Music to work to


#1

Need recommendations for non-distracting music to listen to when working, preferably instrumental but it doesn’t have to be if the vocals aren’t too intrusive. I’ve tried listening to 65daysofstatic and other post-rock while working, but it’s too intricate and in-your-face to be good concentration music.

I really like Bonobo’s Late Night Tales mix and I find that I can get on pretty well with that in the background, so similar albums/mixes would be good, or stuff like Tycho/Bonobo’s actual albums.


#2

If you haven’t already, maybe try some of the ambient stuff like Stars of The Lid : )


#3

I go the opposite, as much noise as possible, but longish songs. Deafheaven would do it, or Converge. Gets me motivated but it ends up a blur of noise in the end so stops being distracting.


#4

I find Portishead - Dummy pretty non-intrusive and a great album for getting work done.


#5

#6

Listened to sooo much explosions in the sky when I was at uni, good for reading/writing to


#7

Throw on some dub, I tell you. Upbeat, not too fast, ‘spacey’ (gives room to think if necessary), few distracting vocals.


#8

Philip Glass


#9

Eno - On Land


#10

Someone on here posted a really good mix for this a couple of years ago.

It had Betrayed in the Octagon by Oneohtrix Point Never on it, and started with a Biosphere track.

THAT’S AS FAR AS I CAN TAKE YOU

but it was really god.


#11

Really god


#12

These days while I work I find I need ambient/drone-ish artists:

Jefre-Cantu Ledesma
Loscil
Motion Sickness of Time Travel

If the work I’m not doing is not too taxing and can be done breezily, I might up the temp for some Kiasmos. But that definitely induces the bopping-one’s-head-while-sat-working-at-a-computer-terminal look which … well, you need a lot of i-don’t-give-a-fuck to pull that off.


#13

Steve Reich also good!


#14

I’ve been working listening to Scorn all day. The later, non-vocals stuff. That works. I find Swans does too… Tim Hecker… all that sort of stuff


#15

Pretty much always Boards of Canada for me.


#16

Oh and Fennesz.


#17

Oh and Eno’s Music for Airports.

I got the impression you’re a translator? So I guess you don’t want anything with lyrics that will interfere with the words, or strong rhythms that will also get in the way.


#18

Oh and this site if you just want ambient noise

Muji have got a free phone app with forest, sea etc sounds on too for concentration and relaxation.


#19

Anything by
Apricot Rail - https://apricotrail.bandcamp.com/
The American Dollar - https://theamericandollar.bandcamp.com/ (they have a specific mix of ‘focus’ music https://theamericandollar.bandcamp.com/album/music-for-focus-and-creativity-2)
3epkano
Halves
The Cinematic Orchestra

Really liking the soundtrack for Before The Flood too.


#20

Hammock