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  • Jinx Chin

Road Trip #1

Updated: Jun 6, 2019

One of the good things about being a freelance composer, or being a freelancer in general, is you get quite a lot of freedom to go for a trip or getaway, whenever you feel like it. I do, however, try to not turn down any music projects that come my way, even when I am on vacation. So in order to maintain the freedom that I speak of, I have to have a set-up that allows me to be able to work, whenever I need to, even while on the road.

My mobile set up on this trip:

Laptop

Audio interface

Music sample drive

Project backup drive

Cubase dongle

USB cables

USB hub

MIDI keyboard controller

In an earlier post, I talked about going for a mega road trip. That one is coming up next month....where we will be on the road for about 2 weeks. This one here is a mini road trip that brought us to some villages and towns about 4 - 5 hours north of Sydney, for 4 days. Sort of a mini-road trip to get ourselves in the mind-set of road-tripping. And I have to say, it was a real treat. We were greeted by scenery that would confound even the most seasoned of travellers, while listening to lovely roadtrip music in between destinations.

Instead of doing the hotel thing, we decided to "rough it" by setting up a tent for the nights of our trip. "Roughing it" is a little bit of an overstatement though, because we were at a proper campsite, with most of the facilities found at a holiday resort, except we slept in our own tents. I didn't even have to poop in the woods! This is a major win already for me!

Being a city-slicker, it is always a treat to be closer to Mother Nature, and to appreciate her beauty in all her glory.

I also got some music work in during this trip; transferring completed music to the client for an upcoming project, thanks to the internet connection at one of the lovely cafes we were at.

After having been shackled to my work desk, bathed in cold, white, sobering fluorescent tube lighting, it is certainly refreshing to be able to work anywhere I find myself, free from the confines of the corporate Gulag I was in years ago. It's great to be able to do what you love doing, but to be able to do what you love doing, at places to which you love going, is quite frankly, amazing.