Hey. Funny you bring this up. We just moved offices in December and I was looking for that old thread we had about posting what your work environment looks like, but I could not find it.
Before the move I had my own office and always work with the lights off. People called our end of the hallway 'the dungeon' because we left the lights off. Now I have a huge cube and a few of us are lined up along the window-lined side. It's great! I have a beautiful view from the 4th floor looking over the city and to the hills. I really like this new office so much more than our old place. But I much prefer the location of the old place.
We have discussed what to do regarding the lights. We had them off for a few days and with the overcast days, it really was kinda dark in there. So we are experimenting with what works. It's a bit too bright when all the lights are on. I prefer working in darker, unlit environments. Right now I'm on the computer in the dark.
I used to listen to tons and tons of music. For years it was progressive rock (Yes/Genesis) and electronic music (such as Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michel Jarre and Vangelis). One of my favorite coding albums was Marillion's (Neo-ProgRock) "Misplaced Childhood." Which is one of the best albums of all-time
One of those rare times when everything is so finely crafted, it becomes something special. Then I moved into always having worship music on. Plus I listen to jazz. Lately, I've been getting back into soundtracks. I've been listening to the soundtrack to "The Island" (Steve Jablonsky) a bit. And now getting into the Transformers soundtracks (also Steve Jablonsky). But, actually, several years ago I stopped programming with music because my co-workers would complain when I could not hear my phone ringing. So I don't listen to music all that much anymore. I want to get back into it and I have my iPod all set up, but I kinda forget to use it.