The purpose of this post is to share some of my favourite music for when I want to immerse myself in work and shut the rest of the world out. Music is a very important thing in my life; I listen to a wide range of music styles but here I am going to suggest some music styles that are particularly good for getting work done.
For general background music, I like to discover new music from the following styles:
- Instrumental Jazz
- Instrumental Bossa Nova
I don’t have any favourite jazz or bossa nova bands so I rely on Spotify to find new albums whenever I get tired of what I’m currently listening to.
Ambient music works really well for tasks such as programming and tech related work. Here are my recommendations:
- Brian Eno
- Jens Buchert
- Jean-Michel Jarre
While remaining in the electronic realm, trance and electro sometimes work well for me, especially when I need music that packs more punch and infuses a sense of urgency to what I’m doing. This can turn out to be ideal also in the afternoon when I generally tend to feel a bit sleepy. I don’t have too many favourites here, although I do love to listen to the album Berlin Calling from Paul Kalkbrenner every now and then. The Tron soundtrack is also awesome, as is that of The Social Network.
When I need to be really pumped up and I don’t mind lyrics I turn to my favourite music in the form of euro dance and rock. I have an extensive euro dance collection from the late 90s and early 00s and that’s what I put on in these occasions. My favourite rock band is Queen and they are usually the ones on my playlist when I need some comforting music to help me through some menial work that I would be dreading doing.