We sacrifice a lot to be in the entertainment industry. At some point, most of us have weathered strained relationships with friends and lovers, gone for long periods of time with irregular sleep, and missed entire weeks of sunlight as if we were living at McMurdo Station in June.
I recently played a show at a major performing arts facility on the East Coast, which not only had exceptional sound and lighting, and a multi-camera crew shooting in high-def, the venue streamed the show in real time online, where the performance now sits “in perpetuity.” At the end of the event, we were presented with a DVD of the performance (without having to ask), which looked and sounded great. A person can get used to this!
After a recent lecture about DAWs, one of my students asked me which audio recording program I used back in the ’70s. The wide-eyed pupil was very curious to hear what it was like to record when I was his age. But he and the class were shocked to learn that we didn’t have personal computers to make records back then. Our recording program was a strip of plastic moving at a fixed speed over a magnet.