Music for Coding or Not
People ask me often what type of music I listen to while coding or computering.
This reminded me of that article by codinghorror about music not to code by.
I am a music fan.
When coworking in Chicago I always wore DJ headphones.
The top 10 albums I listened to while coding:
1. The Fragile by NIN
2. Master of Puppets by Metallica
3. Bossanova by Pixies
4. Jar of Flies by AIC
5. Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins
6. One Life Stand by Hot Chip
7. Around the Fur by Deftones
8. Iowa by Slipknot
9. 8:30 by Weather Report
10. Far Beyond Driven by Pantera
Not a typo.
You read correctly.
Listened to, because listening to this music while coding…
Is an efficiency wreck.
The moment you start humming a song.
You lose focus.
Your brain needs to be thinking about solving that problem.
And not thinking about the tune.
Or about singing.
The top 3 albums I listen to while coding
I put on my noise cancelling headphones.
And I listen to.
The noise cancelling works so well.
That I can hear my brain.
And nothing else.
2. Nature sounds
Like a river
Not the beach or it will put you to sleep
Sounds of the city.
In particular these songs into a for loop
- Waltz No 1. in D-Flat major
- Preludes, Op 28 No 2 in A minor
- Nocturne No 20 in C sharp minor
20.times do Chopin
Being a Spotify DJ
You put a song.
Then put another song.
This is an efficiency crazy train wreck.
Don’t do that.