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Noise at work

At most offices today there is a never-ending assault of ambient sounds. Annoying cell phone signals, printers screaming in agony, people shouting across the hall, you name it. Some depends on the environment (such as heavy traffic outside), some on fellow colleagues (choosing loud nasty phone signals). How do people cope with it?

I enjoy listening to music when I need to focus on creative issues. It enables me to concentrate on the work in front of me and shut out all those things that disrupts the flow. This is nothing new and something I share with lots of developers.

I know that many people prefer silent, soothing music when studying and reading, but what about while doing some serious coding? When you’re knee deep into debugging an ocean of database transactions with breakpoints triggering like crazy and you really, really need to get this done by yesterday? Or while designing and creating emotional experiences starting with a piece of paper? What kind of music does that trick for you?

The playlist in my iPod nano differs greatly from day to day. Today I listen to Suicide Commando, Rammstein and Hocico to get my brain into hyperspace. Tomorrow it could be Mozart.

What do you listen to in order to enter the mental twilight zone of creativity?


  • avatar
    30 May, 2006

    Right now, in order to drench the sound of drills on the floor above me:
    When the drill is off, Vivaldi, Tori Amos, Bladerunner soundtrack and yes, Rammstein. Their drills are a lot better.

  • avatar
    30 May, 2006

    True! In the video to “Sonne”, they even mine the mountain ore synchronized with the rhythm.

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