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Re: Live L.A. looping and you didn't tell us?
Okay, okay... It was a field test, frankly. And as with the space mission,
there are no failures, only opportunities to learn how to keep 'em from
happening again. Frankly, I was spared from derision by others and myself
by one main thing: the difference between my sound pre-Mackie mixer
purchase, and post, was dramatic enough noise-wise such that the noise
in combination with the awful house current uh, well, NOBODY NOTICED.
I'd started the evening on a bad foot, using a prescribed inhaler to help
with some shortness of breath during moving stuff out to the car. Alas,
steroids is not my drug - and I'd never used an inhaler before (I've got a
light case of bronchitis presently). Result was a bout with Rapid Heart
Rate that I nonetheless endured while continuing to pack the car, sweating
so much that I knew electrolytes were just jumping off of me, thus some
Gatorade (the drink for ACTIVE musicians!) helped a little bit. And a
change of clothes for when I got everything set up. THAT took hours, but
once the power problem was identified, a level of resignation set in that
gladly noone saw... I couldn't use the 7.6 Time Machine at ALL due to its
happy conversion to Noise Source upon encountering the two-prong plug; my
ORIGINAL plan was to have the 7.6 and the Zoom 2100 running together,
providing a full set of textures for my listeners' ears to chew upon.
Unfortunately not to be this time, of course; thankfully, the "Tape Loop"
effect offered by the Zoom 2100 more than filled in on this level, with the
only bad effect being that one can't close the loop and jam to it (ie not
add to it while soloing).
To add to this, the video projector that I'd planned on running the
interactive video through wouldn't obey - or rather the person who brought
it didn't know whether it was functional or not - and of course as noone
else had ever seen it, they'd also never learned to expect same. Another
non-disappointment to them, not to me though...
And so, thanks also to the Zoom 2100, nobody was disappointed in the small
group attending (perhaps 15 people) - I'd originally thought that they'd
just come inside because the police had come and stopped the drumming
outside, but then I'm my own worst critic, as if to head off everyone
Don't worry though - I'm looking for a site that has its own video setup,
hopefully screens all over, and their own PC hooked up via sound card, such
that I can just lug my sound gear up, and not have to dismantle my entire
setup at home/work here... Having learned from the above I plan on
definitely doing something before July in the LA area. I'll let you know.
I might mention that the place I became comfortable with playing in front
people, the TUNNELS IN SAN GABRIEL CANYON (East Fork, actually Shoemaker
Canyon, up the 39 from the 210 in Asuza), is happening THIS WEEKEND as the
time is changing again. It happens twice a year of course, but I don't go
in the Fall, as it's fire season (even the Donner Party had Fire) so it's
too cold for this fellow. While I only go in the Spring, this weekend is
probably the last time I'm going to go in a while, as I'm getting married
and moving over to London in August/September.
Those interested should email me directly at email@example.com
EarthLight Productions * http://www.earthlight.net