Tags: Arizona, Audio, Breathing, CelticThunder, ComericaTheatre, Compressors, DodgeTheatre, Electronics, Phoenix, Violin, Vocals
Breathing, in music, is critical. Just ask any singer. I’d dare say that you could probably ask any musician, or for that matter – any human. Breathing is absolutely critical to life; it is also particularly important to music. Go ahead, google it – if you must. Wind instrument players have special techniques of breathing to play notes indefinitely. Guitar players and violinists use good posture and specialized breathing practices to play at optimum efficiency.
Breathing can also be bad in music. When? When it is done by audio processors (compressors), unintentionally.
That seemed to be the case tonight, at Comerica (formerly Dodge) Theatre. Unintentional breathing. Irritating breathing. Maddening to me. I looked around, and figured I must be the only person noticing it. Everyone else seemed to be enjoying the Celtic Thunder show. Why wouldn’t they? The performers are attractive, and fairly talented. It is a pretty set-design (if a bit too artificial and contrived looking); with the requisite chemical fog/dry ice fog, and hazers fired up to accentuate the moving lights. The voices are clear and bright, compliments of the state-of-the-art headest mics, capable of picking up a dying breath and projecting it to an audience…and “there’s the rub”, folks.
Whenever you take something as pure and recognizable as a human voice (or a violin bow drawing across a string) and electronically process it, there is a problem. The problem is the human ear. It is very good at picking up anomalies. How those anomalies are addressed by the human brain varies between individuals. Some people, like me, will dwell on them and get irritated. Others, like my beautiful girlfriend, will notice them but not realize that is why they just “can’t get into” the show. Still, others will seemingly not notice/care and will go about clapping, cheering and giving standing ovations. Maybe it is because the last group is 12 years old and was raised on mp3 files and compressed audio; or they are from the generation prior to “hi-fi” and assume that’s how it is supposed to be. Maybe they are just in shock, and awed, from seeing a modern moving lighting fixture cut through chemical haze with its dichroic colors and “totally cool” beams sweeping the stage and audience. I dunno… but I digress.
My point is that breathing in music is essential. Singers do it. They have to. The stringed, acoustic, instruments do it. They have to. The drums do it. They have to. That is how acoustic instruments work. They vibrate air. That is how the impressive speaker system hanging from the ceiling works. It vibrates air. Music breathes. Plain and simple.
My gripe, in this case, is with the electronics and the people that run them. Electronics do not breathe. They don’t interact with air; not like an instrument does. To them – breathing is bad. Breathing is a side effect of being set wrong. If your ears hear “breathing” or “pumping” that your eyes can’t physically correlate to a person – something electronic in the chain is not set properly.
Today’s sound engineering for live shows like Celtic Thunder is incredibly complicated. There is a lot of technology between that violin player at the back of stage, or the singer at the front of stage (wearing a headset mic), and the people in the audience. Sometimes that technology has quirks or problems. I get that. Problems like electronics audibly “breathing” is caused by a setting measured in milliseconds. For that problem to exist for almost an hour into a show is appalling. It is either caused by an electronics unit being faulty, or more likely; by that unit not being set correctly.
I applaud Celtic Thunder for their efforts and performance. The performers have talent. The “violin girls” are very talented. Too bad they aren’t featured a bit more. Too bad most of the string section was buried in the mix for half of the show. I wish I would have seen this show sans technology, and somewhat-cheesy theatricals, at some natural ampitheatre. It’s probably a great show acoustically and unscripted. Unfortunately, tonight that show got buried by the behind-the-scenes electronics I love so much not being transparent.
Once again…I must quote George Lucas and his THX division…”The Audience is Listening”.
Back in the 80’s (eighties) there was a guitar player in San Diego. Well, there were a lot of guitar players in SD, but Dave was …well…Dave Fricken Britton.
The audio here was recorded at Adams Avenue Theatre (then known as Rogo’s) back in the day. Sorry, its only sampled at like 96k, and involved some questionable recording techniques as all good bootlegs do – anyway, without his permission, but I hope his blessings – here it is.
Tags: Arizona, Ballot, Conspiracy, Election, Exchange, Government, Military, November, Proposition110, Sale, StateTrustLand
There are a lot of people arguing FOR Proposition 110 on the Arizona ballot this year. There are exactly zero (0) arguing AGAINST it, in the official ballot booklet.
Just for fun, let’s take a look at it from a different…perhaps conspiratorial… angle.
If you don’t have Google Earth installed – you should. Click the link to download it directly from Google. Then, you can follow along in this exercise.
Prop 110 – Arizona State Trust Land Exchanges
_________What your vote will mean__________
A “yes” vote shall have the effect of authorizing the sale or lease of state trust land without auction or advertisement in order to protect military installations and operations. It will also allow voter-approved exchanges of state trust land after public notice and hearing if the exchange is related to either protecting military facilities or for land management purposes.
A “no” vote shall have the effect of retaining current law regarding the sale, lease and exchange of state trust land.
Let’s poke around at what military bases might be in jeopardy of encroachment, and need some land traded in order to protect them. After all, that’s what the proponents of this proposition say it is for. We will focus on Davis Monthan Air Force base in Tucson, because it is big, and has a decent amount of State Trust Lands in its vicinity.
Open up the AZ Parcel Viewer, located here:
Hit the Button, near the top, for EASY SEARCH (popups must be enabled)
Zoom to Township
That will zoom you into an area just south of I-10. you can zoom out a bit to see the air base just north of I-10. It will also create a selected area that is light pink – that’s not the pink I refer to below. After zooming out you will see the base in dark pink.
Turn on Land Ownership in the Layers on the right side by putting a check mark in the square. That will color the map according to who owns it.
Pink=Military (Davis Monthan Air base in this case)
Light Blue= State Trust Land
Now ask yourself…”Who owns all that white land just south of the air base?”
Lets open Google Earth to find out.
Search for Business:
IBM Tucson, AZ
That should answer that question. (It should come up as selection A – double click it to zoom in and see their campus. The air base is just above it)
Now ask yourself…”Why would IBM care about any land adjacent to their existing campus?”
I refer you to Paragraph 1, Sentence 2 on Page 20 of the following document (note title of said document):
THE GEOTHERMAL POTENTIAL
OF THE ffiM PLANT SITE AREA,
TUCSON, ARIZONA, T15S, T16S, RI5E
There ya go. The way I read the proposition, it would allow the State to sell that Trust land to them directly, without advertisement or auction. No independent financial analyses. No public hearings. No highest bidder. IBM just names a price, and they can buy it.
As it stands now, the state can lease that land (and apparently is), or they can sell it at auction, to the highest and best bidder.
Why would they come up with a proposition that requires massive transparency and accountability in order to exchange the land, for other equally valuable federal lands; when they don’t have to provide accountability nor transparency if they decide to sell it privately?
Hey, this is just my thought. Do what you want this information. Take some time, while your map is color-coded as above, to browse around the parcel viewer and see what military bases might be in danger. You are looking for pink areas, surrounded by light blue areas. Check Luke Air Force base in Phoenix. Fort Huachuca outside of Sierra Vista. Note that the yellow areas are BLM lands, so they don’t apply. Green areas are forests. White areas are privately owned (that means there are already commerical buildings or housing tracts there).
Leave me some comments below, or hit me up on twitter @therealcyber5, and let me know what you think about this article.
Tags: Concert, Dodge Theatre, Hayley Williams, Paramore, Phoenix, Review
All I can do is hope that Hayley Williams (known to me mostly as @yelyahwilliams on twitter) reads this.
This is an empire in the making, folks. Really.
I’ve been looking forward to this concert for a long time, and it finally arrived. Why I looked forward to it, I’m not sure. The songs aren’t on my Ipod, the vids aren’t faved by me, I haven’t had the tunes drummed into my head via radio airplay…I just don’t own this music, yet. However, something inside me kept nagging that this was the concert to see at Dodge Theatre this year. (Frequent readers know I have season tickets to Dodge courtesy of a @LiveNation twitter contest)
Well, I can sum up this concert really fast. GO SEE IT. It’s the Honda Civic Tour 2010. Honda tossed some money into a tour that kicks ass. Period. Mind you, I’m not a car-show kinda guy, but I know Honda has “done their time” in the trenches of promotion, and they understand PR costs cash. Apparently, they also know what good money vs bad money is. Paramore headlining a music tour with their (Honda’s) logo emblazoned everywhere is great money. Bottom line.
How can I describe this to you? If you have read my previous reviews; you know I tend to applaud the musicianship (and denigrate lack thereof) whilst leaning towards documenting the technicalities of a show. I try to convey whether a show kicks ass or sucks ass; giving kudos or criticisms to those behind the scenes.
This show kicked ass. Technically? Yes. Moving lights, check. Smoke, check. CD-quality audio, Check. Cool video, hi def and lo-def, Check. Risers and interesting layout, check. Crisp highs, discernible vocals, and thundering bass, check. Pyro, check. What didn’t this show offer from a technical standpoint? Damned if I know.
Okay, technicalities aside – was it any good? Ummm, have you seen Iggy Pop, Mick Jagger and Joan Jett? Imagine if those 3 were to have a crazy love child (yes I know there are problems with that – you are imagining, remember?) Imagine she grew up to front a band. Now, picture that she happens upon a bunch of guys that can play some rock songs really well, and can also play a fantasmagorical acoustic set. Imagine that they are down with things like couches being brought onstage during the set. Imagine that all that is set to awesome lighting with killer sound. Now, try and keep the goosebumps from happening.
Here’s the deal – I don’t know what to tell you… if you are on the fence about seeing this show, I can verify that the openers are worth listening to for sure. New Found Glory made me want to set up a show with them and Black Flag. They are a hot band. Tegan and Sara are like any Canadian group I’ve ever seen….great. The musicians from that country are unstoppable. I did not see the opening band, so can’t give an opinion.
This show rocks, beyond belief. See it. I can’t say much more. All of the stops are pulled out. Paramore Brings It. Honda is a great sponsor of this tour (no, I did not get paid to say that).
(unfortunately my trusty phone decided to save all my photos as 320*240 images so I wont bother to upload those – lol)
Paramore rocks. I will buy their stuff. You need to hear them and see them. MAny reviewers say Hayley is a firecracker; She is more of a fuse that just doesn’t stop burning. My reveiw in a nutshell? Paramore is my new favorite band (not counting Queensryche).
Tags: Arizona, Church, Franklin Hall, Images, International Healing Cathedral, Pentecostal Church, Phoenix, Rev. Franklin Hall, Round Church
This is a photo essay of a church building in Phoenix. It’s architecturally unique. Not sure if services are still held there, but it’s been here quite awhile. It used to be ministered by Rev. Franklin Hall, and then his wife Helen after his passing, judging from what I can find on the internet.
There is a bit of information on the ‘net regarding Rev. Hall, but not much about this church building in particular. I looked around at the sidewalks and paved surfaces, but nothing offered up a date of construction.