TAZ MILLERAUDIO ENGINEER
Since finishing her Bachelor of Audio at the Byron Bay campus, Taz Miller has embarked on a journey that has taken her to some of the most remote parts of Australia.
What inspired you to enter into the career you’re in?
Hearing a presentation given by Audio Technology magazine’s editorial director Greg Simmons on recording traditional music throughout Nepal and India sparked in me a desire to look deeper into Australia’s own Indigenous music. I very quickly became aware that what we have here is far deeper than music as we know it, instead songs and language are vehicles for transmitting culture and spirit. So much of this knowledge, culture and language has already been lost but there is still so much to be shared. Couldn’t think of anything more exciting to be a part of.
What are your fondest memories of your time at SAE?
Probably the teachers at both Byron and Sydney campus. Always so willing to give their time and get involved. I asked heaps of questions and they always went the extra mile.
Are you able to shed some light on how studying at SAE lead you to where you are now?
One of the greatest advantages of studying at SAE was the course structure which allowed for individual creativity. As my interest was in the nature of live and old style recordings, I was able to focus many of my assignments on these areas. The Creative Project units were the best. They were really just units in which the school supported me in finding my own style.
What are your career highlights?
There have honestly been too many to put down in one short response. The last year of my life has been a highlight. Travelling to the most beautiful places and learning culture from wonderful strong individuals.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
Right at this moment, I am syncing and editing all of the footage from our recent trip to North-East Arnhem Land where we followed the Turtle (Mukal) Hunters dreaming tracks with the cultural custodians and students of Marpuru School. The footage from this trip will be made into lessons for the students to continue their learning on country in the classroom, as well as contribute to online archives that will be held on an interactive platform that is currently being designed.
What advice would you give to students aspiring to become successful in their field?
It feels to cliche to say but I think you have to love what you do to be successful.