w/c 11th March 2013…
I’ve been putting off this blog entry since August 2012.
I’ve been neglecting my blog, what with all my work toward the end of 2012 and then with the depressing “no work slump” in the new year. Don’t let the Daily Mail fool you into thinking that getting Jobseeker’s Allowance and having nothing to do all day is fun - it’s actually morbidly depressing. Financially, it’s also not very much (and I get even less because of my age). I don’t get a free house, free plasma telly and two grand a week to spend on drugs despite what you might have read. I didn’t want to start my blog in this manner, but it’s because of morons like them that we have the current government and therefore the current economy - and now they have the Audacity to complain about the very thing they wanted in the first place…
You can see why I vowed never to read newspapers (with the exception of the odd column by Charlie Brooker) - but as part of my Jobseeker’s Agreement I must spend five hours per day looking for non-existent job listings in papers or checking the same job ad-agencies over and over to see if they display anything other than “Sorry, no results found”. The Job Center also want me to go on a computer literacy course - I told them that their £500 million website repeatedly crashed when I tried to log in, whereas what they heard was “I can’t work a computer”. I am typing this into an HTML/ASP editor and uploading it to my own web server that - while not costing £500 million - does not crash.
I only do what I do because I love doing what I do. Doing what I do makes me feel good and stops me feeling bad.
With the above in mind, I have been making tentative steps toward expanding both my qualifications and expertise (as ever). I still intend to build up my own PA rig (similar to the higgledy piggledy ones you can see on PA Of The Day), and retro disco light screens, and retro lighting effects, and a giant bubble machine, etc - however due to the miniscule budget I’m on, that may be a problem.
Recently, I have been getting into artistic lighting installations and event/party/disco lighting and loving it.
Another avenue I want to stroll down is obtaining proper certification to carry out electrical work - something I’m pretty sure will come in handy regardless of running sound, AV or lighting… It gets a bit annoying having to call in favours every time a mains outlet needs rewiring in a venue.
After a cursory glance around Google, I found that one of the main routes to obtaining such a qualification was to acquire certification for “temporary installations”. Easier said than done, because while a temporary installation is a completely different beast from a permanent installation, having a 17th Edition Regs (i.e. a permanent installation) qualification is a prerequisite for the temporary installation course. Add the fact that most 17th Edition courses stipulate that an applicant must be at least five years time-served as an post-apprenticeship electrician by trade, I’m pretty stuck - for now. As a side note, I thought for years that I wanted to be a sparky - and while I understand and love both the theory and practical disciplines and have gone out as an electrician’s mate, there is no way I possess the mentality to survive in a trade environment.
In other news, I have had to put my honors on hiatus (once again, thank you SAAS). You would think that disabled students’ payments would be somehow legally enforced… This means my blog will just be “Stevie’s Blog” or, perhaps more appropriately, “Stevie’s Rant Page”. That said, would you want to hire me for my knowledge, work history and experience or the fact that I can type 10,000 words? In any case, this blog must be at least half that.
Soundy stuff! Yay!
So, apart from more binaural stuff, what’s in the pipeline?
Recording a roaring fire/stove - that’s what. Just imagine: a Quadraphonic experience of a crackling fire - perfect for poetry and whisky, ghost stories or just sound effects. I’m on the clock on this one as the guy who owns the house moves out in a week.
On another arty-install thread, an ex-college buddy suggested that I take my Virtual Band on tour. This is not out of the question, especially as it allows me to explore my new-found install-enthusiasm.
I would be content listening only to music from artists beginning with the letter “O”. That is, assuming I wake up and find myself transported to North Korea with just a touch of Guatemalan-insanity pepper weirdness in which I am given an ultimatum regarding my music tastes and sod all else.
What about another Sonic Arts install (I think I’m actually quite mad now) that featured a binaural head ten feet or so in front of an audience member who was wearing noise cancelling earphones - so that they hear sound from a slightly different perspective? Or how about a hundred feet away? Or just with a delay on the audio output? Or with the phases inverted so that a sound from in front or above would sound as if it came from the rear or below, respectively? How mad am I?
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Appeal DWP decision time…