Music at Work

08 May, 2012
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One of the many advantages of working at home is that you and you alone get to choose what radio station or music to listen to during working hours. Radio is a wonderful medium, a window to the world. And as you are constantly online, you have an almost limitless choice of stations to listen to.

Although it depends of course from person to person, I myself like background music a lot while working, except perhaps when I am dealing with a particularly complicated piece of text that requires all of my attention.

Even if there is an exuberant amount of possible radio stations to listen to, I usually limit myself to five or six stations, most of them foreign. I only listen to radio stations from my own country in my car or in case there is some special programming I am interested in.

As it might provide some inspiration, these are the stations I listen most to:

kickradioThe two stations I listen most to are Kick Radio and P4 ballade.
Kick Radio is a Dutch internet station that only plays 80s and 90smusic. It has a large music database which means you don’t get to hear the same songs over and over again.


When I’m in for easy listening and beautiful slow music, then Norwegian P4 ballade is a frequent guest. P4 has other interesting channels too.

I also like listening to British stations. When I prefer some speach and short news between the nice songs, then my choice is British radio station Heart.
When I want some more and other eighties music, I turn to Dutch RAM FM.
avroI’m also very fond of soundtracks. The most beautiful can be found at Dutch AVRO Klassiek Film.
Finally, if I want to hear a bit of everything, then Dutch Radio 10 is a must-have station.

Of course I also listen to music on my hard drive. I prefer female singer-songwriters who put emotion and meaning in their songs, such as Norwegian Maria Mena or piano music by wonderful Kendra Springer.

So, what stations do you listen to at work?

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Herman Boel is an English/French/Spanish/German into Dutch translator. Herman has a Master’s Degree in translation and mainly translates technical and marketing texts. You can contact him and you can follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

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