Spotify Developer/Coding Focus PlayList curated by Beatscribe

It’s been a very long time since I posted anything. Just been busy on various projects that are still under wraps for the moment. In the meantime I’ve been curating this list of music that helps me focus.

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Some people can write code and perform highly focused tasks while listening to rock, techno, EDM, or other very in-your-face, high-energy music. This just does not work for me. But I can’t listen to really soft music either or I get sleepy.
This playlist represents years of collecting music that I have found help me to program. It’s not from any specific era or genre. You’ll find some 70s prog rock, 80s Shoegaze, ambient stuff from the classical composers to modern chippy things like Disasterpeace and infinity shred, b-side sound experiments from mainstream bands and lots of post rock too. It’s all very unobtrusive but it also has a pulse and gives you some energetic focusing superpowers. Hope you enjoy it! More updates soon!

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Little Paw – Space Corgi LP From Ex-Revengineer Nick Maynard

maxresdefault-1Nick Maynard is the guy behind the awesome post rock of Revengineers, one of the best post-rock/chiptune groups in my humble opinion. He also has some solo stuff, an LSDJ manual that is quite popular and has helped out with the also-amazing Noisewaves.

Little Paw is his new release which visits some familiar emotional territory of the Reengineers, earnest guitar and soaring leads evoke all kinds of feelings. However, the palette is expanded and more danceable this time.

While the guitar playing in Revengineers is mostly rhythmic and textural, this project puts it a bit more center stage with some great solos and awesome riffs. One of the most interesting pieces is Flying Slowly, which is a slower song, reminiscent of M38, with an epic bluesy 80s guitar solo at the end.

You will also get some awesome extras, including an unreleased Revengineers track and some wonderful other projects that Nick has in the works. Grab this awesome album today!

 

 

Awesome Chiptune + Post Rock Fusion Bands

What happens when you use guitars and drums to make music that isn’t mean to rock ? You get post rock. You’ve probably heard post rock whether you realize it or not. It’s often features in the background of TV show and movies. Think of it as rock music you can listen to while studying for a test or writing code. Some of the bands at the forefront of this genre (although not all of them like the label) are Explosions in the Sky, The Backward Step, El Ten Eleven, Six Parts Seven, Sigur Ros and Mogwai. I’ve been saying for about two years, “there needs to be more chiptune+post rock!” And lately, there is finally a lot of it appearing, or at least I’m getting better at finding it.

Revengineers

The Revengineers rock a bit more than their counterparts. They use an NES to provide melodic lines over their amazing guitars and stand-out drums. They’re great live and have never relased a bad track in my opinion.

Noisewaves

 Noisewaves are a bit softer and explore the more shoegaze-ish side of post rock. They have very emotionally resonant songs that are great for a rainy day or evening.

The Bronzed Chorus


These guys remind me a bit more of groups like El Ten Eleven and Six Parts Seven. They have a great energy level and some sweet guitar effects.

KANAGAWA


Kanagawa needs to make more stuff. We hope they’ll release more soon because it’s excellent. Some Gameboy sounds used here backed by feedback soaked walls of guitar and excellent compositions. Perfect for a late night drive.

Infinity Shred


Infinity Shred has a little bit more of an electronic edge than the other bands here. Reminding me at times of M83. They have some wonderful retro-tones in every song and great drums and backing guitars. The Sanctuary album may be a bit pricey by chiptune/bandcamp standards, but I assure you; you will not be disappointed. Check out the trippy retro cosmonaut Space Odyssey video for Mapper too!

Revengineers 8static EP Review

 

The Revengineers are without a doubt my favorite chiptune-influenced group. They’re about the only post-rock chiptune blending group I’ve heard and their earnest emotional songs really hit hard. Besides that, they have some amazing drumming and guitar playing and avoid all the meandering, pointless doodling sections that make you forget which post-rock group you were listening to.

 

Their new two-track ep is hopefully a teaser for what will be a whole album following in the tracks of their epic self-titled ep. The new tracks don’t stray far from the wonderful formula of NES leads backed by powerful guitars and drums and synths. It seems like there’s a bit more synth action this time around and the overall recording quality is crystal-clear and slightly above that of the self-titled ep.

 

I highly suggest picking up both albums today and making a sizeable bandcamp donation to keep this amazing band going strong!