Written on May 3rd, 2009
Most of the people reading this blog will probably agree that programming is one of the most mentally engrossing tasks out there. I believe this certainly has an effect on the variety of music listened to by people who write code.
Michal Marcinkowski, the creator of the infamous popular online action shooter called Soldat, is a huge fan of programming to heavy metal music. Michal listens to metal bands such as Manowar, Amon Amarth and Moonspell. He compares listening to metal as absorbing pure energy, using that energy in his programming efforts.
On the other hand, Dan “Data” Tabar, the main guy behind Data Realms, tends to listen to softer music such as chiptunes (including demo scene music) and retro video game music while programming his game, Cortex Command.
Personally, and surprisingly enough, I am partial to silence when programming. I’ve done some of my best programming and deepest thinking with a pair of earplugs. Although I do admit, some music is great to keep the thought process flowing; and in this case, my musical choice varies depending on what I’m working on. If the ideas I am translating into code are fairly complex, I will listen to something non-lyrical. This includes classical music such as Beethoven or Mozart, electronica, or similar to Dan, even tunes from retro video games.
Here are some sites that stream music I enjoy programming to:
http://www.kohina.com/ – Old school game and demo scene music.
http://www.di.fm/ – Electronica, classical and much more.
http://www.micromusic.net/ – Low tech music for high tech people!
http://www.scenemusic.eu/ – Demo scene music.
http://www.shoutcast.com/ – Good for everything else you can think of.
What do you listen to while you code? Feel free to share your musical recommendations and add your thoughts below!Posted in Game Development, Programming
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