MASC Gig in November

Back into booking gigs. Yuss!

This year has been my year of stepping back from booking the MASC gigs. But, I’m now booking the November and December gigs. These are the last MASC gigs of the year. And, as I’m moving overseas next year (tickets bought, British passport received), the last ones I’ll be involved with. Yikes!

So, back into booking gigs. Yay! I’ve contacted some acts. The November gig is looking good so far, with Saran Goldie, Eb & Sparrow, and Robbie Ellis booked so far. Hope you can make it. Wednesday 02 November at Happy from 9pm. $5 entry.  The gig invite on Facebook can be found here.

MadBadBobby: Or How I Learned To Stop Trolling And Love Jesus

My 6th year of the V 48 hour Film Competition.

The V 48 hour Film Competition is over for another year. I was in The Jump Cuts, a team who have been running for a few years now. I’d worked with a few of the team on other projects, but none of them for the 48.  

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Film, study, and assorted things

Lots on at the moment. A breakdown (of what’s on. Not in me. Not just yet. I don’t have time to breakdown).

There aren’t enough hours in the day. I suppose to make my blog more interesting, I should have done more regular posts on each of the things below. I simply don’t have time. So this is what I’m working on now…

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Victoria Kelly

My research has led me to a female composer whom I may have to research further.

Cover of "Under the Mountain"
Cover of Under the Mountain

Recently I watched Under The Mountain (dir. Jonathan King). Whilst watching it, I was thinking about my research topic, which has to do with orchestral music by NZ composers in NZ film.

As such, I’ve come across the work of Victoria Kelly, and have decided that it warrants further research. I’m currently listening to the Under The Mountain soundtrack, have discovered Victoria’s website, and her WordPress blog. I’m stoked to see that she composed for The Locals, Fracture, and my all time favourite (NZ) film, Out Of The Blue.

If you do listen to the soundtrack to Under The Mountain, there’s a piece called ‘Now You Run‘, which must have been very heavily influenced by the Jaws theme. Just saying.

Research Project confirmed

My research topic has been confirmed.

Dear Patricia,
I’m happy to inform you that we have accepted your “Sound on Film” proposal for your FILM 489 Research Project.
All best for your Honours studies.
Russell
I have my superviser confirmed. Now to begin my research into the use of orchestral music by New Zealand Composers in New Zealand Cinema, as representative of a national identity (…or something like that).

The Beops – The Gravy documentary

The Beops – a band from the future. A fantastic marketing idea.

Speaking of John Psathas, the bf shared this on FB and I thought I’d share it with you.

It’s a documentary on a concept band called The Beops. A wonderful way to sell a band. Link to the clip on Vimeo here.

John Psathas documentary tonight

John Psathas doco on tonight. TV1, 10.15pm

Hi all,

Tonight (Sunday 23 January), at 10.15pm, TV One is screening a documentary called Sound and Fury, taking the viewer on a journey into the life and music of contemporary New Zealand composer John Psathas and his work in 2010.

John Psathas

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‘The Tide’ by The Wistful Snail

My friend Dan has made a short film to a song he has written.

My friend, Dan who lives in Melbourne, has been experimenting with making short films to his songs. He’s a very talented musician, and it’s great to hear what he’s doing. Below is his latest on Vimeo. I’ve given him some feedback, and asked if I could put his piece here so others can too.

So, please to enjoy. I think you’d like the music if you like Sigur Ros and Arcade Fire.

Feedback can be given direct to Dan on his Vimeo account, or here.

“The Tide” by The Wistful Snail from Daniel Goh on Vimeo.

With this project I wanted to experiment more with both film and music. Essentially, I wanted to capture beauty in its simplest form, which is also why I opted to work with black and white visuals.

As well as that, I wanted to work with my friend, Lou, on a track so I asked him to come up with a bunch of guitar lines to use. On top of these ideas, I layered instruments and ambience as well as some interesting edits to create this finished project. Hope you like what I did Lou!!

The PC is dead. Long Live the PC?

My PC has died. Do I get rid of it and cut my losses? Or do I get it fixed? Poll included. Comments welcome.

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Yes, I am a dual computer owner. My PC was built for me in 2002. We’ve been together through thick and thin. Through 4 years of University study and a few years of work. However, it wasn’t working in the way I wanted for film editing (it definitely didn’t have enough space, even though it was built with masses of space/ram/memory at the time).  It did, however, work with ProTools when my MBox was working. And it has Sibelius.

It’s been living in my downstairs studio since I moved back into the house in 2006. I became a dual computer owner when I invested in this Mac for film editing in … when was it? 2008? 2007?

So I had one computer for sound editing and one computer for film editing. Both were downstairs. Then I worked out I wasn’t heading down to my cold dark studio to do work. So I moved the Mac upstairs, and left the PC downstairs. In a cold dark damp room.

Then we had a flood situation in the studio. A broken pipe. Destroyed carpet. In emptying out the room, the PC was one of the first things to move. That was in about … May? (My sense of time can get a bit warped.) The computer hasn’t been plugged in since then. Before that, it hadn’t been turned on in months.

So, finally, finding some time, I decided to plug in my PC and get it working. Plus I need to use ProTools. (As an aside, did you know that MBoxes don’t work with Macs with Intel Processors? Yep. VERY annoying. Otherwise I would have had this debate when I got the Mac).

I cleaned the desk, found all the cables, plugged it in, and turned it on.

ERROR.

Loud squeal noise.

ERROR PAGE.

This brings me to my dilemma.

I don’t use the PC anymore, but I need it for ProTools. Do I pay someone to get it fixed, or do I cut my losses, say it’s obsolete, and invest in a different Digidesign system that works with Intel Processor Macs?

Should Patricia get rid of her PC?
(polls)

 

Oh crap, and now I don’t have Sibelius. Crap.