As a unit, performance video has made me realise just how much I hate people. Especially Shoma Jevons and Luke Chapman (oh and Nicholas Young, he’s not even that young)
Jokes, honestly I love working in a group of people, especially when they’re likeable chaps who can have a good laugh as we work. I think that this unit has bettered (is that a word?) my understanding of who I am, how I work and what makes me tick. If I’m honest I consider my skillset pretty niche, but my interests pretty wide, which is not ideal. For instance I’m shite on photoshop, but I’d love to be able to superimpose an image of Oli Batstone on funny backgrounds. I also love films, yet with a camera, my technical knowledge lacks. Of course these are areas that I should be working on to develop myself and I would love to get better at these things as they are incredibly usefull skills to have, however the interest I have in these areas does not match my love for music. I think that music is incredible because it has varied effects on people, and some one can experience a tune completely differently to somebody else.
An old school picture of me and the Moth, pre – Dungeon Dancehall days.
The photo has nothing to do with this post, I just hate to look at type with out sufficient gaps for pictures.
I’d say that I’m a creative head instead of a tech head. fantasising over cables memory cards, and framerates just dosn’t make sense to me. I’d rather just think about things I want to see and hear and get pro’s to make the things I can’t do happen. It’s like someone with know knowledge of U bends trying to fix a toilet instead of calling Bartek the plummer.
This is why I feel working in a group benefits me and the overall outcome of what we want to do. As well as this you really do learn and pick up on things when you’re with people who’s interests vary to yours. Not only this but you understand them more as people and understand their perspective.
I was snooping around on Shoma’s blog ‘China’s R Us’ and picked up a quote wich I really liked.
“I want to clarify just how unreliable of a source my opinion is, but I thought it was still important for me to share what I believe the generalisation of the sound to be like. First thing that comes to mind is how it is dark in the sense of how suspense music makes you feel, on edge. However in a wired way the tempo and the deep base make the feel of the sound dark but super relaxing in scene. Not relaxing like whale sining but relaxing in the sense if the whale was mutated and was packed with 500 slow pumping hearts was slowly being massaged by a rusty chainsaw would sound relaxing.” – SHOMA JEVONS
The quote above is from social theorist Shoma Jevons, and I liked it because it relates to what I said above… kinda. Shoma admits in his blog that he does not know much about the ‘Dungeon’ sound, but as he has spent more time around me and Luke he has learned more about it, the culture that surrounds the genre, and has developed a liking for the tunes. The same can be said about me and my thoughts on VJ’ing. If you go on a night out to “Bournemouth’s only super club” ‘Gaylo’ they have visual projections which, honestly look cheap, cheesy and not very greezy.
So befor we started the Dungeon Dancehall unit, I didn’t really see how much of an effect they can really have during performances. Shoma and Luke kind of opened my eyes to how visuals can add so much atmosphere to music, I even had a play around with Luke’s MIDI and did some VJ’ing myself which I enjoyed as it was nice and hands on. A great man once said “I prefer the feel of a physical knob” I totally agree.
It’s also great for me to work in a group because I find it usefull too bounce ideas of eachother, I think for instance Luke and Shoma’s knowledge of Mixing music isn’t great however they find tunes and ask if I can work them into a set, the same goes for me, with VJ’ing, compared to the other two, my knowledge is pretty weak, but I’ll find images and see if they can work with them.
I think I can speak for all of us when I also say that it has helped us develop some skills in building a brand and being professional. Now for instance I think of Dungeon Dancehall as a type of brand identity instead of Luke Chapman’s bedroom. We’re also trying to build our promotion skills, at the moment through social media, but also through Posters and Flyers.
Proof of some early days online promotion, in this case via Twitter, we got The Winchester to retweet our event & also a popular DJ & producer from Bournemouth called Funtcase.