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'white noise' sound files to reduce distraction?

Hello. I am looking for sound files of things like rain, water, etc, that can be played on ipod gapless and make a continuous relaxing background noise, to use in combination with my noise-reduction headphones. (Music works, of course, but that's distracting, too.)

I've poked around on the web, but all my google searches have brought me to junky websites that are badly organized and trying to sell me overpriced sound-effect CDs for movies and stuff, which isn't really what I'm looking for. There must be some people out there who just recorded rain and put it on the web, yeah?


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Some suggestions for music and relaxing sounds...

I have ADD, too, and have found the following to be helpful. Maybe some of them will help you. I avoid "songs" and keep entirely to instrumental music when I'm trying to work.

iSerenity has about 30 sounds including pure white noise and is free to use while you're online. I don't know if you can capture the sound and save it to disk. It's great to use to see which sound actually helps you. I thought I wanted white noise but finally settled on the shower.


You might consider Chinese music. While having lunch at a Chinese restaurant I realized that the background music was calming and not intrusive. There's an archive of traditional Chinese music at the Internet Chinese Music Archives site with names like High Mount Flowing Water etc--it relaxes me just to read over the list of titles. You can explore on this site and find more titles on other pages, but this page is great to start with.


Sometimes you might want to have something with a fast tempo going in the background to keep you focused on work and keep you on track. You can find techno, electronic, and ambient music in different places; explore these for starters. Some of them are free downloads. You might also like classical guitar or lute, and baroque music (instrumental, not the songs). The Travis Castillo site has "minimal" tracks--nice to have going in the background, and not intrusive, but it helps block out other things.

http://www.traviscastillo.com/ http://magnatune.com/genres/electronica/ http://magnatune.com/genres/classical/

As the parent of a college student, I've learned that there's software that lets you capture streaming audio, but don't know what it's called.





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