My project at this point is in a fairly unique situation where I am immersing myself in not merely one virtually foreign technology, but two – video and audio recording equipment. The former I have been forced to engage with by way of the storyboarding mock-up assignment. The latter was left vacant… until, that is, I read this blog prompt.
So rather then working on my storyboard, I found myself spending my Saturday night holed up in the Duderstadt’s Electronic Music Studio as my friend walked me through the obscene amount of dials, switches, and buttons that make up an audio mixing board. While this was far from the first time I’ve been in that studio, it’s the first time I’ve invested myself in actually figuring out how it all works.
Although it did nothing but postpone the writing of my storyboard, which I will now likely spend TONIGHT hold up in a library finishing, this ordeal did open my eyes to one thing: as sharp as learning curves may be, there is a curve for a reason, and with enough effort you’ll get to the end of it. Sure enough, although I still probably cannot tell you the difference between an EQ-3 and an EQ-8, I think I can serviceably record a song, which is definitely the first step for me to take.
Furthermore, this lesson helped me gain a fuller understanding of the beat-making software on my computer, Ableton, my experience with which previously consisted of me opening up a new file, plopping out a few notes on my MIDI keyboard, getting frustrated, and calling it a day. But, considering that an audio mixing board is just a physical version of Ableton’s many filters, this newfound experience will hopefully help me with the background music for my project.
The running motif within my blog group regarding the remediation process has more or less been that “risk-taking is good”, particularly with regards to this process, and if anything this experience has just continued to confirm that. By taking this risk with a new technology, I’ve realized that it wasn’t quite so daunting as I thought it would be, and maybe, just maybe, having taken this risk will increase the chances that my other major risk – the project itself – will be a little bit more palatable.