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Where We're At [Jun. 7th, 2015|02:17 pm]
Bones
I'm in a fairly bad mental place these days and it's very hard to fight. I feel kind of trapped by life as we know it at present, even though I know it's deceivingly simple to find peace. I'm gonna try therapy and see how that helps, cause I feel I'm fighting a losing battle against the worst parts of me right now.
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Headphones [Apr. 24th, 2007|04:00 am]
Bones
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]
[music |The Royal Scam - Steely Dan]

Every time I listen to someone else's headphones, I'm glad I got the ones I did. I put on other ones and some are really bright at the top, or harsh in mids, or have boomy low end. Then I put mine on and ahhhhhhhh, perfection. I don't know what it is, but there's something really nice about them.
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From Toolband.com [Apr. 3rd, 2007|07:33 pm]
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[music |Nashville Bound - The Road Hammers]

"Readers will probably think that I'm crazy for suggesting that one or two or maybe all four band members become what Dr. Stephen Hawking called "time tourists." But that is what I'm suggesting. Does anyone have a better idea? I don't see any Tool enthusiasts on skateboards in all their "Hot Topic" finery heading down Zarzamora Street on midnight forays to the "Dome of Light" in Olmos Basin (what is it, a golf course, now?) or to a certain "baobab" tree to get answers from the bulbous-eyed "Sisters of Mercy." I don't know about you, but I sure as hell don't want to see any more shows postponed. Especially not SAN AnTonio. Not with all that e-mail and telegrams and posses in a state that even has the death penalty for statues.

Therefore, I'm going to propose the idea to the band members and their management. Let's just hope that there isn't a glitch in the Pacal Votan module (or they hit the wrong channel in the harmonic matrix) and they all end up back in the days of glyptodons and the panocthus. Now that would suck."
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Good Ol' Daily Show [Apr. 2nd, 2007|11:26 pm]
Bones
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[music |None]

So, it would appear that John Bolton's idea of Democracy is:

-Elect a president, who then has 4 years of fascist rule with no objections.
-Repeat after 4 year term.

That would work fine (despite how bad the 4 years could be) if the following weren't true.

"Absolute Power corrupts Absolutely."
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Good Gigs! [Apr. 2nd, 2007|09:27 pm]
Bones
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[music |None!]

Last week I ended up doing monitors for Aaron Pritchett twice. It was a ton of fun. Wednesday they were at Johnny B's in Whitby. Mike and I went there for noon, got the gear in and setup was fairly routine. The band got there at about 3:30 as we were getting all the backline gear up and running. Aaron and the lead guitarist were on in-ears, the rest of the band is on regular wedges. One thing I love with these guys is they just play a groove with them all going for soundcheck, then the keyboardist calls out for what instrument to go to what monitor, it makes for a very speedy, easy sound check. They're all seriously good players. They spent a little while going over some tunes before going to eat. Just as they left I ended up getting into a great conversation with Mike the keyboardist about different jazz artists and people we know, and ended up listening to the Brecker Brothers' Skunk Funk. Suffice it to say him and I got along really well. There was also an opening band though nobody had any information on them at all, not even when they'd be arriving. Usually after sound check there's a long break till the bands go on (9 pm or so), but the openers arrived after 6 pm, so we finished with them at about 7 or 7:30 or something. This wasn't so bad since we didn't have 3 hours of thumb twiddling to do. I had forgotten my ear plugs, but for the in-ear situation I was lent a set of in-ears, so for the opener I threw them in and just used them as earplugs. The opener was great and really got the crowd going. Time for Mr. Pritchett & Co. The club was packed. I thought from the look of it that they were at capacity, but apparently not. I tethered myself to the console by plugging in my ears and they took the stage. The whole show went well, though the lead guitarist's in-ears were distorting. It was clean coming out of my board, but when I listened to the transmitter it was indeed distorted, so after the gig I let their sound guy know about the issue.

Friday they were playing a club in Burlington. Again Mike and I got there for a bit after noon and started getting things together. We decided to swap out the board we have installed there in favour of the MH3 for me to use, as it's a more technically intense concert than others we've encountered there. I got everything together nice and neat and had most of the monitors in place and powered when Mike comes over and tells me that due to some political goings on, I've got to get rid of the MH3, the processing and amp racks, and the monitor wedges I've set up, and instead set up the gear we keep there. This came at 3 pm, about 45 minutes before we were supposed to sound check. I kicked into high gear, frustrated but eager to meet the challenge of getting all that together as quick as possible. Once I had everything switched about I put some music through the monitor wedges to discover that 3 of the 4 we had there had blown horns, so we ended up using the wedges we brought anyway. Then, just as we start soundcheck, the drummer's monitor won't work. I forgot to mention, due to the political switchup, I have no listen wedge for myself, so I'm doing the whole thing on ears. To add to the nuissance, the K2's headphone jack is underneath the top of it, which is recessed in the case, so it takes a few seconds just to bend my hand in a way to plug it in. Since I was essentially deaf to anyone not speaking into a mike I was listening to, Mike and Aaron's guy went to town solving the drum monitor problem, meanwhile the band played their normal groove and we dialed in all the other mixes. Once that was done, Mike and I went and grabbed the other drum monitor and put it in, then I got the drummer's mix up and running and we called it a sound check. Then the opener showed up. Luckily I had enough channels left on the snake and my semi-crippled console to give them all separate inputs, so they were pretty easy to take care of. Again the club was packed and the audience was great. The guitarist's ears were crapping out again so I switched to mixing a wedge for him, and Aaron's were acting up too but he just kept at it anyway. After such a hectic day I went and enjoyed a few moments outside with their bassist (who did a stage dive in Whitby, but the audience decided not to catch him) before continuing to tear down. That show was reminiscent of the first time I did monitors, coincidentially it was an Aaron Pritchett gig, where we loaded in 5 hours late, then got the wrong generator, then I had no listen wedge.

Blah, good gigs!
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Another Extremely Late Update [Mar. 25th, 2007|04:13 pm]
Bones
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |Sedate]

Hoookaaay, so, here's de earth....


Anyway, I have the worst LJ updating habits ever, but shit happens, eh? Work's picked up in the last month in excellent fashion and I've gotten a lot of mixing gigs. The highlight of the month so far would have to be monitors for David Usher at Johnny B in Whitby. That was yet another good gig with Mike. At the end of February I did monitors for Amanda Wilkinson at Big Buck's in Burlington. That was another great gig with Mike. I got a call totally out of the blue from a buddy out on tour saying another engineer is needed to trade times, as the tour is a yearly 11 month gig. So now it looks like from May until September I'll be on tour with the Universoul Circus in the US, and possibly with them in January again for pre-production, depending on how this tour goes. If nothing else, it'll be something very different to do!
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In NO way, shape or form do I agree with this, but maaan is it funny! [Feb. 11th, 2007|04:55 am]
Bones
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |amusedamused]
[music |Teen Town - Jaco Pastorius]

And I quote:

"Women eh! Boob jobs, botox, pierced ears, nipples, bellies & clits, eyebrows plucked, bikini lines & legs waxed and they won't take it up the arse cos 'IT HURTS'!!! "
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Unity(1918) [Jan. 14th, 2007|01:02 pm]
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[Current Location |Home]
[mood |peacefulpeaceful]
[music |Fratres (For Violin & Piano) - Arvo Part]

For those of you who were at Theatre Erindale for 2nd block of 2nd year (Amanda, Jocelyn and Elissa!), I dare you to download the Fratres (For Violin & Piano) by Arvo Part and not have amazing memories.
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Facebook Audio Engineering Network Makes Good. [Jan. 13th, 2007|05:36 am]
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[Current Location |Home]
[mood |chipperchipper]
[music |Here In My Room - Incubus]

"also different compressors will sound different just because of design reasons. Obviously (from a technical stand point...so don't get mad) digital compressors will leave you with the most linear signal, simple because when something because a digitl signal it is no longer a wave and you cannot change it sonicly... doesn't mean it's better... it's just what it is. Standard compressors will just compress the waveform. Opto compressors act a tad different. What these do is rectify your AC signal (rectify means turning AC into DC) so they can send it to a LED. So, this LED is giving a DC light representation of your AC. This LED is matched together with an LDR (Light Dependent Resistor). The resistance (ohms) will change depending on the amount of light shining on it. That LDR is then a base for a compression circuit.
LDRs are fun little guys. Check them out. Hook them up to a meter and then put your hand over it... then take your hand away.
I know that this really has no relevance, unless you are in EE, but it's cool to be able to tell some one these little facts.
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Long Awaited, Pictures From The October MOI Tour. [Dec. 31st, 2006|04:19 am]
Bones
[Tags|, ]
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[music |Invisible Walls - Revolution Void]

I must admit these are long overdue, but, here they are! That was one hell of a trip, a lot of good, a lot of really bad crap too!

83 Ways To Have FunCollapse )
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