I’m really partial to [El Ten Eleven](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBTUAHGpQqE “El Ten Eleven”) and Tycho when I need something chill. Lately I’ve also found that opera music kind of puts me in a groove, especially Mozart and Rossini. I love you, Spotify.
I tend to listen to a lot of heavy metal, speed metal, early 80′s punk rock, and dark 80′s new wave. For some reason it helps me focus and get into a problem solving mode. Chill music is more for my brainstorming mode.
@Shannendoah1 : Finally, i am not alone. That’s my style as well, anything fast loud and metal baby!
I am experimenting though and I am going to research (or search for research papers on the matter) of the effects on cognitive functions while listening to music. I did a paper on this a while back, in regards to heavy metal music, and the responses from the brain lead to a more care-free mood.
@nwalton : I’m sure classical music does add a creative or easy atmosphere.
I’m really happy with all this feedback. Personally when i code, its more back-end then mock-ups, design, etc. I normally have predetermined tasks that need accomplishing so i don’t need to be so creative as far as design, maybe architecture. So music is a big part of what i do, i am sure it is with you guys as well.
I’m trying to branch out from my norm and give some of your suggestions a try. For “chill” music i am currently giving “Of Monsters and Men” a try. They are a folk band from Iceland with a female singer. Also dabbling in “Mumford” and Sons, loving it so far.
Everything! Really I listen from classical music to metal to rock and roll to rap. Some people would say I have no personality, I prefer the term “open minded”. When I’m working on something complicated it usually happens that the playlist ends and I don’t notice and keep working with my headphones in my ears like a complete retard.