Blue (track 1)
Orange (track 2)
Yellow (track 3)
This is not an album of music. It is a productivity tool. It will help you focus intently on any task.
Carl Franklin - software developer, musician, producer - came up with the idea to produce Music to Code By after interviewing Mark Seemann on his (Franklin's) podcast, .NET Rocks! about the challenges of minimizing distractions when developing software. Software developers work best in a state of Flow - completely in the moment, seeing goals a few steps ahead, and almost disconnected from the physical world. It wasn't a new idea, but it was new to him. In August, 2014 Franklin launched a Kickstarter Campaign to see if anyone was interested. He blew by his $7500 goal and raised $10,000 in 30 days. In February, 2015 he delivered the album: three 25-minute instrumental pieces designed to get you in the zone and stay there.
Franklin chose 25 minutes to coincide with the Pomodoro Technique of time management, popular with developers today. He also chose a "groove chill" approach. Real instruments combined in loops with melodic licks placed on top. The pieces change enough to not be boring, but not so much as to demand your attention. The first piece, Blue, is at 60 BPM (beats per minute) and the other two, Orange and Yellow, are at 80 BPM. According to research, music between 50 and 80 BPM is perfect for helping you focus.
Why not just find real music that fits? Good luck. Most music is designed to grab your attention. Most music is dynamic. There is lots of "ambient" music, but it's too relaxing. You need a groove that's comfortable, not sleepy, and not distracting. That's why there's Music to Code By.
"There are lots of books and academic papers that talk about "getting in to the zone" or working in a state of "flow". Personally, I was always sceptical that any of this was more than a way to sell another book. MTCB is the first practical tool that I have seen that gives me cause to believe in these concepts." - Steven Barnett
"I don't listen to music, because it distracts me when I am trying to work, but I do listen to Music to Code By. Oh and because it is perfectly Pomodoro sized, it actually makes me more productive and keeps me on task." - John Sonmez
"Works just as advertised :) Three tracks of Pomodoro length with crystal clear production quality and expert musicianship. Each track provides a pleasant and unobtrusive background for your coding efforts." - Mark Seemann
"I'm not coding everyday but I do write everyday and it helps me do both. When I writing code or when I'm writing prose, this music is helping me focus. You guys should co-sell Anti-Social with this music because it's the perfect 1-2 punch to keep me focused." - Shawn Wildermuth