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SimplyNoise And Calm

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014

One of the problems in trying to focus is that sometimes things around you are either too loud or too quiet. It’s easy for one’s mind to wander, and suddenly you find that you’ve wasted 3 hours playing on Facebook or reading blog posts (mine better be a part of that) and not getting anything done, even though you had plans to do so.


That’s where the two websites I’m about to share with you come into play. The first one I’m going to talk about is called SimplyNoise. It’s exactly what it claims to be; it plays a few sounds that you can alter by clicking in one of 3 different colored buttons. You can control how loud the sounds are by using either their volume button or your own. I like using theirs so I don’t have to change mine around.

But that’s not all (hey, I’ve heard that on TV lol). There’s a second thing on the right that allows you to listen to what they call “simplyrain”, which you can also purchase. That’s the one I listen to most of the time because you get the option of adding thunder and altering the intensity of the rain and thunder. There’s something soothing about rain and thunder for me, and occasionally I’ll use that sound in a different format to help me get to sleep. The thing is that this noise never stops until you either turn it down or close your browser; at least that’s how it works on the laptop.

The other side is slightly different. It’s called Calm, and I’m not sure if you’ve ever had a massage but the site plays that kind of music for you and it’s quite calming, which is its purpose. It also has these visuals if you need that to relax, if that’s what you want to do instead of using it as background noise, and it plays actual songs. The thing about this page is that it won’t continuously play the music, and it’s hard to figure out when it decides it’s played enough.

Sometimes it’ll stop after one song, sometimes it’ll play a bunch of songs in order, but at some point it will stop playing. If you’re concentrating on other things because it’s helped you get there you might not notice it but I found that if it stopped after one song I always noticed it. You can always start it up again though. By the way, I got this one from a video by Kim Castle who included it when she was talking about apps one can use on an iPhone or iPad, but since I don’t have those things this was the only thing I could access, and I love it.

I actually did have one more site I was going to share with you, but it shut down as of December 31st, which is depressing but hey, that’s how it goes sometimes. Check out the sites I’ve just shared and let me know what you think and if they offer you any type of comfort.

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Mitch, during a particularly stressful programming stretch, I found to be a sanity saver.

I was able to focus more clearly, even when I had stress-related buzzing in my ears.

Now that I solved that programming problem, it’s back to the MP3 collection.


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January 23rd, 2014 | 9:14 PM

I use SimplyNoise often, and it brings me a great sense of calm. I go to the MP3’s when I have specific needs.

January 23rd, 2014 | 9:36 PM

Usually playing favorite music help me to concentrate. For me it very much depends on my general mood – if I am mad, usually metal music calm me down. If I feel excited, usually oldies goldies, calm me down.
The best recipe for me to concentrate, is actually when I play the music on guitar or keyboard. This really give me a boost.

January 23rd, 2014 | 10:04 PM

Carl, these are for people, probably like me and a little older than you, who sometimes just needs some background sounds to help us concentrate or relax.

January 23rd, 2014 | 11:25 PM

I like to listen to a specific piece of classical music when I write. But sometimes it ends too soon and I have to start it over, which confuses my brain. I’m going to check out Simply Noise.

Thanks, Mitch.
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January 25th, 2014 | 2:51 PM

I hope it works out well for you Charles; I think it’s pretty neat.

January 26th, 2014 | 12:05 AM

I love playing around with sound related websites (I’ve a collection…simply noise and calm are among my favorites :D).

I haven’t used them in a while though….right now, I using Noisli and Jazzandrain (Noisli has a lot more options – like summer sounds, night sounds and so forth. You could even mix some sounds and see if you like them).

Jazz and rain – well, it plays Jazz along with Rain (I’ve hooked to the site..discovered some great songs). You should check it out 😀

Anyways, thank you for sharing these, Mitch 🙂

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
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January 26th, 2014 | 9:56 PM

Great shares Jeevan. I especially like Noisli and the coffee mug, which sounds like people in the background interacting. Thanks for that.

January 27th, 2014 | 9:22 PM

Thanks for sharing those two sites Mitch. Since my laptop died, let me rephrase that- Since I killed my laptop I’ve been strictly using a desktop which is in the same room as the family TV. Sometimes I need my headphones on with something playing to block out the TV. I’ve been using Slacker but sometimes I get distracted by the music playing.
I’m going to checkout Jeevanjacobjohn’s recommendations too.
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January 27th, 2014 | 12:23 AM

Good deal Aaron. As I just tool Jeevan, I found something I like on that Noisli site. This is what blogging’s all about, sharing ideas like this. 🙂

January 27th, 2014 | 9:23 PM

Mitch, these are good shares. Adding them to my collection, also the ones mentioned by Jeevan. Sometimes my favorite music is annoying to me because of the words when I’m trying to write.

Here’s one curated playlist: 12 Hours of White Noise for “research and writing” –
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February 1st, 2014 | 1:17 PM

Thanks for sharing that Vernessa. Have to admit listening to white noise that long would probably drive me nuts, which is why I’m glad SimplyNoise has the rain sounds. lol

February 1st, 2014 | 11:25 PM

“find that you’ve wasted 3 hours playing on Facebook” right? Who hasn’t done that? There is a program, which I can not recall the name of, that blocks you from whatever website you choose, Facebook and Twitter included.
(I just ‘wasted’ some time and Googled it and found they are called ‘selfcontrol’ and ‘coldturkey’ should readers desire to download or install them. Note: I do NOT get referral fees or anything. Just a public service to those who suffer from shiny object syndrome like me.)

February 7th, 2014 | 7:31 PM

I remember that program Troy. I tried it out; the first time it blocked me out & kicked me off the computer for 10 minutes, I uninstalled it, called it a few names and never looked back! lol

February 7th, 2014 | 11:00 PM

Well that is annoying and not entirerly useful. :/
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February 8th, 2014 | 11:19 AM

Hi Mitch,

I didn’t even know these kind of sites exist I must admit.
I also have a big problem with concentration while working and hope this will help me. I’m gonna test it tonight.

I’m not pretty sure why this would even help? I always thought the more silent environment around me is, the more concentrated I’ll be. That’s why I always choose late night hours for work.

Hope this will help, thanks a lot for sharing!


February 9th, 2014 | 1:25 PM

Adam, the thing about total silence is that often people’s minds wander. I know mine does, as I’m an only child and not really comfortable with total silence. With some type of background sounds, I seem to work much better and concentrate better. Indeed, when I was a kid & had to learn specific items for tests, I always did it with the TV on in the background while walking around my room with a hockey stick. lol

February 10th, 2014 | 10:20 PM

Lol haha 😀
Yeah you’re right mate, this really helps! I learned something new and really helpful, thanks a lot for posting this!

And I totally like your blog and posts, and your friendly and honest attitude to people. Now this looks like as*kissing but I just want to show my big appreciation and support for keep it up. 🙂

Big regards!

February 12th, 2014 | 7:28 PM

No problem Adam, I’m glad that has worked for you. I love finding simple little things like this, and when they’re free… even better! 🙂

February 12th, 2014 | 11:17 PM
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