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Distracted? Here’s 4 Music Genres To Cure That

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A ringing phone. The whirring of a printer. Chat from the water-cooler. An email alert…

There’s plenty of noises to distract you in an open-plan office.

The easiest solution is to put on a pair of noise-cancelling headphones and listen to your favourite playlist.

However, there’s been much debate over whether or not it’s productive to listen to music whilst you study or work. Some people claim that music is just another form of distraction.

Whilst that might be true for some, many find music a valuable resource during work hours. A study conducted by Mindlab International on behalf of MusicWorks, found that 9 out of 10 workers perform better when listening to music.

It isn’t just a matter of turning on your favourite tune, however. Certain genres are said to inspire more productive responses than others.

So, plug in your headphones and come have a look and listen to four of the best…

1.) The Ambient Approach


Ambient music pioneer Brian Eno once famously described ambient music as needing to be ‘as ignorable as it is interesting.’ I for one can’t think of a better description for the sort of music I like to listen to when I write.

Ambient music manages to move you emotionally without the use of catchy hooks or punchy lyrics. There’s nothing to tear your mind away from the project at hand.

Where to begin?

Brian Eno, Four Tet, Aphex Twin, Tetsu Inoue.

2.) The Classical Approach


People love to bang on about how listening to Mozart makes you smarter. But is there any truth to the rather tired claim?

Supposedly, tracks paced at about 60 beats per minute help listeners enter a creative thinking space. This has something to with the way in which the tempo is associated with the resting heart rate. It’s a pretty lofty claim, but what’s the worst that can happen?

Where to begin?

Most Baroque compositions will put you on the right track. Try Vivaldi’s Four Seasons or Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3.

3.) The Soundtrack Approach


If you’re looking for a playlist that will inspire you but won’t interfere with your work, then listening to a movie or game soundtrack is one of the best places to start. A soundtrack helps establish the mood of the film or game without distracting the viewer from the story. What better company as you work?

Of course, there are exceptions. The Superman title theme might be a little distracting.

Where to begin?

Hans Zimmer’s work (eg. Interstellar, Inception), Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross collaboration (eg. The Social Network, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – US), Howard’s Shore’s work (The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit franchise), Studio Ghibli soundtracks, Journey OST.

4.) The Noise Approach


It’s not all about music. Findings presented at the Acoustical Society of America’s annual meeting in 2015 revealed that employees found their mood and productivity was boosted when listening to nature sounds such as rainfall whilst working.

Where to begin?

If ‘natural soundscape’ sounds a little too much like whale music for you, many people benefit from listening to white noise or radio stations in a foreign language.

As you can see, you’re better off not listening to music with lyrics when you work.

However, there’s no need to blacklist your favourite tracks forever. There’s a time and a place for everything, so why not listen to your favourites when you need to launch yourself out of a mid-afternoon slump?

Happy listening!