Seeing other people’s posts about feeling a loss of purpose during this lockdown, I’ve been thinking how potentially unhealthy it is that we have such an attachment to our jobs. We are not wholly our jobs.
Posts in category Live Sound
Subtle prejudices crop up in the audio industry when we hear people say things like, “Mary can mix a band as good as Steve,” or “They’re a girl but they can push a subwoofer like a man.” By setting men as the standard for both of those skills, it is possible that we are intimidating women out of those roles even if the intent is to praise someone for their skills.
What we perceive as reverb is a combination of two things, called early reflections and late reflections. Early reflections are the first reflections of the source sound that make it back to our ear; they are the reflections that travel out, reflect off of something once, and head back. Late reflections are the reflections that spend time bouncing off of multiple surfaces before returning to our ear. Because we experience such a large number of reflections arriving at our ears so closely together, we do not hear them as individual, echoed copies – instead, we get the smooth sound of reverberation.
We’ve made it! I cannot believe I am writing this, but here we are, exactly one year from the last ticketed concert at The Bowery Ballroom. What a wild ride. We have been keeping moderately busy with important structural and safety upgrades, new video and lighting install, NIVA involvement and the good graces of Save Our Stages, and event rentals. What I plan to take you through today is how a venue, typically very adept in a specific industry, can transform into something new and different, while still staying safe, and authentic.
The wonderful people who make up our industry are not easily replaced by someone deemed “unskilled” by a large corporation. We have a wealth of knowledge that is often built up from years of experience and dedication to our craft. I’m hoping in the future labor companies will be more willing to split bids with other companies in order to properly fill calls for clients. I’m also hoping companies like Uber Works don’t continue to devalue our labor. You can’t penny and dime our skillsets or take a commission on an hourly rate. A low-balling bid war during this time wouldn’t just set back rates; it would push so many more away from an industry that they love.