Last month, I reviewed Complicite’s The Encounter from a sound design perspective. This month, I wanted to get an insider’s view from the sound operators, Helen Skiera, and Ella Wahlström.
QLab is my software of choice for play back in musicals and plays. QLab is a Mac-based piece of software that I have found it to be robust, flexible, and quick to program. If you need a playback engine for music tracks or sound effects and you have a Mac, then it’s absolutely worth looking ...
On a rainy day in April, I made the trek across the Bay from the Central Valley to meet up with the Bay Area SoundGirls. Despite the bad weather, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself watching the most enjoyable play I have seen in years.
Part two of Samantha’s series on being an efficient and successful boss.
When you hear the term “catwalk”, you probably think of a fashion show. The deep house music beings to play in your head (which I’m actually playing as I type). You can almost see the bright lights and picture the fashionably dressed models “cat walking” on the narrow runway, dressed in the clothing and ...
One of my first interviews in LA – and worst interviews – came through an industry job website. I saw an ad for a sound mixer for a “film with an up-and-coming director”. I sent my resume asking if they needed a sound assistant.
Heather discusses her procedure for effectively soundchecking new artists.
My official title for the week was “Tour Manager,” which confused me at first because originally I thought all that tour managers did was book shows (and I’d had about diddly-squat to do with that). But by the end of the very exhausting seven days, I figured out that the role of TM was ...
You have a bunch of awesome equipment, you have awesome musicians, and you need to get the sound from the musician or SFX playback computer through all that awesome equipment and out into the world or recorded in some way.
How do you teach the basics of sound reinforcement, when you still find yourself learning from the shows you work? This was the question I was left asking myself after I was asked by the City of Ottawa’s Community Arts and Social Engagement program to develop an introduction to sound course for women.
A quality leader can make or break any business or project. As the boss, you are the face of the team. What your team does reflects on you, and vice-versa. If you’re unorganized, or don’t know your crew, or have no goals, how can you expect to lead anyone anywhere?
It’s an inescapable fact that the music business is a male-dominated industry. Lately I’ve noticed a springing-up of more discussion groups and surveys focusing on the roles of women in touring, and why there aren’t more of us. As you’d expect, I get asked about it a lot.