AUS220 Week 7: Study Week (Yeah right!)
Week seven was our designated study week, and as always, there was very little time to study. But that's okay, my plan this trimester was to spend enough time planning everything so that when it came to the pointy end of the it, like now, that the actioning of all of my projects would be seamless and easy. I find my self right now at the tipping point, where the preparation meets the action, and I won't lie, it's a scary place. Have I prepped everything enough? Am I ready? Are the plans good enough? Will I fail? Well, I suspect I won't fail in my grading, (*knocks wood*) but the doesn't mean I won't fail by my own standards. I'm not sure which one I like less. This week consisted of our KPI meetings with Tim, our final full live sound intensive before next week's gig, and also a lot of work for me outside of uni. As is the nature of working in the creative industries, work comes and goes out of the blue and follows no schedule or rules whatsoever. This was definitely the case for me this week. A week that started with one gig on Saturday playing at a wedding in St Kilda, and by 5pm Monday I had booked two more music gigs, two acting gigs, and some modelling work. I proudly managed to make this work with my uni hours almost seamlessly, and then on Thursday morning I received news that one of the acting jobs had moved last minute to that afternoon, meaning I would miss the second half of my last live music intensive with Tim. Fortunately the group was able to take notes and fill me in somewhat, but I was still disappointed to miss out on being there and getting to complete the full band mix we had started. Sadly, this is the nature of the industry and sometimes sacrifices need to be made in order to pay rent. Rent, the ultimate artist's nemesis.
So, its seems that we are as ready as we can be at this point for our live show on Thursday. There's still a few administrative things we need to accomplish over the next two days, but the bands are booked, the event is advertised, and we are (fingers crossed) prepared academically to run the night with out any issues. Having said that, if there's one thing I've learnt, it's to not be so presumptuous as to assume there will be no issues, but rather to face them calmly and strategically, and to go through the steps we have been taught to identify and correct any problems. I do feel as a group we will be fine, but under the stress, noise and low light of the live performance environment, anything is possible. Our production plan has us bumping in at 10AM on the day, so we will have time on our side, but I don't want us to loose our concentration. It will be what Tim calls an LSD, a long slow day, one where we can be precise and deliberate. As we have learnt, any live show, however calm and smooth it may unfold, does so due to many hours of preplanning, hard work and effort on behalf of all the crew, from the managers to the roadies. My biggest concern still is knowing how to EQ an empty room for a performance in a full one. This is something that will take time and experience to master I know, but is something that weighs on my mind. What I have enjoyed most is noticing how improved my ability to control my own sound when I gig has become. In three weeks I have improved ten fold! I was already fairly good before, mainly thanks to many years of trial and error, whereas now I'm thinking critically about the space I'm in, the music I'm playing, and the equipment I'm using. It's nice to be able to implement my lessons so quickly and to see results straight away.
Aside from our live sound assessment, work is also in full steam for the podcast and also the freelance work I am doing, including the special projects group I am a part of at SAE. The podcast script has been written and it looks great. The narrative flows nicely and is concise and sensical. I think the story we are telling is interesting and engaging. I wrote the script, which was relatively easy due to the great research my team mates and I did before hand. We split up the task, each covering our own area of research, and I think that worked out really well. We are getting a few interviews done this week and then we are straight into the edit and mix stages. I look forward to hearing it completed. If it's even close to as good as I hear it in my head, we will be very proud I'm sure. I'm having a little more trouble on the CIU front. I'm finding it very difficult and frustrating working with people in other disciplines, as communication seems to be a lot more of an issue. I am trying very hard to ignore my instincts to just take control and get it done because I know that the whole point of group work is to sort these sorts of issues out, but it's difficult when I feel like the product is being threatened by people who don't care or who aren't up for it. Anyway, this is something I know I must navigate and I will, I'm just not quite as beaming with confidence with this one as I am with others at this stage.
On Tuesday of week 8, Tim has organised for Bonnie Dalton from the Music Cities Convention to come and talk to us about the event, and Tim mentioned she may even be looking for some interns. I'm aiming for one of these spots, as I was going to buy tickets anyway, and what better way than to attend than as a worker! I'll be able to network, talk shop, and soak in the event in its entirety so much more efficiently if I'm a part of it. I've got some questions for her already, but I'm really looking forward to hearing what she has to say. I was already interested in the convention, but since researching and writing our podcast, I now have a whole new level of appreciation for what it means, and what it took, for the convention to come to Melbourne. This is the first city outside of the US and Europe to win the bid to host, and that is something I really want to be a part of. I can feel something special happening with this city musically, moreso than ever before, and it's bloody exciting!