Workshop week – #SanturiOnSafari style
It’s been a cracking week with oh so many people crammed into Hibiscus. Music in every room, so much so that it even became a problem for recording.
Mics everywhere, artists everywhere, instruments with unpronouncable names everywhere.
Studios in bedrooms, studios in tents, the constant background call for another mic or mic stand. Morning Red Bull #redbullke sponsored delivery gone with minutes, no chance to snap a shot of people actually drinking it. George constantly on the move to find even more kit, as groups splinter into a million creative and recording projects.
The energy has been electric, it’s a content overload, the workshop facilitators as energised and excited as the participants. Esa spent most of yesterday plugging in leads and twiddling knobs from the 4 poster in Behr’s room – while musicians filed in – in suprising frequency – to deliver their bits to the mics. Behr has been super geek – sampling sounds on crazy looking instruments for ableton software. Nonku – well I think she created a track with the vocalists on day 1 – if my eyes haven’t deceived me – I think she turned the Abakisimba drummers into professional vocalists too! Mim – what a lady – how can someone so small have such a big impact, big infectious laugh and such a tiny banjo. Mr Raoul K – with his bedroom studio – well let’s say experimental sounds have been coming out of there all week – I havent heard whats gone into the artists monitor headphones but whats come out – mind bending.
Participants, who seem to have grown in number over the week, have been moving from studio to studio, kind of like you would at an awesome club – but no drink – everyone is just high on creative juices. I cant remember another event anywhere in the world where artists make it consistently to the morning briefing!
The capacity that’s being built here this week, way more than could have been anticipated, artists learning from each other, engineers sticking like glue to the producers to learn and learn, doors into new sounds, new ways of production, new ways to perform, new ways to use the voice, loads of new Ableton and @ableton live fans.
Smiles, excitment, collaborations, friendships, a million jam sessions, content overload – thanks David and the team and the sponsors and all the talented artists, producers, musicians, DJ’s who came along and gave themselves so fully to the process, and for making this week a reality.
Final workshop day today, then tonight the Airtel Sondeka Festival 2015 starts at The Elephant and we all get into performance mode.