How does background sound effect the way we work?
If your next-door neighbours are converting their basement into a cinema room, I imagine this has a horrible effect on you - but leaving the extremes of the digger - what’s your regular listen as you work? Golden silence, whistling, heavy metal or spoken word?
Recently I’ve been reading about some great sound apps designed specifically for people that work alone (there are gazillions of us now).
Coffivity is a one of these. This platform offers us different sounds directly from certain situations. You can choose to listen to a ‘Morning Murmer’ in a coffee shop, to get your day started, then hop over to ‘University Undertones’ for a more scholarly sound as you work. All happening around you, delivered only through your earphones.
During these listens, you get to hear gentle talking and movement of others, gently swaying you into work.
I applaud the developers range in thinking.
Working alone, doesn’t have to mean working in silence. Personally, silence does me no favours - I think too much, ask myself questions that don’t really need to be asked - my inner critic finds silence a good time to run riot. (you can read more about your inner-critic here)
Music, of course, is popular. My problem comes when the tunes I’m listening to come to an end, then I get caught in a fuluffle about what to listen to next. Spotify helps here but listening to a pre-made playlist. It’s easy, sign up and have a go. You can listen to ANY sort of music, the options are endless - classical, grunge, whale-music - it’s up to you.
I’ve promised myself to a coffee-shop listen in my studio this week, I’ll let you know how I get on, any major breakthroughs you will be the first to know!
What do you have on in the background when working? I’d LOVE to know.
Sam Barnes has been a practising artist for 25 years. Throughout her career she has had her own gallery, worked with hundreds of artists in making and marketing their own works and exhibited her own extensively. Her work has been successfully published & licensed many times. Sam is passionate about artists, makers and creatives earning a decent living from what they do. Our world needs new and beautiful things and artists deserve liveable incomes. Those two things are possible. Sam writes from her first hand experience and occasionally works 1:1 with others.
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