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The Lighter Side of Programming: What Music Do You Listen To While Programming?

June 3, 2011

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Programming … some days are more exciting than others. So, on those “less-exciting” days, our developers resort to the power of music therapy (and coffee) to keep them inspired and focused. We asked our team “what music do you listen to while programming?” Here’s what some of them said:

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Gordon
Programming Language: PHP
Genres: Jazz
Artists: Nina Simone

Jason J.
Programming Language: PHP
Genres: Hip hop, Jazz, Electronica
Artists: Flying Lotus, Black Sheep

Craig
Programming Language: ColdFusion
Genres: Punk, Metal, Ska, Classic Rock
Artists: Metallica, Less than Jake

Sam
Programming Language: ColdFusion
Genres: Salsa, Instrumental (Guitar)
Artists: Samuel Barber, Tito Puente

Ticean
Programming Language: PHP
Genres: Alternative, Experimental
Artists: Radiohead, James Blake, Daft Punk

Jeremy
Programming Language: PHP
Genres: ‘80s, ‘90s
Artists: Depeche Mode, Stone Temple Pilots

Radu
Programming Language: .NET
Genres: Classical, Contemporary Jazz
Artists: Mozart, Acoustic Alchemy

Alfredo
Programming Language: .NET
Genres: Rock
Artists: Beastie Boys

Burjiss
Programming Language: PHP
Genres: Oldies, Alternative, Hip hop
Artists: Don McLean, Jim Croce, Jack Johnson, Cassidy

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Our developers aren’t the only ones listening to music while getting through the day. Here’s how others in our team answered that same question:

Danielle
Accountant
Genres: Adult Alternative
Artists: Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson

Rachele
Project Manager
Genres: Ambience Music
Artists: None in particular (mostly background sounds of nature)

Sonia
Web Designer
Genres: All kinds
Artists: Fleet Foxes, Jay-Z, Radiohead, Neil Young, Wilco, Queens of the Stone Age, Sleigh Bells, The Black Keys

Kevin
VP of Operations
Genres: Alternative
Artists: Jack Johnson

Colin
Project Manager
Genres: Indie Rock, Alternative
Artists: Florence and the Machine, Muse, Neon Trees

Brett
VP, Creative Services
Genres: Classical, Jazz, Heavy Metal
Artists: John Coltrane, Vladimir Horowitz, Billie Holiday

Ale
Marketing/PR Director
Genres: Classic Rock, ‘80s, Electronica, Jazz, Alternative
Artists: Tears for Fears, Duran Duran, Stone Temple Pilots, China Crisis, Japan, MGMT

Catherine
Office Manager
Genres: Alternative
Artists: Muse, Linkin Park

Charlie
Systems Administrator
Genres: Metal
Artists: Metal Church, Dio

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So tell us … what do you listen to when programming? Let us know via the comments box below, or on Twitter -- @guidance.