Noisli generates background noise that helps you focus or relax

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 26, 2017
Updated • Jan 4, 2018
Misc, Music and Video

Noisli is a web service and a mobile application that you may use to generate background noise that helps you focus or relax. There are quite a few cases where background noise may assist you in whatever you are doing. White noise for instance helps blend out other, distracting noise, and rainfall may help you work better or relax.

There are numerous background noise generators out there on the Internet, and pre-recorded audio clips are available in abundance as well. You can head over to YouTube for instance to play six hours of rain or wave clips. You can even create your own white noise clips using Audacity if you prefer that.



Noisli is a web service and mobile application that you may use to generate background noise. The web version comes with two modes: you can either pick the relax or productivity presets, or create your own custom sound combinations.

The app displays icons on its website that trigger sound loops that play continuously until you deactivate them. You get a volume bar for each sound loop so that you can control the volume of each audio clip individually.

The actual handling is quite elegant. Tap on an icon to activate it, use the slider to change its volume, and tap on it again at a later point in time to deactivate it.

You get the usual assortment of relaxing audio clips, from camp fire and rain to thunder, wind or waves. Noisly comes with white, brown and pink noise sound clips as well, and some, like coffee shop, that cater to people who need talking and bustling around them to relax or work.

It is not necessary to create an account on the site, but if you do, you benefit from additional features such as a timer that you may use. Another feature that only registered users get access to is a distraction free text editor.

Noisli's web app matches the selected noise pattern with background colors.

Closing Words

Noisli is a handy background noise generating service that you can run in the background while doing other things on your device, or elsewhere. The selection of audio loops is quite small, when compared to competing services, but the quality is high and all major sounds are available.

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  1. Mike J. said on December 27, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Background noise can be a lifesaver for people with tinnitus. If you don’t have it, be a little thankful everyday. No cure; not even a treatment.

    1. A different Martin said on December 28, 2017 at 11:53 am

      And nature sounds can be very relaxing and comforting to people who are seriously ill.

  2. A different Martin said on December 26, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    I have a great set of “nature sounds” CDs that I’m going to have to get around to ripping one of these days, so I can listen to them on my computer and read the news while keeping my equanimity. (Unfortunately, I have a twisted sense of humor and I’ll probably keep thinking of this cutaway gag from Family Guy.)

    At any rate, I can’t think of a better way to start the day than listening to a little Noisli over a nice bowl of Muesli.

    Happy Boxing Day, everyone.

    1. q. said on January 3, 2018 at 1:24 am

      >bowl of Muesli

      Now that would be a terrific loop for a noise generator

  3. Dave said on December 26, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Ah, ignorance is bliss no? NOT!

    Background noise makes me apprehensive. I prefer to be aware of all my surroundings all the time.

    1. Darren said on December 27, 2017 at 3:48 am

      Ignorance and apprehension from listening to background sounds? Not sure I get it but that’s ok.

    2. Jojo said on December 26, 2017 at 8:52 pm


      But there are a lot of people in today’s world who can’t bear to be alone with their thoughts. They need the TV, music, video or white noise in the background at all times to not feel alone in the world. I’m always amazed when out hiking in Nature to see the number of people blocking out natural sounds via the headphones they are wearing and the music/podcast/book/whatever that they are presumably listening to.

      Checkout this piece of research!
      Science 4 July 2014:
      Vol. 345 no. 6192 pp. 75-77
      DOI: 10.1126/science.1250830

      Just think: The challenges of the disengaged mind

      * Abstract

      In 11 studies, we found that participants typically did not enjoy spending 6 to 15 minutes in a room by themselves with nothing to do but think, that they enjoyed doing mundane external activities much more, and that many preferred to administer electric shocks to themselves instead of being left alone with their thoughts. Most people seem to prefer to be doing something rather than nothing, even if that something is negative.

      1. chesscanoe said on December 27, 2017 at 12:01 pm

        Keith posted ““All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
        ― Blaise Pascal, Pensées”
        I read this quote over 60 years ago. It reminds me of many native New Yorkers walking in any foreign city and never seeing anything as they rush to get somewhere….

      2. ULBoom said on December 27, 2017 at 3:11 am

        Yeah, I don’t ever listen to anything but nature when outside; I do use ear plugs mowing the lawn or using other power equipment.
        Get this, I once met a man on a trail in the woods with the typical ear buds/phone combo. He stopped, we talked for a while, turned out he was listening to nature through the phone microphone, even though his ears seemed to work quite well. Similar to kids walking side by side texting each other, many of us are deeply dependent on using gadgets.

      3. Keith said on December 26, 2017 at 11:29 pm

        For what it’s worth…..

        “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
        ― Blaise Pascal, Pensées

  4. Onurtag said on December 26, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    These websites are really useful when I am trying to shut background nouses from interfering when I am reading a book and such. has a huge catalog so when I am on a suspense/horror chapter I could open up a fitting background like Oblivion, for a book with a steampunk setting on a city full of factories I can open up Factory.
    Although I don’t do that as I am a little lazy. I usually just go with something that can fit everything like Orchestron or Osmosis. It is awesome enough knowing that it can be done.

  5. happysurf said on December 26, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Very relaxing service.
    Thanks. :-)

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