Okay, so I saw a negative comment on another thread about listening to "classical" music as background music at work, and it got me thinking. I do listen to music playing on my computer while I work, and a lot of the time when I have to really concentrate on my work I find that whole minutes will go by when I haven't really heard anything. I missed two whole movements of Mahler's 7th one day last week without even realizing the time had gone by.
It helps that I have my own office, but even then, I can't really crank it up like I would like to. (Then again, the only time I can crank it up is when I'm driving and when I'm on headphones.)
It also helps that I've been an avid listener for over 40 years, so a lot of the material I play I have given more concentrated attention to in the past and I can thus have it on in the background without losing as much as I otherwise would.
I've been surprised, though, how many times the people in the office just outside of mine have commented favorably on my music. And, I'm not talking easy listening stuff here. In a given week, I will have everything from Gesauldo to Harbison going on. It doesn't seem to matter (though opera sometimes doesn't go over well at all).
Does anyone else listen while working? How much of the time do you really hear what's going on?
(As I type this on my lunch hour, btw, I'm listening to Saint-Saens Organ Symphony.)