Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Production of films

The following text is excised from my PhD thesis based on notes from my committee. It's all about the production of our films over Covid. I thought it should live somewhere, so here it is.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Imaginous Dumpiteritude

 I'll just leave these here.

This is my modification of this meme. I think this meme is hilar.

I dunno what this is or what's up with it but it was on my desktop.

I used to religiously send this to everyone on Facebook until I got too many complaints about using old material. 

My highly-skilled drawing of a moose. 

This was me in probably 1980 or possibly 1979 in 10th Grade at Metuchen High School. 

Fun brid.

This is my drawing of a "bunny tank". I don't remember why, I had some Internet reason for drawing it.

I think this is a 30 Rock joke.

This is a power plant background image Ian Hubert made. 

I made a conspiracy theory.

Thursday, May 09, 2024

New Comedy Album


Live at the Regulators Palace It is neither "live" nor an "album" nor "comedy" for that matter. But it's what I've got.


Thursday, April 18, 2024

The Sagacious Empathy


https://pleasurefortheempire.bandcamp.com/album/the-sagacious-empathy New album. Experimenting with a couple new sounds.

Thursday, April 04, 2024

Opera News

In opera news, we (Marc Schmied and I) spent two days (two hours and then four hours) recording the bass for Red Flag of the Future. 

Opera is hard work. Puppet opera is even harder.

He's a dynamite sight reader and he gets a monster sound out of that instrument. I put up three microphones: a Warm U87, a Schoeps hypercardioid, and an AEA 84 ribbon with Cloudlifter, directly into the Allen & Heath SQ5. Of course, for the first day the mixer got real weird. My friend Todd, whose house we recorded in, pointed out that some devices seem to have an "urgency meter" which detects how important things are so they know what would be the most inconvenient time to stop working correctly. 

I don't know. All of the faders decided to fight me and act like their motors wanted to be somewhere else on the board. I reset and recalibrated and rebooted and it helped briefly but then became a pain again. Weirdly, the next day it seemed fine. I have no idea. Even Samplitude was acting badly. I have no idea. Again, things got better on day two.

Marc Schmied on bass.

Also on the second day I brought the AEA down and closer to the bass. I felt the U47 won the contest at about 6 feet from the bass up in the air pointed roughly at the sound holes. So that one stayed up there, but the ribbon got closer in case we wanted more detail from it. 

I need more computers.

Oh, and right, to add to my stress I managed to drop the 47 while initially setting up. I mean, it's not the world's most expensive mic (like it would be if it were a vintage Neumann U47) but it was frustrating to watch it slip from its cage and hit the hardwood floor. Still, it seems to have survived without being visually or sonically impaired. 

Note change of position of ribbon microphone. Also, movie ticket on computer is for Dune 2.

So despite technical gremlins, the recording went very well. Having a great player like Marc really expands and opens up the sound. I realize it's a kind of cliche but it really does make it all sound more organic. I'm very very happy with what we've got. Marc is a spectacular player. It makes so much difference. 

Friday, March 29, 2024


To hook the ATEM Mini to a monitor you may need to set the output to 1080/60 manually to make the monitor happy with the signal.

I feel like I'm going to want to do a version of Scampr where the whole thing takes place inside an O´Neill Cylinder. Apparently this is doable in the Unreal Engine with some gravity mods.

Would you like an image dump? I have one for you.

Ningyo kuyo is a Shinto (I think) "doll funeral." 

I need to do a whole bunch of work to finish up my PhD. I have all the notes. I just need to make the changes for my examiners. 

Hopefully in the next week I'll have recorded upright bass and then after that we start recording vocals for the Red Flag of the Future opera.