Sunday, March 27, 2016

More information on the COLUMBUS SHOW!!! THIS FRIDAY!!!

Here is some more info for the Columbus, OH show.  If you are in the area, please come to the show!  Hope to see you there!

http://thefusefactory.org/events/april-2016-frequency-fridays/

GUESS WHAT????

This is the first digital reissue of my work with Pivot Clowj.  I will be also posting some live albums and unreleased tracks in the near future.

enjoy!


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

COLUMBUS SHOW!!!

I am pleased to announce that I will be playing next month in Columbus, OH at the Fuse Factory!  this will be part of their Frequency Fridays series.  More information can be found at www.thefusefactory.org

Albums that will be available online

albums online
 
I have had several requests over the years to put the following albums online.
 
The Winter EP
Telegraph EP
It's not as if it were the end of the world... that was yesterday
 
 
I am pleased to announce that I am in the process of uploading these.  I know that it has been a long time since I talked about some of these - and I apologize for the wait.  As soon as I get all the lyrics, descriptions, etc up, I will start putting links to these digital releases.  I hope to finish this by the end of Spring Break.
 
I will also be releasing live albums of Pivot Clowj from 1994-1996 as well as many previously unreleased tracks from the studio archives.
 
I will also eventually be posting The Noise is only Temporary, Imaginary Hospitals, and Art of Conversation as well.
 
These will be on the Travelogue and Pivot Clowj  Band Camp pages.

update on technology... and computers

So sometimes you can get away with using the same technology for years and years without any problems.  Sometimes things start failing and you have to move on. 
 
An update on my computer:  After trying to troubleshoot through the problems of my computer and several friends trying to help with the issues (thank you Jake, Erich, and David!), I was able to reinstall Windows and repair the non functioning computer, but after weeks of this being down and frustrated with the possibility that this would not be resurrected, I bought a Mac Pro and Pro Tools 12 to keep the studio running for another eon (hopefully at least another 10 year run with the new computer). 
 
I still am using the computer strictly as a multitrack recording device.  After some work-a-rounds, I was able to get my Mixed Logic M24 control surface to work with OS10.9.5 and the HUI protocol in Pro Tools. 
 
The best part about this is that I didn't lose any of my work.  I have it all backed up and all the PTS sessions open in Pro Tools 12.  The only thing that I lost was a few plugins, but I have been accustom to only using compressor, EQ, and gate plug ins.  Most heavily processed sounds are printed to a track and use outboard effects.  I also don' use virtual instruments and in the few instances that I did, I ended up printing them to an audio track.  This way, the sessions and stems are transferrable to any platform and not limited to a specific version of a program or system.
 
So now, I am transferring all of the working sessions of unfinished work into the new system and adding new compressors, EQ, and gates, where needed.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Concerning Home Recording Technology

Concerning technology, we live in a world where everyone wants the newest toys with the newest features.  It is not uncommon for people to have 2 or 3 unused, older computers sitting in the corner of their closet or basement.  It is also common for people to constantly update the software that they have, hoping to have the latest and greatest programs and app’s.
 
While I am not exempt to having an unused computer or old phone lying around, I find myself often trying to get the most use out of everything I buy.
 
 
I have been under the philosophy for a while that it is better to use snapshots of technology, rather than a continuously evolving platform.  What I mean by this is that if you buy a device that is equipped for a certain operating system and certain versions of programs, it is better to not update that device and keep using it in its optimal state as its own thing.  Later, when you wish to update some programs, it will be time to buy the next hardware device/operating system and thus the next snapshot of technology.   The downside to my philosophy is that instead of gradual fees here and there, there is one huge fee every time you want to update or upgrade your system.  Of course, updates are far less frequent using this method.  Another disadvantage is that you don't have all the new features all of the time. The advantage is that you have a system where the software and hardware were written around the same time for each other and everything seems to work together in a seamless manner.  Another advantage is you don't have older programs failing to work under a new driver or new OS.  Also as an advantage, it is less expensive overall to update only when necessary rather than consistently.
 
 
Recently my studio computer died.   I didn’t lose any information because all my projects are backed up - and besides, I don’t believe that the hard drive has anything to do with the failure.  It has been a solid system for many years.  It has never seen the internet so I know that viruses have not infected any part of it – the only failure that could have happened is a hardware failure.  It is most likely the power supply or motherboard.  It may be a simple fix and continue to be a solid system for many more years… I debated whether it is time for me to replace this and upgrade everything.  I have been leaning more toward repairing my system rather than building up a new system.  One of the reasons for this is that all the parts are still available in new/old stock and they are not old enough yet to be identified as vintage, demanding high prices, so I can get into another system for a very attractive price.  In fact, it is so attractive, that I am considering building a full-on second duplicate system to keep around in case something goes down or fails – then I can just plug in the alternate system and continue to record and work. 
 
 
I will eventually buy a new computer system and new tools to work with.  Programs are always advancing and I am continually impressed by what I see coming out.  That will be something to look
 
 
Some people have told me that I “cracked the consumer/commercial system” or that I am the “exception to consumerism”.  While these might be true, I certainly do not intentionally do this to shake my fist at corporate America.  If anything, I just want a system that is reliable and familiar and allows me to accomplish what I love to do:  make music.