Some people need noise in order to concentrate, while others do best in silence and isolation. This, by the by, might be roughly the difference between extroverts and introverts.
At school, I'd occasionally sit in on a random lecture in fluid dynamics or organic chemistry –– not to listen and learn, mind you, but because I needed a threshold level of activity around me so I could bang out a paper or two. Sometimes the library is just too quiet.
This still holds true, and I'm happy to find a perch to work where people are buzzing about. But most days, I make my own buzz with playlists. With a theme. Here are a couple of selections from my current project. Sense a topic?
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