Client: We won’t be paying. We didn’t use your material.
Me: You didn’t? I saw the brochure today, it is exactly what I designed for you.
Client: No, it isn’t. You sent us a PDF of the document. We did not print the PDF, we took a screen capture of it and pasted it into Word. That’s what we…
Yesterday, my cinema hero and mentor, Hillman Curtis, died after a long battle with colon cancer.
Back in the summer of 2008, my friend Matt showed me Hillman’s short film Roof while we were working at the NYU Production Center. It’s a beautiful and chilling film and it instantly had me hooked….
On Steve Jobs Passing “The light that burns twice as bright burns for half as long”
I woke up early this morning as I went to sleep last night, with a deep sense of loss for a stranger.The world is truly diminished and will never be the same.He died too soon and we have lost a true genius and original.
I’ve been an Apple enthusiast,fan,power user and proselytizer for the past 20 years.I bought my first apple product in 1993 after being “laid off” from a job at a video post house as a Quantel paintbox operator.Having used macs (I subscribed to macworld magazine for two years before even touching one) for the previous 2 years,I was fully aware of the possibilities and potential.I took my life savings and invested in an Apple Quadra 800 ( a 40 mghz mac) and have never looked back. I knew that this machine paired with some software called adobe photoshop and Cosa After Effects would allow me to do what i did on expensive multimillion dollar turnkey graphics systems.I have built three studios on the back of Apples magical products.They revolutionized and disrupted creative industries such as design,motion graphics,music,and video production.
To say that Apple products are an integral part of my life and daily routine is an understatement, it has become engrained in my dna. This morning I wake at 5 am and roll over,open my iPad and listen to the news on my TWC cable app. When I finally get up I use the light from the iPad to guide my way down the still darkened hallway,stopping by my home office/music studio to power up. This morning the startup sound on my power mac is especially meaningful, sad at the same time it’s comforting and reassuring in it’s familiarity. I head into my living room and turn on the tv to continue watching the news and listen to the talking heads eulogize Steve jobs.The coffee making ritual complete i sit on the couch,coffee in one hand,iPad in the other. As the news and eulogies continue I go through my twitter feeds.More Jobs eulogies. As is my daily routine I scan for things of interest to read in Flipboard and send to readitlater for my commute.I continue this process until my coffee is finished and I’ve gone through my feeds.I start to gather my thoughts for this blog on my ipad in Evernote, quickly jotting down ideas as they occur and synching them to my desktop where i can continue with a keyboard. I move into my studio,plug the iPad into my computer to top off the charge and turn the cable app back on to continue watching the news. I read my email and continue my morning until its time for my hour long subway commute to my design studio. My ipad comes out again in the subway and i read the content that i gathered. My ipad has now transformed into my morning paper and magazine curated by the power of me and Steve Jobs. When i arrive at the studio i power up my Imac.Both my partner and i sit at our computers during the day,alternating between our desktop systems and ipads.
INTERspectacular is currently 10 macs strong and they are ALL machines that i am very intimate with. I researched and ordered them all.I rebuilt them to my specs by adding faster drives, more memory and software. I couldn’t do what i do as a creative,as a director,as a musician without the power and simplicity that apples devices afford me.This is the influence that Steve Jobs has had on my life.I know i’m not alone.
New track! Broken Babylon. An experiment in Dub
Here’s an experiment in Dub i’ve been playing around with.Inspired by several presentations from Mad Professor and Adrian Sherwood during Dubspot’s (http://www.dubspot.com/) Dub Invasion Festival i decided to play around with the genre.I had experimented with Dub a few years back and created some set ups in abelton Live,so i tracked them down and rebuilt them with some new plugins and audio sources.I had also watched some other interesting tutorials (some by http://afrodjmac.com/) which inspired me to create several new drum kits from some glitch material i had recorded.This was a fairly long and tedious process which i’m looking to refine.I used Abeltons built in slice to midi on some material i created and then imported the hits into Maschine to create a drumkit.
Creating this track helps to force me to create a track using Abelton differently then i normally do.I’ve been inspired by many tutorials i’ve been watching by musicians that use the program in ways i’ve never even thought to use it.Some of these musicians are into creating amazing processing racks…others have some great production tips and tricks. Now when i make new tracks i try to implement some of the new things that i’ve learned.The other thing that i’ve been experimenting with is workflow and integration of some new tools like the ipad and Maschine into my process.
New Umanoid Track.A Distant Road.check it out.
Here’s one of my latest tracks.It’s still in progress and this is my first rough mix.I’ve started to incorporate some of my new ipad tools like chordbot and touchable along with my new NI Maschine into the workflow.
Brand new Track! Mastermix of A-chording to whom.
A new track for memorial day weekend.My latest track in progress.check it out and pass it on!
so many sites so little time.