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[27 Feb 2007|09:08pm]
I may disable comments on this entry. I don't know....

1. On Thursday night, we lost Jillian. We believe she was egg-bound again. If I go into details, I'm going to start crying, and since I've been grieving either something or someome since my wedding anniversary, I'm just going to say that coming home to a completely lifeless house this evening felt awful. I've lost my little family, and it's killing me.

2. I marked the wrong day on my iCal for the SD6 show. I thought it was Saturday night, for some reason. When Nate called last night and said: "Hey! The SD6 show is tonight, dumbass! Let's go!" I was elated. It was wonderful seeing you all there, even though I'm sure that Nate and I have an odd way of showing it. We're quiet. We enjoy sitting back and watching a scene, not necessarily participating in it. We don't dress like the "actors" and we don't pretend to understand the art of "acting", but we support them when we can.

3. Hey SD6 gang, thanks for the Thanks in the CD jacket. Nate and I really appreciate it. And thanks for giving Nate the opportunity to play on the CD. Tom mixed him really well alongside that sizzle-ey pad.

4. I've got some music online, if you'd like to listen to it:

http://www.resonancedigital.com/jadegarden.mp3 - a piano and Reaktor improvisation on the black keys.
http://www.resonancedigital.com/silhouettes.mp3 - solo piano and improvised violas

I talked Carsten into letting me remix Motionless, so that's also on it's way. I've got a "finished" version online, but Nate wants me to make changes, so hopefully this week I'll have time to get it done.

5. FGAC is coming along nicely. We're still in the casting process, but have had a TON of applicants within the last couple of days. We think a bot got ahold of our craigslist posting. This is a good thing. If any of you would like to read the script, or know anyone that would be interested in spending a week in Astoria filming a scary short film, lemme know at casting@resonancedigital.com
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[02 Feb 2007|08:39pm]
Any of you listen to a mediocre piece of music or watch a boring movie and think: "I want to write the award-winning version of that." ?

I do it with the Silent Hill movie. After the "Hey, there's the music from the games!" and the "Hey, there's Pyramid Head!", the appeal faded. In the back of my head, and in my perfect little world, someone from Konami will see For God and Country and will want to let us adapt Silent Hill 2. It would win the Academy Award for Best Picture, I swear to God.
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[30 Jan 2007|12:38pm]
I've been having a seriously hard time with music lately. Nothing sounds right, I have a really hard time building B sections that complement A sections, and C sections are painful (har har). I had a panic attack when I opened my Tori Amos songbook. My fingers fumble over themselves. Things got so bad last week that I actually unplugged the ES, stood it up against my bookcase, and told Michelle that I was done with music.
Thankfully I've been reading a book called Piano Girl. It had been highly lauded by Keyboard Magazine, so I thought I'd check it out. It's basically the memoirs of a cocktail pianist, and is full of great stories. It really made me want to play. Maybe even learn something. It probably saved the ES from eBay.
Michelle got me a book of scales for Christmas that I've been going through daily. Both hands, up and down the keyboard. I was able to work through Sarah McLachlan's Possession last night without difficulty (well, at least the basic chord movements). I also got some piano/viola music done, which I am very proud of. It's online, but the violas need some massaging, so I'll flesh it out some more then post it. I've also got some new uptempo coldwave-y stuff in the ES. It's fun to rock out to.
Michelle has given me the go-ahead to acquire an 88-key workstation. It'll most likely be the new Kurzweil PC3. I really hate the action on the ES, and I think that it's a big part of the reason why I'm not maturing as a player as well as I'd like. The specs look great. And now I've gotta run downstairs. Crap.
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[19 Jan 2007|06:53pm]
1. Hello, everybody.

2. Last weekend I was a pallbearer. In Utah. Michelle's grandpa died, and we flew out to SLC to send him off. Got to meet a lot of Michelle's family. Her dad took me to Cabela's, where I started to develop an interest in rifles. I'm getting a .22 next month. It's going to be a range-only weapon. With any luck, I will be prepared for the zombie apocalypse.

3. Spent some time with a Korg Oasys 88 last night. It's a beautiful, amazing instrument. There's a rock organ in the Combination banks that is, for the lack of a better word, "correct" to my ears. The weighted action is bulky, yet unrestraining, allowing me to play heavy-handedly with an accuracy that is impossible to achieve on the ES6. For some reason I was unable to get it out of Combi mode, so I couldn't check out the VA or the Physical Modeling sections. That's probably a good thing. I've got to save for a new computer (the iMac really doesn't like more than 3 instances of Reaktor at a time).

4. Put the SD6 show into iCal just now. Feb 26 seems like a long ways off.
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[08 Jan 2007|06:33pm]
I thought of a New Year's Resolution that I won't want to break in a week.

I'm going to find something REAL in 2007. I don't care what it is. My day-to-day life is so vanilla. It's filled with soul-less cubicle farms, slow bus rides up and down Queen Anne hill, and the dull tan walls of my dull apartment. Step one is to go out and get onto Nate's scooter after dinner. I'm so scared that I'm going to have so much fun that I won't know what to do with myself.
Step two is to convince myself that I'm unemployed. My job is to make films. I'm not currently making a film. Therefore, I am unemployed.

2007 is about ACTION. And adventure. And NAMM. LOL
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[07 Jan 2007|07:23pm]
1. Hey hey, look at that. Nate and I have a reason to go to the Merc. The SD6 Release party looks like it's going to be tons of fun.

2. Picked up two CDs at Barnes and Noble today. Bjork's Homogenic and the double-CD release of Music For The Masses. It's got a DVD. :-)

3. I get to ride Nate's scooter to work next week. Oh boy oh boy.
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[17 Dec 2006|08:58pm]
Today, December 17th, is my first wedding anniversary.

Michelle and I just got back from the vet. We had to put Larry down.

Fuck you, Life. Fuck you.
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[05 Dec 2006|07:16pm]
1. Hello everyone. I haven't been around in forever. How's things? I hope everyone's holiday season is going wonderfully. I've been caught up in moviemaking for the last couple of months. Here's an update of sorts.

2. Nate and I are moving ahead with FGAC after all. Our Dad talked us into it over Thanksgiving weekend. I guess he really sees potential in the script. I think we're going to move the location to the fort near Astoria (whos name fails me at the moment) though. It's just easier to get to.

3. I've been scoring Reaktor. Plotting actual notes on a staff in Logic's Score Editor, then making those notes trigger complicated synthesizers. Then I load another instance of Reaktor and create a harmony track so I can work on my voice leading. It's the very definition of Anachronism, I tells ya. I'm having a total blast with it, but it absorbs quite a bit of my time in front of the computer. And wow, do I sound totally different when I work this way. Not entirely "good" at this stage, but pleasantly different.

4. Please excuse my online absence. Nate and I are trying really hard to move our careers forward, and just haven't had the time to socialize recently. I send my best to all of you.
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[19 Oct 2006|08:20pm]
So I got some damn music done. Here's Jason Bazinet featuring Reaktor chewing up samples from the Motif. Thought I'd give it a downtempo, high-tech vibe.

http://www.resonancedigital.com/Metropolis(districtfour).mp3
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Here's some crazy from Josh, too. [17 Oct 2006|06:48pm]
I imagine an America without partisanship
I imagine an America without fundamentalism
I imagine an America without racism
I imagine an America without chain stores and restaraunts
I imagine an America without speed limits
I imagine an America without electronics from Asia
I imagine an America without automobiles from Europe
I imagine an American identity that does not involve NASCAR
I imagine an American government that serves its constituents
I imagine a more isolationist America
I imagine freedom
I imagine
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[17 Oct 2006|05:36pm]
So I get home at 5:30, and my upstairs neighbor ALREADY has a loud party in full swing. Like out-on-the-balcony-yelling kind of loud.

Time for Angry German Death Glitch Retaliation (tm).
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[12 Oct 2006|06:28pm]
1. Reaktor is kicking my ass. God damn is it cool.

2. Nate and I are shelving FGAC. It's just too huge for a first-time project. There's a new script in the works, and it's going to be about a young family living in an Orwellian world. There's not going to be any action or effects, just good dialog. Nate's working on an outline as we speak.

3. I want to write and write and write about my disollusionment(sp?) with American culture. I'd take pages. Maybe I'll put my thoughts into a script. Maybe I'll actually write lyrics for my Wind-Up Militia. Maybe I'll keep saving for my Confederate Wraith.
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[02 Oct 2006|06:27pm]
Why oh why haven't I seen V for Vendetta until now? I'm glad I took Nate's advice and just bought it. Maybe I wasn't in the right headspace for such a politically charged film until now, but I'm 400 pages into my Third Riech book and just wanted to scream: "Duh!"

Oh, and I downloaded MSN Messenger. searainmkr@hotmail.com . Me love you long time.
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[28 Sep 2006|07:22pm]
1. Lovin' the high-speed internet. I actually get bored now. LOL

2. Sent the Nova to Minnesota today. Kinda sad about it.

3. REAKTORRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!

4. The mic test at the fort turned out well. There was no boominess, and the reverb trails were exquisite. I think I definitely want a dedicated recorder though.

5. I want a Harley-Davidson.
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Larry [21 Sep 2006|07:29pm]
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[21 Sep 2006|05:48pm]
1. High speed internet. Check! FTP client. Check! Now all I need is a scanner so I can put all my old, embarrassing photos on the internets. Time and money well spent, yessir.

2. Learned a valuable lesson from Warhol last night. He was quoted as saying "Who cares?"

3. Got a Wind-Up Militia song done. It's anthemic. I need to make some mix fixes, then I can put it online.

4. Taking Dad, Nate, the camera and the new mic to the fort on Sunday to do some audio tests. Maybe I can suck enough ranger cock to be granted permission to film there.
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If it were any more fun, they would have called it Sex. [20 Sep 2006|09:09pm]
The Nova and the MPC are for sale. I'm getting Reaktor.

$300 takes the Nova
$200 takes the MPC. It won't boot from the floppy drive, but WILL boot from SCSI. Nothing else is wrong with it.

The FW-1884 is also still for sale. $800.

I'll probably put these up at vintagesynth and gearslutz in the next couple of days, but wanted to give you folks first dibs. Please buy my shit. :-)
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[18 Sep 2006|05:32pm]
[ mood | OMG ]

OMG high speed internet at home. OMG.

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[29 Aug 2006|04:34pm]
Well fuck me stupid. I just thought of a really great band name.

THE WIND-UP MILITIA

It's damn inspiring, and much more "me" now than TRD was. I can almost hear what a band with this name would sound like. Maybe I can get some tracks done now that the FGAC script is done.

Speaking of which: staticengine, I made a huge revision of the end of the script, so as soon as Nate's done formatting it and taking out some of my "camera does this" notes, I'll send it off to you. And sd6, check your dang email.
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[24 Aug 2006|08:11pm]
Jeez. I dropped off the map for a couple of weeks and bands started falling apart. No more BATTL? Shame, although I think I enjoyed Fritter's work with SD6 a bit more, and am anxious to see if Robert and Darren's project will come to fruition. And no more Glis? I'm sure that Shaun made the right move. Maybe we'll be impressed by his next project.

Anyhow, on to my predictable numbered format...

1. I've been working a lot of overtime at work. So much, in fact, that this weekend I'm going to be able to order a nice mic setup for recording production dialog. You know the guys that are standing by the camera holding a boom pole with a fuzzy thing on the end? Yeah, I'm going to be that guy. I'm also going to have to be the sound effects creator, ADR recordist, and producer, but that's beside the point.

2. I have three new books. The Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound, The Mixing Engineer's Handbook (Second Edition), and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. One of these things is not like the other.

3. For God and Country is coming along nicely. I may revise the script a little, as when Nate read it, he wasn't immediately aware of what the main character's reality was like in the beginning. Otherwise, we're basically just waiting for the mic to get here so we can go do some tests at the fort.

3a. Here's a run-down of our casting requirements:

1. The main character, Jonathan Fahlstrom.
2. a General
3. Three soldiers
4. a Mother
5. three children
6. "several" ghosts

3b. We're going to be looking for a small crew, as well. We need someone to do Wardrobe/Makeup, someone to help Michelle with the catering, and probably someone to help run sound. If you are reading this, and would like to be involved in a film project, let me know. This will be a paid gig, because I am more than willing to compensate people that are willling to come onto this project and act/work like professionals.

3c. I just wrote all that stuff because I want YOU to be involved. Want to give the script a look? Email me. josh.resonance@gmail.com
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