Pandora stations for coworking space

From experience, what Pandora stations have you found work best in your space? I want something modern, catchy, but not offensive, annoying, or sleepy. Trying to find a good medium!

Ooh boy, I love this topic!

Music in a coworking space is a fascinating thing. It’s actually quite important, and it’s something that occupies (in many spaces) every hour that the space is open.

40+ hours a week of music programming is no small undertaking! You’re basically managing a tiny radio station.

On Pandora specifically, I found good fortune with:

  • Emancipator

  • Gotan Project

  • Tycho

However, the one station that lasted the longest for us (years!) was the Indie Pop Rocks station on Soma FM:

http://somafm.com/home.html

Somehow it manages to blend into the background but still be interesting and catchy and upbeat and never seems to get repetitive. It was as perfect as anything we could find.

There are now also sites that specifically cater towards music for focusing, like:

https://www1.brain.fm/

Let us know what you end up finding!

Tony

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From experience, what Pandora stations have you found work best in your space? I want something modern, catchy, but not offensive, annoying, or sleepy. Trying to find a good medium!

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I should also mention that I have experimented with doing themed music sessions, and I think there’s a lot to be explored there.

Listening to music can be a social experience.

Combine that with Pomodoro-like focus sprints, and I think you could have something really special on your hands.

Maybe best to consider for an after-hours side-hustle-type event.

Tony

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On Sat, Sep 1, 2018 at 9:41 AM Tony Bacigalupo [email protected] wrote:

Ooh boy, I love this topic!

Music in a coworking space is a fascinating thing. It’s actually quite important, and it’s something that occupies (in many spaces) every hour that the space is open.

40+ hours a week of music programming is no small undertaking! You’re basically managing a tiny radio station.

On Pandora specifically, I found good fortune with:

  • Emancipator
  • Gotan Project
  • Tycho

However, the one station that lasted the longest for us (years!) was the Indie Pop Rocks station on Soma FM:

http://somafm.com/home.html

Somehow it manages to blend into the background but still be interesting and catchy and upbeat and never seems to get repetitive. It was as perfect as anything we could find.

There are now also sites that specifically cater towards music for focusing, like:

https://www1.brain.fm/

Let us know what you end up finding!

Tony

On Sat, Sep 1, 2018 at 3:42 AM [email protected] wrote:

From experience, what Pandora stations have you found work best in your space? I want something modern, catchy, but not offensive, annoying, or sleepy. Trying to find a good medium!

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Hello all!! Hope everyone is doing great.

I have been researching over how coworking spaces can be made more lively and engaging. Tony mentioned about having music stations. Does anybody mind sharing some more insights to this point?

Regards

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On Sat, Sep 1, 2018 at 7:11 PM, Tony Bacigalupo [email protected] wrote:

Ooh boy, I love this topic!

Music in a coworking space is a fascinating thing. It’s actually quite important, and it’s something that occupies (in many spaces) every hour that the space is open.

40+ hours a week of music programming is no small undertaking! You’re basically managing a tiny radio station.

On Pandora specifically, I found good fortune with:

  • Emancipator
  • Gotan Project
  • Tycho

However, the one station that lasted the longest for us (years!) was the Indie Pop Rocks station on Soma FM:

http://somafm.com/home.html

Somehow it manages to blend into the background but still be interesting and catchy and upbeat and never seems to get repetitive. It was as perfect as anything we could find.

There are now also sites that specifically cater towards music for focusing, like:

https://www1.brain.fm/

Let us know what you end up finding!

Tony

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From experience, what Pandora stations have you found work best in your space? I want something modern, catchy, but not offensive, annoying, or sleepy. Trying to find a good medium!

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Thanks and Regards

Kewal Parmar

Business Development Manager

M: +917202857076

I’m a strong advocate for music playing softly in common areas and depending on the design details of the space, some (but not all) work areas too.

In environments where people intend and desire to interact with one another, a little bit of music helps a LOT to break the silence that otherwise discourages people from even saying hello.

We also avoid putting speakers in all areas to make it possible for people to choose quieter areas - and some definitely do! Giving people a certain range of choices that encourage movement and self-selection is an important part of the coworking design process.

The exact kind of music can vary - we have been building a collection of playlists for years and often enjoy using Spotify to create new artist or genre based stations depending on the vibe/mood of the room, time of day, other activities taking place, etc.

One of my fav experiences is when I can look across a room and see a bunch of people softly bobbing their heads to a beat, or even mouthing the words to the songs being played. Encouraging members to suggest or help build playlists is also a major opportunity for bonding and working together on something with low stakes but that lots of other members can enjoy together.

Contrast that to a common experience I hear from people visiting other spaces where they comment on it feeling cold, impersonal, and most commonly “like a library - nobody talks to anybody.”

To be clear, the music itself is just one small part of the overall “vibe” and no one thing alone matters as much as the whole experience. I think of it like the ingredients needed to grow a garden. Sunshine, water, nutrient rich soil, etc...the acoustic experience in a space is going to shape what happens, who is attracted, how they interact, and what grows from there.

I also know that there are spaces that specially are advertising “silent” spaces for when you need heads down focus time. I think this is a great idea, depending on what you’re able to facilitate with your physical space. I will say that we really struggled with this. Having an environment within our space that felt “policed for quiet” made it a hotbed of conflict, most commonly because people have a wide range of expectations of what quiet is. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Sound design can take a lot of forms, and I strongly encourage people to start by deciding WITH YOUR COMMUNITY what the priorities are, and then making design choices that support those priorities.

Alex

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On Sep 7, 2018, 8:15 AM -0400, Kewal Parmar <[email protected]>, wrote:

Hello all!! Hope everyone is doing great.

I have been researching over how coworking spaces can be made more lively and engaging. Tony mentioned about having music stations. Does anybody mind sharing some more insights to this point?

Regards

> On Sat, Sep 1, 2018 at 7:11 PM, Tony Bacigalupo <[email protected]> wrote:
> > Ooh boy, I love this topic!
> >
> > Music in a coworking space is a fascinating thing. It’s actually quite important, and it’s something that occupies (in many spaces) every hour that the space is open.
> >
> > 40+ hours a week of music programming is no small undertaking! You’re basically managing a tiny radio station.
> >
> > On Pandora specifically, I found good fortune with:
> >
> > - Emancipator
> > - Gotan Project
> > - Tycho
> >
> > However, the one station that lasted the longest for us (years!) was the Indie Pop Rocks station on Soma FM:
> >
> > http://somafm.com/home.html
> >
> > Somehow it manages to blend into the background but still be interesting and catchy and upbeat and never seems to get repetitive. It was as perfect as anything we could find.
> >
> > There are now also sites that specifically cater towards music for focusing, like:
> > https://www1.brain.fm/
> >
> > Let us know what you end up finding!
> >
> > Tony
> >
> >
> > > On Sat, Sep 1, 2018 at 3:42 AM <[email protected]> wrote:
> > > > From experience, what Pandora stations have you found work best in your space? I want something modern, catchy, but not offensive, annoying, or sleepy. Trying to find a good medium!
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+1 for Emancipator radio (on google play for us). Good vibe music without lyrics. We’ve only had to skip one song because the background in it sounded like a car alarm!

Angel

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On Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 7:41:44 AM UTC-6, Tony Bacigalupo wrote:

Ooh boy, I love this topic!

Music in a coworking space is a fascinating thing. It’s actually quite important, and it’s something that occupies (in many spaces) every hour that the space is open.

40+ hours a week of music programming is no small undertaking! You’re basically managing a tiny radio station.

On Pandora specifically, I found good fortune with:

  • Emancipator
  • Gotan Project
  • Tycho

However, the one station that lasted the longest for us (years!) was the Indie Pop Rocks station on Soma FM:

http://somafm.com/home.html

Somehow it manages to blend into the background but still be interesting and catchy and upbeat and never seems to get repetitive. It was as perfect as anything we could find.

There are now also sites that specifically cater towards music for focusing, like:

https://www1.brain.fm/

Let us know what you end up finding!

Tony

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From experience, what Pandora stations have you found work best in your space? I want something modern, catchy, but not offensive, annoying, or sleepy. Trying to find a good medium!

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I've had subscriptions to Frisky Radio (friskyradio.com) in the past and am
really impressed by them (listening now). Good amount of choice of genre
and groove. Worth having a listen to.

Best,
Trevor

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On Friday, 7 September 2018 10:07:38 UTC-4, Alex Hillman wrote:

I’m a strong advocate for music playing softly in common areas and
depending on the design details of the space, some (but not all) work areas
too.

In environments where people intend and desire to interact with one
another, a little bit of music helps a LOT to break the silence that
otherwise discourages people from even saying hello.

We also avoid putting speakers in *all* areas to make it possible for
people to choose quieter areas - and some definitely do! Giving people a
certain range of choices that encourage movement and self-selection is an
important part of the coworking design process.

The exact kind of music can vary - we have been building a collection of
playlists for years and often enjoy using Spotify to create new artist or
genre based stations depending on the vibe/mood of the room, time of day,
other activities taking place, etc.

One of my fav experiences is when I can look across a room and see a bunch
of people softly bobbing their heads to a beat, or even mouthing the words
to the songs being played. Encouraging members to suggest or help build
playlists is also a major opportunity for bonding and working together on
something with low stakes but that lots of other members can enjoy together.

Contrast that to a common experience I hear from people visiting other
spaces where they comment on it feeling cold, impersonal, and most commonly
“like a library - nobody talks to anybody.”

To be clear, the music itself is just one small part of the overall “vibe”
and no one thing alone matters as much as the whole experience. I think of
it like the ingredients needed to grow a garden. Sunshine, water, nutrient
rich soil, etc...the acoustic experience in a space is going to shape what
happens, who is attracted, how they interact, and what grows from there.

I also know that there are spaces that specially are advertising “silent”
spaces for when you need heads down focus time. I think this is a great
idea, depending on what you’re able to facilitate with your physical space.
I will say that we really struggled with this. Having an environment within
our space that felt “policed for quiet” made it a hotbed of conflict, most
commonly because people have a wide range of expectations of what quiet is.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Sound design can take a lot of forms, and I strongly encourage people to
start by deciding WITH YOUR COMMUNITY what the priorities are, and then
making design choices that support those priorities.

Alex
On Sep 7, 2018, 8:15 AM -0400, Kewal Parmar <kewa...@jambo.in > <javascript:>>, wrote:

Hello all!! Hope everyone is doing great.

I have been researching over how coworking spaces can be made more lively
and engaging. Tony mentioned about having music stations. Does anybody mind
sharing some more insights to this point?

Regards

On Sat, Sep 1, 2018 at 7:11 PM, Tony Bacigalupo <[email protected] > <javascript:>> wrote:

Ooh boy, I love this topic!

Music in a coworking space is a fascinating thing. It’s actually quite
important, and it’s something that occupies (in many spaces) every hour
that the space is open.

40+ hours a week of music programming is no small undertaking! You’re
basically managing a tiny radio station.

On Pandora specifically, I found good fortune with:

- Emancipator
- Gotan Project
- Tycho

However, the one station that lasted the longest for us (years!) was the
Indie Pop Rocks station on Soma FM:

http://somafm.com/home.html

Somehow it manages to blend into the background but still be interesting
and catchy and upbeat and never seems to get repetitive. It was as perfect
as anything we could find.

There are now also sites that specifically cater towards music for
focusing, like:
https://www1.brain.fm/

Let us know what you end up finding!

Tony

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From experience, what Pandora stations have you found work best in your
space? I want something modern, catchy, but not offensive, annoying, or
sleepy. Trying to find a good medium!

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