Monthly Archive for December, 2003

i want to stuff your stocking

uncle morris will be missed - but not this uncle morris (10k image)1. What did you do in 2003 that you’d never done before?
– Released two records that I never thought would see the light of day
– Played in a kick ass live electronic band

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
– New Years’ resolutions are for pussies

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
– Yes.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
– Uncle Morris died last night.

5. What countries did you visit?
– Does Philly count?

6. What would you like to have in 2004 that you lacked in 2003?
– I’d like to own a house and release more records, and right now it’s looking like one or the other

7. What date from 2003 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
– December, it was when Skylab had the most construction
– November, it was my anniversary with Emily (2 years!)

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
– Releasing two records on my label
– Not making my GF run away

9. What was your biggest failure?
– Releasing two records on my label

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
– Nope, I just discovered I am highly allergic to wet latex paint

11. What was the best thing you bought?
– My 64 input Soundtracs recording console
– Lactaid

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
– Emily’s and Gordon’s

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
– appalled: my company’s ; depressed: Daniel

14. Where did most of your money go?
– rent, bills, the bank, label

and watch his head explode

soundandvision (16k image)

David Bowie’s Sound + Vision. Now upped to 4 discs. This set hasn’t been commercially available for years. Please, for the love of god, get me this. That is all i ask of you. And for once, I have a birthday in just a week or two. You have plenty of time for it to come in time. And here is the nifty little link. Oh yeah, and happy new year. Be good.

lots of profiteering can be done at their expense

mixarea (35k image)

Recording studio pet peves, part one:

  • Those who list “plugins” in their website under equipment (sans T-Racks – that is one serious program)
  • Those who do not use aural exciters nor know what they do
  • Those who think digital mixing boards are far superior to that of analog
  • Those that think ADAT is an inferior format

  • Mackie
  • Protools
  • Those that own studios yet do not subscribe to TapeOp
  • Gigantor studios who make bank that have a shitty website (ie. Omega in Rockville, MD)
  • Those that don’t get British EQ
  • That 12bit sampling is long gone
  • Those that forget it is an art
  • Steve Albini
  • Those who spend time to tune a guitar but wont tune drums
  • Those people who own recording studios
  • Noise reduction system
  • Those who have great vocal mics but no great drum mics
  • Those that only use cardiod as a polar pattern on a mic
  • Direct injection boxes
  • Those that think mic bleed is a seriously bad thing
  • Those that own a studio yet do not know how to use an oscilliscope
  • Shure mics sans SM81
  • Standing waves
  • Those that do not know good sounding A/D converters
  • Those who say “rarefraction” instead of “rarefaction”
  • Studios that do not have a 2nd Engineer
  • Those that emulate how Steve Albini records his records

…to be continued