‘Uncertainty Playground: FutureMakers‘ was a series of events run at the London College of Communication in September- October 2017.
I was employed for one day to assist with two events: A DIY Instrument Making Workshop with Hackoustic as well as a Percussion Performance and Workshop. I got the job from a contact at Wimbledon who had recently transfered to Elephant & Castle campus.
The organiser was very invested and it was a hands on installation and set-up, of which my part was to help where I could, although my main task was to record the live performance.
Because the performance involved a fair number of different instruments lain across the space that the performer would go between, I set up two mics in an XY pattern generally used for choirs and the like. This would give an impression of the space and acoustics, as well as allow you to orientate yourself to the movement of the performer around the space.
The other half of the day was helping Hackoustic with their workshop and set-up, although they were extremely self-reliant and had bespoke kit that they’d built themselves. The workshop involved making instruments – a rudimentary electric guitar striped down to its basic components – using a standard rectangle timber as the base.
This was part of the reason why I couldn’t offer much help to Hackoustic – I didn’t know the material well enough to help teach the workshop participants. So instead, I helped with basic tasks and anybody who was stuck during the workshop, though if it was something complex, I often ended up calling over one of the two main guys. and learning from them in the process.
For the Percussion Performance, I knew the gear and knew what I was doing, for the Instrument making workshop, far less so – however I did the best I could and learnt as I went.
What I got from this:
– I had a lot of responsibilty with this event, the recording I made was for both promotional reasons but also the documentation and proof the event happened. If I had messed up the recording, it couldn’t be recreated.