Bankai releases all of his music under a creative common license, all of the wav files, psd files for the album art, and pretty much everything else used to make the album are completely free, as in beer AND freedom. Seriously, check out his website:
I know people listen to music while they do things. I never understood why. Can you concentrate on two things at the same time? I sure can't. Thus I conclude that you either write trivial code, listen to trivial music or you listen to fairly complex music, but don't give it any thought. Seem like a waste..
I'll have to pick one of those up and do a slightly scientific test on myself.
I can vouch for the sharp decline after the peak. I woke up the next morning in a daze, stumbled over to the work station and found that I had overridden java.lang.Exception roughly about a dozen times. Needless to say, the MSVC compiler said that left of '.lang' required a class and/or unqualified ID before the '.' token.*
* this event has been slightly exaggerated for effect.
Music distracts me but I often will pop in a DVD/Blu-Ray of Futurama and either play with or without commentary. I like listening to the commentary when I program because I find it like a double dose of brain stimulation.
Nothing like hearing David X. Cohen explain how Bender's serial number is the sum of two cubes while Billy West just makes weird noises.