tctc graduate profile
TCTC graduate, Amy Prideaux, is exploring the overlap between sound and pictures.
Q. What is your involvement with digital technology?
The first professional editing software I ever learnt was Photoshop – scanning and restoring old or damaged photos for family and friends. Currently I use video editing software Premiere Pro for creating online promotional video content and ProTools, audio recording software, for my own music.
Q. Where does your interest in music production come from?
My Dad is passionate about live sound mixing and there was always music playing in the house growing up. As a child I would sit on the top step at home and watch the guys in local bands borrowing gear from the garage. Often I would go to the gigs and stay up way past bed time because I just wanted to be around the buzz of the live shows. From a young age I could see how technical production and technology were an important part of making music.
Q. Why choose to study at the TCTC?
I wanted to expand my knowledge of music from playing the piano to learn more about music production and other elements of the music industry like artist promotion, A&R and studio recording. With the courses requiring only a few contact hours per week it was possible to study at TCTC while maintaining my other work and study commitments. Studying both music and screen at TCTC has given me access to education, industry standard equipment and software that you just can’t get anywhere else. The facilities are second to none!
Q. Like learning a language or a musical instrument, they say learning one software program makes it easier to learn another. Have you found this to be true?
Yes. Learning to use professional editing software doesn’t happen by accident and can be a time consuming process, but once you have mastered one program it makes it easier to learn others. There’s a lot of overlap between audio and video editing and being able to navigate between software programs opens up a whole other dimension to the creative process.
Q. How does digital technology enable you to be productive?
Technology has come so far – you can have a professional recording studio on a laptop and edit video in your living room. The potential is there to collaborate, upload and share ideas and get feedback on your work from anywhere in the world.
Q. Where do you see your skills in using digital technology taking you in the future?
My time studying at TCTC has helped put me in good stead for my current work in radio and filming, along with my own projects at home. It’s great to be working in environments that allow me to use and further develop the skills I have acquired in music and video production at TCTC.