Music – Seattle and on the Web


Ouch, this morning I experienced the pain Cyrus felt recently, I had to listen to 80’s music for the drive into work on C89.5 FM. Painful. I only listen to C89.5 when Howard Stern is on commercial (which last approx 10 minutes and happen every twenty minutes).  I definitely agree with Cyrus though, Nocturnal Transmission rocks. If you’re a developer working late and need some peppy music to keep you up, you should definitely tune in.


Reader Question: How many of you listen to music while working/writing code? What genre(s) of music do you listen to?  From my experience it’s a pretty big number. When I’m working I tend to listen to house, lounge, or hip-hop, and then throw in the Drum and Bass when I’m sleep deprived.  If I had way too much disposable income, I think I would just make mixes explicitly for code warriors.  The label would have some nerdy reference like “Version 3.0 Records” or something similar and I would have a listening booth at nerd events like TechEd and blogger conferences. The only music that I know of that was geared towards computer geeks was www.musicforhackers.com – Soundscapes for comprimising a remote host, but they shut down a while ago. As did DJSnoop which rocked while it was up and Christian and Kris from www.elysiumdc.com had some great mixes (note: the last one is shameless plug)


 Here’s my quick list of music resources I use for the web:


Dance



If you’re not a dance music fan, then you’ll like Strongbad’s techno music creation techniques


Web Radio



Recently purchased music



 


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Comments (22)

  1. causticPhil says:

    if you dig thievery and bukem, you might want to check these out:

    1. tosca: suzuki

    2. peter kruder: peace orchestra

    3. amon tobin: supermodified (or) permutation

    4. Cinematic Orchestra: motion

    5. nicola conte: bossa per due

    those are some of better downtempo records around, i’d be happy to recommend other discs in any other genre you could imagine…

  2. Thanks for the recommendations!! Can you send links to the specific records you would recommend so that I can add ’em to the music buying queue?

  3. Chris Kelly says:

    I’d also recommend Radio1 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/dance/index.shtml)

    and any of the global underground series (http://www.globalunderground.co.uk/)

    enjoy!

  4. Radio 1 rules, good call!

  5. Jon Galloway says:

    i’m a big fan of amon tobin, too – great coding music. supermodified and permutation are both great albums. plug / drum’n’bass for poppa is another great coding album.

    i listen to soma fm a lot – http://www.somafm.com. i wrote a simple util to play streaming winamp playlists in windows media player just so i could listen to somafm: http://weblogs.asp.net/jgalloway/archive/2004/04/08/109672.aspx

  6. Shuffle on iTunes and see what comes up.

    Typically House, Trance, D&B, etc…

  7. Niall says:

    Listening to progressive metal is the only way to code! Dream Theater, Pain of Salvation, Opeth, you can’t go wrong.

  8. Rick Schaut says:

    MacBU + iTunes + Rendezvouz = whatever you want to listen to, we got it. In a former life, one of our PGMs ran a music store. His current library has over 20,300 songs, takes 76.5 GB of drive space, and would take you nearly two full months to listen straight through without pause. Between his collection and those of a few more folks with eclectic tastes, if we don’t have what you want to listen to, you don’t want to listen to anything called "music."

    But, when I’m coding, give me the Allman Brothers. Does that date me?

  9. Oh man, I listen to just about everything, as long as it’s good! It does help me focus, or "get in a zone", but then again I’ve been playing music longer than I’ve been programming.

    Current Faves: Ben Harper, blue grass, industrial metal, the list goes on…

  10. Radu Grigore says:

    I can only listen to classical music while working. Anything with someone speaking distracts me.

  11. Marc Bernard says:

    Floyd, or classical.

  12. christian says:

    check out http://www.netmusique.com

    i listen to the jazzy house station all day long!

  13. Ron says:

    I listen to a mix of classical, big band, pop, comedy, and theme (with Christmas music included at the appropriate time of the year), but the biggest section of the songs come from…the 80s. :) As a rule, I only listen to music with a non-negative tone or message. I just can’t stand to hear a "down" song, no matter how good the actual tune is.

  14. Jim Dvorak says:

    I listen to either Classical music (http://www.theclassicalstation.org) or hard rock/heavy metal. How’s that for bi-polar?!?

  15. Curtis says:

    Yeah, pretty much always have music on. Radio 1 rocks for dance music and I also like Chris Moyles morning show. http://www.di.fm actually has some great dance streams, broken out by genre. i’ll also listen to stuff I have burned on the laptop, but typically it’s dance music.

  16. Joe says:

    My fav is Yanni, his music is amazing, I also tried the iMusic(www.imusicseries.com/v1/) series recently and it’s good too.

  17. bill says:

    yes, it’s a good idea to make music based on the images, use some music tools will make things better.

    http://www.yaodownload.com/audio-mp3/music-creation/

  18. Ouch, this morning I experienced the pain Cyrus felt recently, I had to listen to 80’s music for the drive into work on C89.5 FM. Painful. I only listen to C89.5 when Howard Stern is on commercial (which last approx 10 minutes and happen every twenty minutes).  I definitely agree with Cyrus though, Nocturnal Transmission rocks. If you’re a developer working late and need some peppy music to keep you up, you should definitely tune in.

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  19. Axel says:

    Why you not first? I want it!!