Month: April 2005

amsterdamPicThumb.jpgCindy and I are leaving for Europe on Thursday for our honeymoon, and a much needed vacation it is. The last time I had a vacation that lasted more than a week was for X-mas and New Year’s, 18 months ago. Even when Cindy and I got married, we were gone less than a week, and most of that was wrapped up in planning the events of the wedding weekend, coordinating with family and friends, and catching a short breath before coming home.

I even can’t think of the last time I went for more than two days without checking email. Burning Man 1998, perhaps? (And even they have WiFi now.)

So on Thursday afternoon, we depart from DFW to Amsterdam via Memphis (of all places). We get to Amsterdam on Friday, in time for lunch, and right at the beginning of Queens Day weekend. An old friend there was gracious enough to arrange for an apartment on loan for a whole week!

It’s been 9 years since I left Amsterdam for San Francisco (via Milwaukee), and we’re going to have a blast checking out the sights, and popping in on all my memories. My 3.5 year adventure in Amsterdam was a real coming of age for me in a lot of ways, and I’m sure the memories will come flooding back being there again.

romePicThumb.jpgA week to the hour after we arrive in Amsterdam, we’re boarding a plane to Rome — somewhere Cindy and I have never been. We’re staying in a beautiful two bedroom apartment on the Via Cavour near the Colosseum. My mom will be joining us in Rome for a few days, though we’re still not sure how many.

We’ll certainly visit the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican, see aqueducts and beautiful fountains, and mucho art — probably both old and new, and of course the Colosseum itself. I think we may also make a day-trip to Pompeii, which my sister did when she was there earlier this year, and she said it was incredible.

I’m sure there’s too much to see in Rome in 8 days, but if you have any advice about other things that count as “must-see”, please do leave a comment.

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The link to Dallas Live Recording has been sitting on the sidebar of this site for some time, but I haven’t really said anything about it yet.

DLR is a mobile recording studio — a little moonlighting project I’ve been working on for some time. While I don’t expect it to pay the bills, it’s been a fun learning experience so far, and has at least paid for itself and the few hours I’ve been able to put into it outside of my day job. The podcast attached to this post is the last mix done by DLR (me) for Dead Man’s Hand, a local Dallas band.

Aside from the music itself, one of the more interesting aspects of this project has been getting a web presence together. Having a site was a first step. Taking out ads on Google AdWords and Overture was another, and one which I may write more about later. I’ve also done ads on some Dallas-local websites, which have been at least as fruitful.

But there’s a cutting-edge feature on the DLR website: It’s got an RSS feed for news, which among other things, is a podcast of recent sample music. As far as I know, it’s the first website of a recording studio that’s doing this. (Please post links to others if I’m wrong about this.)

I have yet to have anyone say that they’ve used DLR’s recording services because they’d found its podcast feed. But I can say that all of the work DLR has had to date has come from its online presence. (That’s basically its only presence aside from business cards I’ve handed out at jams.)

But I think it’s only a matter of time…

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Now this is cool as shit!:

Harmony Central: Nine Inch Nails Single Released in GarageBand Format:

This is the actual multi-track audio session in GarageBand format sourced from the Pro Tools session file it was originally recorded into. The intention is to enable anyone to experiment freely with the track in an accessible format. A Read Me file from Trent Reznor is included which further explains this idea and provides technical notes.”

I hope this is only the beginning of a trend of releasing music in multi-track format that people can use to get a better understanding of how the music we hear all the time is put together.

ninPic.jpg: There are lots and lots of subtle things that go into making a radio-worthy song into what it is, and the more that the process gets demystified, the more great music will be produced by independent artists and studios.

The more independents get control over their sound and make quality products, the less dependent we’ll all be as consumers, on major record labels and their money-grubbery for our entertainment. And the more artists will be able to make their living (however meager) on doing their art.

What NiN did here is only a first step though. What’s in the GarageBand project file is tracks that have already had a lot done to them. You don’t get to hear much of what goes into designing the sounds and creating a real mix from scratch. At least you can hear what the puzzle pieces are at the point between the design process and the final mix though, and that’s a great first step… If you’re a Mac user.

More power to you, Trent!!!

PS: If you’re not a Mac user and you want to mess with the audio from this file, send me an email. If I get enough requests (and if their EULA allows it), I’ll try to put up a Tracktion project and a folder of raw audio that you can play with.

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