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I didn't find similar topic, and I thought this might be interesting. I always need something playing in the background to stimulate me in some way. So, what do you listen to while mapping, modeling, coding, or any other TDM-related stuff?

 

I don't want to dump all my stuff on you at once, so I'll start with three albums I listen to lately. This will be mostly electronic/ambient music:

 

I've heard the game is average, but the OST is superb.

 

Another similar case, as DX:IW was a bit of a disappointment, but the OST has become a cult classic for me, and I spent many hours with it playing on repeat while I was modeling things.

 

And something I found just two days ago. Very classic ambient vibes, loved it instantly. And I'm pretty sure these guys know System Shock 2, I'm sure you'll hear why :)

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T: DS soundtrack is obviously excellent, although it has a strong horror vibe, and I find it a bit too distracting to listen while modeling or texturing. It gets really tense at times ;) I've spent many hours mapping with DX:HR in the background though, another good choice. Also, we should probably post links to whole albums, as you don't want to switch tracks every 5 minutes or so while doing something.

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I rarely listen to music while mapping, as I find it distracting most of the time (I'm not the multi-tasking guy). But when I do I prefer ambient music as well. This one is pretty good imho

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zdg-AMv8tw

TDS soundtrack: http://www.moddb.com/games/thief-deadly-shadows/downloads/thief-deadly-shadows-soundtrack

 

T1/T2 Soundtrack: http://www.ttlg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=145018

 

The Thief 4 Soundtrack can actually be bought at amazon for example. Never understood why someone should pay for music he listens to when playing the game all the time :blink:

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Although someone's music-modelling associations are interesting I guess it will be too dependent on e.g. nostalgia to make it "useful" for others - what matter is if it make you want to work. I can listen to any kind of music - one song looped for an hour, without being bored or tired. I need a trance so my thoughts and feelings go in parallel to each other and everything that will straighten them will fit the purpose. But for the sake of subject:

 

Ufo:Aftershock - enjoyed both game and music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-RQfpgERZA

 

Oblivion - TES4 have one of the best soundtracks, but I'm talking about the movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWIXUxmN1vQ

 

any more or less melodic electronic music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=octfeKzPLmg

 

Tangerine Dream - Stratosfear - I used to listen to this while reading Moomins when I was maybe 10 :D .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w8VsvJ40sM

 

TD - Miracle Mile. Those bits are like soundtrack to my memories.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doW4s-1ULOc&t

 

TD - Rubycon. Full submergence.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmpxXq3Gx9w&t

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftckgVqc04E&t

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Thief 2 soundtrack as compiled by Child of Karras.

 

I'd say the Morrowind soundtrack beats Oblivion (as in TES IV). Morrowind had the right mix ( watch?v=zaeO0zitvy0 ) of high and low energy moments, while Oblivion was a little too relaxed.

 

Streets of Simcity soundtrack is pretty good, divided into 4 "genres". Unfortunately they sound fuzzy due to the 22.05 kHz sampling rate:

 

Jazzy SimCity 3000 soundtrack:

 

Age of Empires 2 + Conquerors soundtrack (doesn't include some tracks from the three new expansions):

 

Cossacks:

 

I don't think I've listened to the full SpaceEngine soundtrack (nearly 4 hours long) but there you have it:

 

Death Grips instrumentals:

 

Diablo 2 (Act 3 is best):

 

I also suggest looking up music livestreams on YouTube. The "lofi hiphop" type ones are pretty good and won't be distracting. Plus the streams just keep on going forever.

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Music is usually too distracting for me while coding. That being said, before Corona, when I still worked at the office instead of at home, I still listened to music occasionally when my colleagues were too loud. The type of music depends on my current mood, but I generally lean more towards rather unconventional music or music with incredible audio engineering.

When working on creative stuff, I like to listen to music that fits the setting I am trying to achieve. 🙂 

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6 hours ago, STiFU said:

Music is usually too distracting for me while coding.

If I'm working from home, I either work in silence as well, or have something fairly generic and relaxing in the background, e.g. one of the chillhop playlists. For creative stuff I can actually focus with a podcast in the background, or I use something that matches the mood of what I'm doing, yeah :)

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I learned that the best music is some soundtrack playlist. Ideally with timestamps. Clear, loud lyrics also carry the danger of distracting when you start singing along. Unfortunately I needed music all the time to block out undesirable sounds and focus on the task. The nr. 1 rule is that music doesn't become another thing that procrastinates work. Need to get stuff done. Get a draft with at least half the content ready as it is. Then focus on perfectionism when it's almost ready. So it can be any music. Good music does not have a genre.

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1 hour ago, Anderson said:

Clear, loud lyrics also carry the danger of distracting when you start singing along.

This is pretty much the only thing I adhere to in this context. So if it's sung music I want to listen, it better be indecipherable or in another language. Or both.

As far as the topic as a whole goes, here's a random assortment of albums I've gone to over the past few years.

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Haven't played the game, but I discovered this while in school, specifically to have something to listen to while working. Probably the best soundtrack in the business.

 

I have played this one, but I didn't appreciate the OST until it became my other go-to school-time background music album of choice.

 

This is just a banger, could listen to it in almost any scenario. Mostly instrumental darksynth.

 

Dreampunk works well as a moody backdrop.

 

It's French, so can't tell what it's about even if there's a lot of clean singing. Post-black metal or somesuch.

 

English, but not exactly sing-along. Pre-post black metal, or just black metal.

That said, while working from home, I often don't listen to anything, since it's usually quiet.

1 hour ago, Anderson said:

Good music does not have a genre.

But bad music does, it's called jazz. :awesome:

Just kidding. But really, jazz does suck hard.

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1 hour ago, roygato said:

This is pretty much the only thing I adhere to in this context. So if it's sung music I want to listen, it better be indecipherable or in another language. Or both.

As far as the topic as a whole goes, here's a random assortment of albums I've gone to over the past few years.

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Haven't played the game, but I discovered this while in school, specifically to have something to listen to while working. Probably the best soundtrack in the business.

 

I have played this one, but I didn't appreciate the OST until it became my other go-to school-time background music album of choice.

 

This is just a banger, could listen to it in almost any scenario. Mostly instrumental darksynth.

 

Dreampunk works well as a moody backdrop.

 

It's French, so can't tell what it's about even if there's a lot of clean singing. Post-black metal or somesuch.

 

English, but not exactly sing-along. Pre-post black metal, or just black metal.

That said, while working from home, I often don't listen to anything, since it's usually quiet.

But bad music does, it's called jazz. :awesome:

Just kidding. But really, jazz does suck hard.

Depends the type of jazz, I also don't like some type of jazz (big band, free jazz and some kind of this), but jazz has a los of differnt styles and genres, it's not good to globalize it. 

 

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I listen to a variety of things from Jazz Singers, to Smooth Jazz, to Classical Ochestral to my favourite performer, Stepjan Hauser (left side of 2Cellos)

 

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