Monthly Archives: January 2013

Mic-ing drum kit, testing new gear…

It’s 1/30/2013
Hey ya’ll! Figured I’d take the willing on a little technical journey today.
Got rid of a pre I wasn’t really using and converted it into a couple new mics and general pieces of gear. I need to familiarize myself with them and explore how they fit with my old stuff.
Decided I needed to go back to the start and build an equip list focusing on the best utility for each mic. This list is based on my personal preferences and discoveries as I’ve found even engineering is HIGHLY subjective and most people who talk about gear online or in-person, especially if they are actually trained, will have vastly different opinions on the usage and function of stuff than I personally do… So I find it helps to just explore and WRITE DOWN what you discover so that you can experiment in your own lab and build your own knowledge of YOUR OWN gear and space and sound.

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Deep Search afterfuzz…

It’s 01/22/2013
The show at Deep Search records went really well. Missed so many acts I wanted to see but we had to throw a practice in the same day so sometimes it just goes that way. When we first got there I was told they were behind schedule but our set came up 30 minutes early so whoever did the scheduling was aces. The sound in there was surprisingly good. Room sounded nice. Thanks to Garf for running the board. Jack kept us stable after you left, worked out great. We wrapped up your gear bits and kept them safe in the care of Rich and the ladies.

It was fun to play a normal show after all the Cummer business… Continue reading

Behind the animal/nature sounds set…

It’s 01/18/2013
So the whole Cummer thing went really well I thought. Jim and Louise seemed happy. That was my primary goal as far as the commissioned work went, pleasing those organizing or being featured that evening. Everyone else was just mingling and being effected subconsciously anyway… Kinda how background/mood music operates.

So yeah it worked! We provided background sounds and didn’t draw too much attention. It suited the pictures Mr. Draper was showing, it didn’t intrude on conversation too heavily… or didn’t sound like it did anyway from the constant low roar. Seemed good. We had to grind our skills up to that level really quick to be able to do two hours of improvisation – or really almost two hours with segments looped and intermingled with some subliminal wudun tunes – and it improved our skill set quite a bit. That was a foreseen bonus. Caught us all back up after the hiatus. A better band now and the experience was worth it. Practice today went great. SO much easier haha. I’ll start documenting that from time to time. Recording or filming when I get the habit in me.

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First run Cummer opening thoughts with special thanks…

It’s 01/14/2013
So before I even get into how the Cummer thing went I want to first bring attention to one Olivia Carr. You may have seen her work recently in the Feast of Flowers pdf companion. Or perhaps in one of the recent shows at Cork (like Eskimo Kinship). She also has an Etsy store if you are in the market for a fine piece of jewelry.

Little bit of back-story:
The wonderful Mr. Jim Draper has been working Continue reading

An old folk-rhyme and a promise…

I saw a man upon the stair,
A little man who wasn’t there.
He wasn’t there again today;
Gee, I wish he’d go away.

“He” is summoned by words alone… AKA a semantic spook.

We are working out our own little gremlins for some things early next week.
Once that’s done you’ll get the attention you deserve.
Oh, you do haunt…

-jej

Small update to the “Wudun” section and…

It’s 1/4/2013
… and a bit of future info.
The Wudun&wudun section will gradually be filling out with a complete history of the project and a breakdown of the albums/songs and various transitions between “retellings”. It’s hard to get it all completely accurate because so much time has passed and we all have pretty weak memories (as do many humans these days I suppose) so it’s more an emotional retelling than it is anything else. The first couple bits are in there mainly answering the more common questions we are asked… those being “what’s with the name” and “what is this sad crap about anyway?” or something to that effect.
Check it out if you are interested.

So Jan. 20th we agreed to play at the record store opening because I’d feel like a butthead to not support a local record/book store considering how much I love both of those things. Plus… new 5-points venue! So yeah, show up and buy a couple things and enjoy the area and stuff. We go on later… like around 9:45pm I think… but there are a ton of good bands there all day so come by whenever and check things out.

That’s all for now. I’m sure I’ll make some updates about some projects next week. Maybe I’ll show some demo stuff if I feel okay about it. I want to start revealing more of our process now that a big arc is done.

-jej

Another run around the sun…

It’s 1/1/2013
Hello hello. Small update. I spoke too soon (in the last post) of the Bold Bean and Birdies shows. Those will still be happening but most likely one month delayed in both cases. I won’t bring these kinds of things up again until we actually have dates set to avoid this type of confusion moving forward. We had, quite some time ago, agreed to provide some background music for a couple Cummer events and I didn’t realize they were actually going to contact us and commit to the whole thing. So that was a lovely surprise but it caused our scheduling to fall apart. So apologies to all and we’ll get it all back on track once these mid-January events are finished.

Other than that we are learning to shoot video and stills using SLRs for some upcoming projects, working on more of the “structured improv” techniques for live with both “hulland…” and “wudun” while prepping for those Jan. events, and I’m still traveling around the city collecting interviews for another upcoming project. So that’s the rhythm of the life of late.

Watched the fireworks from the bridge. It always sounds better than it looks to me… I’ve yet to remember the field recorder though. Managed to snag a video on the old fancy-phone but it didn’t look too hot… we’ll see if it’s actually worth it’s space in storage soon enough. Hope all is well for you guys so early into this new year. Personally I’m going to start learning how to deal with all this constant body tension. Regardie has been very helpful.

-jej