Dec '04 - Aug '06
Since I started at the Bartlett, I've had to work from home. Studio space is extremely limited, particularly compared to the spacious facilities I enjoyed up in Newcastle. In our undergraduate spaces we had enough space for a reasonably civilized game of studio cricket (similar to classroom cricket, but without the worry of teachers catching us). At the Bartlett there's no room to swing the proverbial cat, let alone a homemade cricket bat (looked like one of the paddles from Dazed & Confused).
So now my bedroom is also my studio, which means I have plenty of space to lay out drawings (on my bed), a seperate desk for modelmaking and a nice big dual-monitor computer setup. Those are the plus sides. One of the downsides is going stir crazy with lack of human interaction (MSN really doesn't count). The other is that it allows my music listening habits to stray to all the dark places they really shouldn't. My flatmates come home to find me perpetrating some truly awful crimes against musical decency. At least when I was in the studio I was kept in line by the peer pressure of a communal stereo.
As the year hurtles towards it's (possibly) horrific conclusion, the aural requirements are becoming clearly divided:
- Thesis-writing requires non-vocal classical music or orchestral soundtracks.
- Designwork calls for steady playthroughs of good electronica or drum&bass. Plenty of good hip-hop when things are going well.
- But it's the drudge times when the crimes are committed. That's when it's all about 80s pop, stadium rock, euro-pop and even folk music. Apparently I have been caught listening to house, but I fervently deny it.
When this course is over I'll have to kick the habit, but for now I reckon I just have to embrace Tiffany, Lionel Richie and Billy Joel. They're clearly a means to an end. I'm Guilty as charged.
Does anyone else have any dirty musical habits to own up to? C'mon now. Don't be shy...