Help me find good working music!
October 20, 2014 6:09 AM   Subscribe

I work a typical 9-5 job. Sometimes my job is routine, sometimes it is project management, sometimes it is complex thought. I am getting tired of listening to the same couple of albums at work, so I am extremely interesting in finding some new music that I could work to.

I recently bought spotify, so I do like things to be in that format, but Youtube works pretty much just as well! I prefer playlist style so I don't have to continuously manage it throughout the day.

Music I like so far:
-Portal 2 soundtrack (For when I need to focus in)
-Awesome Mix Vol 1 (from guardians of the galaxy)
-Today's Pop Hits (to feel young)
-Animal Crossing soundtrack
-Video Game Covers on Piano
-Super Smash Brothers Albums
-Metallica Black Album

I use the portal 2 music a lot because then it feels like I am a super-hacker-programmer taking over the world with each excel cell I change.

I am looking for different music though, so please, whatever you think I would like or whatever you use, I'm sure I will make a day out of listening to it!

posted by bbqturtle to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: This playlist has led me to many an album/artist that make good background.
Spotify: Tracks for Designers curated by @jayman
posted by Ness at 6:26 AM on October 20, 2014 [2 favorites]

Response by poster: A friend of mine just gave me

Which is a industrial band that sounds a lot like that Portal 2 soundtrack I like but a little less weird and a little more pinball-y!
posted by bbqturtle at 6:40 AM on October 20, 2014

Oops, shouldnt have hit post so quick.

Also whenever I'm stuck for something to listen to then I often end up with a terribly hip french record label: Spotify: Kitsune Maison Playlists

I'd recommend spending some quality time in Spotify's Discover and Radio areas, they do a great job of generating suggestions.
posted by Ness at 6:42 AM on October 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

Best answer: A few Spotify playlists I like for working are Workday Zen, Morning Tea, and Deep Dark Indie Folk. Also, Music from Braid is nice.
posted by neushoorn at 6:44 AM on October 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

SomaFm. Still free (and commercial free!), listener-supported-only streaming radio. They have a bunch of cool stations with a variety of stuffs on each one. My all-time internet favorite, still. :) :)
posted by bitterkitten at 7:24 AM on October 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

Search sound cloud for 'essential mix', but here's one you should like that is kind of chip-tune-y
posted by empath at 7:30 AM on October 20, 2014

I like listening to ambient music and IDM: Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, and the like. I used to listen to a lot of's DroneZone, too.
posted by deathpanels at 8:29 AM on October 20, 2014

Best answer: The Tron and Pacific Rim soundtracks also make your workday actions seem particularly badass.
posted by foxfirefey at 9:07 AM on October 20, 2014 [1 favorite]
posted by kaspen at 11:31 AM on October 20, 2014

Burial & Fourt Tet - Wolf Cub/Moth

My friend giving me that 5 years ago helped unlocked my ability to really write. I can listen to it on endless repeat for hours and hours.

If you want something with a little more energy, Blue Sky Black Death is great.

Any of Geotic's albums are great too if you want something really in the background, but almost euphoric.
posted by MetropolisOfMentalLife at 8:49 PM on October 20, 2014

Kitsune Maison is great.

More in the same vein:
Ed Rec vol 1-3 from Ed Banger Records
Ladytron - Softcore Jukebox
Miss Kittin Electroclash Massive 19 Track Mix
Miss Kittin Live At Sónar

Pi (the movie) Soundtrack (contains a bit of swearing so maybe NWS, but it's good to work to)
The Best of Cryogenic Studio
Aphex Twin - Drukqs
posted by the big lizard at 7:13 PM on October 23, 2014

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