When I want to concentrate, I pretty much always chuck on some music. At the moment, my office is situated next to a pretty large apartment construction project – it’s noisy, and it’s like that six days a week. Recently, I’ve turned to using a lot of music when working to ensure that I’m not distracted by beeps, drills, shouting workers and rumbling machines.
Anyway, here’s what I typically have playing while I’m working on projects.
I came across this website last month after a friend linked it to me. I’ve fallen in love with the service as a result and I’m sure that plenty of others will find it pretty damn cool. Anyway, the purpose of Remix Rotation is to provide you with a minimal platform that plays music of a certain genre. It’s basically a radio station, only there are no interruptions and the songs are easy to find if you want to download (or purchase) them. My personal favorites right now are Funky & Jackin House, Broken Beat/Nu Jazz and Leftfield. What I love most about Remix Rotation is that it hasn’t really hit that point of being overly cumbersome with features or additional nonsense I’m not interested in. I hit the homepage, select a genre and it does the rest.
YouTube Live Lo-fi
Another option is to head on over to YouTube, search ‘Lo-fi’ and be sure to filter channels that are currently live (click here for this exact search), you’ll find dozens of results from channels such as Chillhop Music, Ambition, nourish and more. The music is non-stop 24/7 and generally has pretty good, hand-selected titles for you to enjoy. There’s no real major downside to this approach to finding music, but to be honest with you, I’m not a fan of the washed out anime girls they use as video (or, in some cases, trippy-looking family members of The Simpsons), not only because it doesn’t appeal to me as a visual aesthetic, but because it’s wasted bandwidth. I also highly recommend that you do not read the comment sections for these live feeds: it’s populated by mid-teens that haven’t quite found their footing in life and talk about a variety of cringe topics. If anyone’s looking to source original content for Reddit’s I’m 14 and this is deep, this is the place to be. Here, have a little look at the comments I came across while writing this:
When I need to really give attention to a project and can’t have any distractions, I’m all about DeepFocus.io. The homepage has an Ambient Sounds interface that allows you to set a timer, alongside a live music station (sourced from YouTube) and a selection of different ambient noises that you can turn on/off and control the level of. You can have rain, fireplace, forest, street and four others here: I tend to mix and match depending on my mood to optimize my listening experience. There are lots of providers of ambient sounds and background noise, but I like the design and interface of Deep Focus other that which I’ve seen from the competition.
Got a music service that you want me to check out? Think you’re better than the competition? If so, leave a comment and I’ll give you that sweet, juicy backlink if I agree.