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Playlist advice for background at work?

Discussion in 'Sensorium' started by chevalier, Nov 6, 2021.

  1. chevalier

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    Hey, guys. Today I convinced myself to give Amazon Music a try.

    The thing is, I love music, but I also love silence. Recently, I've loved silence so much I've realized it's actually difficult to come up with search terms to even begin wading through Amazon's vast collection. It's not like I don't have my favourite genres or artists, but the thing is huge.

    Let's not make this more complicated than necessary. Background, first of all. Instrumental tracks rather than vocals. Something to set the right atmosphere, either motivate or relax but without too much distraction. Something similar to game tracks or the kind of music one would use for a tabletop session — something definitely there but not interfering with the conversation.

    Loreena McKennitt and Enya are among my favourites, but those ladies, well, sing. I've tried 'epic', but apparently this isn't recognized as a genre, so only album and band names containing it will pop up. Fortunately, Jeremy Soule and Andreas Waldetoft are somewhat well represented. What else or who else would you search for?
     
  2. dmc

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    Hrrm - can't really help you much as the only music I can tolerate as background at work is classical.
     
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    I've always liked Gutav Holst's The Planets for various moods. If you don't know it, you'd probably recognize some of the pieces if you heard them. I especially like Jupiter. Who is playing the pieces I find makes a big difference.
     
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    I can recommend di.fm radio -- I've been listening to its various channels as background music during work for ages. Even subscribed there for a long time now. There's a huge selection for literally every taste, but the ones I have running the most are various chill, atmospheric, lounge, chillout, ambient and synthwave channels.

    You can listen via their website or load the channels as a playlist in your music player of choice.
     
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    Try some Persona music, search for some velvet room music like this.
     
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    When I'm reading or gaming, I also like this kind of music because music with too much bass and rhythm is too distracting for me. What I do like a lot is Celestial Aeon Project. The make lot's of albums with their own edits of film music and game music. They even did some songs from Baldur's Gate, Planescape, Icewind Dale etc.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMfWOru9HVs
    https://youtu.be/_DTqWk2aVC8

    Also great during tabletop. Things I like as well:

    Era
    Iona / Dave Bainbridge
    Some movie soundtracks though some soundtracks also have more distraction parts. For example, I like the shire / fellowship / rohan-parts in the LoTR-soundtracks but the battle-songs and songs about Frodo in Mordor are distraction. So soundtracks might work but you might have to make a playlist with selections.
     
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