Tuesday, December 26, 2006

James Brown - The Godfather is dead, Long Live the Godfather


I cannot explain the powerful impact that James Brown has had on my life. Is the music profound? Yes, in a guttural, tribal, Darwinian survival instinct way. It is sex, it is life. Was he a hero or saint? No. But let's face it, could a saint sing Sex Machine Part 1?!!(which has been my ringtone for the past year.)
Here is a link to a video of JB at the height of his powers in the 70's:
MAKE IT FUNKY

As a suburban white kid I cannot figure out why this crazed soul legend has so deeply embedded his music in my psyche. Heaven is "Doin' it to Death" on vinyl. On my Dream Board of Directors it is JB, Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix. If only Warren Buffet had recorded "Funky Drummer" he might be invited too.
Here's the thing: Whatever I do, it gots to be funky.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Am I crazy or does Cubase sound better than Protools??


Look I know the old axiom of garbage in/garbage out but I am now entirely convinced that the Steinberg Audio engine far surpasses the Protools system in terms of audio depth and warmth.
This is of course entirely subjective. I took a song that was tracked on Protools and exported it to Cubase SX 3.0 (No, I have not rushed to upgrade). I mixed it in Cubase and then mixed it in Protools using the same monitors, amps etc. I didn't use any plugins, mixed dry with only the built in EQs. The Cubase mix of the exact same tracks had a depth and warmth that made the Protools mix sounds cold, icy and brittle.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Personal Portable Solar Power

I have got to get one of these. It is the Solio portable solar power charger. It can be used to charge iPods, cell phones and a lot of other mobile electronics. Very cool.