo:
Banker88:

Live house music sets (edmtunesTV on Soundcloud) with both in-ear headphones. People will email or come up to your desk if they actually need your attention and you avoid useless phone calls.

Absolutely same here.

Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso @ Privilege is a fantastic set, though I quite liked new Tiesto as well.

Excellent tip. Does evoke the desire to bust out of this suit though....

Aug 30, 2012
Banker88:

Live house music sets (edmtunesTV on Soundcloud) with both in-ear headphones. People will email or come up to your desk if they actually need your attention and you avoid useless phone calls.

Sounds like me. ASOT and TATW all week long with the occasional International Dept, Corstens Countdown, and Future Sounds of Egypt.

Never ran into a situation yet where someone was calling me and I couldn't hear them cause I had my headphones on

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Aug 30, 2012
oowij:
Banker88:

Live house music sets (edmtunesTV on Soundcloud) with both in-ear headphones. People will email or come up to your desk if they actually need your attention and you avoid useless phone calls.

Sounds like me. ASOT and TATW all week long with the occasional International Dept, Corstens Countdown, and Future Sounds of Egypt.

Never ran into a situation yet where someone was calling me and I couldn't hear them cause I had my headphones on

+1. What is TATW though?

Tiesto Club Life, Morgan Page In the Air, and Thomas Gold's Fanfare are also clutch. Plus the BBC Radio 1 Essential Mixes (Kaskade and Alesso are both great). If people are interested, check out some of these sets:

http://soundcloud.com/alesso/essential-mix
http://soundcloud.com/alesso/alesso-electric-daisy... http://soundcloud.com/edmtunestv/avicii-live-elect...

Aug 29, 2012

none of this one headphone non-sense...its rude and antisocial for someone to disturb you while you're listenin to your tunes. if they really need you they'll find a way to get your attention somehow. meanwhile you're kickin ass, taking names, and rockin' out.

Aug 29, 2012

No headphones, save the jams for after work. Chops have suffered considerably so the weekends are pretty much the only option. I personally enjoy woodshedding on the occasional Friday or Saturday night - plenty of time to practice and no hang-over the next day.

Aug 29, 2012

Steely Dan and Talking Heads all day at work

Aug 30, 2012
ucmaroon47:

Steely Dan and Talking Heads all day at work

whenever i'm listenin to them i kind of feel like a bodhisattva because i realize that this must be the place of awesomeness

Aug 30, 2012
Going Concern:
ucmaroon47:

Steely Dan and Talking Heads all day at work

whenever i'm listenin to them i kind of feel like a bodhisattva because i realize that this must be the place of awesomeness

hahaha... This Must Be the Place

Aug 30, 2012
Going Concern:
ucmaroon47:

Steely Dan and Talking Heads all day at work

whenever i'm listenin to them i kind of feel like a bodhisattva because i realize that this must be the place of awesomeness

hahaha... This Must Be the Place

Aug 29, 2012

I throw in the hater blockers and listen to pandora on my phone or soundcloud...

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Aug 29, 2012

When I was in banking, general rule was if all or most of the senior guys were physically in the office, I'd keep them out (headphones). Other than that, just had them in when I felt like. Most of the time however, I kept them out as it was more distracting than helpful; except when we'd have to bind books late when the printers would go home.

I used to be a fanatic guitar player as well in high school / college. I got to a point where I could listen to almost any guitar lick / riff / solo / whatever and play it back verbatim. Now I doubt I could even get through Dust in the Wind without f'ing up. Kinda sad.

Aug 29, 2012
Stringer Bell:

When I was in banking, general rule was if all or most of the senior guys were physically in the office, I'd keep them out (headphones). Other than that, just had them in when I felt like. Most of the time however, I kept them out as it was more distracting than helpful; except when we'd have to bind books late when the printers would go home.

I used to be a fanatic guitar player as well in high school / college. I got to a point where I could listen to almost any guitar lick / riff / solo / whatever and play it back verbatim. Now I doubt I could even get through Dust in the Wind without f'ing up. Kinda sad.

It's a very sad thing. I feel my guitar chops slipping away myself...

Metal. Music. Life. www.headofmetal.com

Aug 30, 2012
Stringer Bell:

Now I doubt I could even get through Dust in the Wind without f'ing up. Kinda sad.

You're my boy, blue!

Aug 29, 2012

dust in the wind is a great tune...haters gonna hate

Aug 29, 2012

Monkeys, incentive to stay late. When your senior people leave, take the headphones out and put those speakers on.

-Night cleaning staff needs music too

Aug 30, 2012

just hit the desk and i've been rocking both earbuds a lot the last few weeks - hope it's not hurting peoples' perception of me - doubt it is because it seems as though everyone's doing it.

Aug 30, 2012

guitar practice goes waaaaaaaaaaaaay down whenever I get busy with school/work. fortunately, whenever I pick up the guitar, I'm able to play every song I've been able to play, some of them being pretty hard. only bad thing is I only remember how to play a couple of songs by memory now, forgot the rest :(

If your dreams don't scare you, then they are not big enough.

"There are two types of people in this world: People who say they pee in the shower, and dirty fucking liars."-Louis C.K.

Aug 30, 2012

pete rock, dilla, nicolay, the roots and a tribe called quest. always.

"Dont compromise yourself; you're all you've got" - Janis Joplin

Aug 30, 2012

Phone App called TuneIn Radio (pandora doesnt work here)...Today's Hot Country station

I eat success for breakfast...with skim milk

Aug 30, 2012
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