You would think that finishing Uni and coming back home would mean more free time thus allowing me more time to update this blog with all things interesting but it hasn’t been the case. The old job has called me back in, which has resulted in pretty much full time hours, I really can’t complain as debts need payed of and well to be honest money is rather handy in this day and age!
So since being at home for a month and a half, what has actually been taking up the rest of my time asides from working in a supermarket, I hear you ask! Well firstly I came home to a brand new GoPro Hero 3, which is the absolute BOMB and that still doesn’t even do it justice. I will include a gallery of some snapshots of either sessions that I have been involved with or general pics of life as a free man from education. My brother and I have also made a couple of random videos using this beautiful piece of gear. The first one was imported and exported in the wrong settings (like a total novice) you really wouldn’t know I studied a Film & Audio course however it sorta fits the feel of the whole video. Excuses aside though, it was my bad. Being very impatient with my laptop. This video is below.
The other video may not work in certain countries due to copyright issues with the particular song I chose to use as the backing track however if it does work for anybody out there let me know and give me your opinion of my amateur video making/editing skills!! This video is in HD and can be watched below.
Ok so I wasn’t going to bring it up but because of the next topic I may as well. My other suitcase which had all my recording gear in it, had to be left in manchester airport over night then picked up by an old housemate. Was a massive bummer but eventually after two whole weeks of no actual recording the suitcase was couriered back by DHL who charged an incredible £25 instead of easyjet’s insanely selfish £240. However once the suitcase arrived it was safe to say that recording once again took up the majority of my free time. Between helping out my brothers band AudioCavalry with some demo tracks to most recently tracking each and every cymbal in my brothers collection for my own sample library. I also started tracking his snare drum collection as well as doing some more recording at a friends new studio space. He also has a drumkit with a very decent cymbal set in which we tracked to use as samples as well as doing comparisons with different microphones and techniques. All to help us both learn more about the microphones, the drums and our recording spaces atmospheres. Again there are pictures of some of these sessions included in the slideshow below.
When there is any extra time I have been either working (slowly) on my own musical ideas and also wasting my wages on DVDs. Oh and like any “normal” Irishman I have been drinking lots of whiskey and guinness when money allows me.
Before I came home I applied for a studio manager position in a studio which is around an hour and a half’s drive away from our home. Unfortunately I did not get the job however I have secured some sessions with the owner and a few friends bands. Any experience will be appreciated and enjoyed to the full in this particular studio. Recently I have found out that there is a big studio from manchester moving literally 15 minutes away from my house. They are in the middle of building the place and I have taken it upon myself to take tomorrow off and go up and introduce myself. Hopefully, fingers crossed, something will come of it!!
And finally before I go and waste an hour or two of my life on our new xbox playing guitar hero or batman arkham asylum, I put together a short visual using Adobe After Effects for a track I posted on here a while ago. This video, for anyone that may be interested in that sort of thing can be found HERE!!
So after this lengthy blog update I leave you a slideshow that just takes your eyes to enjoy it and not your brain, like the rest of this horribly written post. Hopefully some of you guys out there enjoy.