Lo Fi Music: A Secret to Focusing During Study Sessions

By Brenden Lutes ’18

Lo Fi music is used by students all across the world to help them study, workout, and focus. The acronym LO-FI, according to its creator Eric Mathews, stands for “low fidelity.” This is a type of sound recording that contains technical flaws that make the recording sound differently compared to the live sound being recorded, such as distortion, hum, background noise, or limited frequency response. These kinds of flaws in the music can trigger the cerebrum and can help a student focus on a test, or a homework assignment.

Now you might be thinking, “how does this relate to students at Hyde?” In some cases, many of the students here rely on this kind of music to get them through study hall. Haley Bounds ’18 says that it is entertaining but at the same time can keep her focused intellectually, to complete all of her assignments. “Sometimes,” she says, “I actually lose track of time doing homework or reading my books.”

The frontal lobe of the brain is the center of most brain function, it is how we develop as humans. By listening to Lo Fi music you are helping your brain to focus. The brain picks out the differences in sound and in turn helps it get into a mindset of focus. It is great for if you need to cram and you can’t seem to sit still, it can give your brain something to work alongside with.

Outside studies confirm that this kind of music is helpful to students and even adults in the workplace. One survey discovered that 86% of the listeners have seen an increase in their productivity and in their study habits.

Here are some fun links to listen to Lo Fi in action —