See if listening to this helps you better concentrate or relax
- Offline Listening
- “White Noise” Options
- Continuous Tones: 528 Hz
- Ambient Sounds
- Music without lyrics
- “Programming Music”
According to a peer-reviewed study out of the University of Chicago, “A moderate level of ambient noise is conducive to creative cognition.” In a nutshell, this means being a tiny bit distracted helps you be more creative.
PROTIP: I combine them together – played through and over-the-ear headphones – to drown out the music at Starbucks or other places which play music with lyrics that put an “ear worm” in my head.
PROTIP: High quality high-definition headphones provide cleaner, clearer deep bi-aurial tones. I prefer noise-cancelling ones. I’ve enjoyed Sony WH-1000MX3,4,5 for $350 each, because I lose them or break them. The Bose QC35ii are also excellent but more expensive.
PPROTIP: To avoid using network bandwidth, I have a $19/month YouTube Premium subscription which allows me to download videos to my phone for offline listening from my own Library on my iPhone mobile app.
This not only avoids sucking network bandwidth from others or using data minutes on your mobile plan, this also eliminates delays when network is not available.
A side benefit of that subscription is that it removes annoying ads.
Amazon Music is a separate app and included in a $179/year “Amazon Prime” subscription.
“White Noise” Options
The types of ambient/background “white noise”:
B). Ambient sounds such as what you hear in a cafeteria.
Continuous Tones: 528 Hz
According to a Dr. Leonard Horowitz, 528 Hertz is a frequency that is central to the “musical mathematical matrix of creation.” Called the “LOVE frequency” and “miracle tone” is purported to be the DNA Repair Frequency because it resonates at the “heart of everything”.
9 hour “528Hz | Brings Positive Transformation | Heal Golden Chakra | Whole Body Cell Repair “ (34,000,000 views since 2014)
- On iTunes: Download 7 different versions of the Solfeggio 528 Hz “Miracle Tone” audio
- 3 hrs. “528 Hz Positive Transformation, Emotional & Physical Healing, Anti Anxiety, Rebirth”
- 13min. “528 Hz Singing bowl 13 minute sound meditation with an antique Himalayan Mani bowl”
- 7 sized Himalyan bowls struck 3 times to align chakras (7 million views since Dec 12, 2013)
However, much of Western Music is tuned to 741 Hz, which is in exact dissonance with 528 Hz. VIDEO
The Solfeggio frequencies contain the six pure tonal notes once used to make up an ancient musical scale.
“Pink noise” has a deeper feeling and thus a more comfortable, natural sound than white noise. In technical terms, its power spectral density is inversely proportional to the frequency of the signal, rather than equal intensity to it. This means the lower frequencies in pink noise are louder than the higher frequencies.
An even deeper sound than Pink noise is Brown or Brownian noise is based on Brownian Motion – the random motion of particles suspended in a fluid (a liquid or a gas) resulting from their collision with the fast-moving molecules in the fluid. It’s also called “Red noise”?
https://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/binauralBrainwaveGenerator.php has wonderful descriptions of many sounds (after you scroll down the pleading for money).
Sounds take several seconds to load.
The site also shows photos of the site where the sound recording was taken, along with a travelogue by the recording engineer.
Listeners post their revervie about each soundscape.
My personal favorite: Furry Friend - that’s cat purr, without the allergy.
That’s a quote at the https://coffitivity.com website which offers ambient sounds such as “Morning Murmur”, “Lunchtime Lounge”, and “University Undertones” so you can pretend you’re ignoring other people talking, but not to you.
Source code for Coffitivity.com is on GitHub to download then run offline on your mac:
# If Git, NodeJs, and electron-forge are not installed, install them: https://github.com/siwalikm/coffitivity-offline.git --depth=1 cd coffitivity-offline npm install npm i -g @electron-forge/cli electron-forge make du -sh -- * .* # 1.4G space used cd out/Coffitivity Offline-darwin-x64/make run Coffitivity Offline-1.0.2.dmg # (drag into Applications folder) # Pinch 4 fingers together to select app. # Drag the icon and drop it on your Mac's Dock for quick access. # Delete build folder ~/gits/coffitivity-offline
White Noise App
- White Noise HQ: sound machine FREE from Phase4 Mobile offers 75+ ambient sleep & fan sounds
White Noise Web Pages
rainymood.com plays a rain shower with distant thunder immediately upon entering the site.
Install this Chrome app gives you a button to click for instant white noise from Noisli.com. It generates 3 different white noises and enables you to combine several sounds to achieve either higher productivity or relaxation. The sounds: rain, storm, birds, leaves russeling, mountain stream, seashore, dripping water, fireplace, crickets, coffee shop, fan, and coffee house.
Optionally, save the money it takes to fly to Paris, Brazil, and Texas to hear what ambient sounds like there.
Music without lyrics
PROTIP: Here are my criteria for selecting titles:
no commercial interruption that disrupt flow
Long songs (at least an hour or 2)
PROTIP: Unfamiliar tunes are less distracting than soundtracks from movies or songs with lyrics I’ve memorized, such as Greatest Showman, etc.
#studymusic #study #studyingmusic [3 hours]
Akiko Kiyama’s electronic / industrial music with Japanese undertones.
Canon in D (German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel’s Canon) was originally scored for three violins and basso continuo and paired with a gigue. It’s famous for being played at weddings. It inspires me to be a better person.
- Tessa - Steve Jablonsky
- Run Him Over - Steve Jablonsky
- The Speed of Light - Alliance
- Levitate - Zeff
- The Island Awaits You - Steve Jablonsky
- I’m Big - Steve Jablonsky
- A Theme For Kjell - Johan Skugge & Jukka Rintamaki
- Angel (Extended) - Kristal Gandhi (based on Angel by R. Armando Moribito)
- A Time for Change - David Houdsen
- Alone Again - David Houdsen
- Hope - Imagine Music
- - Take Back new York - Ola Strandh
- Atmosphere - Evgeny Emelyanov
- White Land - Tino Danielzik
- Blood Diamond score (not sure which track) - James Newton Howard
- Creation of Your World - Prandoni
- Conflicted - David Buckley
- My Name Is Lincoln - Steve Jablonsky
- The Trailer - J.T.Peterson
- Dreaming of Love - Danny Rayel
- Inspirational - J.T. Peterson
- Best coding music for programmers [1:12:43]
warren010h specializes in game soundtracks: (Part 0): Call of Duty Black Ops 3 Main Menu Theme: Ignition
- The Martian OST - Work the Problem
- Deus X
- Lindsey Stirling (waif dancing with violin)
Amazon Prime Video
Here are results from searching for “ambient sounds”:
Ambient Sounds with black screen
Movies on location with visuals
Ferries of the world has video of ferries taken from helicopters and at street level. Fog horns occassionally blow. It would be nice to have text overlay of what location is being shown.
Instrumental Music Soundtracks
Not AMSR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) to sound effects, whispering, or humming designed to trigger positive feelings or tingling in the listener in a similar way to using a scalp massager
Replacement | Beautiful Ambient Mix [1:16:42] from BLUME has speaking around 12:50.
Account Ambient’s playlist has several, each ranking up millions of plays:
Productive Music Playlist | 2 Hour Mix | May 2019 | #EntVibes has all electronics.
Playlist: Mix - Study Music Alpha Waves: Relaxing Studying Music, Brain Power, Focus Concentration Music, 161 includes Study Music Alpha Waves: Relaxing Studying Music, Brain Power, Focus Concentration Music, 161 3 hours, had 64,850,073 views when I last checked.
10 hour video with sound like being in an airplane. (Wear a tight seat belt and sit with your knees touching a wall for a more realistic experience)