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  • Writer's pictureJinx Chin

Making Your Workspace Comfy

The awesome thing about being a freelance composer is the fact that, for the most part, you get to work out of your own home studio. And yes, the idea of going to "work" in nothing but my birthday suit has crossed my mind many a time, but no, I have not tried it. But before this blog goes right down the gutter, let's get to the real point of this blog entry.

I spend a lot of time in my studio, writing and producing music for projects, sometimes multiple projects concurrently. So it is important for me to make sure that my work space is as conducive to working as possible. It is especially evident when the work involves some form of creative endeavour.

Fairy lights? Why the heck not? I seem to gravitate towards any lighting that creates cool vibes. So when I saw some fairy lights on sale at a nearby store, I got a bunch and draped them over some of my sound absorption panels in my studio and VOILA! I am suddenly in an enchanted music studio! And we all know that when a project music studio is enchanted, music magic happens!

Yeah...I'm pretty much a happy camper when these lights are on!

Another thing that I never thought I would really appreciate having is a mechanical RGB keyboard. Yes, the clickety-clackety kind, with LED lights embedded inside! I used a regular keyboard for the longest time, and I actually thought having a colourful keyboard was rather gimmicky and unprofessional-looking. But the inner-geek-who-is-drawn-to-all-things-shiny in me just had to give this keyboard a try and it has been more than just an input device for me. It really helps to vibe up my studio as well, along with the fairy lights. I also thought the clicky noises from the keys would drive me crazy after a while but so far...I'm typing this blog using this keyboard and I haven't thrown it out the window yet, so I guess I'm still OK with it.

I'm actually quite surprised at how much I enjoy the RGB lighting coming from underneath the keys. I know, I know...this is such a superficial aspect of my workflow, but it actually makes me feel good. Maybe it's because it reminds me of being high on some sort of hallucinogen without actually having to ingest anything hahaha. Stay away from drugs kids!

Whoooo! Free trippy sensation without the drugs!

There are so many lighting modes to choose from, and yes, this doesn't have anything to do with my productivity at all...but it is fun though!

The point is, your workspace has to make you feel good to be in it, so that you would be alright working long hours on end in that space. It doesn't have to be fairy lights and RGB mechanical keyboards, of course. Feel free to explore and find out what you would like to add to your workspace to make it that much more inviting to you. The more inviting it is to you, the more you would want to spend time there, and the more you spend time there, hopefully, the more productive you will be.

Lighting helps to ignite my creative juices! Not just looks nice!

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