I have been moving from city to city for over a year now and also now I moving
the place I return to between travels out and abound, oh boy! Well there are
many joys involved with displacing one's self. The opportunity to place all
your things in boxes. The chance to pay someone way too much money to break
all your stuff while moving it and the exuberant mystery of the scavenger hunt
of searching out items afterwards hidden in boxes afterwards. At least time
was short and workload high mixed in with catching up and preparing to leave.
My overload mode was complete and it is rare that I ask for help but without
it submersion was imminent. I am beyond lucky that magical people will drop
all, for my rescue. Here is a pic of where I decided to move:
After some thought, perhaps a bit of alteration is in order and the blank wall
Ooops daisy, looks like all the wall fell off, oh well, not a big fan of wall
Say "Bye bye low ceiling." Say "hello big mess."
Why would a human voluntarily indulge in the misery of relocation, perhaps
you ponder? Well, hopping to the other side of an infinite redundant traffic
jam that divides my humanly self from my shorties and the world of Rat was an
inspiration. Compounded by the fact that this small path leads to to the sea
PS. that is the shadow on monitor Daniel next to my head and he lives just
two stop lights away now. Plus, this curious contraption feels attractive for
Though whether it's worth it is constantly under scrutiny so I must cling to
my momentum of the original decision despite the obstacles that so cheerfully
leap into my path or more realistically put; the obstacles I chose to create.
**** The Surrounding World ****
Oh, on a separate subject, here is something I found interesting on several
levels. There is this guy Harry
McCracken who is the editor for PC World Magazine who is quite possibly
the most respected editor of computer stuff out there and he resigned early
May. Turns out that he had new boss and in in less than a month he wrote an
article that was censored. His new boss felt that an article he wrote was not
so friendly to advertisers and was told to rewrite it, so he quit. I love that!
Integrity vs. money in its purest form. Since then he has been rehired and his
boss re-assigned. I love that too, integrity wins over greed. I love those things
on a global level. Finally it turns out that the article he wrote was titled
"10 Things We Hate About Apple"and I love that but on a more personal
and opinionated lever. the reason the article was quashed was that Apple phoned
PC World and requested that it not be printed. I don't love that. I believe
that cheating by leveraging power to promote your products is a below the belt
move. I am fine with success but only when earned rather than manipulated.
**** End The Surrounding World ****
Right now I am writing from notes and residing in Japan. Come join me, I wish
you were here! Come soon and very soon I will fast forward blog to now in real
time. Tomorrow in real time is a show at Tokyo Dome and in blog time? Well,
we will find out soon enough.
Day Breathing, eating and sleeping are choices deeply intertwined with the survival of an individual
**** End Ponderings ****
**** A Toast to Us Friends ****
A pause for a moment with a smile and I want to thank all of my bloggery friends from the depths of my heart for bringing me that that smile to my day, everyday. Who would have ever knew that a wandering soundie could be embraced so warmly by so many amazing and unique friends that span the globe. The whole thing is as absurd as it it is heartwarming. Even the thought that a person can have job purpose of controlling sound is an oddity unto itself and it exceeds any dreams I could have imagined my future to be. To be able to share this sensation of motion and feel \ so many interesting and amazing people are joining in, is beyond words I can express. I looked at the web site statistics today and they say that over 5000 unique visitors are viewing the blog daily, mind bending, mysterious multitudes. Yet I have come to know through comments and emails perhaps 100 and I read every one. I apologize for being slow to respond and at times I feel I have I have bitten off more than I can chew. I do plan on catching up on answering question perhaps not for a bit though as just trying to catch up on posts alone is a challenge in itself. So here is to all of you and to us and to never knowing what will happen next and to the curious and to opening each new day like birthday present.
**** End Toast to Us Friends ****
Last night I ovenighted with the band and 9:30 am sees me at the venue a full 36 hours before the show, this is not a normal day.
**** Issue of the Day ****
Everything. Things are amiss. We have been cycling through various stage setups and nothing is stable. Something is not right. The sound on stage is all over the place. Daniel is in spirally hell and no matter what he does he is helpless to get it under stable control. My job is to find and fix the issue. There are several potential culprits I found:
1) The PA is behind the band. Typically this is a bad thing but not the end of the world. IT makes my job tough as everything I do is heard by them and can screw them up so I have to mix with care, but we have done it before and not had an issue.
2) The video screens in front of the PA are new. Though they let most of the sound through and do effect the sound, I can compensate for it. More relevant is that there is "splash from the video rags that reflects onto stage kind of like shooting a hose through a screen door.
3) There is a curved roof over the band. Curved surfaces act as sound reflectors and like a curve mirror, reflect the sound to a center point. That point is AK's mic.
4) that stage is resonant. If you jump on the stage it makes a boomy sound, though the issue is mainly described as a high frequency wash that makes it hard to hear each other, it is possible that low end is overloading the in ear units.
So here I sit with Manny the Aussie rigger doing all we can to address the issues and what we did is 5 things. First we had 4 feet removed from the front of the stage which pushed the band back relative to the PA. Next we moved the video screens out from in from of the PA. Third we draped theatrical black cloth on the inside of the curved roof to reduce reflections. Then locating more stage tops, we double layered the stage to increase the sturdiness of the stage. Finally we crossed our fingers because there was nothing else to done, if this does not work, I am at a loss. It must. And tomorrow we hope for a day that is:
**** hopefully End Issue of the Day ****
And off to find an adventurous night out as a group of bloggery friends who have self proclaimed themselves "The Ratketeers" are in town. Cheers and beers and many bottles of wine deep, a most memorable adventure indeed.
Though at times life is stressful, so many things are sweet.
And of all the things we commonly eat, how strange is it that we avoid consuming anything that has anything to do with insects except honey. Our only insect created food.