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Listening to music at work

I'm not allowed at my new job. It sucks. Don't places normally allow you to do that?
Permalink FREE me 
March 8th, 2005
Make your boss read Gung Ho! :)

You could also show him how plants that are played rock music grow better than control plants with no music or softer stuff.

I suspect it has more to do with the vibrations increasing digestive capability though...

I thought changing jobs would get to me. The only major difference is I'm in a cube instead of an office now. Well, at least until I start travelling all the time. Can't say as I really care the slightest...

I can't imagine why music would be forbidden though. Maybe it is the method by whcih you listen? Streaming music is disallowed perhaps?
Permalink I am Jack's longing listen 
March 8th, 2005
Are you in an office, or a cube? Were you planning to use headphones, or computer speakers?
Permalink Kyralessa 
March 8th, 2005
The three places I've worked since college have all allowed music. The first two positions were in cubes so I obviously used headphones, and the third in an office of my own, but I still use headphones.

What is their reasoning for no music? Do they think it hurts productivity? Or maybe communication amongst your peers? Personally it really helps me get into the zone. I even have a playlist of when I really need to rush on something (punk music to get my heartbeat up) or to wake up from eating too much at lunch.
Permalink Jared M. 
March 8th, 2005
I worked at an office where listening to music was pretty much mandatory. They piped it in through the PA system.

Drove me absolutely potty. Productivity at zero kind of potty. I just couldn't think straight at all.

Horrible.
Permalink Katie Lucas 
March 8th, 2005
I guess the OP also lost ?off privelages as well.
Permalink MarkTAW 
March 8th, 2005
Odd. I have some sort of internal soundtrack pretty much at all times. If it's quiet, I catch myself listening to some tune in my head. I can listen to music at work, and I usually do, but sometimes I don't even notice that it stops because of my own tunes.

No, muppet, they're not auditory hallucinations - I know they aren't real, and I'm not truly hearing them. It's like that internal voice when you think, except some of my processing seems to be devoted to playing music.
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
March 8th, 2005
What is really strange is when you hear such music, say walking across the parking lot, get in your car, turn the key, and the same song is playing in the exact same spot on the radio. Trippy.... But I'm betting I'm not the only one that's done it several times before.
Permalink I am Jack's internal infrequency 
March 8th, 2005
I can see that the personal chemical consumption ratio around here has gone up recently...
Permalink Simon Lucy 
March 8th, 2005
It's funny how you hear some music from passing cars, then you get in your car, and the same music is playing on the radio!
Permalink Alex 
March 9th, 2005
No, they don't normally allow it. Thank God.
Permalink John McVicar 
March 9th, 2005
Jack's internals - a few times I've been driving along and that's happened. I've just switched the radio on and the same song was playing on the radio as inside my head, once at exactly the same line of the chorus, but at a different point in the song, as was in my head. I have to say it freaked me out.
Permalink  
March 9th, 2005
++It's funny how you hear some music from passing cars, then you get in your car, and the same music is playing on the radio!

That's a good point Alex... perhaps it was so innately audible to me that it initiated a subliminally synchronized sing-along.
Permalink I am Jack's subliminal synchronization 
March 9th, 2005
Since this has turned into the acid trip radio experience thread. Try this:

Watch cartoons on TV with it muted, and turn the radio on. No big deal... until... you see mickey mouse say something like "I like big butts" or something like that. It might take 5 minutes or so, but it's worth the wait to see Mickey and the gang sing along to the Sex Pistols or Black Flag or something.
Permalink  
March 9th, 2005
If you start Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon after the third lion's roar in The Wizard of Oz and do the same it is supposed to be pretty neat how the music and movie go together. I can't personally attest to it though.
Permalink I am Jack's subliminal synchronization 
March 9th, 2005
"...Sex Pistols or Black Flag..."

In Indiana, that somehow never gets radio play.
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
March 9th, 2005
>>> They piped it in through the PA system. <<<

I worked at a place like that once. I brought in wire cutters and worked late one night. Problem solved.
Permalink argon 
March 12th, 2005

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