What Music Do You Listen To Focus On Work?

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It's late, you're grinding out an assignment, you take out your headphones and hit play on something that will keep you awake and focused for a long stretch of grunt work. What are you listening to?

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Oct 12, 2018

Toto-Africa

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Oct 12, 2018

Dude that's just a rip off of that Weezer song

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Oct 12, 2018

This music is a natural anti depressant

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Oct 12, 2018

Lately I've had YSIV on repeat. But I generally listen to rap / rock / sometimes when I really want to focus I'll listen to classical / instrumental only music (I find at times the lyrics can be distracting).

Oct 12, 2018

I agree with you on that. I listen to a lot of Brahms while really focusing in. Sometimes just put on a random LoFi playlist. If I am under a time crunch I listen to speed metal or fast paced EDM.

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Oct 12, 2018

Forgot to mention EDM / trance.

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Oct 14, 2018

Huey Lewis And The News - Hip To Be Square

Oct 15, 2018

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Oct 12, 2018

Some ghetto dudes singing about bitches, money, and guns. Otherwise, some white trash singing about drugs, their god-complex, and cryptic names for the vagina.

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Oct 12, 2018

All about that Lo-Fi. Also really like Vaporwave, Future Funk, Synthwave / Outrun.

Basically, anything with a beat and minimal vocals.

One of my go to stations is probably this one:

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Oct 13, 2018

This stream was the first thing that came to my mind. If I listen to something with lyrics I'll focus on them too much. Too hype and it may just become stressful to listen to... this is usually perfect.

"We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons."

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Oct 14, 2018

Man this is brilliant. Good find, gonna add this to my listens. Check out Anomalie, FKJ, & Tom Misch. Not exactly like this but still chill music.

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Oct 15, 2018

Good stuff dude - I left Chillwave/Vaporwave/Outrun stations/mixes from my post below. Will go back later to revise and include.

Check out the album "Dive" by Tycho - think you'll dig it.

Oct 15, 2018

One of my favorite albums, love it.

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Oct 15, 2018

Love this playlist on spotify-glad someone mentioned it here.

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Oct 12, 2018

Big Bootie Mix volumes 1-14 by Two Friends (2F) on Soundcloud...would highly recommend

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Oct 12, 2018

90's hip hop and R&B, chillstep / vocal trance, classical piano

Oct 12, 2018

Jazz Vibes playlist on Spotify or Miles Davis.

Oct 12, 2018

Miles Davis - Bitches Brew, STS9 - Seasons 01, 808 State - Ninety, or any crazy Chopin piano songs

Oct 12, 2018

Depressing music. The Weeknd's Trilogy, Kiss Land; Some Lana Del Rey.

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Oct 13, 2018

Oh, my sweet summer child - you think that's depressing? Let me introduce you to Radiohead, Mogwai, The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails... You haven't even begun to feel sad.

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Oct 13, 2018

Lil pump on repeat

Oct 13, 2018

I just listen to Gucci Gang non-stop. Not even the whole song, just the part where he's going "Gucci gang"

Like this:

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Oct 18, 2018

Was expecting that to be a 10 hr loop.

Oct 18, 2018

In my dreams

Oct 13, 2018

Metal and shredder guitar are perfect for cranking through stuff. "Absolute music" like some of Bach and Mozart's instrumentals are good for deep work, but their choral music can get distracting. EDM is also good.

Oct 14, 2018

FocusAtWill Channel on Youtube is great to keep you sharp. I also listen to the same 9 hard EDM songs if I'm really working through something. I've heard them enough that it's just like background music but they keep me going

Oct 14, 2018

Joyryde/Tchami/MALA/Brohug - bass house will keep you going for hours.

Oct 14, 2018

Any Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross soundtrack. I've listed a few below. Social Network soundtrack always turns me into a machine when building new models on excel.

The Social Network
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Gone Girl
The Vietnam War
Before the Flood

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Oct 15, 2018

Late to this thread, but here is a (very) partial list presented in no particular order. If you want me to expand within a particular vein, can do no problem.

I urge you not to sleep on this shit. Sample a couple of the below and tell me you don't find something you hadn't heard that you don't think is bangin.

Enjoy:

Drum and Bass

-Desire - Sub Focus & Dimension
-Turn it Around - Sub Focus
-Nobody's Perfect - Netsky Remix
-Out of the Blue - Sub Focus
-Deeper Love - Botnek
-Control - Matrix & Futurebound
-Freefall - Metrik
-Snake Eyes - Feint
-Wherever You Go - Enigma Dubz

Classical
-La Campanella - Liszt
-Fantasie - Chopin
-Waltz Op. 64 No. 2 - Chopin (Rubenstein)
-Raindrop - Chopin

Jazz
-Blue in Green - Miles Davis
-Almost Blue - Chet Baker
-Choro das Aguas - Ivan Lins
-No Way - ToKiMoNsTa
-Spliff Temple - Exmag
-Care For Me - Saba (entire album)
-Nujabes (all of his mixes, genius gone too soon)
-Kick Push - ToKiMoNsTa remix
-Trappin' in Japan Vols. 1-infinity

Lo-Fi Electronic
-Dive - Tycho (Full Album)
-Everything You Do is a Balloon - Boards of Canada
-I am God - Clams Casino

Rap
-Gin and Juice - Snoop Dogg
-Changes - Tupac
-Gangster's Paradise - Coolio
-Caught In a Hustle - Immortal Technique
-Razorblade Salvation - Jedi Mind Tricks
-Leaving the Past - Immortal Technique
-Ante Up - M.O.P. (Remix) (feat Busta Rhymes)

Oct 15, 2018

Anjunadeep Chillout

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Oct 15, 2018

My real go to is all of Caribou's albums on repeat. Just the right mix of upbeat, no voclas music. Some notes are drawn out longer which helps me keep a train of thought running, with enough short bursts that encourage new ideas. The more you listen the better it gets

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Oct 17, 2018

Totally forgot about these guys! Will jam them today.

Oct 15, 2018

Aside from the playlist Lapike posted above, I have really enjoyed listening to indie-electronic esq music while I work. Groups like Chain Gang of 1974, Future Islands, and M83 come to mind.

Dayman?

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Oct 16, 2018

I just pick a song that comes to mind at that moment and repeat it.

Oct 16, 2018

Lil Uzi Vert vs The World

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Oct 16, 2018

trap music

Oct 16, 2018

Odesza or anything similar works wonders for me

Oct 16, 2018

Used to do EDM. Then went to the San Francisco symphony once.

I now listen to the "This is Beethoven" and "This is Mozart" playlists on Spotify. They are really great.

Oct 17, 2018

Get some Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in your life.

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Oct 17, 2018

Thx. Giving it a listen today!

Oct 17, 2018

And Vivaldi. Winter from the Four Seasons gets me absolutely pumped.

Oct 17, 2018

Vivaldi is outstanding too.

Oct 17, 2018

Agreed on Tchaikovsky. My go-to's are his ballet's (Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Nutcracker) and then Piano Concerto No. 1 and Violin Concerto in D Major. Could listen to those on repeat all day.

Oct 17, 2018

EDM/Dance/House type music or anything with heavy beats that gets me pumped up.
Ex:
The Glitch Mob, Aphex Twin, Lorn, Sub Focus, Hyper, Madeon, Giorgio Moroder, Alan Walker, Blue Man Group (some tracks more than others), Fatboy Slim, Tiesto, Victor Dinaire, Cazzette,

or other similar sounds like the type JP's lair in Grandma's Boy.

Oct 17, 2018

This gets me in the zone

Oct 17, 2018

Jazz Drum and Bass works wonders. Better than addy

Oct 17, 2018

DEEP house mixes. Shiba San / Fisher. Absolute roll music but the constant BPM keeps you in a zone.

Not too high, not too low

Oct 17, 2018
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