I Suck!

Sep. 15th, 2010 07:29 pm
throbadelic: (sad)
Went to El-5 last night to help out with things, mostly getting the mic cables straightened out so they would hopefully correspond to the channel inputs on the recording mixing board. Somehow it looks like the whole snake and other connections will have to be redone, as nothing really worked after that.

As for the suckage, there are two reasons:

1. I accidentally set off the room alarm when I entered the studio. No I don't know the code to disarm it, I'm just glad KW was in the area to reset it. LT was showing a practice room to somebody at the time.

2. I need to learn more chords, 'specially of the open voicing nature (read: B and F), as I got lost while trying to play along on Blackie during an informal jam.
throbadelic: (Jammin')
Played the acoustic at L-5 tonight, sounded good enough through the PA system. Just jammed around a bit. I do need to play to the mp3s I do have to get the real songs down.
throbadelic: (Beware of Eddy!)
Yes there will be something going on at El Five tonight, but the drummer who's been a no-show won't be there. I heard from LT last night that "He that is called Brian" is from a primarily copy band mentality, and not too serious about original content... if at all. This does not bode well for Lt's recording project, as he probably has a couple more tunes he would like record to strike some back-rent from what the studio owner owes to have more material in the can. Ultimately, LT wants to get some gigs lined-up locally to play out for the sake of playing out again.
throbadelic: (Serene Caprine)
Taking a day out to relax, especially since I'm having an off week from chemo this go-around, is exactly what I need. In spite of that, I still awake in the morning with the same worries I've been having for a while now.

Last night there was a rehearsal scheduled, but only me and LT showed up. Since LT runs L-5, he did about the only thing he needed to: change a lock on one of the first floor rooms so a reggae band can move down there from their second story room, since they gig often. Only make sense; one less set of stairs to schelp gear.

Today I pretty much strummed and picked Blacky all afternoon, even brought one of my too many guitar instruction books out, but for some reason put it back on the shelf. Maybe I should bone-up on lead playing and scales usage.I dunno, have any ideas out there?
throbadelic: (music)
Got the last of my personal CD collection ripped into iTunes after having to manually type in track/artist/CD name data, then uploaded all that info GraceNote just I wouldn't have to go through all the PITA effort ever again. I even found three more surviving comps I had burned to CD-R I had stashed somewhere.
I will be going to L-5 tonight to not only run the Sonar software, but to celebrate two things: Mr. Thompson's birthday, and the return of a drummer that the project got along well with. To update with the *real* recording project, that _ahem_ extra sound instance was handled in a way where it is masked to satisfaction. I hope to hear this sometime soon.
throbadelic: (smile)
Fine, thank you. A tad busy, but that is to be expected with everything I gotta deal with.

Yesterday at the oncologist's office, Dr. "M" noted that one of the blood markers that measure the amount of cancer cells has been reduced to near-normal levels. Next week when I have more blood work done, a copy will be sent to Dr. "V" for her files.
On Sunday was a small family get-together in which the youngest niece was officially baptized into the Roman Catholic church. St. Peter church is a very tiny place for a RC house of worship, considering that North Ridgeville is still primarily rural in nature; modern "suburbia" is slowly making inroads there as my brother's current (and soon to be ex) household is: a development of only less than a decade in age.

I can say this about my niece: she really loves being the center of attention. Maybe she'll go into acting in another18+ years...

Save for a couple of discs I have to hand edit the listings and upload to Gracenote, my entire CD library has now been re-riped. Next I'll raid somebody's own collection for the stuff I had on file as well. Oh yeah, download what I have on FA as well.
I finally got the pop-rivet gun, ended up having to go to the power fastener aisle of the blue hardware store to find the cheapest they had. K-Mart, Sears, and Autozone all failed me in my quest to find one.
Lastly, last week Monday I visited L-5 again, only this time to check out things at a studio called Iron Lung. In a prior life, L-5 building was at one time a very small medical supply house, and happened to leave an iron lung on the top floor as part of what was left behind when things went flat there. For those too young to even remember of such things, an iron lung was used to respirate polio patients. The down side is that they would have to pretty much stay in the chamber for who knows how long. Getting back to what I was talking about, the studio makes the one LT has seem more like my meager setup in comparison. It was mostly vocal tracks that were done this time around by LT. He had to go through a few takes to get close to what he wanted, but someone down in one of the rehearsal rooms ruined the take by power-thumping a drum kit at the wrong time, in spite of the main control room in which the vox were being sung in being of a room-within-a-room construction. Before I left , SV arrived and setup his Roland keyboard to lay down some synth parts. I don't know how they went.
throbadelic: (Default)
Alright then, it seems like there might be a little light at the end of this tunnel financially. I've set up $100 a month payment plan with one of the collection agencies. I've also added up all monthly bills including this latest one I'll be paying for each new month and counting out anything that might come up once in a while, I'll be paying a total of $667.50 per month. I hope this works in the long run. Who knows, I might be able to afford a cell phone again someday. We'll see, it just means I won't have a whole lot with Social Security disability and my part-time hours adding up to not much of any savings, let alone any discretionary spending. In fact, I have to check my account perhaps tomorrow to see if SS-D has been directly deposited.

It seems like when my brothers has put upon himself the task of reconstructing our father's military records which were lost in the fire of 1973. Madre does remember that she has his discharge papers, so that will be a start.

It looks like Lee will have to look for another drummer again, it seems like one of them is not working out as planned it might be the more jazzy drummer for all I know. I don't know if I will be going to L-5 tomorrow or not, as I have not received any calls as of right now.

Side note: I'm still teaching this dictation software my manner of speech, it can be a real digitard at times, a certifiable binary buffoon. It would probably help if my voice didn't sound of hoarse due to the nasal- gastronomy tube that I had down my nose for about a month. Maybe someday I'll post something unedited, just to let everyone know silly this software can get at times. Sound good?
throbadelic: (Default)
Whelp, off to L-5, hopefully the auditionee actually does show up for a change.
throbadelic: (smile)
Yeah, I really did take a badly need nap during chemo today since I was at L-5 last night manning the recorder during an audition for another, more straight-ahead style of drummer. Having shown up at 7pm last night, LT and I waited until SV showed up at about 8:30p to wait for another hour and fifteen for the auditionee. L&S want to try this guy out since they feel that the guy who has been coming in is too busy in style and not straight ahead enough for the style they are playing. When the candidate showed up at about 10p, we had very little time to get some files recorded for him to practice or osmosis to. We didn't leave until just before midnight.

The one thing I took from this time around: I should have bought a pair of bongos when the cash was at hand: I was absently keeping some kind of time finger tapping the snare and floor tom while waiting for SV and candidate to show up.

Before I forget, I was tossed a key to the front door of the rehearsal studio; no more having to wait until somebody stops playing long enough to hear me banging on the door.
throbadelic: (Default)
So much for a second day of retraining; had two "oops!" moments this time.
Will be at L-5 tonight to be assistant to the assistant engineer... or something like that.
throbadelic: (Mad Genius)
Hi dere,
Last night brought another trip to Level-5 to help with things that are going on. The travel north on 71 was crazier than the return, as I couldn't do better than 50mph getting there with late afternoon rush traffic in play as well. After banging on the door long enough to get inside the actually non-descript building that is L-5, I had to wait until somebody to let me into the actual room itself; the studio area is separated the main office door by a good distance, so getting anyone's attention was adventure in unto itself.
Anyway, the trio went through some tunes while I manned the studio computer hitting record and spacebar when needed. Real important stuff considering that the drummer needs to learn the material that will be recorded under more intense conditions (probably one musician at a time being recorded, instead of all at once with lottsa cross-bleed from the mikes.) I like this drummer: he has good and subtle jazz technique that he uses in a more rock-like context; as if Keith Moon made a strong, but sane impression early in this guy's life. This guy doesn't go wild like Moonie did, but uses the sticks in a manner that makes it possible to come up with great drum patterns.

I did make what is hoped to be a slight streamline of sop by making a "Universal Default" file for Sonar by making a copy of a track file, erasing the recorded tracks but leaving the mike settings as is so one can bring up the file, save it under whatever title/date format one wants, and record away.

I should really get my own rig up and recording right now...
throbadelic: (And Now...)
Back from visiting Mr. Thompson at L-5. we and another dude made sure we were sufficently bored with each other's playing.
throbadelic: (Bass)
Heading to Level-5 tonight, with bass in hand.

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