I thought I’d post a little about some music for a change. I’m not really a big music person, I’ve only been to a handful of live concerts in my life and I find it very hard to concentrate with noise around so I don’t usually have music playing in the background or wear a portable media player when I’m about.
However I find that I can listen to fairly “non complicated” music when I’m on the computer at work without getting too distracted. The main music I listen to is a Ambient Nights compilations by “Alex Hephaestion” ( real name unknown ). Each of the fifty or so compilations ( The full list is on this page ) is a CD worth of about half a dozen tracks blended one after the other.
They are all free to download as high quality mp3s from the site and even come with Cover Art etc. My favourites are Life as it is and Ambient Nights CD5 but I tend to keep a bunch on a USB key and just play them one after the other over my headphones at work ( to try on drown out CNN which people like to leave running on a TV in the middle of the office ). I really recommend giving them a go.
Another song I like is Halcyon + on + on by Orbital. I’ve heard it called “The Soundtrack of the Sunrise” . Here is a youtube video of the music with the “Star Gate” sequence from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey as the background. It works pretty well.