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function musicForProgramming(task)
task = (task === undefined) ? 'programming' : task;
return 'A series of mixes intended for listening while '+task+' to aid concentration and increase productivity (also compatible with other activities).';
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Through years of trial and error - skipping around internet radio stations, playing our entire music collections on shuffle, or just hammering single albums on repeat, we have found that the most effective music to aid prolonged periods of intense concentration tends to have a mixture of the following qualities:

Field recordings
Vagueness (Hypnagogia)
Textures without rhythm
Minor complex chords
Early music (Baroque, lute, harpsichord)
Very few drums or vocals
Synth arpeggios
Awesome / daunting / foreboding
Walls of reverb

Music possessing these qualities can often provide just the right amount of interest to occupy the parts of your brain that would otherwise be left free to wander and lead to distraction during your work.

Keyboard controls:
[SPACE] play / pause
[LEFT] previous episode
[RIGHT] next episode

If you listen to the episodes a lot, please consider downloading the files and playing offline to ease server load. Bulk episode download mirrors will be added soon...

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