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Beyond My Control

ArtDJ.pngHow did my gig at Asto Gallery go [I hear you asking]? O.K. I guess. I was reminded of something I read somewhere--that all DJ's have hearing problems. The reason [it said] was that the DJ has little control over the layout of the club where he plays. Frequently they need to play with a stack of speakers blowing too close to one or the other of their ears. The performance space has usually been laid out by someone who isn't aware of everything that should be considered to get the best sound. To be fair, there are things to consider besides just getting the best performance/sound.

This wasn't like that. It wasn't too loud. The problem was I couldn't hear what was going out. The speaker was sitting on the floor in front of me pointing away into the space. What I could hear of what was being played "in the room" was all reflected. I always try to setup the speakers so they are pointed towards me. That way I can hear what's going on. This way, since I can hear how loud it is, I can set the volume at an appropriate level and I can hear to mix too.

The other problem I had was with the routing of my power cord. It was fairly exposed and naturally someone did step on it cutting the power to my computer. This is a fairly common problem with using a computer. I guess it happens with turntables too but you don't have to wait for a turntable to reboot. Using a laptop or a UPS would help ameliorate this issue.

Otherwise it went fairly well. I got a lot of compliments on the music. A few people even danced. I didn't want for people not to dance but I did want to put the focus on the art. And all the stuff that wasn't under my control was good practice. That's just the way it goes when you're DJ'ing. You're just not going to be able to control every factor. Being able to cope with that and work around it is part of the deal.

Thanks to Michael, Heather and George for getting me there and back again. It would have been interesting trying to get my gear there using the bus and train. Thanks also to the folks at Asto Gallery for letting me play and helping setup. I hope it was as good for you as it was for me.



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