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September 6, 2011 9:32 AM   Subscribe

Any alternatives to GrooveSalad? Ambient tones, but most importantly, no vocals!?! Please fill my ears with distraction-free tunes!

I love SomaFM's Groove Salad. For years, it's been my default go to source for soothing, distraction-free background music while I'm at work and trying to concentrate on the geek tasks at hand.

However, lately it seems like they've been including a lot more vocals, and they just snap me right out of the zone. Granted, they're not overly dominant, but any voice at all just forces my brain to focus on them and I lose my focus.

I've been trying DroneZone instead, but the chirping birds seem to have the same affect on me as human voices. So, minds of mefi, any suggestions on what else I should listen to that are similar to Groove Salad, but without all the voices?

(I've conceded the fact that I will have to put up with occasional adverts/pleas for money - these free stations need to support themselves somehow. But the fewer the better, as obviously they're distracting as well.)
posted by cgg to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
You could pull your favorite tracks from SomaFM and seed a new Pandora station. Tune it as you go along to drop the vocal tracks when they invariable pop up.
posted by jquinby at 9:35 AM on September 6, 2011

Send Rusty Hodge an email and tell him your woes. He might just make a station that does exactly what you want because I reckon lots of other people want something like that too. Seriously. (I love and give them money.)
posted by seanmpuckett at 9:39 AM on September 6, 2011 [1 favorite]

If you're trying more than one SomaFM stream, then I take it you haven't simply caught feeds elsewhere and are familiar with their full run.

A number of the soma streams go voiceless for extended periods -- Tag's Trance, Secret Agent, Beat Blender, even Suburbs of Goa -- while some never do (Mission Control).

But I find the streams so variable these days that I never tune in expecting to like what's on a given one -- I hit up a few and stick with the one I like, often changing again within the hour.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 9:46 AM on September 6, 2011

Slacker has a chill station specifically without vocals.
posted by mckenney at 10:10 AM on September 6, 2011

RadioIO has a bunch of similar channels, e.g. Ambient, Chill, Aura, etc.
posted by mikeand1 at 10:30 AM on September 6, 2011

Lots of variety of non-vocal (and vocal) at
posted by xedrik at 11:24 AM on September 6, 2011

My work productivity is fed by the glorious 78-minute ambient radio show, Ultima Thule--subscribe to the podcast or stream shows online.
You'll also find a nice collection of ambient mixes (as well as other chill beats) at this blog.
posted by prinado at 11:39 AM on September 6, 2011

posted by scolbath at 11:45 AM on September 6, 2011

Pandora's Chill/Downtempo station works for me.
posted by expialidocious at 11:45 AM on September 6, 2011

You could always give Jonny Trunk's The OST Show a try. Not strictly electronic ambientness like Groove Salad but lots of good instrumental stuff. A podcast archive is available (the Ghostbox special is a fave of mine) and it's live every Saturday 4.30pm (UK time) on Resonance FM.
posted by Gentlemanhog at 12:34 PM on September 6, 2011

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