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Alan!
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Yeh,

so what is your favourite music to code by? what do you listen to when whacking out some xhtml/vb/c++/crazy language [ada, prolog...]?

i've been listening to some gregorian chants (and no, i don't mean the 'pop' gregorian group, i mean the real stuff), but today i bought some drumming music [taikoz] to try out.

just out of interest, has anyone tried happy hardcore? classical? mediation music?

headphones or in-ear?

ta,

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Pioneering guitarist Joe Satriani* - loud, and through headphones so as not to annoy anyone else [Big Grin]

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It just seems to work, making me do anything, not just coding, faster and more accurately than without. And theres no lyrics to distract you either [thumbsup]

* Would give a link but his website doesn't seem to be working

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Aphex Twin through headphones, keeps me awake at 2 in the morning, that and coffee anyways.

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The exact opposite of what I would /normally/ listen to. Normally I listen to rock, hard rock, metal, etc.

When I'm coding, I listen to dance, techno, trance, etc. Anything with no words, and preferably lots of bass.

Words distract me from what I'm doing, whereas dance, techno, etc, keep me alert and focused.

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I listen to the Journey of the Sorcerer [Big Grin] on loop. It's a good song >_>;
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When I'm coding (or just tweaking config files), trance, techno, etc. is what I like to listen to.

Odd, as my usual assortment of music is along the lines of The Beatles, The Doors, Phish, Iron Butterfly, or even John Mellencamp and such.

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whilst trying to learn perl i love to listen to some ambient trance and some progresive house.

All other langs, I like a good mix of top 40's/hip-hop/rock/alternative and of course some good ol' rave.

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I don't code (wish I could, but I missed out on that in college [Frown] ), but when I write I stream trance, techno, Mozart's symphonies, and other eclectic stuff to keep me focused. Somehow writing and streaming late at night yields better stuff than when I try to write during the day. Anyone else find that's true for them?

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Nighttime - it's approved by 9 out of 10 hackers! [Big Grin]

Seriously, this is when some of the best code is written, perhaps mostly due to the peace and quiet enjoyed then, the lack of irritating light, and the inability to see other distractions around you. That, and depending on when you got up, you've had time to think things through, even if only in the back of your mind. Technically, I work from 0900-1700, but some of my best work has been done around 1900, and therefore, if I just chilled out a bit during the day, I feel that I've completely justified it with what would otherwise be hours of work, done in a short period of time. No...that last sentence wasn't written after drinking a really good, strong cup of tea...why do you ask? :shiftyeyes:

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I definitely work better at night. I think it's mostly due to lack of distractions, and my ability to focus better at night. My sense of logic works better then too for some reason.
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quote:
Originally posted by drunkennewfiemidget:
When I'm coding, I listen to dance, techno, trance, etc. Anything with no words, and preferably lots of bass.

Words distract me from what I'm doing, whereas dance, techno, etc, keep me alert and focused.

I can't listen to music with words when I'm coding either.

Mostly I don't listen to music when coding, but if I am in the mood, I have a collection of instrumental stuff (classical, Mike Oldfield, movie soundtracks. etc) and some folk music in languages other than English. If I can't understand the words, they don't distract me.

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It varies for me. Either I go for stuff with no words (trance, classical, whatever), or stuff with words that I know really well (anything from Weird Al to Guns n Roses to Technotronic to Lord of the Rings soundtracks complete with dialogue). Stuff I've haven't listened to a lot isn't good, since I'm trying to work out if I like it, what genre it fits into, what other band it reminds me of, etc, which isn't good when trying to code [Wink]

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When in one of the labs, no music. When at home I often listen to late night talk radio (Coast to Coast AM [Art Bell], or whatever else is on) just because I can tune it out but still hear something besides the click of the keyboard. I will sometimes listen to powerful classical music if I'm rushing a deadline or just in mood (note by powerful classical I mean mainly Romanic and Neo-Romantic music that includes but is not limited to Beethoven 5th (first and last movment), Beethoven 9th (just the Ode), Also Sprake Zarathustra (opening only), Firebird, Oh Fortuna, Ride of the Valkeries, William Tell, March of Athelia (sp?), Procession of the Nobles, Schubert's Unfinished Symphony).
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I generally code in silence, but this is out of habit. 95% of my code is written during school hours, because, quite frankly, I find it terribly difficult to sit down and write a program that does not address a certain need or problem. So without someone to feed me problems, and because I lack enough knowledge to make myself a word processor or something of the sort to just kill time.

When I write nonfiction, or "forced" fiction that I'm writing for school but care absolutely nothing about, I'll just stick on what in my playlist, be it Disturbed, Styx, Bauhaus, Assemblage 23, the Final Fantasy 8 OST, whatever. Otherwise, I put on music entirely appropriate to the mood of the peice I'm writing. Ideally it's music fitting the character I'm writing for, but if I'm handleing too many of them or I can't find anything good, I'll go for somethin that fits the peice, and then the genre. For me, writing something set in Victorian London while listening to "Sweet Home Alabama" is like trying to write a great vampire story in broad daylight on a playground.

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At university I listen to whatever's on the radio station in the labs. I prefer to code after 11pm as there is no distractions and my brain seems to work better in the wee small hours.

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Nothing with words or a that I want to play air guitar along with. Some jazz or classical if I play anything, but mostly I just want as much silence as I can get so I can concentrate.
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Mostly stuff without words - techno/electronica, classical or film score (I can't make out the words to LotR:TTT unless I try hard, so that's OK).

Foreign language is OK - i.e., Die Dritte Generation (trans: the 3rd generation) is good, even though I speak a little German. They do hip-hop and rap.

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I go for TMBG or Enigma while coding.
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Could be anything from punk to straight ahead jazz.
Depends on my mood the code and convienance. Some favorites include

Ramones
Sick of it All
The Punkorama CD's
Miles Davis
Kenny Burrell
John Coltrane
Wes Montgomery

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I am a very beginner coder (newbie lava) and am starting out with Perl because I hear that Perl is a great way to get your feet wet. My goal is to simply learn at first...I am not sure what I want to do or what I want to actually code or code for, I just want to learn at first how it works, why it works and to increase my geekness. LOL Any input on how to start and where?
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quote:
Originally posted by SimpleMan:
...... LOL Any input on how to start and where?

A good start would be not typing: LOL [Wink]

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Right now I have a track I just discovered by turning my cd changer on random play playing on a continuous loop, and that is The Beatles - Within you, Without you. Can someone please find me more stuff like this?

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Time by the Chambers Brothers on repeat play

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Tangerine Dream, Vollenweider, Caravan. Also 80's King Crimson, Genesis (early Collins), Enya.

Sometimes, when coding at night, I turn the TV on with some show I'm only half-interested and listen to it with one ear.

I only use headphones when I have to (like in the office). And sometimes I prefer silence (that is, some 30 or 40dB made by the cooling fan).

Historical note: Used to listen to Iron Maiden when doing math homework back in high school. But not physics hw - that I usually did just before lessons, with half the class behind my back, trying to copy in panic [Razz] but that's another story...

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