Relax to Code

I’ve recently found that code-related tutorials and discussions provide far better background sound while programming than the music I used to listen to.

Enter the “Soothing Sounds of Coding” playlist:

That’s a YouTube playlist of coding tutorials, discussions, reviews, etc. Basically, anything code related and spanning the gamut of tech from assembly language coding on Commodore 64 to music programming using Pure Data.

EmacsRocks provides the base experience I was looking for. The levels are nicely balanced (no sharp drops or harsh clipping), pacing and vocals are generally relaxed and keyboard sounds exist in abundance. The rest of the playlist is an attempt to follow suit; code-related content with balanced audio that works great for background sound.


There are a few benefits I saw to this:

  • Very relaxing aesthetic to program to since it’s all programming related.
  • Code related content can provide a way to learn something new while coding.
  • Draws attention to lesser known channels with good content.

I hope others find it as helpful as I do. Feel free to share your thoughts in comments. Cheers!

Relax to Code

Breakout using multiple JavaScript engines

Check it out here:

Through that project, you can play and learn to code the classic videogame Breakout, using a variety of different JavaScript engines.

Incidentally, I had the same idea to experiment cross-engine and already have a bunch of matrix effect clones across several engines. I’ve posted about the first in a small article, Experimenting with the Matrix code effect.

Hopefully we’ll see more cross-engine experiments to help others learn various engines and practices. 🙂