It was over the weekend during our team's editorial retreat we ended up discussing each of our preferences for working with surrounding sound. Some of us felt energized by the sounds and proximity of others in public areas, while others felt easily distracted. For those who find a little ambient background noise an enhancement, there's a new free site catering to your auditory needs...
Noisli, a new productivity ambient sound site, will appeal to those who find a moderate amount of audio stimuli invigorating for creativity and focus (ironic, considering I'm currently in the middle of a room wit my fellow editors, struggling to write this post in the confluence of multiple conversations).
Noisli allows users to mix and match sounds in multiples for customized soundscapes.
What's unique about Noisli compared to other similar background ambient websites/applications is the ability to mix and match sound clips. For example, pick the rain cloud with the forest icon and you've got the sound of a pleasing autumn rain with birds singing along; a coffeeshop matched with a crackling fire is a more urban mix (while mixing a coffeeshop with the sound of the lapping sound of the shore is a little confusing, yet amusing combo). And to top it off, the site's background shifts colors in accordance to the soundscapes chosen for a visual accompaniment. Give it a try here.
Other ambient sound related posts:
- White Noise and Your Brain: The Science of Sound Machines
- SounDrown Brings Ambient Sounds to "Relax, Focus, and Escape" to Your Desk
- Work At Home With the Simulated Sounds of a Coffee Shop Surrounding You