I edit books--it's what I do as a professional. But I also am a musician on the side, and, a few times a year, get a job as an audio tech. I'm a professional at these things as well. A career counselor once told me this is called a composite career. A few times a … Continue reading Editor, Audio Tech
Behind the Glass (2000)Behind the Glass: Volume II (2009)by Howard Massey "I don't like options, because they just mean you take more time." When he said this, Michael Bradford was referring to musicians who save every single take, and every single idea they have while recording. This producer and engineer (who's worked with Deep Purple … Continue reading Book Review: Behind the Glass (volumes I and II)
New gadgets are always fun, but big, complicated pieces of equipment will come with big, complicated manuals. I've been "the sound guy" at festivals for years. When I started getting larger bands on my stage, I realized I needed to upgrade my board. The more inputs on a mixer, the more guitars and microphones and … Continue reading Ludicrous Clarity
It's amazing how much any kind of creative work is improved by a good night's sleep. I just worked the sound board at a three-day festival, and manning the "audio pit" for a long weekend is exhausting work. At the end of the second day---Saturday, by far the longest and most tiring day---my band had … Continue reading Editing Away the Exhaustion
To get jobs, a band has to record a demo and give it to bars and clubs. In theory, they’ll love the demo and pay the band money to play music. Putting aside that many venues no longer pay musicians… yeah, that’s the general idea. In my latest musical project, I’m playing guitar for guy … Continue reading Making the demo (part one)
Spider Robinson once wrote that we live in an amazing time, when the reproduction of music—with perfect fidelity—is possible. Well, it’s possible, but it’s a hell of a lot of work. I was riding back from rehearsal this afternoon, when it occurred to me that a lot of what goes on in the studio is, … Continue reading How does music get recorded?
I was in a band in the nineties, but I think most of my friends and family don't understand how important the experience was to me: Ten to Nine was a time of great change and turmoil in most of our personal lives. Rehearsal was hard work, a battle to get ourselves to sound better … Continue reading Running Water
I was working on a post about the album I have in post-production. It's an important project to me, and one that's been going on (and off and on) for over a decade. It's still a little unfocused, so I'll put that up next week. Here's a photo Grazina took in Highland Park, about the … Continue reading Ah, those halcyon days of autumn!