34, Audio Engineer/Theatrical Technical Director/Husband/Motoryclist/Nudist/Liberal. Passion for my wife, Art, theater, Music and Vespas. Too many degrees, not enough time
The only other success (other than staying upright for when I needed to) was getting a replacement hat. Yesterday, when I STILL had to go into work due to some incompetent communication at one of the venues, I was so out of it that I lost my hat. I don’t even remember getting fuel for the bike, but when I walked out the gas tank was full, and my account showed fuel being purchased. Of course, the gas station had no idea if a hat was found.
Yet another gift lost by me… This is why we can’t have anything nice.
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Basically you reblog this, and your followers know that you care and that they can message you about anything anon or not and you will reply back or at least look at their message.
this is not permission to send someone hate bc im sure some people on here will take that way ugh
Still recovering from the “crash” (since it was made up of multiple things like cardiac issues, anxiety, dehydration, exhaustion and probably some mental crap too), but I was able to venture forth into the world… Ok, it was more like the Boss’s secretary DEMANDING that I come into work and then the rest of the production office staff jumping her shit for making me come in. My wife has also been rather ill, and we just found out that she will need surgery. It is an outpatient procedure but still upsets me greatly. She has had some issues with her health for a while, and with me falling ill it has made things way more difficult for her. So, I swung by the local comic shop and picked up some Serenity comics that she doesn’t have. Of course, I had to get her pillow pet panda Mei Mei to pose with them. Her name was inspired by the show (meaning “little sister” in Chinese and a term of endearment towards the younger members of the crew such as River and Kaylee). Hopefully, these will perk up her spirits a bit. Not show related, I know. But… She is the reason I do all of these shows and work weeks in a row without a break. So, for you stagehands, engineers and technicians out there who are lucky to have someone who gets that “show first” is a lifestyle and not a slight, give them a hug or kiss. Make them dinner. Gift wrap their favorite energy drink with a cute card… Just a small something to let them know that you know how rare of a person they are.
But we still manage to do it because we’re amazing!
Actually… simple. My process?
- Laptop with Windows 8.1
- Microsoft OneNote
- Show Cue Systems or MultiPlay theatre cuing software
- DI to the SM desk patched into the board, with a 3.5mm jack input
Run OneNote in half screen mode and MultiPlay/SCS in the other. unlike tiled windows in 7 or OSX, both are active and be operated by mouse or touchscreen while typing in the other. Load every conceivable cue and et them to launch on touch. Synch OneNoe to you Director’s OneNote show notebook and…
The show that appearently sent me to the hospital: the Phoenix Gharana School of Classical Indian Music had their now-yearly festival honoring the mentor of the School’s director.
For those who have never worked a classical Indian music performance, the method may seem insane. The music, while being in the pentatonic scale, is also Improv based just like American Jazz. This also means the average song can be 10 to 45 minutes, with it being difficult to determine where one ends and the other begins. Another expectation is that sound checks are unnecessary. This is problematic when many of the musicians ether know zero mic theory, or think that every mic is the same and attempt to “fix” your placement, thus destroying any advantage you had. Lastly, the audiences would be considered “unacceptable” by Western standards. It is not uncommon to see patrons of all ages on cellphones, tablets and even laptops. Children run around, conversations carry on and they even bring their own food, even when the house forbids it! And, i have NEVER had to deal with so many people either sneaking in or DEMANDING to be let in for free.
Over the past two years, the school and myself have had quite the cultural exchange: Us learning the mechanics and theory of classical Indian music, and they have been learning not only mic theory and live sound principles, but more Western show protocols. This event actually came out quite well, with minimal stress and some amazing musicians (including a MASTER Tabla player…at the age of 9!!!). I was not only running lights and sound for this show, but managing a multitrack recording session all at the same time. TD powers for the win!!!
They always sell out, and do bring some amazing talent. It has just been an adjustment to their cultural ideas (including actually starting on time and not going 1.5 hours over).
It was at the end of that night that my health started going south fast, with a tightening chest, cold sweats and sudden onset of diarrhea (yeah… I am sure you wanted to hear that). There was still a secnd night of performances, but my assistant had to cover it. He has dome equal research into the style… but i heard that audience members were even coming up to the booth to tell him what they thought he was doing wrong (again, VERY common with these shows eve wen you nail it to the producer and artist’s desires). It seems even the artists were mocking his inability to get the monitor mix to their liking.
So, it seem Saturday was as bad for him as it was for me…
Guess where I spent my Saturday?
Only the second time in 15 years I had to call out on a show. Long story short: I was down nearly 8 liters of fluids, severely deficient in Potassium, stricken with severe diarrhea and was close to a cardiac event with blood pressure hovering in the “red” zone for several hours.
This is what working 60-80 hours a week in theatre and music production gets you.
I think it is time to step back for a bit…
Today started well enough: A lecture series at the City venue with one of the leading clean energy experts in the US sponsored by the Wrigley Foundation. Just a couple of lavs, 8 talk mics and a projector.
The downside… well, we will cover that later. Just another injury due to venues cutting corners all over this state.
But the gig went well enough
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But a scribe is perfect. It marks a clean sharp line. And better still, it cuts through dirt, paint, rust, and mill scale. It’s the tool to use for clean, accurate lines. Its secret is at the business end, a little sharpened rod of tungsten carbide, a material so hard it can even scribe a line on the surface of a tile.
I don’t know how I was conned into it, but the producer of the Jazz venue finally decided that, along with the need for a digital audio console, he needed to do something about the failing cheap-ass lighting. Granted he bought the cheapest crap you can imagine, it was still better than the “American DJ” trash you see piled up.
The unfocused result showed that, even when you are doing it cheap, ypu can still make a gig look good. Rewiring the entire system took about 4 hours in a very ghetto way, but it looks miles better and is now fully DMX controlled. Not bad for a sound guy with zero budget
Second gig of the day (after 8 hours of catholic awards events) was back at the jazz club. Seems the cheap lighting the producer bought finally suffered a total failure. So, he bought different cheap Chinese lighting bits. But, if I can finally get some even light on stage and wrap my head around dmx systems, then perhaps the complaints will cease
Also, he said he bought an Allen and Heath QU-16 for the venue. It is a model that I have been looking at since the Presonus has failed to impress me. Of course, it will probably suck up what little free time between my other gigs, but it seems par for the course these days