Ball State University presented me with this sweet plaque tonight for being part of the Historic Muncie crew. I have been in charge of audio production, scoring, and mixing all of the audio for the Historic Muncie documentaries that are being done. Pretty snazzy.
Here’s a short documentary that Lauren Reber and I created for Judi Lee who came into my recording studio, Reber Recording, to record a 5-song EP comprised of songs written by bands from Indiana’s past. This is my first attempt at documenting a recording session in this way. I work with audio so this video stuff is still pretty new to me. That being said, I look forward to making more of these. Feel free to like the studio FB page!
While most of you people were spending your Friday night out at the bars or sitting on the couch playing video games in your underwear, I was at home with a fever and what felt like the flu, recording the infamous Webcam Teenz. For those of you that are not in the know, the Webcam Teenz are a punk band in Muncie, Indiana. I’m sure that this information will immediately cause a discredit to those of you that are from either of the coasts. No one on the coasts seems to give two shits about music from Indiana. This is most unfortunate because there are a lot of awesome bands doing great things in this state.
The Webcam Teenz are a punky, surfy, and garagey band that pumps out a bunch of catchy tunes full of angst and humor. We recorded ten tracks in the midst of one of the craziest thunder storms in years. The lightning was so consistent it was like a strobe light. I’m fairly certain that none of the thunder made it to the final recordings but if it did it will just end up adding some extra character to the session. It’s a good thing that I am keen on saving throughout the sessions because there was one point where the storm knocked out the power. Just a minor setback to an otherwise flawless session. I can’t wait to get these songs mixed.
I’m going to get off here and get some sleep now. My day has been freakishly long being that I had a legal meeting at 9AM followed by teaching labs at Ball State from noon until 2 and, last but not least, I was recording from 3 until 11:30PM. I am thoroughly exhausted. Gnight.
Tonight I had the pleasure of recording Judi Lee at my studio, Reber Recording. We recorded five songs in 6 hours. That’s pretty impressive considering that she played bass, guitar, drums, and then went back and did vocals with additional harmonies.
This particular session was about recording songs by five different bands from Indiana’s past. These songs were selected by Judi as a sort of tribute to the bands that she saw growing up in the local music scene. In addition to recording the songs, I also filmed the entire process to make a short documentary about the project. It is going to take me a little while to edit but once it’s done I will be sure and post it for all of you to view.
Thanks again to Judi Lee for being so cooperative with the processes involved in filming a session. Not everyone likes having a camera shoved in their face while they are trying to record.
That’s enough for now. I need to get to sleep. These long Fridays have a way of testing my endurance. This is Frank, signing off.
Starting tomorrow I will begin teaching at Ball State University as a graduate teaching assistant. That’s a fancy way of saying that I will be working at BSU as a teacher in exchange for a tuition waiver towards getting my masters degree in Digital Storytelling. Now, if you’re like most people on the planet, you are scratching your head and wondering what the hell Digital Storytelling is. This is one of the most commonly asked questions I get when I talk about my major. In a nutshell, it deals with telling any sort of story by means of digital technology. Yep. Your mind is blown. I get it.
Seriously though… It’s more about utilizing and exploiting various types of new technologies to tell stories in new and inventive ways. We also look at the impact that these new technologies have on the stories that are being told.
Now I had never really intended to go to graduate school. To be honest, the thought hadn’t even crossed my mind until I had been contacted by one of my professors from my undergrad days stating that they were looking for people proficient in audio to help teach. Apparently they had an abundance of video instructors and not enough audio guys. I did a little bit of thinking and came to the conclusion that teaching could be a pretty sweet gig in terms of pay, benefits, and vacation time. Not to mention that it ties in directly with what I’ve already been doing for the better part of my existence on this planet.
The only downside is that I am going to have to cut back on my studio hours during the week and I’ll have to schedule the majority of my recording sessions on the weekends. Ah well, this is only temporary and the trade off is that I will be getting regular pay which is something that is not always customary with my line of studio work.
Quality Noise Indiana Episode #004: Air Date 06/18/2012
Special Guest: Brittany Chatwin (AKA Bruisey Ricardo)
In this episode I am joined by roller derby sensation, Bruisey Ricardo of the Cornfed Derby Dames from Muncie, Indiana. She shares a few albums that she has pulled from her collection. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the tunes and silly dialog. If you want to learn a little bit about sexy sandwich time, I suggest you give a listen!
Thunders – Sexual Evangelist
War Paint – Elephant
Phantogram – Let Me Go
Three Amigos Soundtrack – Blue Shadows on the Road