I’ve been so busy over the last few days that I’ve even neglected my writing.
I have a performance coming up, and I was determined to make my routine my first real ‘all Artiste’ performance.
I did a short routine while initially learning the system, so technically this counts as my second ‘all Artiste’ routine.
But this will be the first one in front of a real audience.
It wasn’t easy.
When moving from one system to another, there is always a learning curve.
The Artiste system has a pretty steep one.
It does so many things that learning how each piece/part interacts with the others is sometimes overwhelming.
So I set about to learn a piece at a time.
I made my first routine (the gingerbread cookies in the oven) and felt hugely successful.
I used palettes as movers, I made things tip and rotate, I faded things in and out, I danced, I moved, I used dance groups – and it wasn’t THAT hard.
This time, it’s a solo routine.
I learned to use the Artiste rezzer – which offers so many capabilities that other rezzers don’t.
I can rezz sets, fade sets, crossfade sets, de-rezz sets – all with commands from my HUD.
And you can rezz more than 1 set at once!
I can even have the HUD tell the rezzer to kill all my rezzed items after my performance – so clean up is a snap!
For the solo, I built the set, put in the rezzer, set up my fades, run my emotes, do costume changes, run my dance sequence, open/close the curtains – but I was struggling with the movers.
After a couple of hours of banging my head against the wall and failing to get the movers to do what I wanted, I finally, out of desperation, IM’d a friend who uses it and asked for help.
She asked a couple of questions and – BAM.
We realized what the issue was.
The Artiste does rotations differently than any other system I’ve used.
Which is good, in my opinion.
But it was bad, because, although I knew that, I didn’t really understand how it worked in practice.
As an example, I used to use the HUDDLES dance HUD.
For emotes, I could insert an emote during a dance animation, and my animation would not be interrupted.
So my sequence could look like this:
dance 1|13.0|/me emotes something here|dance 1|15.0
With the HUDDLES, I would begin dance 1 and 13 seconds into the animation, the emote would fire. I would then continue dance 1 for another 15 seconds.
When I switched to the Barre HUD, that no longer worked.
If I entered my emotes in that way, not only was there a few second lag for the emotes to fire, after 13 seconds of dance 1, rather than playing for an additional 15 seconds, the dance 1 animation would restart from the beginning and then run for 15 seconds.
Not the effect I wanted.
So, I had to learn a new way of thinking and doing things with the Barre.
Not bad, or worse, just a different way of thinking.
I thought I had adjusted my thinking with the Artiste.
I was wrong.
So I had to ‘undo’ my thinking about rotations and positions and how they work and learn a new way of doing with the Artiste.
Once I did, things went pretty quickly.
Because I was feeling so successful at accomplishing all the other pieces of my dance, I wanted to not only use palettes as movers, I wanted to use the powerful ‘sit2sit’ function of the Artiste.
This function allows you to jump seamlessly from one mover/palette to another during your routine.
Stop and take a moment and reread the sentence above.
Soak it in.
You can CHANGE MOVERS during a dance routine.
There are challenges, yes, but it IS possible.
I’ve done it.
It took hours.
But I did it. (With help, of course.)
After a long, sometimes theoretical conversation with Yummy, I had another ‘aha’ moment.
I asked her how she would have approached my routine, given what I was trying to do, using the Artiste.
Her answers were eye-opening.
Because I have been so used to certain ‘can’s’ and ‘can’ts’ with the other systems I’ve used, I was unknowingly making some of those same assumptions with Artiste.
I think that is why I have been so persistent at trying to learn all I can about the Artiste system.
It offers me so many possibilities – many of which I am sure I am still unaware of.
With it, I am empowered to create things I thought were impossible.
And with it, I am once again finding joy in the creation of dance. 😀