Friday, 2 November 2012
The Moving Blog
For the second time in three years, we're packing things up in a hurry. The first time was back in 2009, when we moved out of our old 2500 sq ft premises. That was a bit of an "Operation Frequent Wind" last-helicopter-out-of-Saigon moment, as we cleared two studios and two edit rooms, along with the green room gubbins and kitchen stuff. The fun bit was trying to cram everything into a considerably smaller place, stacking gear high in boxes literally from the floor to the ceiling. We eventually got all the gear stowed in new homes, and sold or gave away the bulk of the rest of the gear.
And now it's time to move again, as we head for pastures new, firstly across the Atlantic, and later, well...who knows?
People say about us in the recording industry that we should never throw stuff away or sell it, and I agree with this sentiment on the whole. Except when I come across boxes from that first move that haven't been touched in the best part of three years.
It is short sighted to bin working gear, but really how useful is any of this stuff? Sure, I have kept little interfaces, they can still work, and can be used in an emergency, or we can set it up for interns or whatever in future.
You have to consider all the compatibility issues. Have you got all the drivers? Does your OS support the hardware? Does the recording software support the hardware? Hell, does the hardware still work, or have small furry creatures set up home inside it?
Some of it, you just have to let it go. It's funny how important it all seemed in those frantic days of leaving the old premises, and it was beyond the Saigon moment - it was more of a scorched earth policy. Nothing and no-one left behind!
The thought of it still being there when we get back though fills me with a sickness, bordering on dread. Part of the plan when we get back is to move into a new form of the business, and having leftovers seems like it anchors us to an old way of thinking. Which incidentally is part of the reason for us trying pastures new, to get away from old mentalities, old fears and old hopes.
Somewhere along the way, we have to pack away our personal gear, and get the house ready for tenants to move in.
So anyway, see you Stateside!
Christian Thomas is Production Director at Space Studios. He is sick of seeing boxes.