Three Days

In three days the year will be over. Three days. This was both a good year and a not-so-good year: Good: I invested in my toolset, greatly extending my technological capabilities far beyond my creative capabilities Not so good: That was only possible because of a death in the family Good: I attended a music conference in Los Angeles (TAXI …

TAXI Road Rally 2010 Day 2: Imagine

One thing I need to keep in mind is that these people, some of whom have been extremely successful, started from nowhere. This was brought to mind by the first panel this morning, featuring nine TAXI members who’ve had business success. Each one was different, yet each one had a common thread: dedication, work, discipline, and patience. Those are key …

TAXI Road Rally 2010 Day 1: Panels & Brain Pickings

After yet another great breakfast, the Rally proper started with the presentation of the annual Lifetime Achievement Award to Michael Lloyd, a cat with six decades’ experience in the music industry. A fascinating cat who was terribly inspiring, really. This was followed by a moderated talk with Jay Frank, author of the book Futurehit.DNA, essentially a breakdown of the common …

TAXI Road Rally 2010 Day 0: Registration

After starting the morning with an excellent breakfast, I had some decisions to make. Load in wasn’t going to start until around 10:30, which I’d planned on lending a hand with, followed thereafter only by registration proper starting at 5:30. Anathem by Neal Stephenson had different ideas. It’s a brilliant book that I’ll probably finish before my flight home–maybe even …

TAXI Road Rally 2010 Day -1 part 2

Earlier today as I was helping stuff goodie bags I overheard one of the workers state there were 2,192 registered attendees this year. I knew that the Rally was big, I just didn’t realize _how_ big. 120 business cards may not be enough. 🙂 I was a bit surprised this afternoon when I ordered a chicken pot pie for dinner …

TAXI Road Rally 2010 Day -1

UPDATE: Took just 20 minutes to get through security, so now I’ve got an hour wait until boarding. Typing on an iPad is…interesting. I can almost touch-type, but things are just wrong enough to limit utility. But all in all, it works pretty well. I guess I just need more practice. Over the weekend I’ll be attending TAXI’s Road Rally …

One Take 09-16-2010

Maybe I should start making a series of these like I’ve done in the past… [audio:http://www.ostindrais.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/one_take_09-16-2010.mp3|titles=One Take 09-16-2010]

Tools are not the issue

One thing which is now quite evident is I no longer have any excuses. For a long time I’ve been of the mindset that the audio tools I had were “not good enough” to produce high-quality audio and/or music. Sounding near-real wasn’t good enough, I wanted it to be as good as I could get. Well, now I have those …

Prepping for audio post work

So over the next few months I’ll be doing audio post on two movies, in addition to writing music for Zetaman and getting ready for TAXI’s Road Rally in early November. I thought it would be instructive on my own part to go back to Spidertron, the first film I did post for, and see what I would change flow-wise …

One Take August 18, 2010

Hmm, maybe I’ll make this a weekly thing. This one is in C Major, the simplest (but not the saddest) key. [audio:http://www.ostindrais.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/OneTake08181020.mp3|titles=One Take – August 18, 2010]