by Inigo del Castillo in Cool Websites on Tuesday 21 January 2014

Studies show that it’s hard to be productive in an awfully quiet workplace (imagine crickets in the background). It doesn’t take a genius to know that it’s also hard to work in a loud and commotion-filled room. But ambient music, like the sound of birds chirping or waves crashing, has been known to have the right mix of calm and noise to boost productivity.

Edinburgh-based writer Gabriel Martin created asoftmurmur, a site that is dedicated to ambient sounds. People with writer’s block can choose from six soothing and creativity-boosting sounds like: rain, thunder, fire, waves, birds, and humans. And the best part? It’s free!

Customer testimony: In the time it took me to write this post, I found that the sound of waves crashing was indeed a much better background noise than Miley singing ’23’.