Music To Code By, 2014

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Previous years: 2013 2012 2011 Standard Disclaimer: I'm a fan of post rock, electronic music, and alt rock. To me, the best album ever is Siamese Dream by the Smashing Pumpkins, and my current favorite record is either 65daysofstatic's Wild Light or BT's These Hopeful Machines. I like to listen to albums all the way through, and I'm not really a top-40 or metal fan, somewhere in between metal and top-40 - that's me. 2014 has been a slow year for music. I'm hard pressed to recommend much of anything new this year, so my recommendations this year are mostly from years past. Due to the slow year, my listening habits have been all over the map in 2014, so there's bound to be something in here that you've never…
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Music To Code By, 2013

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It's that time of the year again. For more great music, check out the previous 'Music To Code By' posts from 2011 and 2012. It seems this year, soundcloud really became a thing. In previous years I've had to link to Amazon mostly for 30 second clips at best. This year, links below are actually worth a click - as almost all of them link to music you can stream for free from soundcloud or bandcamp - no subscription cost necessary. That being said, I strongly recommend that you join a music service like Rhapsody or Spotify - so you can hear some of these amazing albums in full. Standard Disclaimer I prefer full-album front-to-back listening experiences. Favorite genres currently include post-rock, noise-rock, EDM, alt rock, shoegaze, and dream pop.…
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Cool Stuff: Music & Audio (Part 1)

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I recently discovered that I'm the son of an audiophile - suddenly I understand why I was encouraged to buy a decent amplifier/receiver at a very young age, suddenly I appreciate those old dads-college-days/hand-me-down kickass KLH speakers just a little bit more than I always have. I am definitely not an audiophile myself, but music is a huge part of my happiness in life. I'm also a geek, so over the years I've learned a clever thing or two about the hobby of collecting and listening to music, and I'd like to share a bit of what I've learned. Required Reading Before we get into the hardware geekery, I think it's prudent to point you toward a few classic articles and books about the music industry. First up is Steve…
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Music To Code By, 2012

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Here's what I listened to while coding in 2012. This year I'd categorize my listening habits into three moods: getting shit done, relaxing, and background noise. Standard disclaimer: I listen to albums all the way through, front to back, and am often annoying the hell out of my wife with a single track or album on endless repeat, for an entire day. I like moody music, stuff that takes you places, stuff with meaning or at least the feeling of meaning. If that's not your style, and you want pop hits - you can stop here. Getting Shit Done These are the albums that put me in the zone this year, some new releases, some new-to-me stuff. This is the good stuff to go heads down with, especially at volume…
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Music To Code By, 2011

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A bit late with the 'best of' 2011 lists.. but better late than never. This is a list of some great music that I listened to in 2011. There are different modes of coding, sometimes you need absolute silence, and at other times a loud coffee shop is the way to go. I personally code quite a bit while listening to music and/or watching netflix. I find there are different coding 'moods' from time to time, and differing moods require differing types of music. Standard Nerd Stuff It's probably best to start with something that has at least a little nerd cred to it, and work our way down the awesome scale from there. Just before 2011, the movie Tron Legacy was released by Disney. Daft Punk did the soundtrack…
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