Great story and a nice reminder how folks with authority can set the tone for an office. Did anyone else follow suit? Did folks feel comfortable playing the instruments?
Awesome! We should all be so lucky to have our kids taught be people like you. Kudos!
Probably another thread but this really interests me. I haven't looked at music on the phone in a while (really since I played with eno's bloom some years back). Nice thing to reconsider. (And folks who have good recommendations do chime in!)
I suffer from this too. To be honest even at my home studio (in a detached garage) I'm self-conscious and worry of bothering the neighbors...
It sounds like you could do something similar at work. Have you considered a "bring my monome to work day"? A space shuttle from the mothership?
Regarding self-consciousness I've found this is a real thing to overcome. Especially in an open-plan office. Again though I think this is largely a cultural issue. I wonder if any folks have experiences where overt expressions of creativity are at home in the office?
This is great. Field recording at work is a rich area to explore.
Can you listen to music in the back office? Simple processing of office sounds with (for example) something like @randy's Virta might make for an awesome soundtrack. In general this is one of my favorite ways to sneak play into work --- setup an aleatoric patch and let it roll while you work. Bonus points if you have a controller that exposes parameters you can occasionally tweak.
(Full disclosure: I've been listening to a Virta-created rolling vocoder wave all morning while I type!)