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Best Musician to Listen to While Studying or Doing Homework 

There's no secret to helping you focus better — unless you count Adderall — but studies have shown that listening to music before or while performing a task can improve attention, memory, and even your ability to perform mental math. Instrumental, non-vocal music works best in this scenario. Tycho, the musical moniker of San Francisco producer and graphic designer Scott Hansen, has long been our go-to study soundtrack and for good reason: Hansen's looping, guitar-driven melodies always seem to remain at the same tempo and make for perfect background noise that is motivating and propelling, rather than distracting. Even the track titles hint at Tycho's productivity-inducing abilities, with names like "Awake," "Ascension," "Hours," and "Dive."

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