My name is Maurice Steenbergen and I am an audiovisual technologist. It's not a disease, yet many of us suffer from GAS (gear acquisition syndrome). What is an audiovisual technologist? If you ask the Oxford dictionary, it answers as follows:
audiovisual | ˌɔːdɪəʊˈvɪʒʊəl | adjective
using both sight and sound, typically in the form of images and recorded speech or music.
technologist | tɛkˈnɒlədʒɪst | noun
an expert in a particular field of technology.
So, if you're really good at applying technology to audio and/or video, congratulations, you are an audiovisual technologist too.
The multibillion-dollar industry
A Google search on the subject learns that an audiovisual technologist can be somebody who installs and maintains audiovisual equipment, such as screens, projectors, speakers, and amplifiers. According to Wikipedia: "the professional audiovisual industry is a multibillion-dollar industry, comprising manufacturers, dealers, systems integrators, consultants, programmers, presentations professionals, and technology managers of audiovisual products and services". That doesn't include the adjacent multibillion-dollar creative industry that delivers the content to present on this equipment.
The way I see it, this also accounts for the people creating the content, especially in those fields where technology is a dominant factor. For example, those who create music electronically, utilizing synthesizers, drum machines, sequencers, and digital mixers, or simply using (DAW) software that does it all. Another field where technology is inevitable is in the creation of video content. While operating a camera and placing lights might be considered the realm of traditional AV, the process of creating special effects will get very technical, really fast.
My career path
As you can read on my resume, I started as a full-time graphic designer and part-time DJ in the late 80s. The latter helped me produce a minimalistic hit single and a couple of underground releases in the 90s, propelling me into the entertainment industry. Consequently, I created audiovisual work that could be seen on MTV and in movie theatres. Later in my career, the sum of my skills totalled enough to be qualified to teach a new generation. Ultimately I applied audiovisual technology to IT when I became a specialist in KVM technology and the distribution of audiovisual signals in critical infrastructure.
About this website
You can consider this to be a book in progress. Here, I write about my experiences and insights to help a practising or aspiring audiovisual technologist ask more questions, make decisions, or explore things further. I'm here to help, inspire and learn.
With warm regards,