Self Reflection exercise

Whats-a-music-producer-to-you

Learning responsibilities 1 – 10

learning the skills required to work effectively in professional environments within a group and developing the skills in the following areas:

1. Strong work ethic

2. Positive attitude

3. Good communication skills

4. Time management abilities

5. Problem solving skills

6. Acting as a team player

7. Self – confidence

8. Ability to accept and learn from criticism

9 Flexibility / adaptability

10. Working well under pressure.

Learning focus – Flexibility / Adaptability

My recent experience in the group recording project has had a dramatic impact on my tertiary learning experience at SAE. The challenges of group work are well known and my recent experience of working with my student colleagues to complete numerous presentation documents and source a musician or group of musicians to record has really assisted in personal development; particularly in the area of Flexibility / Adaptability.

Firstly, I had invested a lot of time and energy into collaborating with a group of musicians who are very talented but, probably weren’t suited to the requirements of the assessment. Our preliminary task was to present a trial presentation, in front of our lecturer and fellow students, outlining the commercial viability of our chosen musicians. We weren’t given a ‘green light’ to continue with this group of musicians for our project because of issues surrounding the availability of the musicians and the potential for our recording to generate a worthy financial return. Fortunately, there was a ‘plan B’. We mentioned in our trial presentation, that a ‘B’ plan was available and we went ahead with that plan instead of the ‘A’ plan. This also required me to contact the musicians who are friends of mine and inform them that we weren’t going to consider them for our project and I renounced my role as a producer. This was a good lesson in being flexible enough to recognise the wishes of our lecturer, student peers and project group members.

This learning curve didn’t abate once we were properly introduced to the artist in the recording studio and a new set of challenges were presented. The artist didn’t want to record to a click track, the artist didn’t want receive suggestions on song structure, the artist didn’t want to record the guitar and vocals separately, the artist didn’t want to record while wearing headphones, the artist wanted to stop and have a cigarette, the artist was going to be a few hours later than previously arranged and lastly, the artist has requested a bowl of warm water because his hand is cramping up.

I’m proud of my flexibility and willingness to adapt to these challenges because I’m learning the art of studio recording isn’t just about technical proficiency and what is deemed to be ‘correct proceedure’. While there are good and bad ways to get a result in the studio when using equipment, it’s important for me to remember that assisting the artist in creating a superior performance takes a good deal of tenacity, empathy and a strategic psychological approach. I’m happy to report that a quality performance and recording is ‘the big picture’ that I’m focusing on and learning to be flexible and adapt to new challenges as they arise.

 

 

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