When I was in college, I couldn’t study in the library. The silence-that-wasn’t-really silence amplified sibilant whispers, scratching pens and rustling papers. So distracting. I found that continuous sounds that blended together were far better for studying.
Not too long ago, after noticing that it was easier to be creative in a coffee shop than in a quiet office, Justin Kauzer and ACe Callwood decided to help us all out by recording just the right coffee shop noises that we can listen to as we work.
They recommend playing Coffitivity (free) and your music at the same time, with your music a little louder than the café sounds.
There’s some evidence that what we need for the best creative results is the Goldilocks of ambient noise: not too soft, not too loud (see Mehta, Zhu & Cheema, 2012).
I’m listening while writing this post, and I especially like hearing the low coffee shop sounds between songs. Thankfully, Coffitivity does not include loud banging of espresso presses, which I appreciate very much. In addition to the soft, blended quality of the noise level, I also feel a little like I’m around other people without having to leave my office.
Want the coffee shop ambiance while working in a beige cube farm (with headphones) or at home in your jammies? Try Coffitivity. Friendly sounds and a boost in creativity. Easy to like.
Audio: Library Background Noise for Relaxation
I tried listening to this while writing this post. It quickly drove me a little crazy.