#1
Whether it's straight up ambient soundscapes or the ambience of a crowd of voices or the gentle sounds of nature, do you ever use these sounds as productive tools?

Or is any sound/noise too distracting/counter-productive for you?

For instance, I'm really digging this combination of coffee shop + rain: http://rainycafe.com/
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#2
Hmm... It depends on the music really, if I'm trying to focus on something obviously I don't want a Shostakovich symphony ringing in my ear, or any music with extreme use of percussion or amplified instruments for that matter. I tend to listen to a more tranquil and repetitive sort of sound, not too repetitive but leaning towards ppredictability. When I listen to music I like to sit down and truly listen for all the different instruments and techniques, I can't do this when concentrating. (Hope my mad man's ramblings make sense!)
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#3
I have a Chrome extension called Noisli that lets you combine a bunch of sounds. I'll use StayFocusd to block out my internet use for a specified period and then Noisli for whatever relaxing combos I feel like (usually thunderstorms).

I think Noisli has exactly those two looping samples too (plus a bunch more like white noise, crackling fire, rustling leaves, etc). I absolutely use these every time I do anything that requires long bouts of concentration. I even reuse combos for the same idea to keep my memory fresh.

EDIT: I can't do music, though. Not just distracting while you're working, but also cuz eventually you'll reach a song on an album that you don't want to hear at that time.
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#4
It entirely depends on what I'm doing

A menial or manual repetitive task, music will help me concentrate.

Something more intellectual I require silence or a low level ambient noise.
#5
I like to have music on in the background so that I can zone out and not actually get anything productive done


I find silence strangely distracting so some kind of ambience in the background is good
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#6
For studying I either use HNW or I try to make somewhere as silent as possible
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#8
If I'm mowing the lawn, I usually listen to fast, heavy music.

If I'm studying, I listen to stuff like My Sleeping Karma.
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I have a Chrome extension called Noisli that lets you combine a bunch of sounds. I'll use StayFocusd to block out my internet use for a specified period and then Noisli for whatever relaxing combos I feel like (usually thunderstorms).

I think Noisli has exactly those two looping samples too (plus a bunch more like white noise, crackling fire, rustling leaves, etc). I absolutely use these every time I do anything that requires long bouts of concentration. I even reuse combos for the same idea to keep my memory fresh.

EDIT: I can't do music, though. Not just distracting while you're working, but also cuz eventually you'll reach a song on an album that you don't want to hear at that time.


Oh wow I need to check this shit out.
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#10
ye so noisli is perfect, why didn't you tell me about this sonner u sonovabish
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I like to have music on in the background so that I can zone out and not actually get anything productive done


I find silence strangely distracting so some kind of ambience in the background is good


yeah

like when reading or during the two times a year i fool myself into thinking i can pick studying Japanese back up i'll listen to instrumental stuff like jazz or post-rock or smth, but when doing anything else i'll just listen to whatever

i finally signed up for (the free version of) spotify the other day and discovered their nice little premade playlists
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ye so noisli is perfect, why didn't you tell me about this sonner u sonovabish

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