THE NEAR DEMISE OF THE MAC
I like to think that after many years of using technology in my business I am reasonably tech savvy. So I’m capable of managing a WordPress blog, reasonably good with social media, delivering Periscope broadcasts, and messing competently with video cameras and semi-complex Powerpoint presentations. But there are days when the whole house of cards comes tumbling down, and last Thursday was almost one of them.
The Dry The Life video came about largely because I’d been in Salisbury to film a factory operation for the day when the fully charged battery on my previous video camera decided to refuse to work. Being just five years old, its batteries were obsolete in Salisbury so I had little choice but to buy a new camera to complete the filming project. I could I suppose have spent half a day trawling the internet to find a shop in Bristol or somewhere, but time is money.
So stuck with a new camera, it was important to get maximum use out of the thing. It seemed appropriate to film as much of the making of the Dry The Life EP as possible, so that’s what we have done and it has taught me a few things. Once you get into the process of recording you tend to forget the camera is there, apart from when you need to change the battery. So that has led to a video account of the natural and intuitive way in which Ali and I seem to work together.
Before I became serious about writing and recording songs in the last year or so I imagined a recording process would be tense, fraught, and packed with conflict. But while I was reviewing some footage last night, I realized that we have actually been filming the second part of the development of a close friendship. For that reason, it feels very special and the right thing to have done.
Filming has also helped us to remember some of the more technical parts of the recording process, stuff that will never be aired but that will enable us to repeat procedures that we may otherwise forget. It also teaches a musician about posture for pending live performances, and for me has shown that almost anything is possible when you are working with the right people.
So I had been happily taking all this footage and transferring the video files to my MacBook after each of the recording sessions, until the MacBook decided it had had enough. One morning while hard at work for the day job I found the thing was not doing things at quite the speed I had been accustomed to, and so committed to buying extra hard drives to store some of these enormous video files. Then I found I couldn’t format and partition the hard drives as instructed, and needed Ali’s knowledge and help to put that right. It’s when someone of his experience finds it hard to fathom a problem that you know you are really in trouble!
Eventually, he was able to partition the drives and sussed out enough to be able to move files across, a process I now have to repeat for about 40 videos. Yeah. I know. Stupid! 40 videos was always going to slow down my machine, but I hate technology just about as much as I love it so I tend to avoid dealing with the bad stuff on the basis that “it will sort itself out”. At some stage there will be a video compilation of The Making Of Dry The Life, but we have to concentrate on the music first and have a few exciting and different things planned. You will of course read about them first on here.
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