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Leon Brocard (aka acme) is an orange-loving Perl eurohacker with many varied contributions to the Perl community, including the GraphViz module on the CPAN. YAPC::Europe was all his fault. He is still looking for a Perl Monger group he can start which begins with the letter 'D'.

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Sunday January 22, 2006
11:29 AM

Music to hack to

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I'm much more productive when I hack while listening to Groove Salad. I find it relaxes me a little and I can concentrate on getting things done. What do you listen to while hacking?
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  • A Perfect Circle [], Massive Attack [] and NIN [] make me more productive.
  • Such as System of a Down [] and SliPKnoT []
  • Glenn Gould playing Bach at the moment; more frequently electronic/dance like Juno Reactor, Dieselboy, and Amon Tobin, or "angry" music like System of a Down or Godsmack.
    • Glenn Gould playing Bach is my standard coding music. In particular, the Well-Tempered Klavier, book two. It's rock and roll!
      • Good choice. I've been rocking out to the (older) Goldberg Variations and the Art of Fugue recently myself. For WTK 2, I actually prefer a recording by Angela Hewitt, but that could just be because I heard it first.
        • The older ones? I like the 1981 ones *way* better.

          I haven't heard either the Art of Fugue or the Angela Hewitt recording that you refer to. Perhaps I will be able to track them down.

          One of my long-term ambitions is to be able to play the whole WTK well. As I don't have access to a piano at the moment, that's going to have to wait for a long while.
          • Which recording did you hear first? I think the 1956 vs. 1981 preference is just a combination of primacy and familiarity. I only recently got the 1981, so perhaps I will prefer it once I've had a chance to listen more.

            As for other recordings: If you're in the Bay Area I think the Berkeley public library (still) has the Hewitt. AoF is sort of strange, with about half played on an organ, so it's an acquired taste.

            Having learned some Bach on the guitar at one point, I can't imagine being able to develo

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    Anything ambient/chillout, really. (See [])

    Also, just about anything Oliver Lieb has produced.

    • I like ambient while coding too, although I also tend toward electronica as well. Music with words is too distracting, unless I've heard it a million times before.
  • Interesting stuff from various people I know:
    • for classically-influenced stuff
    • for fun technoish electronica (I particularly like "Increased in Strength" - vocal samples are taken from a promo movie for stereo recordings; the repeating mantra of "innovation ... invention ... innovation ... invention ..." at 144 BPM gets my creative juices really flowing)
    • (Shalamaneser, Mercaptan, Phosphene Grid, Slaw)
    • U2, Sting, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Laurie Anderson...