Expository Description of The Masquerade

The Masquerade I went to the Masquerade which is located on North Ave in downtown Atlanta for a concert when it was dark, so the outside features were little bit difficult to describe. It was built in 1890, but opened in 1988. One thing I noticed before entering the infrastructure was that it gave out an ominous vibe. The wood that kept the building together looked discolored and old. If you look from a distance away from The Masquerade, the whole building looked like an over-sized trailer with at least 4-5 entrances. The front of the Masquerade was crowded due to the event that was going to happen, but during the day when no events are current, there will only be a few people( I know that because I drive past there often in order to buy groceries from Kroger). Example of Lil Yachty performing When entering the Masquerade, one can feel overwhelmed about where to go at first, because of how an individual can build up adrenaline after waiting a while in line. As I walked a floor up in order to go the the purgatory room where Lil Yachty performed, I was noticing how the lighting of the area was on a lower setting. I’m thinking the reason for the staff members to limit the audiences visual ability is so that they don’t linger to long around areas where there are no stages present. It forces the individual to find what he/she is looking for in a timely manner. The whole vibe inside the Masquerade also felt ominous as well. old looking stairs and low light gave...

Crowd Behavior in the Purgatory

http://sites.gsu.edu/mdelva2/files/2016/02/masquerade-1dr6g7s.mp4 Looking at the video it’s easy to witness what is the focal point of the area( the stage). I was by the edge of the stage where a large loudspeaker was positioned around 1-2 feet above me. When a bass heavy song plays, my whole body would be shaking. It got to the point that you could feel the wooden floors shaking as well which made me feel as if there was a slight chance the purgatory level might collapse. Due to the low importance of the artist, the population density of the crowd was inconsistent. The closer you are to the stage, the tighter the space. There were various times in the show when the crowd would pushing back for no reason which led many people to drop on the ground and another wave of people would try to fill in those gaps to get closer to the...

Recording of the Crowd

Open View of the Purgatory Stage http://sites.gsu.edu/mdelva2/files/2016/02/Masquerade-wfijca.m4a Here is an example of the crowd slightly chanting the artist’s alias which was lil boat. It is difficult to here in the recording because of how random the chanting was. It was never synchronized until later on in the show. The artist kept saying his alias name backstage without appearing to engage with the audience, and make them more focus towards the stage. The lights add the effect, because humans respond to a section where more light is...

Masquerade bar

Masquerade Bar So when you get thirsty, a and individual would have to slither his way out the crowd, walk along the edges of the lower platform, pass by the mixing console tent to reach the back end corner of the room where a bar is placed. The way the bottles were organized behind the bartender was appealing which led customers to visualize better about what they wanted to drink. I was underage and broke, so all I requested for was water. Unfortunately, I had to pay $2 for water which was the size of the blue and white cup shown in the...

Placement of the Mixing Consoles

Mixing Console from an angle Mixing Console close up So as I was walking around the concert because of my disinterest to the performance, I noticed there was a tent with an external digital audio workstation placed in the middle of the crowd platform. I thought that was strange because it would seem typical to place them behind the stage or the side of it so it can create more space for the crowd as well as decrease crowd interference. Another thing I noticed was how frequently the staff members left the tent vacant which led the audience to crowd around it and lean on it. Good thing they didn’t damage any equipment. So i’m guessing that the tent was left there due to a level of...

Masquerade stage

One of the stages in The Masquerade In order to be in the masquerade, i purchased a ticket for a trap concert to listen to an artist called Lil Yachty. The Masquerade has three levels of indoor stages with Heaven being the biggest stage, then Hell and Purgatory respectively. Unfortunately the stage shown in the image was in purgatory. When looking at the stage, you are able to see blue lights shining behind the artists to direct the audience’s attention to them. Also, the white bald man at the bottom of the stage is one of the security who is placed there to control the crowd when certain listeners attempt to climb up the stage. Many individuals were successful in climbing up because of how low the stage was and how there wasn’t a sufficient amount of barriers....
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