For our design-your-own shootout, I decided to look into something that’s always been a mystery to me--recording taiko drums. Even looking on the internet, there aren’t a lot of professional articles at all about how, or what microphones to use, in order to properly capture the sound on a taiko drum The sound itself consists of the sound of the bachi hitting the head, as well as the low boom creating from the large drum. This can be really hard to capture all the sounds at once, so I’m going to go through a lot of different microphones to see which ones are best, and what combination of microphones would create the full range of sounds produced by the drum.
This week we were tasked with finishing up our mixes after the critique we received during our weekly class. Even just listening to my mix in Studio E brought up a lot of things I myself wanted to fix, but the input from the class made me realize a lot of things were definitely needing to be changed. All the levels I felt were pretty good, but I touched up a few things, like the guitar solo as well as the vocals and how to make them sound thicker, but also limit my use on the second recording of the vocal.
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This week I was super excited to get our tracking session under way. It's always fun when a band comes in and you get to see all of their creative talents and be able to mix a song! For this project, I was able to reach out to a friend of mine, Will Ash, and see if he would like a recording for a band of his. He's also in the percussion studio and a super good drummer, so I knew any of his bands would be great. In the end, we were able to record with one he had recently been in, PLG (Peace Love & Ganja). The band consists of Will Ash on drums, Ryan O'Shaughnessy on guitar and vocals, and Rob Sorg on bass. They're style can be described as Reggae, Funk, or World music. The song they played for us on Friday night was entitled, "Ohio Roots," and emphasizes the love for Ohio as well as a form of peaceful protest for cannabis legalization after Ryan was told that was the best way to recover form his illness.
My last few days at work were busy as always, but very nice. Definitely sad to be done with my internship, as I really loved returning here to work. LA has been super awesome! The food and atmosphere here are just really relaxing and great. Great food and the beach is always a plus! And the weather. Can’t beat the weather.
This week has so far been a long one, and we’ll be working tomorrow on Sunday to boot. However, it isn’t so bad since I was able to get a little break and fresh air at the Palomar mountain this weekend! Got to visit everyone once again at the Palomar Film Music Workshop, present a bit about what I’m doing, and got to meet everyone that was there again! Really fun time, and so glad to get to see Lars there again, the person who helped me get this internship in the first place! And the mountain was amazingly gorgeous, too. The night sky was so dark and the air was really crisp. Living in the middle of the city really got me missing those few things.
Another week is here, and more movies roll in. Lots more live shows are needing scores, and I’ve now learned how to process them very well. I’ve also gotten really good at checking and finding mistakes in music. We always have to make sure that there are no mistakes at all in our scores and parts when they get sent to the recording session. Something like a missing page could be detrimental to any session, so I’ve been taught to check, double-check, triple-check, and keep checking as much as you have time for to make sure everything looks perfect! There are some really important things to make sure of, like the cue number and bar numbers. It gets tedious sometimes, but after catching a few things I know it’s a process that is really important to the process and to our whole office.
Lots more work this week! The Streisand show is taking up a lot of time, but it’s a lot of fun! There’s also a few movies that I’m currently working on as well as a few live events, like the US Gymnastics show! It’s really cool to be able to work on such a variety of shows and events, it really keeps me on my toes wondering what is coming in everyday and what I’ll get to do! Also, got to help out a bit scanning scores for Back to the Future Live. These live shows are really interesting to get to know behind the scenes, especially how the printed music has to show and relate to what is going on on screen. The conductor gets a lot of notes in his book and streamers to make sure the picture is lined up just right to the music! I haven’t gotten to see any shows so far, but I definitely need to go to the Hollywood Bowl soon, because it looks amazing and it’s even cooler that I get to work on some of the shows that play there!
And thus starts my third week at JoAnn Kane Music Service, and it still is going strong! Also, a resident bird has seemed to take up residence above the entrance to our office. And laid a nest. And is attacking anyone who comes in and out of the office. Definitely scary, but thankfully so far I haven’t gotten attacked yet! But, on the bright side, we have huge windows outside our office where we can watch people get surprised and attacked by the bird, so, it’s not so bad. We put up a sign outside to warn people of Horace, the scary bird. And I thought I only had to worry about the black widows.
After the relaxing, as well as exhausting, scanning project, there were a lot of new projects that came in this week, from movies, to live orchestras, to shows at the Hollywood Bowl. It was a long end of the week, but was exciting to work on some big projects nonetheless. And that means the weekend of volunteering, petting cats, and sleeping would feel even better. I wake up so much earlier than my roommates and definitely feel it (four cats are also a force that keeps you awake a lot as well...especially when they meow at your door). LA is quite the late starting city, but that means that we have to start even earlier to make sure everything is prepared for those late morning recording sessions!
Slowly but surely, I’m getting to work on more and more stuff. Er...I guess pretty quickly, but the work days are so long, that it feels slowly to me! I’ve also got a lot of stuff lined up I want to do while I’m in LA this time around, and thankfully the train keeps me moving! Even back to Santa Monica, where it recently opened. I’m now into my second week at my new internship and have pretty much remembered everything I had learned last year, and am now moving onto some bigger stuff.