My At-Work Soundtrack
My day just isn't complete without a little music. However, this can be problematic for me as a writer and editor. When I listen to music in English, I often find myself distracted or mixing up the words I am reading with the words I am hearing.
But this isn't a problem without a solution. In fact, I have found quite a few ways around this limitation. Below are just some of the tunes I listen to while working.
Ambient music is music that is designed to fade into the background and become one with the environment. It is soothing, unobtrusive, and wordless. It is rare for ambien music to be up tempo, so it makes for a relaxing environment.
While that might sound like elevator muzak, once you listen to it, you will discover that it is very different.
To find this music, browse ambient music playlists and look for works by artists such as Brian Eno, The Orb, and Aphex Twin--just be sure you are checking out their ambient works and not their traditional works.
Movie and Video Game Soundtracks
While ambient music is always chill, movie and video game soundtracks are perfect for getting yourself into a certain mood. You can get yourself pumped up, manic, relaxed, and anything in between. All you have to do is find the right song.
While soundtracks will include songs with words from time to time, all you have to do is avoid them while you assemble your playlist. You can even target specific composers, such as Philip Glass and Hans Zimmer.
You might be surprised by this one; not only is it excellent, but instrumental hip hop tracks are easy to find. Most of these tracks were created so independent musicians and MCs could layer over them and create something unique. However, they are great to listen to while working. These tracks can really get your energy up when you are feeling down and help you finish your work day.
Do you have specific tracks you would recommend? Share them with us.
Freelance writer and editor with an education background, working from home and living abroad.