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April 5,  2020

   Tomorrow is the last day of my school - I've been taking computer programming for a few months now and I am so worn out and stressed. Here comes the end - it had a high focus on web development but I plan on using this new ability to work on video games of my own design and hopefully make the transition into phone apps that are reference tools.

 

   I have also decided that it is time to retire my Digidesign 002r, despite it's good quality after the Black Lion audio mod. It's gonna be a Focusrite with 8 preamps I think, I just can't get enough of them :) I miss my ISA 828 every day. And it has been so long since I have had new gear I think it will be very inspiring. 

February 24,  2020

   Happy New Year! I've been doing all sorts of things, not many of them audio. Been working at the Port Theatre quite a bit, less at Chemainus, and playing a lot of guitar. Learning a lot of new music on different instruments (banjo, ukulele, mandolin, harmonica.) And I have been working on 2 video games and going to school, writing soundtracks, wanting to record some new originals but not having anyone around to operate the controls. Trying to manage the ever growing number of children (none of them mine) in my life. 

 

   I DO have a sweet project transferring some audio for a family, who has recently lost the person who is performing on the cassette. This cassette is vintage and flaking off so I am doing it in sections. The money is not great, but the project challenging. I love a good challenge. 

December 9,  2019

   I'm not in a Christmas mood. The season started before Hallowe'en for me, working at a Christmas Craft fair doing setup, sound, and being a consulting electrician. It was awful and I hope it gets shut down - they were not safe, they were very sexist towards me, and the pay was garbage. The crafts were excellent, but the admission price way too steep and the decorations wre second to walking down the aisle at Canadian Tire.

   I finally have my new tablet running a Pro Tools remote. It feels so fancy, and although I don't like using touch screens this opens up a lot of options for me to be elsewhere in the studio while recording myself.

   I've been working my "first case" (ooh, fancy) as a "Forensic Audiologist," cleaning up a dirty sounding recording of a nasty conversation that might land in court. It actually breaks my heart to hear it, but I have seen every single episode of Forensic Files and grew up watching Law & Order. This is more exciting, the threats are real, the consequences dangerous. Dun dun dunnnnnnnnnn

November 23,  2019

   My headaches are not getting any better and I worry that I may have to quit working in physical jobs. For the past few weeks I have been working a fairly difficult one, and I honestly feel like I'm falling apart. 3 more days of it remain, and I have lots of doctor stuff floating around that schedule. 

   I may have a new video game project coming up, writing music, recording voice-overs and foley. I also have been working my very first job in the capacity of Forensic Audiologist. More details as they arrive, and as I'm allowed to talk about them.

October 16, 2019

   What a drama-filled last few weeks. I have done everything I can for a woman I love, but she is going down and down into her own problem filled world and not letting anyone in.

   I have been writing and rewriting a lot of music. It's really going well despite my limitations, that I am still learning. I have a pretty serious elbow injury that may be a factor in my reduced abilities, but for the most part I think it is complications from the surgery. Working on a little rock bit for a commercial today; the lead line is definitely paired down from what I want to play but it's probably more in line with what people want to hear so I'm happy with it.

September 27, 2019

   Spent all day yesterday drinking water and cooling my face and the headaches seem to be under control. I've got some editing to do so I am "open." But if it gets to me too badly I am gonna call it a day. I'll be taking frequent breaks.

   I'm finding it harder to work from home now that I've moved - the air is fresher (windows open all the time) and the amount of sunlight coming in is amazing. My pets are so happy and always looking to play. Once I get back to a day job as well I'm sure things will start to feel more normal. I've been working on another website for someone else, trying to get their business doing more. I'm no web-wizard but I do know what's important to me in a website and I think it's translating well into a functional site. Will post a link when/if it goes live.

September 23, 2019

   Getting ill again. I'm all moved in and it's fantastic! But my big arcade machine is dead, and even though everything was treated very well it seems that some of my stuff decided to kick the bucket.Luckily my computer is behaving and my laptop is also alive and well, as is my recording and editing equipment. 

   These headaches are becoming a huge issue in my life and I'm seeing a doctor today, hopefully a specialist very soon. I'm closing this week, at least until Thursday, because looking at the screen is excruciating.

August 28, 2019

   Gave the website a big overhaul this morning, it now runs much nicer on cell phones/tablets/smaller screens. Been thinking about some stuff - mostly my self-worth - and realized that I am worth being treated better than I am. 

August 27, 2019

   I'm actually kind of glad that the place I was looking at fell through. It was nice, but I've just this very second (8:57am) wrapped up a real estate deal. Moving in September 5. It's not the dream home with huge sound studio, but recording has taken a backseat to my wizardly editing skills these past few years.

   I hope to stay there for the first mortgage term (5 years) and then step up, using this property as either collateral on the next mortgage while keeping it as a rental or sell it off and use it as a down payment for something with more room. 

 

  Does this fix my life? Nope. Will it make me happier? Stuff doesn't make me happy, but I need this bad, so having my own space will do a world of good and hopefully bring me back up to normal people levels of happiness. It's 2 blocks from many things: best liquor store in town, a lake with a beach where I enjoy kayaking, a grocery store... there's more potential perks but some aspects of my life are in the air. I hope to catch them before they drop.

I love you Jennifer.

July 19, 2019

   Nope! But things are actually changing and improving. My living situation will most likely (90% for reals this time) change starting August 8. I will know further details on the 26th! I hope to unveil PR Studio B very soon!

July 1, 2019

   Bad luck might be seeing the end? I've got a great opportunity happening to get me out of where I live and into a new place that will have the space needed for a proper music area. My life dreams aren't dead yet! So far this summer I've been editing audio, doing a few recordings, and mixing musical theatre full time. It's been really busy, and I've had a lot of personal stuff going on as well. Bad stuff. But every day things are looking up!

April 24, 2019

   Been wrapping up some old projects lately, nothing thrilling happening but I feel good about tying up the loose ends. Things are slowing down a bit as one of my regulars is in the hospital. I've rebuilt "the rack" and put a kitty bed on it. Ready to rock.

January 19, 2019

   Some new contracts have been included into my life recently. Looks like I'll be headed back to Chemainus Theatre for 7 months this year, providing my health stays good. My health actually has been very well behaved for the last few months, thanks for asking! My only immediate concern is my left eye blindness; working in Chemainus, driving home for 40 minutes alone late at night is going to be a challenge 4 nights a week, maybe 5 until winter is over. I am also editing audio on a constant basis for a local Registered Hypnotherapist team, making their soon to be unveiled self-help relaxation downloads. Stay tuned for more exciting news!

November 21, 2018

   Same old stuff! Working a few concerts, using my arms for the heavy lifting, and a few good audio editing gigs. I have been working on some old projects that fell to the side when I went ill and the thought of completing them is really exciting. Also, incomplete projects weigh heavily on my mind. Luckily the holiday season comes earlier every year and I am already enjoying the rum and eggnog.

October 16, 2018

   I've been working pretty steadily over the past month, unfortunately only a few tiny editing jobs for audio, but have mixed sound a few times, orchestrated audio and lighting for a wedding that turned out flawlessly, and lots of physical labour. I'm currently trying to make my editing space extra comfortable since it's gonna be a long winter and I want to spend it in front of the computer editing and restoring audio. 

September 7, 2018

   Life takes strange turns, and here I am. Here's a quick rundown of what's happened to me in the past 2 years:

  • Divorce that left me without the physical studio space
  • Brain tumour that left me crippled up one side of my body
  • Lost 65 pounds of weight
  • Was robbed of some studio equipment as I recovered from brain surgery

   Hurts Donut.

   I'm not giving up. I currently don't have a space, but my computer is set up and my Pro Tools is rock solid, so I can still do the things. Just less on the recording side and more on the restoration and editing side. Have high hopes for a place in the new year.