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Picking up the pieces, and making good! [Oct. 29th, 2003|11:07 pm]
Rob, Bob Mr. Bob.
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[modulations |Covenant - Northen Light]

Well today went infinitely better than yesterday. Arrived a whole hour ahead of schedule which meant I had time to eat, and familiarise myself with the equipment.

That half an hour has helped me immensly. I can now cope with virtually any cock-up quickly and efficiently, often without Neil or the producer even being aware of things. I know this, because there were cock-ups today, that I dealt with.

At one point, towards the end of a session, the conductor rattled off about 20 takes in the space of a few minutes. Pretty mad going. Neil turned to me and said, with a rather unhopeful look on his face, 'did you get all that?'. I was able to reply with a very smug and glowing, 'yes'.
At some points in the session I knew where we were, in terms of takes, better than Neil and almost the producer i.e. the person calling the takes!

Incidentally, thanks to those that replied to my previous post. Wise words indeed, unfortunately my age does show at times and I'm unable to see things as the bigger picture. *hugs* to you all.

Journey home was interesting. On the tube some scruffy tramp got on the train and started busking (badly) followed by a round of 'spare any change please guv?' to all in the carriage.
Thankfully I had my Sennheiser HD25 'dogs bollocks' head-phones on which cut out virtually all external noises. An added humour was aided by Covenenant's 'Invisible and Silent' coming on my CD player as the guy started busking. Life, it seems, is not entirely humourless!

Bizzarely, bumped into kuchisake_onna coming out of the tube exit, as she'd been to a tiny theatre around the corner from King's Cross. Not seen her since the Rubber Ball weekend, and it's always a pleasure!

So. The outcome of the last 24 hours is positive. Before long I'll feel confident enough to take on more responsibilities, and with it, more credit.
I have to take into account how relatively young I am. Neil has been in the industry since the early 80's. I.e. almost as long as I've been on this planet! But is he 20X as capable? 4X probably (cocky mode on).
So, that means I've gotta wait 'til 2008 until I get my Grammy :) He he!

Thanks again guys. You rock.
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Music and vocal mangling! [Oct. 27th, 2003|10:22 am]
Rob, Bob Mr. Bob.
[mood |happyhappy]
[modulations |Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer]

Okay. This week I will be very much on session, and hence very much unable to go anywhere or doing anything really. Wank.

Anyhow, the weekend was pretty good. Club Hard:Drive on Friday was a nice realxing environment. Nice to meet new people and get to know some people better.

Saturday was fantatsic. As I'm sure it is now glaringly obvious, Combi-Christ and Galan Pix played Slimes, as oppoesed to Icon of Coil and Galan Pix as I'd initially been told.

As it happens, I had more fun engineering Combi-Christ than I've ever had live. Andy was a really friendly smiley guy to work with. He gave me two guides to how he wanted to run the live show, lots of fun, and VERY loud!
To this end we unleashed the full might of Slimes' PA, and rigged up some crazy delayed filtered setup so that I could mangle and twist Andy's vocals live. This worked brilliantly. At one point I noticed Andy tapping the mic, at which point I realised he wanted to start some weird Dub style delay trickery. It was wonderful to watch a grin develop on his face as I started winding in the delay and punched the feedback up! Wicked! As Andy said before the show, "So, it seems you are the third member of the band tonight yes? Cool!".

Anyhow. Black Celebration did not happen for me. I got home at 9 and after realising I'd be lucky to get there for Icon of Coil starting, and effectivly having to pay 14quid for the privelage, I decided to get take-out and go to bed early.

Right. I'm off to a Church in tooting now to begin a week of Choral recording with the Gabrielli consort. We were setting up last night. I find churches very eerie places at night. Especially on a Sunday night. I think I'd rather have been anyhwere else last night. Harrumph. Le sigh etc.

See you soon guys!
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Need excitment! [Oct. 23rd, 2003|06:06 pm]
Rob, Bob Mr. Bob.
[mood |melancholymelancholy]

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Man alive am I tired, and with no good reason. I've done very little of great value at work today, but then again I've not been asked to do anything. It really grinds at me this. I get my energy form engaging projects, challenges and tasks, which seem to be lacking in my job at the moment. Hmmmm job issues rearing their head again. Danger Will Robinson!

Still, at least the 'band' is off the ground, and I'll be seeing friends this weekend. I just really need things in my life right now that engage, captivate and excite me. I'm afraid to say the only time that has happened was when I worked on the Pavarotti project a few months ago (le sigh).

Ahhh well. I am tired and hungry. Usually makes me feel melancholic. Got shit loads of ironing to do too. Bugger.
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Recording roxx! [Oct. 22nd, 2003|05:44 pm]
Rob, Bob Mr. Bob.
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[modulations |Trucks and cars going zooooom!]

Today's been an interesting mixed bag.
Amongst other things today, I took a porta-dat recorder and a stereo pair of Schoeps MK4 microphones to the end of our Industrial estate, and recorded the sound of traffic going past.
The stereo imaging is incredible. Sat, listening back in the mix-room, one really could almost 'see' the traffic and individual cars zooming past. Especially remarkable given that the mic setup I was using, the co-incident or 'Blumlein' pair, was invented by Alan Dower Blumlein (hence the name) in the '30's. Incredible!

Anyhow, gotta be in for 9 on the dot tomorrow as we have clients in (yee-har, some work!) the mix room. A good night's sleep therefore being relatively essential as a few evening trips may be taking place over the next few days!
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Now, I'm getting somewhere. [Oct. 20th, 2003|05:40 pm]
Rob, Bob Mr. Bob.
[mood |happyhappy]
[modulations |Hypnoskull - Operation Tough Guy]

Took my new track into work today, and by Christ it slams like a fukker! Managed to get sub-bass bleed through into the edit suites, something that shouldn't theoretically be possible. He he :)
Anyhow, this Wednesday night will be the first time I've worked on a track with band-members for maybe two years. It is giving me so much enthusiasm and energy for life it is unreal! It really feels like I'm personally moving my life forwards, even if my career is mildly screwed right now.

Slightly concerned at how I'm going to pull next weekend off. I'm engineering at Slimelight on Saturday night for two VERY big name acts. Something I can't turn down a:For the opportunity and b:For the cash. However, Sunday morning I'm assisting in a load-in and setup with work. In a church. In Tooting.
Crashing over at silky_fish's on Sasturday is gonna help enormously. Non the less it'll be a challenge. Planning on lots of sleep through the week, and Pro-Plus and Red Bull on Sunday morning!

Meh. Things are going (partially) where I want them to right now, which is giving me hope. A wonderful commodity to be in posession of!
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Opening up those flood-gates. [Oct. 19th, 2003|06:21 am]
Rob, Bob Mr. Bob.
[mood |creativecreative]
[modulations |Pounding, pounding techno music.]

Wow. The past 24 hours have been pretty cool.

Uwe and silkyfish lent me 'The Shawshank Redemption' this week, which I must say was a fab film! Whilst watching it, I heard a few little bits and pieces that sounded like they could make good samples. Henceforth, they were, indeed, sampled.

So, last night (actually jezus, this is last night, err morning, err OK, FRIDAY night) I found myself sat down in front of my PC making music once again. Trying new processes, new methods, and making music entirely new to me. Atonal, purely rythmic, fucking nasty.....basically some hardcore powernoise, which I'm quite chuffed with!

It feels wonderful to finally have a concrete product of my thoughts and angst. Though without the input and support of a couple of good friends (who know who they are ;) I probably woud have just carried on moaning rather than doing.
Anyhow, it's the first baby-step to something much bigger, which, after this start, I feel is edging ever closer. I cannot begin to describe how empowering this is!

Anyhow, in other news from the land of Bob:
Slimes was good as ever tonight. Despite abject lack of cash-ola, I still attended beric's birthday meal, which was lovely. Met a few more people too, the circle of friends grows wider and wider.......

Plans for tomorrow (shit, later today, today!!!!) may include: Watching David Blaine's descent from perspex box, and/or enjoying installation art at the Tate Modern.
Of course, it could involve neither as I may be spacked out in bed. Meh.

All is good. For now.
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(no subject) [Oct. 17th, 2003|06:44 pm]
Rob, Bob Mr. Bob.
[mood |tiredtired]

Oh man. I'm SO tired it's unreal. One of todays' tasks involved saving, loading and reloading files from the AMS console in the mix-room. Bearing in mind the desk is built around computer technology at least six to seven years old, it takes a while. During said process, I unfortunately dozed off. Whoops!

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Urrrgh. Anyhow. I'm gonna continue to try and get hold of Mack tonight, with regard to engineering tomorrow at Electrowerkz. Painful as it is, I;ve pretty much had to blow out beric's birthday dinner on account of lack of money. I can neither really afford to eat out, or will have the time to attend if I'm earning money by working it Elektrowerkz.
Grrrrr.

On a plus note, there may be a cat in hell's chance of having my car down here soon. My new insurance quote has been considerably more realistic due to being older and having a years' no claims bonus. In truth, I also feel my parents have suddenly proved willing in contiuing to maintain a car for me after mentioning the prospect of a motorbike. My Mum and sister were horrified, and Dad didn't openly approve! So. Flog may be making an appearance. May being the operative word, however, will sure prove handy for transporting musical gear around London!
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Yeah yeah, like whatever...... [Oct. 16th, 2003|07:21 pm]
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Learning, learning. [Oct. 16th, 2003|06:07 pm]
Rob, Bob Mr. Bob.
[mood |exhaustedexhausted]
[modulations |Oasis. Hmmmmm. The radio=bad]

Doooooooooood did today start badly!
Was to be in work early to open up this morning. Amazingly I did get up early enough to alleieviate any tardyness. Unfortunately I had lost the office key Neil gave me. Wank.

Anyhow. Upon opening up the building, I called Neil, who remembered one of the editors had a spare key. Good job! Thankfully Neil was quite lenient, probably because I've been doing lots for the company this week. My crowning acheivment being re-wiring the entrance lighting on account of it not working before, and it working now. Which is a good thing. Yes.

Good god has my bottom been a human health disaster the past week. GasSmanN? I fart in your general direction sir (literally)! Christ. One knows it is bad when it is the smell is personally objectionable to ones own self. Phhhhhhhrt! Brap!

Hmm, anyway. Today has mostly comprised of more tomfoolery in the Mix room. Hooking up many effects units and evaluating them:
Lexicon 480L (10K's worth about 12 years ago) very nice HI-FI sounding unit excellent for classical but sounds too 80's for anything else really.
TC-Electronic 6000, awesome piece of kit with its touch-screen remote and sounds superb too, although a bit too 'dark' for classical stuff. My personal fave. Yamaha SPX900, time has not been kind to this beast. Probably some potential and the on-board distortion sounded like it could be interesting. Probably a beast waiting to be unearthed with some decent programming, but, as it stands, wank.

Also FINALLY got the hang of some of the synchronisation issues Neil's be beating into me. Which is nice. My head is still aching. 25fps Black-burst, AES and video ref sync anyone? Urrrghhhh!

Bring on the weekend (I think).
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I have no will control. [Oct. 15th, 2003|11:31 pm]
Rob, Bob Mr. Bob.
[mood |tiredtired]

Am at deathbypeaches's at the mo' with the splendid mis_appropriate. Promised myself I'd leave by 11:00 and it's just gone half-past. Wank. This is worsened by the fact I have to open up at work tomorrow. Double wank.

We are currently watching Mullholland Drive, which even by Lynch's usual standards, is very difficult to follow. Le sigh.

Hav tried to contatcing Electrowerkz to discuss Sturday with Mac, i.e. I AM going to beric's Birthday do, and can only help out at certain times (despite enjoying my work their and REALLY needing the cash - harrumph!).

Hmmmmm.Meh.
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