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Poll: What type of music do you listen to while working?
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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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Other Jun 19, 2016

WHatever happens to be played by my favourite and ear-chosen radio station...

And if they happen to be playing a load of rubbish, then nothing at all.... although...

... a good portion of Techno does a good job to get me motivated and Jean-Michel Jarre to get me back down again☺

[Edited at 2016-06-19 23:39 GMT]


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Teresa Borges
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None! Jun 19, 2016

As I said before in one of the 11 quick polls on the theme: music interferes with my ability to focus on my work, but I do need some background noise, my TV is always on, except when I'm revising my work or proofreading others' work: I press the mute key!

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Patrick Doporto  Identity Verified
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80's Thrash Metal Jun 19, 2016

I don't play it at full volume but rather just enough to hear it as background noise. I can't work in silence and having my favourite music play in the background helps a lot to keep me motivated and generally in a good mood.

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Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
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No music while working Jun 19, 2016

I can't have music on while working, as I get distracted, but I sometimes find a little music break refreshing and revitalising. Anything from Kraftwerk to the Manic Street Preachers, or sometimes a bit of 70s disco.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other Jun 19, 2016

Usually BBC Six Music ... or Radio 3 de España when they're not just blathering away (they do like their chatty shows).
The type of music I play can depend on the text I'm working on. If it doesn't require to much thought or concentration, banging electro or afrobeat is fine by me. I find thoughtful material goes better with classical music like Vivaldi or similar.


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Katrin Bosse  Identity Verified
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No music, no noise, SILENCE! Jun 19, 2016

In fact, I am extremely sensitive to any kind of noise, to the extent that I plug my ears when working to make sure I can work in total silence. If the street outside is particularly busy and noisy (sometimes due to rain), I even put headphones over my plugged ears to increase the silencing effect.

I know, I am a bit of an extreme case...


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Dittebd
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Off to Iceland! Jun 19, 2016

Whilst I would definitely never want to work without music, lyrics can be quite a distracting factor I find. My solution is to listen to music in languages I don't understand. I love Ásgeir and Sigur Rós for instance, and their Icelandic lyrics certainly don't interfere with my work as I don't understand a word of it

Another option is classical music of course. My favourite Monday-morning-get-your-act-together-piece is Orawa by Wojciech Kilar - then you're awake!


[Edited at 2016-06-19 11:30 GMT]

[Edited at 2016-06-19 12:10 GMT]


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Birdsong or nothing Jun 19, 2016

... in the spring and summer when I can have the window open, the blackbirds do a lovely soothing warble. I can work to it, sleep to it, whatever. Most other sounds distract me, so the quieter, the better.
I can sometimes work to my husband's music if I have to - Jim Reeves and all the other crooners, but I heave a sigh of relief when he goes out! I prefer classics, currently Smetana and Sibelius, no singing, but to listen to, NOT when I am working...


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Dittebd
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:) Jun 19, 2016

Christine Andersen wrote:

... in the spring and summer when I can have the window open, the blackbirds do a lovely soothing warble. I can work to it, sleep to it, whatever. Most other sounds distract me, so the quieter, the better.
I can sometimes work to my husband's music if I have to - Jim Reeves and all the other crooners, but I heave a sigh of relief when he goes out! I prefer classics, currently Smetana and Sibelius, no singing, but to listen to, NOT when I am working...


Oh yes, "Má vlast" is a favourite here too!


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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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Miscellanea Jun 19, 2016

I had the patience to convert all my CDs to MP3. So now I have a giant music folder, with many different types of music. I just choose whatever comes to my mind and play it. No specific type of music for working.

Many people would say music is distraction. However, living in a noisy town, it's a blessing. It actually doesn't allow all the noise outside to distract you.

[Edited at 2016-06-19 13:16 GMT]


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Georgia Morgan  Identity Verified
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Fado Jun 19, 2016

I love it and it helps me concentrate. I just tune in to Radio Amalia. Occasionally they chat too much, so then I put on a Fado CD

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Silence, please Jun 19, 2016

Katrin Bosse wrote:

In fact, I am extremely sensitive to any kind of noise, to the extent that I plug my ears when working to make sure I can work in total silence. If the street outside is particularly busy and noisy (sometimes due to rain), I even put headphones over my plugged ears to increase the silencing effect.

I know, I am a bit of an extreme case...


I find your preference for silence fascinating. Besides translating, do you read a lot? Do you find yourself reminiscing, looking inward a lot?

I do some of that.


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Other (the pollster never heard of jazz?) Jun 19, 2016

I listen to instrumental (classical, jazz, chillout, some dubstep), and I find some music with lyrics refreshing. I can listen to different genres during the day depending on my mood and my brain activity (from sluggish to frantic and back).

I can't stand lyrics while I work or read, unless I'm reading some light material, like newspaper columns or comics.

Yesterday I bought a Finnish LP record, in excellent condition. One of the songs was Bésame mucho, all of it sung in Finnish! I don't know a lick of the language but the music of it is quite something.


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svenfrade  Identity Verified
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No music... Jun 19, 2016

I find music distracting, even purely instrumental music. In fact, I don't like music as 'background noise' at all, I think music should be listend to and enjoyed properly.

I would not be able to work while having the TV on either (I hardly ever watch TV anyway) and I hate it when my neighbour downstairs turns up his so I can almost understand every word that is being said.

I do like having the window open though. I am lucky enough to live in a fairly quiet part of town and I love to hear the birds outside or the sound of rain pouring down.


[Edited at 2016-06-19 16:53 GMT]


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