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Initial arrangement of The Altar, a mobile computer music workstation I'm working on that you kneel at.

This entire setup can collapse into two suitcases, with the expensive bits managing to fit in a Tortuga backpack weighing in at around 25 pounds.

I put a lot of work into making sure the height of the table was ergonomically positioned for typing. My dad made new legs for it out of wood.

The monitors are the iLoud micro monitors. In an ideal scenario, I'd want them a bit higher, but the foldable step stools they are on were the best I could find. I do have yoga blocks I could prop them on, but that takes up precious volume.

The brain of it all is the GPD pocket 2. It's a tiny laptop that can fold 180 degrees and sit on a tablet stand like a computer monitor. I then drive it with a planck keyboard and trackpad.

Monome Arc and Grid are my main music peripherals, so I made space for those.

Barely visible is a minirig mini speaker which I like using most of the time for more casual listening. I also have a collection of mini attenuator knobs for volume control and some switches which allow me to A/B the speakers and inputs to the speakers.

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I forgot to mention my mechanical tools for time keeping: a kitchen timer and wind up pocket watch. I prop these up on cellphone stands.

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For reference, this is my current floor setup that I've been using daily for almost a year now. The idea was to make a version of this that I could take with me.

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The really expensive stuff can be awkwardly crammed into a foldable daypack. This is (was?) sometimes necessary on domestic flights where they make you gate check carry on luggage due to lack of overhead space. In those dire situations, this acts as an escape pod.

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In those situations, I also usually carry one of those portable "ball bags" for shopping and dump things in there too. That and the daypack usually covers most of the electronics.

When I first had to do all this, it was totally improvised and I was just about to board. I was completely caught off guard.

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@paul i like it, and yet i wonder how your back feels after some hours in this setup. also, the two clocks. fascinated ⏳

@gavcloud the back is fine. usually. It's my legs and knees that get stiff and sore. I sit in half lotus position, and I still find it difficult to hold the position for long periods of time without my feet falling asleep. I get up and stretch often.

As for time devices: ones a kitchen timer, the other is a cheap mechanical pocketwatch. They are a nice duo to have.

@paul this is neat, thanks for sharing! i used to have a floor setup (pictured here in a very messy state) but in more recent years i have switched to a more normal desk situation. but when i'm not at my desk, i still sit on the floor on my yoga mat next to the coffee table. i'm about to move so maybe i'll go back to a floor-sitting desk in my new space.

what do you use your time-keeping tools for? i'm just curious, as someone who pays very little attention to how much time is passing.

@palomakop
My setup is never as clean as the photos. I'm a cluttered personality.

I like having a pocketwatch to tell the time instead of my phone, which tends to be too needy for my attention. The winding of it is a nice little ritual too: pbat.ch/wiki/pocketwatch/

The kitchen timer is for time management. Pomodoro or lazier. Sometimes it's nice to simply break the day up into 15 minute increments. One thing the timer does is make an audible tick. It's a great reminder that you are on the clock.

@paul woah i didnt realize its a gpd, that's amazing

@paul I wish I had any sense of design at all.

@paul I thought it was for your cat at first glance!
Second glance was "Is this an open office for ants?"

@paul This is stunning and I SO want to try it out! I bet it's fun.

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