Saturday, February 21, 2009

LED Multi-Color Flashlight Testing - a New Light Toy

I composed the music the night before using Apple Garageband and my M-Audio Oxygen 8v2 midi keyboard controller.  These images are the first light paintings produced with my new "brush." I need to do some extensive testing, but immediately I see that I need to use much smaller apetures which provide longer exposure times in environments with high ambient light, IOW, perfect for showing off at parties and experimenting iwth reflected light as you will see  in my second round of tests. 

The guy is my neighbor whom I almost never say anything more than hellow to. He just happened to be getting out of his truck as I was walking outside to do my testing.  Enjoy

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I have a feeling you are going to like this

Photography was my career at several different points in my path(s).
The first round was in NYC 1970 after the Map City Records gig came
crashing down, then in Los Angeles 1975 through 79 (along with a
second round of a series of recording engineering jobs at Newjack
Sound Studios, Dimension Sound Duplicators and then full circle
landing a job at 54 East Sound Recorders). I was tired of being a
black man's nigger at the studio and decided to go with my gut to
contribute my significant talents to serve creative people. I began
to see how technology was enabling a fantastic new way of marketing
art, and so began V.A.R.I.O.U.S. in 1980 -- and the beginnings of my
new career producing interactive art events, public speaking and
nonprofit organization management through V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media Ink;
The Visionary Artists Showcase and Networking Events that were
marketed in this publication. I shot the cover photo during a party
in the communal home called "Ellis Island," near downtown Los Angeles.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Fwd: POPCORN BLIZZARD. The Story of Peter Rosen, Map City Records audio engineer.

Check out this flash from the past! Someone named Nils, just contacted me and has opened some major doors to my story! What a Valentines Day gift from the cyber universe!

The memories are flooding in! Not only do I remember the songs he sent, but I remember sitting at the console for some of them as I was the engineer! Check here for stories of the Popcorn Blizzard and links to their music (the music I recorded in 1969):

The tracks are from an album called POPCORN BLIZZARD. I recorded the album when I was 1 year into my recording engineer career in NYC at Map City Records (22 yrs old). A band member (Nils) just found me on the Internet (40 years later) and made contact. These are the only samples of my work from those days that I have. AS you might imagine they are precious to me. I can even remember sitting at the console for some of them!! Enjoy the songs.

Below is the "console" they were recorded with. zoom in and cross your eyes and maybe you will see the stereo effect (cross eye viewing technique:

Notice there are only 3 meters on the console. I brought the studio from 3 to 4 tracks just before this recording was made. The world's first 16 track recorder was getting its feet wet around the corner at Eventide Clockworks studio (famous in the recording business). When recording this album, I had also been working with people such as Jay and the American's and Bobby Bloom who's record (I had nothing to do with) Montego Bay went to #1. I was to meet and hang with Bobby in Jamaica BWI, my first of 3 trips there in 1970 -- just before he accidently shot and killed himself (age 24) while cleaning his gun in front of his wife and my boss, recording artist Peter Anders who later married Bobby's widow. Take My Love Forever was written by Anders. I had recorded him doing the demo just before the Blizzard covered it. I believe somewhere I have a cassette with that demo recording if the iron oxide is still magnetized. Until now, that was the only representation of my work from those days I have.

NOTE: Now that my curiosity was piqued, I've been poking around the Net and found this link that pre-dates my history with Anders and Poncia. In 1975 I left cab driving in NYC and moved to LA. I stayed in North Hollywood with Jimmy Calvert and Norman Marzano, whom I'd met in NY while engineering at Map City. We later moved to Norman's Laurel Canyon pad. It was a happy reunion.

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