MoodTurn, Ambient Noise Web Application

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 19, 2010
Updated • Dec 19, 2012
Music and Video

If you are working in IT, or with computers throughout the day, you know that it is important to take regular breaks, to relax the eyes and move the body a bit to relax the muscles as well. But breaks sometimes are too small to move around, which means that many computer workers spend some of their breaks in front of the computer.

Resting the eyes is obviously still possible, as is light gymnastics. Add ambient music to the experience if you are in the possession of headsets, or a workplace where you can play music without disturbing others.

MoodTurn is a web based application that offers ambient music to "relax and enjoy". The websites consists of various themes and a player, to play ambient noise as soon as the website is loaded.


Available themes include the usual suspects: Rainforest, Storm, Beach, Night, Bonfire, Rain or Garden. Each theme comes with its own distinct ambient noise, and background images that are set to rotate, but offer an option to stop the rotation.

It is a free web service, developed by Ramunas Geciauskas, that provides ambient music and soothing landscapes to help you relax and avoid stress in your daily life.

The site loops music and visuals if you'd prefer to let it play in the background while you work in another window. MoodTurn might be the best way to block out your noisy cubicle neighbor.

The sounds are surprisingly large, each with a playtime of around one hour, which means the site offers roughly ten hours of ambient music to listen to.

Moodturn is perfect for a quick power nap at the work place, or a period of relaxation. The service should be compatible with most modern web browsers.

Pressing F11, or the full screen icon in the player controls, will display the service in full screen mode. (via Shellcity)

The relaxing sounds are ideal if you power nap at your desk for instance. While it may not be the most comfortable experience, it is quite possible to rest your head and arms on the desk to nap for a short period of time. The sounds help you relax and blend out the surrounding sounds of the Office or environment you are working in.


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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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