Wiring in – getting down to some standard bug-squishing or building that mental-map is almost always easier with the right motivation in any profession…
If you’re a somewhat working-nomad you’ll be familiar with the benefits of distraction… whether that’s the barista extorting you for one more £3.80 chalice-of-caffeine (instead of the sub-let rent you should clearly owe by this point) or the loud Harvey Specter suit who just sat down across the room – light and periodic distraction can do wonders for your eyes, and the momentary reboot of concentration.
But clearly… the same cannot be said for those ongoing and disturbing distractions – and it’s time to drown them out!
From coffee shops and deafeningly-silent rooms through-to noisy co-workers I’ve managed to fight them all off with a few great playlists and sound generators – here they are:
Chilled Cow’s LoFi Radio #0
[At the time of writing] this mad-cow gets around 15k concurrent-viewers on their ever-changing free YouTube stream – lofi hip-hop is great for getting down to chilled concentration – with none of them catchy-choruses or hi-hat cymbals crashing you out of the zone.
They also have a Spotify playlist for taking your lofi hip-hop offline: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6eHO8aX6lHu3e6bem8r2rq
Chilled Cow even has you covered for winding down later-on with lofi too… https://youtu.be/axOhJh1x2n8
And although it certainly works for any job, my usual go-to site for streaming while refactoring an old code-library is the goal standard in blurring the line between noise & music…
Expect; Drones, Noise, Fuzz, Field recordings, Vagueness (Hypnagogia), Textures without rhythm, Minor complex chords, Early music (Baroque, lute, harpsichord) and walls of reverb to name a few, coupled with a UI only a MOTHER could love – @datassette‘s musical mashup has collated 53 tracks for streaming, iTunes-ing, rapidly-syndicating and even torrent-ing for when you’re AFK or blazing the dial-up.
Just noise to me… #2
Something can certainly be said for simply overwriting your environment (
rm -rf /) and so here’s where the sound generators come in…
White-noise. Google’s assistant, via a home mini, has a great white-noise generator built right in – just ask it – or check out my 2 track
NOTE You’ll probably want at least a 3sec cross-fade in the Spotify settings and enable a repeat-loop when you’ve chosen the track for you. https://open.spotify.com/user/h0zza/playlist/6e6mAc1f36tsWahOcgb51g?si=WA-WBl8mTi6go68X_u07bQ
Life Background Noises. There’s a lot of spam links out there for noise generators so I don’t recommend googling it – however Noisli seems to have it right with a free, simple online noise mixer with any combo of Wind, Rain, Coffee-shop, Railroad and even Wave-gen for Whitenoise,
Final Frontier. For the fellow n3rdier readers of mine, may I first of all welcome you to my captains-log, stardate 41153.7 and mention with honour the next-generation style starship sounds mixer called Warp Speed.
Binaural Beats – an Android App #3
If you go looking around for binaural beats or any of its keyword derivatives you’ll almost certainly be horrified at the spam and wishy-washy ideas on some of the results…
Axet at GitLab seems to have done it right, albeit with a less than beautiful UI. “Binaural Beats” are specially designed concoctions of various alpha/beta etc waves and well worth a go – the idea is to listen to them on a quiet volume.
exit() – Final Thoughts
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