Music to code to


What is the best music to program to?

At Quba we believe sometimes you just need to zone out and stick the headphones on. Remove the external noise and focus. Here’s a selection of music we like to listen to when bashing out some code…

Ji, Senior Developer

Howard Shore
- The Lord of the Rings Symphony (or one of the Official Soundtracks if the symphony isn’t available)

Enchanting, emotional and epic. The office becomes Middle Earth, and your debugging is a quest to destroy the One Ring.

Stu, Senior Interaction Designer

Foals
- Mountain At My Gates
 
I like to code to things a bit more up-beat. This song is a head bopper and makes me think of summer; sunshine, long evenings, light mornings & festivals!

You don’t necessarily have to sing along to it either, so it’s less distracting than something like, say, Spice Girls.

Sophie, Senior Developer

Tchaikovsky
- Nutcracker Suite : Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
 
Russian dude, writes music about a sugar-plum fairy, must be a legit geezer.
 
Also, classical music makes you more intelligent, FACT.

Adam, Graduate Developer

Moby
- Hotel (disc 2)

I normally listen to music whilst coding when I need to concentrate, so I tend to go for something instrumental. If I’m ever on auto-pilot, it’s only hip-hop!

Damien, Developer

Gunship
- Gunship

It makes you feel like you've time traveled to the 80's and you're part of Miami Vice and Terminator at the same time.

Mike, Developer

Underworld
- Second Toughest in the Infants

Gets me up and keeps me up, and just weird enough to keep the creative flow. If I’m looking to get in the zone for a couple of hours, I will start myself off with Banstyle / Sappys Curry then Best Mamgu Ever. Underworld has the right amount of white noise to keep from a wondering mind. Oh, and it’s awesome!

Ben, Head of Tech

Joe Satriani
- Shockwave Supernova

When coding I prefer to listen to instrumental music as I find lyrics can be distracting. This is Joe’s latest album, and it's pretty much a greatest hits of originals (if that makes sense?). Standout track is “If There Is No Heaven”.

Plus I play guitar and pretty much idolize Joe Satriani.

Gareth, Senior Developer

When i really need to concentrate i don't listen to music at all. I use http://asoftmurmur.com/ where you can mix your own ambient sounds to drown out distractions.

 

Got any suggestions? Let us know!

27 Feb

2017
Ben Franklin
Listed in:  Development
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