Devs’ Picks: Five Records To Code To

This is potentially a weird one but well, here we go! We have asked our developers which records they listen to while making Discogs a better place for all of us to collect stuff. We received some interesting responses to the developers’ picks for best records to code to, you’re unlikely to find the usual culprits here.

The choices range from loopy, repetitive music to more adventurous and stone-y music. Just about any best coding music list shows that developers prefer instrumental music with limited or reduced vocals to reduce distractions. Obviously, the only right choice to grace this list of best records to code to was to use an extremely cheesy hacker stock picture.

We hope you enjoy the picks of our developers and, in case you happen to be one as well, make sure to share your record of choice for coding in the comments!

Records To Code To

  • Sleep - Dopesmoker

    Sleep – Dopesmoker

    For me the best coding music is meditative in some way; I listen to a lot of rhythmless ambient music while coding, too. “Meditative but still energetic enough to avoid drowsiness” is a hard state to achieve, and Dopesmoker sets the standard.

    — Hawk

  • Max Cooper - Human

    Max Cooper – Human

    Lately, it has been Human by Max Cooper, but pretty much any good IDM, downtempo, or techno album will work just fine.

    — Rodney

  • Donato Dozzy - Donato Dozzy Plays Bee Mask

    Donato Dozzy – Donato Dozzy Plays Bee Mask

    Nothing like loopy ambient to prompt a state of flow. Donato Dozzy‘s reworkings of Bee Mask are a favorite that I’ve been revisiting recently. Also got to give a shout out to the always excellent mix series, it does exactly what it says on the tin!

    — Karl

  • Cloudkicker - Beacons

    Cloudkicker – Beacons

    Depending on the day and task I normally switch between textural/house-y electronic music and instrumental post-rock or proggy things. I get super distracted by vocals so anything instrumental that doesn’t make me completely zone out that I can have as background noise is perfect.

    — David

  • Pablo's Eye - Bardo For Pablo

    Pablo’s Eye – Bardo For Pablo

    Lovely tribal that gets me into the flow almost instantly. Frankly, I can listen to this album while doing almost anything (also non-programming related things), but it seems to work particularly well for programming. The only downside to this album is that it is quite short, but there’s enough Pablo’s Eye material to take it from here.

    — Romeo

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