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With September now in full swing, the impending switch (in the Northern Hemisphere at least) from picnics, suntans and being outdoors to more autumnal and wintertime pursuits looms large. This usually translates into a message by the main broadcast networks of “watch more TV”. And who are we to go against the grain? Watch more indeed.

A difference exists between a large, traditional broadcasting network and a smaller, more nimble digital broadcaster, in the way the content is created. Between both, though, the method is the message. In the major leagues, ideas are pitched and refined, target demographics identified, audiences are surveyed, scripts are written, the machinery gets rolling and Charlie Sheen (remember him?) gets rich. goes straight to the source. Sure, we are first and foremost live music content creators, but as musicians working with other musicians, we often find ourselves getting caught up in long, random conversations that somehow end up being really rather interesting and memorable. Unsurprisingly, these often happen at drinks after work, or over dinner, that sort of thing, and also unsurprisingly, the talk often turns to the “behind the scenes” side of the music world. So, rather than keep all the fun for ourselves, we decided to film some of it and share it with you.

Of course, we do actually have similarities with the traditional networks as well. We create pilot series and screen them to test audiences, but the method tends to be a bit more free form. The shows are made with the best production values we can harvest from an incredibly low budget—you have been warned, this isn’t the usual high-quality BAMM visual standard, it’s just three prosumer handicams mounted on sticks in a small studio. But the ideas and the discussion are all there.

So we’d like to introduce you to… Food Fight (clip 1 clip 2). Take one topic, add two teams on opposing sides of an argument, add a moderator and a dinner table, and let the wine, and conversation, flow freely. We’ve been thinking about the question of copyright a lot recently, and so the question came up of do we even need it anymore, or if so, for how long? Aidan Sansom moderates on behalf of in this first pilot episode:

We then follow that up with a discussion that was so engaging, that we decided to run the pilot episode at double length. It’s about a matter close to our hearts, because has a distinct focus on live music—but what’s better, the immediacy of a live recording, or the nuances of multitrack recording in a studio setting? Our Music Operations Director Phil Lang moderates.

The point remaining is that the shows are made for you. (Don’t forget to check out BAMM’s Global Scene, premiering this weekend as well!) We want to hear from you, here on the blog, on our Facebook page, our Twitter feed and over at YouTube. Don’t be shy! If you love it, we’ll commission a proper series, with everything you’ve come to expect from If you hate it, we’ve got a million other ideas we’d love to share with you. So, sit back, relax, enjoy the show, and we’ll be back shortly to discuss with you where we should go from here.

Thanks for watching, and let us know your thoughts!

2 Responses

  1. Davey says:

    I love the Food Fight concept and was excited when I saw that the first video listed was about copyright. I practice entertainment law and teach a college course on copyright and music publishing, so that should explain the initial law nerd reaction. That video, however, failed to hold my attention, which says a lot. The audio quality was distracting and the whole event came off as a dry academic discussion held by people who treat music and art as though it exists solely in a petri dish or feasibility study. It doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, there is no reason it should!

    The engineering video, conversely, was much more interesting due to the dynamic of the speakers, who were animated and displayed an obvious passion for their craft.

  2. bammtv says:

    Thank you for your comment Davey, and we agree. Production was complicated on that one in that we couldn’t use wireless lavs (because then all you’d hear is people slurping their soup). So we used a Sennheiser condenser mic suspended above the table and sent the audio off to our technicians for processing. If we do it “for real” we’ll run five cameras, three in the same locations, one on a dolly and a wide-angle. We’ll also take on board what you said about keeping the discussion fresh — it’s always a hard thing when the conversation runs for nearly two hours and we have to edit it down so considerably.

    Thanks again for your feedback — we sincerely appreciate it — and we hope to see you around BAMM.TV.. Thanks!

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