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What do i know about setting up a studio?

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What do i know about setting up a recording studio?

Not much.  and i believe that even more now after reading “Setting Up a Studio” by Gary Myerberg:

http://21stcenturyrecording.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/setting-up-a-studio-by-gary-myerberg/

Very impressive Operations Manual and i have a new respect for audio engineering hopefuls interning at a commercial studio.  And you say they VOLUNTEER for this?

So, how would i set up my studio?  Good Question

Something do-able, too, in the gorilla genre of less is more:

WYSIWYG:   House PA/monitor/tube amps/Behringer Xenyx 1204USB (c/w mic pre-amp &  compressors) British style EQ mixer/ Tuscan Portastudio 424 analog mixer.   Dimmable lighting for control of lighting design in the ‘party room’  to be made suitable as a set for an intimate live performance – complete with a selection of microphones, a laptop or iPad with DAW installed.  Green Screen, tripods and light boxes for capturing the action on film as well as a projector & large size screen for projecting images or maybe lyrics (choke, choke)

a (soundproof?) room equipped with microphones/PC ready with DAW for recording interviews when absolute quiet is called for

 

Don’t Vex the Vibe!

 

do whatever it takes to get the best performance out of your talent

including

 

providing a well equipped commercial kitchen

complete with indoor BBQ grill & cold beer,

Sangria and maybe tequila with fresh fruit and lime mix for blending

frozen strawberry margaritas

and a fun loving chef/bartender on hand so no one loses their mojo

 

 inspiring outdoor space for curating larger events

gardens for quiet reflection

where one can quickly ‘press record’ on the

  Zoom H-6 

 chillin’ outside just got better after learning that if the need arises for a soundproof room for interviews, you can always just walk over to the driveway and

**use the car**

 

That's pretty much where i'm at and there's lots of room for improvement 
starting with better quality microphones.  Stayed tuned for the developing story 
**Thanks to 'Fridays at the Felt Lab' in St. Jacob's for that awesome field recording tip!

 

 

 

Ode to Recreants and Dastards

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Inspiration from waaaay up Fish Street:

King Henry VI Part II, Scene VIII

Madeira 2009
Wine Festival Tour…Skita

Random Gorilla Recordings:

 

Jo Jo Worthington

*You Belong To Me* go to the live recording here 

*Amadeus********* go to the live recording here 

 

 

 

 

 

Blindly folded into the pillow – week 6

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Had a rather unexpected event occur this week to add to the mixed bag of chronic pain challenges (and trophies) accumulated over the years. Usually a new one springs up every decade.

A chiropractor once warned me that working in heels, carrying children on one hip, favoring one shoulder to carry handbags and other nasty female habits would lead to painful surprises down the road. Thanks tips

You forgot to mention poor posture at the computer workstation

pain showed up out of nowhere to bite me in the arm 
tossing task items and "to do" lists 
into the abyss of the demoted

gotta get to the root of the pain
and study its path 
can i hear it now that i am learning to listen?
longer and deeper 
over and over and over for three days 
and three nights

it wasn't that hard to listen, 
especially to the screaming
to hear the sizzle of current flow along a broken pathway 
restricting circulation, crippling connectivity 

a new dialect of the language of body mechanics 
not movement?  interesting
Thoughts rise up
mingled with emotion
and i listen 
to the sound of throbbing 
under the load of blood flowing faster, faster
till the sound is so much louder
than pain

Was gonna write about listening to the sounds of silence in the house after the furnace gas regulator valve crapped out on family day,

but figured that was rather low key by comparison. 

Crazy!

Mark the date! Upcoming Harmonica Retreat on the Grand in June

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Shared Harvest Community Farm does it again!

Click on link for more details:  Harmonica Retreat week-end in June

 

For the first time ever together with over 50 years 
combined experience overblowing 
and live on stage and in workshops 
Adam Gussow & Carlos del Junco 
& 
The 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis Lee Oskar 
Best Harmonica Player Award Winner
Jerome Godboo
beginners, intermediate, advanced
June 27th to June 29th
 at Shared Harvest Community Farm
 834 North Shore Drive Dunnville, ON

Warm Up

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January 12, 2014 by Introduction to Audio asks…

1. What is your relationship with music?  It’s a gateway, a vehicle of expression and source of energy

2. When do you like to listen to music?  Whenever/wherever i have space to move and feel safe enough to sing

3. What kind of sounds/music do you like to record? once recorded music for an audition (musical theatre)

4. What musical instruments do you play or would you like to play? (Are you a musician or inspiring)? percussion (castanets/tambourine/hard shoe)  would like to play harmonica

5. What period of your life did music affect you the most? And why? music has always been adding colour to the play-by-play:   growing up with ethnic music, singing karaoke in the basement to big sis’ K-tel & Columbia House Record Club Collections, coming of age in the post disco nightclub turned indie punk speakeasy movement, raising kids with sharon, lois & bram (aaahh!!), finding healing from chronic injuries through music, movement & meditation

6. Do you listen to music when you are having overwhelming feelings?  yes

(AKA: anger, fear, happiness, depression, etc.)

7. Do you do any physical actives when you listen to music? without fail

8. Do you find the process of recording music non-threatening or threatening? Meaning do you have any fear around recording.  sort of…more challenging than threatening methinks

9. Do you use music to relax?  yes

10. Do you use different kinds of music to help aid your recording process? i hope to

11. What do you do to help express yourself in a recording? Do you have a sound?  dance? contra beat/harmony?

12. Is music important to you? How many times a day do you listen to music?  very important…listen to music several times a day

13. How often was music played in your home growing up? Was there any recording performed by your family?  music was played at social events and pretty much every week a new Columbia House Record arrived.  Learned keyboards when the folks brought home an electric boat anchor from the piano shop.

14. What is your favourite style of recording? acoustic guitar

15. Was one of your family members involved in recording music growing up? If so, did you participate with them? no & no

16. If you were active in music growing up, how does that make you feel towards music today? took a liking to piano in school but the folks got sold into buying an “Orcana” organ which i disliked.  Still dislike the sound of it or any recording that reminds me of its distinctive sounds

17. What kind of music did your family listen/play/record when you were growing up? And what kind was it? Ethnic music at social events, hymns & carols

18. Is there a type of music that comforts you? Have you ever looked into how it was recorded? acoustic guitar, harmonica & drumming

19. Is there a style of recording that gives you an unsettling feeling? Or maybe a type of music? not a fan of Rap or Death Metal

20. Do you have a set way of getting your music? Please Explain.Example – a. record store  b. download  c. friends  d. radio  Vinyl at retro music stores, downloads, online purchases direct from the artist, friends

21. Is there a style of recording out there that seems beneficial to your moods?  i have many (moods) 🙂  but i do tend to avoid music that travels to dark places of the soul

22. Is there a style of recording that you love and crave to hear or experience? If so, what and why?  Love drumming that leads to interpretive movement

23. What piece of music would best represent your life?  tough question…will have to think on that