Had this been all on the cloud, it would’ve taken WEEKS. Even though I’d eventually get all my data back, I’d still miss deadlines.I shudder to think what the future holds without significant investment in our national IT infrastructure.
What we really need is some kind of Network, a National Network, a National Network of Broadband.
This is a timely reminder to make sure all your important stuff is backed up.
I came home this evening to find my D:\ drive missing.
D:\ is home to most of my working production files, Dropbox, Google Drive , and Steam library – most of which can be re-downloaded but it’s a total pain in the ass due to severe lack of NBN.
Upon reboot, there was no sign of life from the drive in the bios.
After an emergency extraction, said drive was put immediately into USB care. The initial prognosis was DOA. However, after some expletive-laden gentle persuasion/bashing with screwdriver, an incredibly unhealthy sounding spindle motor sputtered back to life and is now undergoing emergency data migration to a new drive with great prejudice.
I am VERY glad I purchased a dual bay dock.
20GB / 2TB safely across. This is going to be a long night.
Till ya die. Till ya diiie. Til ya diiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiieee.
And there was dancing, and singing, and movin’ to the groovin’, and just when, it hit me, somebody turned around and shouted….
So today we spent about 6 hours listening to the same song, over and over, and over, and over, and over again, while students were doing their 20-minute live sound baseline assessment.
Poor Tim. I was done after the first hour. Tim has had to listen to the same song with 4 different groups throughout the week. A conservative estimate would suggest that he’s now heard the song approximately 1,000,000 times.
There wasn’t too much else to report for this lesson, everyone did a pretty solid job of mixing. I was slightly relieved we ran out of time before I could do my assessment as it was the end of the day and my ears were not in the best state to be mixing. Also my brain was done with the dancing and the singing and the movin to the gro…. damnit.
This week we had a look at Social Media, content, tools and associated technologies for the creative industry.
We again had a video conference with a group of various creative industry professionals and their experience with connecting with their audience via the internet. They said an effective online presence is essential for success. Most importantly, several people echoed a similar sentiment that it is important to be genuine when publishing content and connecting via social media, as most people can see through thinly veiled attempts at spamming and will quickly lose interest in you and your work.
I personally have engaged in social media for sharing and promoting creative works for over a decade now, having previously done some website development work for artists at a time before social media was prevalent, and you were required to take a much more technical approach to achieve some fairly basic results.
Nowadays, social media is currently the best and most direct way for an artist to actually connect and engage with their audience (for better or worse). Services such as Facebook, Twitter and media specific distribution services such as Soundcloud, Etsy, Redbubble etc are an all but mandatory requirement for success in any given field as these websites and services are essentially the new marketplaces and where people do spend a lot of their time and attention.
Check check – check one – check one – tssu – tssuu – check -tsuu – check – ha – ha
For this session, the Live Sound space was in use by film students, so we took the foldback, sidefill and cat-5-icore into the green screen room. We were tasked with setting up a monitoring system for a small band.
We set up the wedges, 1 either side and a coupled pair for the center / singer. The sidefills were setup across the front line, also doubling as our FOH for this exercise. We mic’d up the school drum kit and fed it through the drum fill, DI’d the bass into the sidefill, mic’d up the guitar amp and set up 3 vocal mics for our imaginary singer and his girlfriend/girlfriend’s tambourine. Everything was up and running well under an hour with the system tuned and cables especially neat.
We managed to get a decent level out of the system, and I only recall feedback happening only once or twice.
This was a fairly straightforward tutorial and everyone handled things with ease. Bonus points for the awesome Metallica jam we had ‘testing’ the system.