Susie B at C4CC London

On the 11th April 2012, I met up with singer songwriter Susie B to record a few of her songs. We recorded in this great space in London called C4CC. It is a Center For Creative Collaboration and is an initiative from the University of London, the Central School of Speech and Drama, Goldsmiths, the Royall Holloway and Complexity Partners. Anyone is welcome to use the space for their creative collaborative project – all you need to do is submit a proposal. It is free and they are very helpful and flexible with times!

As a recording venue it isn’t ideal  because of a tube line running right next door! However, for the purposes of Record and Ride it was perfect! It reflected a true London environment.

The discovery of initiatives like C4CC made me reflect about collaboration. My chain of thoughts led me to think about how we create content nowadays:

The tools for creating content, like video and audio recordings, have become highly accesible. It has got to the point where an artist can do everything on his own with no need of true technical knowledge. A good example is that of a singer songwriter who can now write music, record it, produce and distribute it all on his own. Although I have nothing against this, I feel it drives creativity towards non-collaborative content. Which, again, I do not think is a bad thing but I think it makes it easy to miss out on the power and joys of collaboration.
What I find particularly interesting is how content creation fits in with internet. We now have a common platform with a huge scope for collaboration yet most of the content still seems to be centered round individuals. Or maybe the cheer act of using the medium itself is  more important than the actual content?

I don’t know (One thing I do know is that I like collaborate and would like to encourage you all do try it out!)! What do you think?

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3 responses to “Susie B at C4CC London

  1. Watch this vid, has an interesting view digitalisation of arts!

    • galvanicdude

      Hi! I watched this video and I’m still not sure what I think of it but its definitely worth a quick skim watch. thank you for sharing!

  2. bobla1

    Enjoyed the recordings, thank you Susie B and Niko for sharing those with us and the world.

    Is that a train that keeps appearing in ‘Ballad of a Rose’? Love stuff like that.

    Good points about the opportunity for musicians to do it all themselves. I tend to agree.

    Whilst, yes, there are opportunities for artists to record, produce and market themselves almost all of the artists I meet aren’t overly interested in the production process and are almost certainly not interested in marketing strategy. There’s an argument they perhaps need to be.

    But they feel overwhelmed by it.

    There’s also an argument they ought not to be and concentrating on their talents and material whilst using the skills and enthusiasm of others to help bring their music into the world. It encourages collaboration too – the other point you made.

    In my humble opinion, and I’m sure you agree, collaboration is where the real magic happens such as two musicians in a room improvising.. which can’t be done with quite the same degree of spontaneity over the internet.

    That said, we are blessed with the technology to share great material, ideas and findings quickly and easily as you are doing with Record and Ride. Woo!

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