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Production 2013

Opening night of The King and the Carpenter ran pretty smoothly. The cast were excellent and the teacher cameo was well received, particullarly the additional, accidental sword-to-the-crotch. Tech pretty much worked as planned apart from a couple of little things (notes for the inexperienced and not-so):
1. Check that your appropriate audio channels are unmuted before the show starts, so you don’t leave the cast standing in a wash of light, waiting for the dance music to start
2. Either program your lighting fades into the cues or make sure the cross-fade time is set before start time
3. When using a voice-over/’GOD’ microphone, test it in-house before the show, especially when it’s been used primarily through monitors during rehearsals – sending to LR helps…

Well done to the cast, crew and Production Team!

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Vocaltronix

Well, I had my mind blown last week by the boys from SUADE (, a modern barbershop quartet. I don’t want to give too much of their ‘secret’ away (though they graciously shared one with us) but the way they’re integrating technology with live performance was astounding. In practice and on the day, it aims to be a simple process that they’re running, though having seen the background work that went in to it, I’m still in a spin.

I’m now planning to start something like this at school, though on a much simpler scale, as a way to get some of the more contemporary students into the department by choice.

At this stage, I’m planning to start with some simple things like loops played through Ableton Live, mixed with some beatboxing (also looped). I’ll also plug in a guitar pedal for some basic Wah effects and I’m keen to try the Reason demo that I’ve just installed and which I had a quick play with at MTEC. I’m interested in what can be done with a keyboard and their version of autotune.

I have QR codes created to link to youtube videos giving a quick overview of the project. Lets see how many of the kids actually follow them up!