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If I listen to music while coding it is to shut out the distracting noises from around me.
So I usually choose Bach(anything from The Well Tempered Clavier to the St Matthew Passion) or more recently Palestrina - as the music needs to be something that will not distract me from my thoughts but will mask distractions coming from loud people in the office or cereal bowl clanking.
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I'm 31 and I use the same method. Dangerous amounts of caffeine mixed with music. Which music depends on my mood but I usually switch between:
* Old school heavy metal (Metallica, Armored Saints, Judas Priest, Dio)
* Blue Oyster Cult, Jethro Tull, Fleetwood Mac
* Power / Epic Metal (Nightwish, Lacuna Coil, Rhapsody of Fire, Dragonforce)
* Grunge, a lot of it (especially Alice in Chains and Soundgarden)
* Gothic: Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Sisters of Mercy, Type O Negative
* Alternative metal: Korn, System of a down, Slipknot and some Italian band on that turf
* Rave music: mainly Prodigy and Ministry.
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I'm a huge Pink Floyd fan, and the music I used to make back when I was able to have a wee studio was very Floydian in nature. But it's just not something I'd listen to while working for whatever reason.
When you are at the keyboard as much as I am, silence can become an oppressive, scary thing. It starts pressing in on me. And I really don't find music distracting, at least not in a bad way. I'm so apt to just go Rain Mode when programming that it's probably good for me to throw down some bread crumbs along the way.
'stooopid tea' (steeped for at least an hour) and right now Pink Martini, Devil Doll, and The Squirrel Nut Zippers are playing
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So it was okay until they got caught?
Microsoft was caught YEARS ago, but all we here from the FTC is crickets.
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