Today it would be his 78th birthday.
His legendary synthesizers are still in my ears. A few years ago I heard it on stage played by Jordan Rudess @ a Dream Theater Gig in Hamburg. That really made me remember the great times with Yes (Rick Wakeman) and ELP (Keith Emerson) in the early and mid-seventies….
Not to forget the Fender Rhodes or Wurlitzer Pianos and the Hammond B3…
All analogue instruments – like the music itself
Yesterday I was @ a gig of “Ohrenfeindt” from Hamburg. I relished true rock ‘n roll the whole night. Here you see three of 300 shots that I made there.
Well Death Reminds is one of the 4 juvenile bands who traveled around Scandinavia with the Tour-Project I was with as the musical leader of that project. Here they performed at a rock festival that ran one day before the election in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern . The good news is that the Nazis lost loyalists but they are still in the parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (and that’s the bad news)……
Seems that I found a way to share some of my homemade music with you 😉
Have fun and a great start into the new week!
… One of the young talented bands I’m mentoring
Today we – that means the “Tour Project 2011” (a.k.a. “The Formerly Unknowns”) – presented one band at a public rehearsal at the “House Of Music”, an event what is taking place in my hometown every year in the early spring. Several music schools, particularly their teachers are making presentations about their work. Youn musicians contact each other to jam, have fun and find themselves to musical projects or bands and so on . OK back to the band. They showed what’s up when a band is making a sound check and then making their show on stage what means the co-operation between the musicians and the light and sound technician. The musicians made a great job but – and that was sad – the sound technician who is in the project had no time to be there. So we had some support ba another technician who told them what they have to do so that he can produce a good FOH-mix (for the audience). I for one came when the sound check has been done – and could “relish” a very bad sound. I was really positively surprised that the band made a very good job. After the presentation they told me they couldn’t hear each other. The result was that I felt they made their job without hearing the guitars and the bass. The only thing they heard on stage was the vocals and the drums. Remember they had to screw down their amplifiers (both guitars and the bass). The FOH sound was the same: the audience couldn’t hear any guitars and only some little booms of the bass. The drum kit was too loud and the singers could be heard a little bit. After I made some shots I grabbed a pen and some paper to make some notes so that no one of our band will have the same experience again.
I think I have to make a lot of preparations for the next stage rehearsal that will start in 3 weeks: tell the bands what they hve to do growing in their confidence so that they tell the technicians that is is their job that they (the bands) feel good on stage to make a good show. If the sound on stage isn’t ok the music will suffer… Some e-mails will go around now and next week there’s some other work in the rehearsal rooms – without instruments…
I forgot this image yesterday. I made it a few hours before….The time between I was at a band rehearsal.
I cropped it 1920 x 1080 px. for 16:9 monitors ’cause I love to change wallpapers on my desktop. That’s why I wanna share it with you. If you like it don’t be shy and grab it for yours 😉 As you might have noticed there’s some subtile green to be seen on the field. BTW the first snowdrops find their way to the surface. Check out Fotograf-Zahls blog.
What I have to tell is some things about the juvenile project I’m working in: To tell it in a few words – 30 kids (musicians and staff), boys and girls, between 12 and 17 years old, 5 (may be 6) group leaders (adults), four 9-seaters, two trucks, a mobile stage of 50 m², a PA will be on tour at the summer holidays. The idea is that 4 bands and some solo musicians shall perform at several places in Germany Denmark, Sweden and Norway on camps, festivals and village fairs. One group is for catering, one for rigging the stage and is responsible for light and sound too, one for the camp, one for the public relation (internet and newspapers). Every group has a responsible leader to coach his group for its tasks. I’m one of these guys and my job is to coach the bands in performing their music on stage – particularly that they sound good and make some wonderful performances. After a lot of auditions we made a selection of the bands. To find the staff was very easy (we didn’t think that it was that easy). I for one was very surprised about the motivation of all these young guys to support this project! And last not least a lot of sponsors are with us. F. eks. a mobile studio that makes a 500 km-trip for 3 days with the whole recording equipment on a big truck to make a live-recording of the performances of every band in North Denmark in front of several thousands audition on a soccer cup where 15.000 guys participate – for a CD. – – – and they’ll make it for free!!!!
The last two days were very interesting. On monday I visited the rehearsal of a juvenile band whose 3 singers always do their choruses monophonic (up till now 😉 ). So I asked them two weeks ago to try some choruses for several voices. I posted them some notes and they tried it – and made it very good for the first time, but didn’t forget to tell me that it was some hard work to find the right intonation. By discussing to find a solution for that problem I realized that the vocal coach of the lead singer is a very good friend of mine (we had a lot of wonderful performances together). So it’s not that difficult for me to rope him in for this project – particularly show his student how to coach his co-singers. I’m sure we are on the right way – and the band loves that stuff…
The project leader had a very nice idea how to make the whole show more colorful. (BTW we have some great support by a mentalist/magician. He’s well-known here in Germany). He asked another band to integrate a fanfare into one of their songs. A funny idea to play a fanfare (usually used for marches) to some emo-heavy metal music. And because of the tuning of the fanfare there was no way to play this instrument to one of the twelve songs they can play. But I was very surprised of the creativity these young musicians showed to find a solution!!! At last they/we found a way to bring the whole thing into harmony by creating a blending of cascades and chromatic scales to integrate the well-known “wake up fanfare” into a song – as a little solo – attended by a HM-chorus. Believe me we had a lot of fun and I was very proud of the two young guitarists (15 and 16) who had these great ideas. They needed only a little bit of support by me… No need to talk about the other thing we realized. A girl whose job it is to moderate the show and to introduce the bands – a nice singer btw – wanted to be added as a female voice. The result is that it’s thrilling how it sounds if a clean female soprano is added to male grunting (a typical kind of singing on HM-Stuff).
One of the attenders’ tasks is to make some video documentation of the project. He has to follow the rehearsals of all the groups who are involved into this projects. He has been with me yesterday to make some rehearsal room recordings when some new material has to be acquired. The following day I’ll be not alone on my tours… He needs a driver 😉
Here a photo of one of the bands. They are called “ServoRock”, a bunch of great talents!!!
the so called – (by me)
“Bad Light Photography”
Always again a new challenge and a great pleasure to make some acceptable shots 😉
… my computer is back home again. Seems that there was a defect on my hard disk. I have a new one now – and all files are ok *yay*!!!! After I tested all programs I can say everything is ok now – nothing to re-install – and I can go on working in a normally way.
As I promised in my last post here some other information:
I’m now working in a project with young musicians. The project is to educate young bands in playing arranging composing and how to spread their music, find places to perform, create a nice profile (where and how) etc. After the project leaders heard a lot of music (mp3’s) and I visited a lot of young musicians we found 17 young guys playing in four band who shall be with in summer when we are touring in Northern Germany, Denmark, South Sweden and some days in Norway. They shall play 10 gigs at different venues – among others some open airs in Sweden and Denmark. My job is to coach the groups and when we are on tour to give them feedbacks and to check out how the audience likes their music – just to support them.
We will produce a CD what means that I need a close contact to the recording engineer who will produce the CD. A guy I became a friend with a lot of years ago 😉 another group in the project will make the PR so that everyone at home will be up to date about what’s happening up there on different newspapers who will sometimes bring articles on newspapers but a daily report shall be online in every case.
The following four weekends I’ll be on an education for a youth leader certificate because I need an accreditation to educate and support teenagers on the tour because no one is older that 17 years – 3 weekend for this and on the other side a first aid course too what means a fourth weekend.
BTW I’ll play some gigs with my band “Blackout” and found some other bands who need a booker. That’s a new job for me.
Lots of thing to do now….
Here a shot of one of the new talents I made when I was at “Made in Buxtehude” what is a rock festival particularly for young groups.
I hope I’ll post and comment more often in the future. Even if it does not seem like that but
I love flying with WordPress
… my computer has been to the “doctor” again and I had little chances to make my work. It took a long time for my admin to solve the problems I have with my computer. Meanwhile lots of photos are waiting to be edited. I had no chance to work on my orders ’cause our laptop does not have the performance for CS 4 (and the screen isn’t good enough). OK I thought, I’ll make a short trip to my friend in Stade to edit my images on his work station – no chance… OK next question: “What about the money I get from you?” – neither a concrete answer nor any money transfer (and I’m still waiting for my payment more than one month!)… That’s what I call collaboration *lol*… Here some photos I made on a live performance of a band called “Heartrock” (a “Heart” tribute band) for their homepage. They purchased only 104 shots…
At the same time I revivified some old contacts to friends I lost at the time I was married – they are professional musicians. I was lucky ’cause there are some groups and one musical project they need a bass player for. The project is something between songwriting and jazz-swinging stuff, one group plays some blues/r&b and one other is band that plays 70’s rock and is performing mostly on bikers events and sth. like that. Lots of notes and some cd’s arrived my home and I have to practise a lot.
The next thing is that one of these friends has too much work and he has no time to do all that. As he told me his better half sometimes asks him “pleased to meet you sir but who are you? ;-)? Could be dangerous, right? That’s why he asked me to make some booking for the groups me made that job for. I talked to my love about that because there are a lot of tasks coming up to me and if our private life will make some changes because I’m more on tour now I think it’s better to discuss this before I make my own decision… Last not least we are two. OK this was solved last weekend. The computer is repaired and I’m back again *yay*….
More about my experiences the following days….
BTW the blog title applies only to the weather. It’s rainy, dark and the snow melt away. There has been only one sunny day up til now this year what is 23 days old in the meantime. So we were out that sunday to relish this day in the nature. Here some shot made in the shade…
Now I have to go back to my work. Lots of e-mails have to be answered and the telephone is my best friend at the moment. I wish to stay more often here with you all but temporarily time is not by my side. I’ll do my very best to change it.
Seems that I forgot that I wanted to feed not only your eyes but also your ears with some stuff. I once posted some videos and photo-streams of my songs on Vox.com. When I realized that these files have been gone to kingdom come when I transferred my files to WordPress I said to myself: “why not rebuild them?” … Then I thought to myself: “Why should you take the same stuff while we are working on a remix of one song and add it with some new material to create a new video?” We are still on the way to remix “Valle Gran Rey” and make a new video of it. The next one should be “Cacatua Bar”. For my song “Your Crossroads” I’m in need of some (a lot of!) new video material to create a video at all. But there was one little piece of music that never has been enriched with some video material. So I found me some of the photos I posted here since I started to blog here, created a little photo-stream and activated a new YouTube account to post it to you
… et voila, here it is …
For the Ex-Voxers – most of you know this video 😉
For those who don’t know it some facts:
We call the project “Go For 2” The name of the song is “Valle Gran Rey”.
My friend plays the lead electric guitar (a Gibson “Les Paul”) for the melody and made some improvisations over the groove. Additionally he played some acoustic guitars and arranged the funky part of the song.
I play the second electric guitar ( a “Strat”) – the second voice on the melody track, the keyboards, synthesizers, drums and percussion (most of that stuff on a step arranger), not to forget some acoustic guitars and the vocals.
The backline arrangements and my vocals I recorded at my home. The additional lead instruments and the other acoustic and electric guitars were recorded at my friend’s studio where we also produced it and made the final mix.
And here it is!
Thank you for your tutorial freedomsmith, but I have only a link on my post – no image…
What was the mistake I made?
My first impressions when I checked the file (particularly interesting for Ex-Voxers):
1. the quality of the video is much better!
2. I never heard such a authentic sound – so near to the master file we produced as a wav.file
3. It may take some time to upload the stream – particularly the best (720 pixels) version – so what!?
… last saturday we had an event at the “Neue Musikschule” (new music school) in my hometown, where the audience lived to see various kind of styles how you can express in music. It was a teachers’ concert where some of the music teachers present their favorite music. By the way a cello teacher told me that we opened his ears for Rock ‘n Roll ;-). Feels like a “knightly accolade” for me. By the way he will arrange an appointment in Hamburg for us. We are still looking for new venues to play…. Back to the event. Full house and a great mood in the audience although it was hard for some friends of classical music to listen to heavy metal stuff as well as the ancient stuff presented on flute or cello for the Rock ‘n Rollers. But whhat this evening made unique was the diversity and the way the musicians presented their stuff. And at last it was the passion that communicated the great world of black and white music….
What I missed as a photographer (I made some portrait shots of the musicians for their private albums – sorry, no postings permitted – I promised that) was some more light from the front… Here one shot a friend of mine made of me and two no-portrait-shots where I tried to play with the rest of light that was available 😉