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Music To Listen To When Working

 

Creating the perfect atmosphere for work is not an easy task. Depending on how easily you get distracted, you may require a specific ambient to increase your productivity and give your best.

That being said, some prefer complete silence when working and even the slightest sound or voice can distract them. Others, on the contrary, manage to isolate themselves from the crowd and work in harsh conditions, no matter how noisy the environment.

For those who are looking for a new sound as well as for those who want to relax a moment while performing their daily tasks at work, we have gathered some of the best types of music you can listen to and described them below.

Classical Music

Aside from the creepy scenes in Hannibal where the main character used to cook human meat while listening to classical music, this type of music is the most popular choice when it comes to increasing one’s productivity at work. The lack of lyrics allows you to focus on your tasks without distracting your brain, while the smooth sounds of the piano, cello or violin help you relax.

Moreover, the so-called “Mozart Effect” remains a popular belief amongst people even though it has been highly contested. Placebo or not, many consider classical music to have a positive impact on the mental health and work productivity so you may want to give it a try next time you’re approaching a deadline or lack inspiration.

 

Video game soundtracks

Video game music is specifically created to enhance your gaming experience and help you stay focused on what matters. It rarely contains lyrics but is known to have an alert rhythm, at least when we’re talking about shooters or racing games. FIFA is another popular video game highly appraised for its choice of in-game soundtracks that help players remain alert.

On the other hand, if you need more calm to help you concentrate, you can pick up soundtracks from exploration games, life simulation games or construction games, including Age of Empires, Starcraft or Sims.

 

Nature sounds and music

Those who put their brains to work on a regular basis might not need the extra stimulation provided by fast or alert music. On the contrary, scientific studies have shown that people who work in research or IT-related fields often prefer more relaxing sounds and music to increase their productivity.

Listening to the calming sounds of nature can, in fact, enhance concentration and cognitive functions. Flowing water, rainfalls or the sound of leaves when the wind blows often have a positive impact on one’s concentration while bird calls and loud animal noises can provide the opposite effect.

 

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A short history of the Radio

 

We have radios everywhere in this day and age. We have them in our cars, and in our homes, and we even listen to music on the radio, each time we walk into a grocery store. It is easy to forget that this now almost invisible technology is just a little over one century old. That said, it serves to know a few things about how the radio came into being, and how the technology has been improved over the decades of its existence.

 

Who invented the radio?

There was a bit of a controversy in regards to who the inventor of the radio was, for a while, at least. We all know today that Guglielmo Marconi is considered to be the one who came up with the idea, but it seems that history can be tricky sometimes.

It is true that Marconi was the first person ever to receive a wireless telegraphy patent. That was happening in 1896, in England. But, three years prior, Nikolai Tesla, on American soil, had proven that a wireless radio could be a reality and even filed for the required patents in the US in 1897. However, because Marconi managed to transmit a wireless signal across the pond in 1901, he will always be the one who people consider the rightful inventor of the radio.

 

A time for amateurship

Today, when you go shop for a radio, you expect a plethora of manufacturers to jump to the occasion of vying for your attention, in the hope that you will purchase your new radio unit from them. But it was not always so.

Before the First World War, only a handful of enthusiasts were trying to make sense of the new technology and use it, guided by passion alone. Hobbyist magazines were filled with information on the machinery and technology, and that is why it is safe to say that hobbyists were the first to embrace the radio.

 

The First World War and the Morse code

During World War I, the new invention served for contacting the ships that were in the middle of the ocean. There were no speech broadcasting operations involved, as the radio was used mainly to transmit information in Morse code. While it was still far from the widespread sensation that it was going to become, the radio proved its usefulness in times of need.

 

The first broadcasts

While during the amateurship period, one can hardly speak about genuine broadcasting, that was going to change. In 1921, the Westinghouse’s KDKA-Pittsburgh started by broadcasting regular radio programs, and commercial radiotelephony became a reality in 1927.

 

After World War II

The next major conflict the humankind lived through found the radio even more useful than before. But it was after the war that the radio gained incredible popularity, with everyone listening to their favorite songs on the radio, and the rise of the first celebrities to be made such by Marconi’s invention.

 

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Video Killed the Radio Star – Is It True?

 

Ever since 1978, the year when the song “Video Killed the Radio Star” was first released, the idea that new technologies are affecting the media arts has started gaining popularity. The song especially refers to how the age of the TV replaced that of the radio. However, how accurate is this assertion today?

The battle between the TV and the radio

As the famous track suggests, in the ’70s and early 80’s the popularity of the TV was undisputable. Then, sitcoms were highly popular and young and urban programs were becoming more and more successful. After all, let’s not forget that the music video for “Video Killed the Radio Star” was the first video ever to be aired on MTV.

After the tremendous impact that the TV had in the 2000s, nowadays, it is often seen as out-of-date, as it has been replaced by streaming services and popular video-sharing websites such as Youtube. Yet, in the long run, it seems like the radio managed to survive the age of the TV, that of the iPods and that it is still going strong in the current era of Spotify. In other words, the Radio is more alive than ever before.

Recent studies have shown that Americans consider the radio to be the number one way to discover new music. Apart from providing one with cool tunes that one can sing along to when commuting to work, the radio also includes segments where information regarding the latest news is presented.

The main reason why radio is still so popular is the fact that it is easily available. Most of its listeners tune in to their favorite shows while in their cars, making their way to work. Plus, radio has a format that is effortless to access and to understand, and it is, most important than everything else, free of charge.

 

Branching out: The Internet Radio

What makes Radio so successful today is the fact that the term does no longer refer to terrestrial radio or the AM/FM stations. Instead, the new era of technology has led to the development of Internet Radio. By this, we mean those digital stations that are not bounded by physical limitations. After all, we are currently surrounded by millennials who no longer believe in lack of accessibility.

Although numerous Internet stations are highly popular, it should be noted that the old-fashioned AM/FM radio has managed to remain the biggest and easiest way to reach large masses of people. According to a new study, more than 90% of radio listeners tune in weekly to listen to specific shows. Therefore, it seems like video didn’t actually kill the radio star after all!

 

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My favorite country music players

 

When it comes to country music, people seem to only go in two opposite directions – they either absolutely love it or hate it with all their guts. And, even though tastes might not change overnight, the country music genre seems to have undergone some serious adjustments in the past decade or so.

Let’s face it – when you think about country music you mainly have a strong image of a middle-aged musician with a harmonica or a mandolin blabbing about cowboys, girls, and the good life in the countryside. However, nowadays the country music seems to also be inspired by folk, rock or pop genres, as more and more musicians are seeking new ways to reach the younger public.

So, either you love it or hate it, there are some country music players that might be worthy of your attention.

Dolly Parton

Dolly is by far the most popular feminine voice of country music. She is also a very skilled actress and songwriter, known for writing most of her songs. Even after many years in the spotlight, Dolly Parton still manages to sway the audience with her contagious smile and breathtaking beauty.

Dolly’s most famous song remains “Jolene”, which she has interpreted for many years and that has been covered hundreds of times by other important musicians and bands. However, perhaps the most touching tribute remains the one of Dolly’s goddaughter, the famous singer, and actress Miley Cyrus. Their duet on the song “Jolene” is definitely worthy of your time.

 

Blake Shelton

As I previously mentioned, the country music stage has seen a resurrection in the past few years, mainly because of a new wave of talented singers who tried their luck with the genre. One of them is Blake Shelton, a singer, songwriter, and music star who’s extremely easy on the eye.

Born in 1976 in Oklahoma, Blake was married two times before meeting his current wife, famous singer Gwen Stefani. The couple has worked together on many seasons of America’s most famous TV music show, “The Voice”.

Ever since his debut in 2001, Shelton has released 11 music albums and has gained millions of fans worldwide.

Taylor Swift

Swift is definitely the leader of the new country music generation and arguably one of the most talented singers and songwriters in the world right now. At just 28 years of age, Taylor Swift already has an impressive career and has gained numerous trophies.

She is a true inspiration for new musicians and remains tied to her country roots even though she transitioned to pop music a few years ago. The singer released six music albums, with her latest called “Reputation” in 2017. She is also known for her electric live performances and her tumultuous personal life.

 

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My favorite online radio stations

 

Everyone said that radio was dying. But as a matter of fact, in recent years, it has flourished, against all odds. Granted, traditional radio devices are not as popular as they once were, but instead, stations moved online, where everyone can access them.

Now you can find thousands of radio stations from all over the world, and it can be hard to discover a quality one that plays popular music. That’s why I’ve decided to create this article, so I could bring some clarity into this haze of options and spread the word about some of my favorite stations.

I will try to keep things as diverse as possible because it’s nice to have some variety when it comes to music. The Top 100 type of radio can get bored pretty quickly, so in case you need a back-up, I have you covered. Just bookmark this article so you can access it whenever you need some inspiration.

The first radio station I want you to enjoy is Pitchfork Radio. If you want an alternative to streaming services, this is it. It plays hundreds of independent artists so you can always discover new styles and fresh tunes. If you know the online magazine with the same name, then you know what to expect. It also has many excellent shows on topics such as music, politics, and current events.

Another cool and young vibed stop is Soma FM. It is based in a warehouse in San Francisco, and it has somewhat of a different concept. Soma FM is funded by its listeners, meaning there are no ads. Additionally, it has varied programs, covering every style and taste from folk to experimental music. I really enjoy the fact that there are no annoying ads for things I don’t care about – something that is quite hard to find nowadays.

Next in line is KEXP. The station was born in Seattle, and it took over the Internet and become one of the most significant voices in the grunge music scene. The station usually plays alt-rock and indie music, and it has allowed me to get a taste of the coolest bands throughout the ages, not just from our modern times.

And the last station I want to introduce you to is Kiss FM. It’s a bit of a predictable one, but the truth is, when I need some ambient music, Kiss is my go-to. It’s fantastic if you want to stay up to date with the latest releases from famous artists such as Katy Perry, Rihanna, and many others.

I listen to it whenever I have to clean and when I want to fool around in my home, dancing like a dork, with a glass of red wine in my hand and a deodorant that acts as a microphone, in the other.

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