A playlist can have magical import upon your creative output. Here’s some music styles that have helped me for writing, creating, sorting and doing the more mundane but necessary tasks in daily life.
A few tips on selection
1. Seek out music that’s unobtrusive and doesn’t command all of your attention. It should overall be happy and positive, but could also have elements of light and dark in there too.
2. Steer clear of anything with too much personal association or strong memories. It’s never a good idea to play that track by Air or No Doubt if it reminds you of an ex.
3. Stay away from anything too complex in structure, remember that you’re reserving the lion’s share of your mind for something else.
Here is a playlist that’s particularly awesome when you have to work out your grey matter.
Music to avoid when trying to concentrate
Electro > leads to > dancing
Loud vocal tracks > leads to > singing, lack of focus
Anything too complicated and with a lot going on at once, i.e. Bjork > leads to > mind wandering, lack of focus
Punk > leads to > emo or agitated feeling
Metal > leads to > emo or agitated feeling
Trance > leads to > dancing
Folk > leads to > sadness or nostalgia
Music for optimising concentration
Tech House/Minimal > leads to > concentration
Trip hop > leads to > contemplation / concentration
Ambient > leads to > contemplation / concentration
Upbeat Classical > leads to > contemplation / concentration
Medieval music > leads to > contemplation / concentration
Tibetan/Gregorian Chanting > leads to > contemplation / concentration
Post Dubstep/ Liquid Dub > leads to > contemplation / concentration
But it’s such a personal thing. What about you? Do you have any recommendations for great music for concentration.