Ask DN: Design Music

6 years ago from , Designer @ Twitch

Which artists/genre of music do you listen to while designing?


  • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    If you want to get some serious work done, the TRON: Legacy soundtrack will assist.

    The grid

    A digital frontier

    I tried to picture clusters of information As they moved through the computer

    What did they look like? Ships, motorcycles?

    Were the circuits like freeways?

    I kept dreaming of a world I thought I'd never see

    And then, one day I got in

    17 points
    • Natasha Walker, 6 years ago

      Yes! I couldn't tell you how much work I've gotten done to the TRON: Legacy soundtrack (as well as other Daft Punk albums).

      1 point
    • Pizza Yap , 6 years ago

      Totally agreed! And I've add on Pacific Rim too!

      1 point
    • Randy HRandy H, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

      Totally agree! I work to Tron Legacy often while working. Other similar working music:

      Drokk: Music Inspired by Mega-City One by Geoff Barrow (from Portishead) and Ben Salisbury. It has a similar atmospheric Tron feel to it. http://drokk.bandcamp.com/

      Portal 2 - Songs To Test By (Complete Portal 2 Soundtrack) It has some really nice stretches of mellow atmospheric music interspersed with some bombast. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHSX9_pLwc8

      0 points
  • Evan KnightEvan Knight, 6 years ago

    can't go wrong with some chill Tycho style music if you're getting serious, otherwise I love my soundcloud stream, and I used to make 8tracks playlists that were decent for working.

    5 points
  • Nick PfistererNick Pfisterer, 6 years ago

    If it's Friday, I listen to the new episode of Above & Beyond's Group Therapy. Incredible weekly mix show if you're passionate about electronic dance music (particularly trance and progressive house).

    If I'm not listening to Group Therapy, I'm probably listening to Suicide Sheep on Soundcloud. The guy's got amazing taste in music. There is the occasional song I don't like, but the vast majority of the music he curates is some of the best stuff I've heard in recent years. I've discovered several artists I love thanks to Suicide Sheep's curation.

    3 points
  • Lee Waters, 6 years ago

    I could write a ton, but I'll just say one. Hans Zimmer gets me into some intense zones.

    3 points
  • Tiago DuarteTiago Duarte, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    This usually has some great tunes that aren't too distracting http://postrocktu.es/

    3 points
  • Falko JosephFalko Joseph, 6 years ago


    2 points
  • Tom DurkinTom Durkin, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    Electronic, lots and lots of electronic. I find lyrics in music far too distracting when I'm working so I dived into instrumental electronic stuff such as:

    Thrupence, Tycho, Little People, Lapalux

    1 point
  • Jon KantrowitzJon Kantrowitz, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    My current work playlist is pretty eclectic. Some new and old releases. Ranges from ambient electronic and drone to drum and bass and experimental electronic to jazz and indie rock.

    • The Field
    • Gas
    • The War on Drugs
    • Todd Terje
    • Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works
    • Studio
    • Balam Acab
    • DJ Krush
    • Skalpel
    • Massive Attack
    • Machinedrum
    • Oneohtrix Point Never
    • The Range
    • Vondelpark
    • Tim Hecker
    • Klute
    • The Horrors
    1 point
  • Daniël van der Winden, 6 years ago

    Todd Terje's debut album works really well for me.

    1 point
  • Victor LVictor L, 6 years ago

    http://youtube.com/mrsuicidesheep has some great focus music.

    1 point
  • Jake PetersonJake Peterson, 6 years ago

    instrumental electronic music. something that stays out of the way and can convey a feeling or idea through non-verbal communication.

    1 point
  • Andy LeverenzAndy Leverenz, 6 years ago

    Mainly anything Rock to Metal. Keeps things high paced!

    1 point
  • Lucas ReifLucas Reif, 6 years ago

    I don't really listen to anything specific for designing, just whatever I'm really into at the moment. Right now that happens to include a lot of St. Vincent, Mac DeMarco, Real Estate, Future Islands, and The War On Drugs.

    1 point
    • Labib Rahman, 6 years ago

      Currently living in Baltimore and discovered Future Islands when I moved here four years ago.

      Still my favorite live band. Their latest album has been pretty great.

      1 point
  • Dominik PoradaDominik Porada, 6 years ago

    Usually something soulful and not that absorbing—wide spectrum from instrumental hip-hop to drum & bass. Recently discovered Geode.

    1 point
  • Shaimoom NewazShaimoom Newaz, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )
    • Boards of Canada for marathons.
    • Drum & Bass mixes for sprints.
    0 points
  • Timur Carpeev, 6 years ago

    Zagar, Jon Hopkins kind of electronic music, or afrobeat like The Shaolin Afronauts or cinematic music like Menahan Street Band

    0 points
  • Philip AmourPhilip Amour, 6 years ago

    Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative, Electronic. In that particular order. :D

    0 points
  • Steve McKinneySteve McKinney, 6 years ago

    Lately I'm listening to a lot of progressive/electro house and trap. Can't beat Hardwell and Nicky Romero's podcasts.

    0 points
  • Chris LüdersChris Lüders, 6 years ago

    Genre: Berliner Schule (old electronic music)

    Favourite Album: Tangerine Dream - Stratosfear http://youtu.be/73mrtLt9FDU

    That Album is so awesome, relaxing AND pushing. Really a great thing for working.

    0 points
  • Kim GöranssonKim Göransson, 6 years ago

    I know it's a strange mix, but Tool and Basement Jaxx is what I play the most while designing.

    0 points
  • Jérémy BarbetJérémy Barbet, 6 years ago

    A bunch lot of differents music and genres :) http://rd.io/x/QYfJbzM-XOg/

    0 points
  • Natasha Walker, 6 years ago

    I find that instrumental soundtracks (or similar music) work very well for me. Some examples are the TRON: Legacy soundtrack (which someone mentioned earlier), anything by Hans Zimmer, any of the Battlestar Galactica seasonal soundtracks by Bear McCreary, and E.S. Posthumus.

    0 points
  • Taylor LeCroyTaylor LeCroy, 6 years ago

    Lately stuff without any distrating noises, like Kammarheit and Cities Last Broadcast

    0 points
  • Nick Dominguez, 6 years ago

    Global Communication's 76:14

    0 points
  • Account deleted 6 years ago

    focus@will - a music service to boost your productivity. I use it all the time. It works for me.

    0 points
  • Bilal MohammedBilal Mohammed, 6 years ago

    Sigur Rós

    0 points
  • Maurice CherryMaurice Cherry, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    My response from a similar thread:

    http://vip.aersia.net/vip.swf is a regular favorite for me -- it's all music from video game soundtracks. (I think it may have been mentioned on DN before.)

    Paul Irish's aurgasm playlist (from his old music blog) is really good too.

    I also dig Muz Qüadri's "Music from and inspired by the movie DRIVE" playlist.

    This site had vanished, but it's back now: AUNTIE MUSIC. Great site if you dig 70s/80s/90s R&B/funk/soul/lazer boogie. They had over 400 songs. :(

    0 points
  • Henri LirianiHenri Liriani, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    Sound is ultra important to my work environment, it's weird how much it affects how much I get done. I try to keep it varied all the time, but some seriously brain-boosting music for me is stuff like Emancipator or Gramatik.

    Nothing distracting, but enough activity to keep me energized and tap my foot to while I'm working. If something is too dull I'll actually be distracted by that. :P

    0 points