Made by combining a pair of headphones and a pair of ear defenders to make outside-world-blocking headphones, in anticipation of a long train journey in which I'd rather hear my music than everyone else on the train talking loudly into their mobiles. The aforementioned train journey took three and a half hours, and my carriage was populated by screaming babies, teenagers, the aforementioned phone users and an obnoxious woman eating crisps with her mouth open while staring at me; these were an absolute sanity-saver. Hence "portable zen place". "Studio headphones" is because I don't know what they call those headphones they use in sound studios, but I'd guess they're sound blocking.
(This step probably makes me sound like a raging sociopath; I'm really not, many of my best friends are humans.)
Step 1: Materials required
- Uber-uber-cheap headphones: about Â£2.50 ($5)
- Electrical tape: you should own already, and I can't see it costing more than Â£1.00
I am lucky to live 30 seconds walk from a fantastic hardware shop that's kind of like Aladdin's Cave for DIYers, but you should be able to find these in any self-respecting hardware shop or (probably) online.