Food Music

Conviviality Love Circus photo

Just in case you missed the “Conviviality Love Circus” play, here’s a photo of the cast. Unlike last year’s Conviviality cast photo, you can actually see me in this one! We had a cast reunion party Friday night and watched the video of the show, which was a hoot.

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Film Music

Emergency Exit

I just spent this weekend participating in the 48 Hour Film Project (see It’s a grueling contest between several teams of filmmakers in each of several major cities. This past weekend, the project was in Denver, and I was on the Paddy Wagon Films team.

We got our assignment Friday night about 7 PM. We randomly drew “road movie” as our genre; each team got something at random from a set of standard genres. Each team’s film also had to be between 4 and 7 minutes in length, include a character named Buddy or Belle who’s a truck driver, and use the phrase “You’re not going to believe it” somewhere in the film.

We spent Friday night brainstorming plot outlines and characters, then Patrick Sheridan, our illustrious director and team leader, wrote a script. He finished that around 4 AM while the rest of us slept. We were up early Saturday to start logistics planning, location scouting, and then the actual shooting. However, even though we all met at 8 AM Saturday, we didn’t shoot our first scene until early afternoon. Spending the whole morning sorting our logistics, actors, locations, etc. seemed to really put us behind schedule. In fact, by suppertime on Saturday I think we had only shot about a minute worth of footage. All the stuff Saturday was outdoors, and it was a hot day, so it was a very tiring shoot.

We worked into the wee hours of the morning, shooting some crucial scenes, but indoors at a house in Niwot. After the long day, crew members were falling from exhaustion, but we finally wrapped up for the day about 2:30 AM. Unfortunately, we still only had about half of the movie shot. So, we reconvened at 6:30 AM back at one of our locations from Saturday. Given transit times, and so on, that left about 2 – maybe 3 tops – hours for sleeping. So, the 6:30 call Sunday morning was a rough.

However, we made great progress shooting the remaining scenes, and the director finally called “wrap” around 2 PM Sunday. The final, edited film was due at 7:30 PM, and so the editor had been working this whole time in parallel with the shooting team. We’d shoot a scene or two, and then someone would drive the tape to her house, where she’d start editing it. Even working in parallel, though, we were so far behind our planned shooting schedule, that we knew we weren’t leaving enough time for the final editing.

However, our editor pulled an all-nighter and works at the speed of a superhero (think the Justice League needs a superhero with powers of fast video editing?). I saw her first cut about 3 PM today, and it was amazingly good. I spent an hour or so with the editor putting the film music just where I wanted it, and the movie was even better with the music!

So, exhausted and nearly delirious from heat and lack of sleep, I finally drove myself home about 5 PM this afternoon. And now, after a short nap, a hot shower, and some food, I just got the call from Patrick that our submission is in.

The film is called “Emergency Exit.” It’s playing at the Bug Theater in Denver this Tuesday, along with all the other submissions. If you can make it, you should try. The theater will sell out, I’m sure, but you can reserve a ticket online. See for more on that.

Based on just the rough edit I saw, and what I heard from Patrick, I think our film turned out magnificent. And even more so given the time constraint. I honestly think we have a chance of winning some of the awards they’ll be giving out later this week. And if we don’t win the best picture award for Denver, it’ll have to be an incredibly outstanding film that beats us.

Notice how I haven’t said a thing about the plot? It’s not your typical road movie. Come see the film for yourself to learn our particular twist.

Oh, I should mention what role I played in all this. In the end, I’ll be listed in the credits as Assistant Producer, Sound Mixer, Sound Designer, and Buddy the Truck Driver. Yes, they made me try to act, once again. This was also the first film I’ve worked on where I had someone assisting me with sound, the amazing Jen Casson. She was indispensable, and ironically got cast in a bit part just like me, as my character’s wife Belle. So someone else had to hold the boom pole for that scene.

Film Music

Conviviality Love Circus

Here’s the announcement for a theater production I’m in next month. I’ve got a few small parts on stage, plus I’m the sound designer and musical director. And I have a small part in a short film that’s part of the show. Last year’s production sold out and we had to turn dozens of friends away. So if you’re one of the 3 people who actually read my blog and you want to go, you better get tickets soon!

Conviviality Community Theater and Entertainment Company
presents its 8th annual production

“Conviviality Love Circus”

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Nomad Theater, 1410 Quince Ave. (Broadway and Quince Ave. N. Boulder)

Showtime: 7:30 p.m.
doors open 6:30pm

This year the Conviviality Theater Troupe takes on the sacred terrain of love and relationships. Ripe for lots of laughs, our typical over-the-top approach to examining these basic elements of humanity will provide an evening of entertainment and a lifetime of warped memories.

You don’t want to miss this year’s Conviviality Theater production:
Conviviality Love Circus *~
*may not be suitable for children under 13
~Coming on a first date is at your own risk

What others are saying:
Juliet: “Romeo, what were you thinking?!”
Marquis de Sade: “Shocking!”
Casanova: “It’s a party!”
Superman: “My knees were weak with laughter!”

Reservations accepted and encouraged:

In response to the over-capacity interest in last year’s show, “Space Monster on Danger Beach”, this show has moved to the larger venue of the Nomad Theater. In anticipation of the frenzied excitement when the doors open we ask that you make a reservation if you plan to attend the show.

General admission seating will be $10. We will also have a limited number of Gold Circle Seats in the front center section for $20. Please make your reservation by sending an email to with the word “reservations” in the subject line. You will receive additional information in a reply message. Reservation holders need to arrive before 7pm to secure their reservation. The doors will not open to those without reservations until 7pm, so if you have a reservation and arrive before 7pm you will be guaranteed a seat. So write now to:

Drivel Music

needed feature for iPod: More Like This

I don’t know why Apple didn’t put this feature in the iPod, but I regularly find myself wanting it. I often listen to my iPod in shuffle mode, which plays a quasi-random selection of the music currently on the iPod. Occasionally, I hear a song I haven’t heard in a while, and I want to hear more music by the same artist. So, I wish there was a button I could push called “More Like This.”

The “More Like This” feature would take the currently playing song and put one more song by the same artist (or from the same CD or in the same genre as the current one) into the play queue right after it. If you want to hear 3 more songs “like this one” you’d hit the More Like This button 3 times.

I wonder if anyone else ever wants a feature like this. If you do, leave me a comment!

Drivel Film Music

my first Mac

Well, I bought my first Macintosh computer yesterday. In the end, I decided to not go with the new Intel iMac, but instead I bought a used PowerMac Dual G5 2.0. I wanted a Firewire 800 port, and the configurability and expandability were more appealing to me. I also bought a copy of DVD Studio Pro, which I’m planning to upgrade to Final Cut Studio later this month (can you believe it’s March already?). And I currently have the winning bid on a used 20″ Apple Cinema Display.

I’ll probably want to get the latest OS upgrade to OS X 10.4 (it’s running 10.3 now), and get a wireless keyboard and mouse (which may require getting a Bluetooth adapter). Then I should be set on the hardware.

So, assuming Apple stays on schedule with releasing their UB (Universal Binary) version of Final Cut Studio by the end of March, I’ll have a fully working pro-quality video editing system at home. I’ve got 3 short films of my own I’m thinking of doing right now, plus I’ll use this as my primary system for doing sound editing on other people’s films.

Meanwhile, I’m selling off every spare bit of music recording gear I can stand to part with, in order to pay for all this. Even buying all this stuff used, it’s not cheap by far. But if all goes well, I’ll start getting some semi-regular paying audio and video editing work by the end of 2005, with the goal of making this a major part of my income in 2006.


Let them sing it for you

Let them sing it for you

This is insanely cool. Some guy in Sweden has taken pop songs and cut out individual words of dialogue, and then written a web application that pieces those words back together to “sing” text that you input. This is the sort of thing I’d love to do if I had infinite free time.


404 Not Found!

Hey, I should also mention that the 404 Not Found band website is back online. Enjoy it here. Or don’t.


Advanced Design of Kentucky

I just wanted to say that I moved over the whole tale of Advanced Design of Kentucky to the new site format and combined all the pages of feedback into a single page.

If you’re building your own digital audio workstation PC, you must read this first.

Music – These guys rock! If you’re a fan of The Beatles and Metallica, as I am, you owe it to yourself to check this band out. Beatallica writes, performs, and records music that mixes musical and lyrical elements of both The Beatles and Metallica.

No, these aren’t “mash up” songs where someone just samples different music and then mixes the sound clips together. These are original pieces that combine words and melodies from both bands. They have released 2 CDs of songs for free on their website.

Highly recommended!

Music Music: With Teeth [EXPLICIT LYRICS] Music: With Teeth [EXPLICIT LYRICS]

I see Nine Inch Nails has finally released their (his) new CD. Wow, it’s been 6 years since the last one, the 2-CD “The Fragile”. I read a few of the reviews of this new one on Amazon, and it’s now on my wish list.

One review, strangely, implied that “The Fragile” was hard for most of the group’s fans to appreciate. However, I’ve got to say that for my money, “The Fragile” was Trent Reznor’s masterpiece. With one exception – a track on CD 2 that I don’t think fits in at all with the rest of them – “The Fragile” is one of my favorite concept albums ever.

(ps. If you can figure out what song I’m talking about on CD 2, leave me a comment. But I doubt anyone will. I haven’t met anyone who appreciates the brilliance of “The Fragile” as much as I do.)