When I paint or draw, I'm able to listen to music or talk on the phone without losing my concentration. In fact, I like to talk and listen when I'm working on art.
But when I write I don't like listening to music. And of course, I can't talk and write at the same time. (The only person I know who can do this is Cory. I have seen him do it.)
But I think I'd be able to listen to Framework, a podcast of ambient field recordings. It has city sounds, gurgling streams, industrial machinery, children playing, and other sounds arranged in a way that seems to soothe, rather than jangle my nerves.