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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.

Offline Listening

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”:

A). Continuous tones of sound.

B). Ambient sounds such as what you hear in a cafeteria.

C). Music without lyrics (electronic or orchestral)

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”.

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

“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”?

Ambient Sounds

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.

Coffitivity app

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

According the LifeWire

White Noise Web Pages

rainymood.com plays a rain shower with distant thunder immediately upon entering the site.

From noisli.com

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.

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.

“World’s Most Inspiring & Uplifting Instrumental Music 2 Hours Only Best Motivational Music Mix” [2:03:17] #2

“Programming Music”


warren010h specializes in game soundtracks: (Part 0): Call of Duty Black Ops 3 Main Menu Theme: Ignition

Amazon Prime Video

Here are results from searching for “ambient sounds”:

Ambient Sounds with black screen

ASMR Playing people laughing

Meditation music cleansing positive

Meditation music alpha relaxation

Meditation music guitar tranquility

Meditation music stress tension

Rainfall thunderstorm insomnia relaxation meditation

Restful rain porch

Gentle sounds sleeping beautiful

Relxaing backdrops oscillating night time fan

Rumbling thunderstorm stream ambient jungle

Tropial breeze ocean beach relaxation

Malibu beach surf relexing waves

Midnight thunderstorm hours sleep ultra

Thunder rain slow burn fireplace

Summer sounds light crickets relaxation

Rainstorm falling distant thunderstorm relaxation

Delta sleep ambient

Night hours sleep

Brown noise hours Meditation screen

Night thunder creatures ambient sounds

Rainfall thunder

Insomnia sleep aid nature sounds

Coral reef journey relaxation


Color Therapy - 20 Minute Full Spectrum Color Cycle Meditation CC


Fireplace sounds sleeping hours

warm burning fireplace hours

Winter fireplace 8 hours

Evening fireplace

Crackling fireplace

Campfire hours sleep meditation

Fireplace thunder hours

Fireplace crackling wood

Fireplace hours sleeping meditation

Fireplace rain thunder

Nature Sounds

Purring hours sleep

Cicadas night hours


Sea otters

Fish tank 6 hours

Movies on location with visuals

Countryside Ambiance

Waterfalls relaxation

Sushi ambiant nature

Rolling Clouds

Christmas Relaxing

Flowers Relaxation

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.

Morning on the Farm

Nature trail 8 hours

Lighthouse sounds sleeping

Skylines of New York

Beautiful New Zealand

Ambient Travel Series

Lighthouse beautiful nature

Ocean Waves Journey

Butterfly Garden

Asian Koi Pond Relaxation

Hot Air Balloons Music

Meditation Ambient Liverpool

Along Santa Trail Wagon Mound Starvation

American Landscapes 1

American Landscapes 2

Stoned collection

Instrumental Music Soundtracks

Washington Monument Patriotic Presidential Soundtrack


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

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)

Tony Anderson - Immanuel