8/19/2008

having done read it - The Andromeda Strain

The Andromeda Strain The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton


My review


rating: 2 of 5 stars
Reads like an pseudo-scientific annotated account of a really bad episode of CSI (is there another type?) in one thing happens and it takes forever to recount.



The only interesting and/or novel thing about this ...umm... novel was the explanation of the space aged technology, i.e. in-flight photography, and [gasp] electron microscopes.

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8/17/2008

The Magic Babies - tonight @ the Cat's Cradle

We're playing tonight at the Cat's Cradle inthe benefit show for Cy Rawls. You can read all about Cy and how much the music scene loves him here.
We play early - 7:30.
I think the show will be recorded for posterity. I hope to be able to hear that someday - I'll share if it's allowed.

Also on the bill, Polvo! They should pull a really large crowd for at least their portion of the night; so, i'm sure as far as fundraising goes, this will be a huge success. It kind of has to be.

come if possible. see you there.

8/13/2008

Close - Arrowhead - very very early mix

Arrowhead, as i mentioned a few posts ago, is in a state of incompletitude. We made significant progress this week with the mix, adding an organ track, and talking through - and talking out - ideas of just where this needed to go.

right click (or control-click all you lovely mac users) and save:
http://www.bsidedesign.com/blogger/audio/arrowhead(081308).mp3

the organ saved my butt here - i was originally intending to add a ton of overdubbed "oo" or "ahh" tracks in a chordal round or canon; but, in talking it out, we realized tonight that what we were trying to replicate might be easier to just do as nature intended: with a cheap-ass hand-me-down casio keyboard from th 90s - yes, it has speakers. I went direct and added a light reverb to warm it up. there may still be a pop from the attack of the organ sound; i'll have to compress that out.

This particular mixdown is missing a ton of ideas. but, the last half is so droney and spacey that it needed to be documented in its raw state.

i intend to add some subtle doubling of the low-mixed harmonies and maybe a coda of the chorus at the end.

i don't want to forget that for the first chorus, I had thought at one point of dropping the guitars and adding a pounding octave and fifth piano and maybe a tom 1/4 beat. the vocals conjur a war chant in my head. This adds to the visual that the song is trying to paint. Vince wrote this about a childhood experience - maybe he'll comment here and add hi two cents, but i wouldn't count on it... NOBODY reads this bunk! ;)

enjoy the download. it is of course raw and incomplete and not properly mixed; but posterity calls.

8/12/2008

Having Done Read It: Farenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
ONE STAR

awful! i can't believe the ideas this book put into my head.

there ought to be a law..!



just kidding. 4 stars really. this is the kind of sci-fi book that makes me love sci-fi. yes, it's the future; yes, there is a robot dog; yes, there are wicked cool televisions; but that's not the point, is it? There is enough of a displacement in setting to force us to focus on the things we understand and see how very close we are to what is happening or has happened.



I had assumptions going into this book. Everybody knows what it's about. Everybody except me read it in high school. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't just a book about what everybody says it's about - There is strong character development and great pacing.



The printing i read has two afterwards by the author - the first isabout how he wrote it; the second is more of a rant against editors and other censors. Very funny and very potent.



great book. I will read it again someday, for sure.


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8/10/2008

having done read it - Calvino snacked on my brain.

If on a Winter's Night a Traveler If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino


My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is a trip. If you can handle displacement, vagueness, wild supposition and fantasy - the kind of fantasy that takes place only within thought, not within a castle with dragons, silly - then you will truly enjoy this book.



Calvino lures you into his web and then snacks on your soul while you let him because it was your idea in the first place, right?



[semi-spoiler aside for those who've read this: my next book is Farenheit 451 which i'd picked before picking up this calvino... making the calvino more pertinent and potent, no?]


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8/08/2008

The Long Way Home

My life-long friend, Don, and his match made in the ether, Gina, are moving from San Fransisco to Chicago and blogging their adventure.
This is a great read for me because I don't hear from him nearly enough (we are both at fault there - but it always feels as though we're picking right up on the longest, most interesting and silliest conversation ever). Also, I've never met Gina, but am finally getting to know her albeit in a creepy i don't really know you sort of way... which is appropriate because, legend has it that this is how they met in the first place.

anyway. read away. it's like going on your own road trip without the fast-food grease and road funk.