Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Final Post (perhaps...or maybe not. Who knows, really?)


Today is March 21, 2015.  My last post was a podcast I recorded back in October 2014.  That’s almost half a year ago. 

This blog was primarily a place to post recordings from small-format (6-channel or less) guerrilla concert recordings I did in venues specifically picked for their sub-optimal recording conditions.  I did this for my own edification and in the hope that someone might stumble across these pages and pick up a tip or two from them and in turn improve their own recordings.  And if you discovered some new music you liked along the way, then bonus. 

And though it was enjoyable, I feel like I've learned what I wanted to learn from all this.  Therefore, I am no longer doing the recordings or podcast.  If you want to read about that, look to your right and read “About This Blog”. 

I had lots of fun doing these recordings and I learned many surprising things along the way.  It was fun for someone who spends the bulk of their life tucked in a comfy studio with controlled acoustical conditions and practically unlimited sonic capabilities to do a 180° and record an acoustical event that only happens once with 2-6 channels in chaotic and acoustically horrific conditions.  I truly enjoyed these experiences and have gained much respect for those that do audio work in the field.  It truly is it’s own art. 

Truth is, my own interest in this blog waned about 2 years ago.  And I believe it is important in life to edit out the things that do not bring you joy in order to make space for the things that do.  So now it’s time to pull the plug on this, if only in my own mind, to de-clutter and make room for the new. 

These days, I am back in my happy place (the studio) working on multiple projects, both musical and post-related.  And as always, I continue to try to push myself both technically and creatively.  Forever learning.  I might share some of the new things that are happening on the blog here.  But I may not.  There’s already so much noise on the internet.  I haven’t yet decided whether I want to keep adding to it.   

So with that, I bid you adieu.  For now.  As always, thanks for stopping by and have a great day wherever and whoever you are! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Podcast #5 - Miray Live at The Cavern

Post 2 of 2 to properly populate the 2 podcasts to iTunes.  Full shows available there.  Just search "Alex Mine Music and Sounds". 

Here's a clip from the show...

Each show is around 45 minutes and I recommend you listen to them both, as they're both quite enjoyable.  



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Podcast #4 - Lilly Mason Live at The Cavern

Hey all, this is a 6-channel recording I did with the portable at The Cavern Bar in Toronto on October 11, 2014.  
The evening’s acts were Miray and Lilly Mason, two fine performers with some really excellent and interesting bands.  It was a fun night to record. 

Here are some samples of the show:

The full shows are available on iTunes.  Just search for the “Alex Mine Music and Sounds” Podcast on iTunes.  The recordings are about 45 minutes each. 

Please note - I record shows for free when I can to foster and promote the amazing Funk/Nu-Funk/Jazz/Groove scene in Toronto.  If you play music that fits into this category and want me to record your show, contact me via my website and if the venue and the date work for me, I will come down and record your show gratis.    Basically if it’s funky or groovy, I’m interested. 

I also offer location/remote recording for very reasonable rates for any genre.  Also contact me via my website if interested.  

Enjoy the recordings and thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

One year later…

Life is a funny journey.  I started this blog and podcast back in January 2013.  It was a really interesting experience for the ensuing four months until a devastating personal tragedy derailed my intended publishing schedule.  At first, I thought I’d be back to it within a month or so.  A month turned into months, which now has officially turned into 1 year and 2 days. 

Of course, the funny thing about life is that even in the face of tragedy, time marches on.  Work needs to be done.  Bills need to be paid.  Housework needs doing.  Friends and family need you.  And pains that once seem to engulf your soul begin to dull and fade.  And once you pass the first anniversary of a tragedy, it starts to become a part of your history and you start putting one foot in front of the other and begin to remember who you were before the tragedy.  That’s where I am now.

To be honest, this is the first time I’ve felt like writing since I stopped a year ago.  And I’ve had a number of interesting recording and musical experiences in that time.  There's lots of interesting material just from that.  And there will also be future podcasts and posts to come. 

I’ve done some multitrack remotes.  I had a professional ruin an important 48 track MADI multitrack concert recording for one of my bands due to internal signal routing.  I managed to save the same recording through a combination of mixing the television broadcast feed and a Zoom H1 that I placed on stage with me in front of the drum set.  I’ve used that same H1 on other gigs and done some A/B tests with it and my AKG 451s and DR-680.  I’ll save you the details, but my opinion is that things sound like what they sound like.  And until someone re-invents the laws of physics, a Zoom will sound like a Zoom.  A DPA mic will sound like a DPA.  48 tracks (when they work) are better than 24 are better than 16, 8, 6, 4, and 2.  They’re all good in their own ways.  But ultimately, things sound like what they are, don’t they?

I will continue to talk tech when I feel like I can post something that someone may find useful in their own life.  Ultimately, my goal in that regard is to help people make better-sounding recordings.  And I will post other writings, too.  I’m going to go easy on myself for the time being and not commit to a schedule yet.  I doubt it will be weekly again for a while yet.  But hopefully, eventually I’ll get back up to speed with it.  One step at a time.  Putting one foot in front of the other…

Be well and thanks for reading along.