Ambient Music for Working Online

sky  I don’t listen to music that demands my attention while I work. I don’t like listening to music with a driving beat that makes me feel like dancing or catchy lyrics that make me want to sing along.  I select music that’s restful and relaxing. While I work online I listen to ambient music but I don’t find any of the definitions are really a fit for the music I like to listen to.

The term “ambient music” was coined by Brian Eno after an accident that rendered him bedridden in 1975. His works, especially the release of his album called “Ambient 1: Music for Airports” in 1978, further helped promote ambient music. —  Ambient Music

The term “ambient” means fitting with the surroundings and from a musical perspective, ambient implies that it is slow and minimalistic, with as much attention to the atmosphere as possible.

At the start of the third millennium music to chill-out to makes perfect sense. As the Western world becomes faster, more complex, more rife with nervous energy, the joy of listening to instrumental music that expresses both our external environment (both man-made and natural) and our inner spaces (both emotional and mental) is now more popular than at any other time in the history of recorded sound. — History of Ambient

Below are examples of ambient music I like to listen to.

Musical Rapture – A Sacred Gift of Celestial Music

Cool Relaxing/Ambient Songs

List of artists/songs:
Blizzard Entertainment – Azuremyst Isle (from WoW)
Mohicans – World Inside My Heart
Dreams Of Dying Stars – Beauty Of A Dying Star
Devin Townsend – Cosmic Surf
Devin Townsend – Untitled 13 (Devlab album)
Enya – A Day Without Rain
Anugama – The Flow Of Let Go
Aphex Twin – Stone In Focus
Deuter – Healing Circle
Enya – Aniron (from Lord of the Rings)

What kind of music do you like to listen to when you are working online? Do you like to listen to ambient or chillout or relaxation music?


  1. This is a fantastic and intriguing post. This is also one of the reasons that I created the Ambient Soundbath Podcast…. For hours of relaxing and timeless music you might enjoy the Ambient Soundbath Podcast – – Again, great post as I love to hear about what kinds of music people are working and living with…

    • Hi Matt,
      Thank yo so much for commenting and bringing your beautiful melodic sound baths to my attention. I loved what I listened to and will be retuning to listen to more of your podcasts.

  2. I used to listen to music all the time – for everything I did, writing, painting, thinking. These days I can’t listen to any while I write or blog, but I find that I’m singing to myself instead or ‘enjoying’ (if that’s the right word) my currently persistent earworm, whatever it on autopilot in my brain!

    I find even ambient music distracts me too much and I’ve not got enough brain power these days so I have to grab what attention I’ve got.

    My husband used to compose and play ambient music. One day I shall manage to persuade him to make the last CD he made available publically.

    • Hi Val,
      Wow! Your husband composes and plays ambient music.That’s an interesting tidbit. I’m glad to hear you are tuned into your inner vocalist and she’s humming right along as you work. I too have come to value working in silence much more than I did in the earlier years of my life. I wonder if that has anything to do with aging or not.

      • I suspect I may take after my mother in that she could go for long periods without listening to music but was frequently humming.

        As for Bruce… the sounds that sometimes find their way to my ears from his den/studio can be quite relaxing!

  3. As a professional calligrapher I learned pretty early on — 40 years ago! — that if I listened to music with words while I was addressing envelopes or writing out a poem the words of the music would replace the streets or words I was supposed to be writing! Nowadays I like to listen to “Liquid Mind,” the music by Chuck Wild that sounds very much like some of your links, titi. Or old folk songs that sound familiar. Thanks for the ones of yours. I also like light jazz when I’m working online. Anything BUT opera, really, LOL.

    • Hi Miss Maura,
      Jean and I are both calligraphers too. However, I haven’t done any for aeons. I haven’t heard of “Liquid Mind,” the music by Chuck Wild and I will check it out. You sound like you have very broad taste in music like I do. here’s a collection of the most beautiful, romantic, inspiring and relaxing music (a combination of classical masterpieces and movie soundtracks).
      The Most Beautiful Music In The World

  4. I love music, but I don’t listen while I’m working online and/or writing. It’s interesting, because I’m often thinking of music as I write, different songs that “fit” the scene or blog post, but having the iPod on will pull me out of the work.

  5. I actually don’t listen any music at all often when I’m at home on the computer. Certainly I don’t turn on music when I read. I can happily pass hrs. and hrs. of time in silence on a certain activity.

    When I do listen for “ambience”, it’s baroque, Rennaissance or medieval music. My classical music taste is not “complex” since baroque music does have a certain amount of symmetry…to my uneducated musical ear since I don’t play a musical instrument nor sing.

    So am a ‘traditionalist” in musicality. We have some Enza’s music, etc. But I haven’t played that in years.

    During my university years when I was studying home, I actually found any music with song lyrics, distracting. It gave me a slight headache. Probably because I was trying to block it to concentrate. Counter-productive to reading words in text while hearing also sung words. Maybe that was it.

    Occasionally when doing some art, I will turn on baroque and don’t mind the range of its contrapuntal, and whatever energizing music beats, etc. It does relax me, occasionally inspires me in ways that I’m probably not fully conscious.

    • Hi Jean,
      What a week at work I have had and it’s only hump day. I hope it gets better form here on. Hubby is home but is scheduled to the eyeballs. Sigh … we have had almost a year to adjust to this but it’s still not easy.

      I wasn’t very clear above. I don’t listen to music all the time when I’m online. I do listen about 35 % of the time, depending on what I’m doing at the time. When I do listen to music I choose ambient, instrumental music. “Call it chillout, ambient, New Age, instrumental, or background music — this is not as much about a genre as it is about a feeling.”

      This is what I’m listening to right now:
      Background Music Instrumentals – relaxdaily – B-Sides N°1

      I also love singing, particularly, spiritual chant from all traditions.

      • Love your Background Music Instrumentals – relaxdaily – works for me wonderfully. Sometimes i like something a bit more dramatic, and recently discovered this group: “Hammock”


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