Incubator Improvements

I’ve been a little lax in updates on the Incubator. A LOT has gone on since the last post I tossed up with a photo-diary of running Cat 5e cable out to the “Incubator”. The first of a couple of projects I’ve been working on was getting better lighting out there. The previous owner had used the structure as a woodshop and had four flourescent light fixtures plugged into recepticles mounted on the beams which in turn were wired to a switch on the wall. The light fixtures had to go. Period. I decided on getting a four halogen spots for ambient lighting and place those...

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Tethering the “Incubator”

Yeah, yeah… I haven’t been posting for the past little while. And I’ll skip the excuses, but please head on over to the IHR site to get a hint about what’s been taking so long… In Vancouver, the sun was out and Spring seems to have arrived. I took the break in weather as an opportunity to tackle one of the most important projects on my list to bring the Incubator into reality. For those who don’t know, the “Incubator” is what I’m calling the shed on our property – I blogged about it back in the fall with my plans to convert it into...

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Say “No” to Stock Responses

Over the past few days, I’ve been able to kind of sit on the proverbial “other side” of the boss’s desk. Instead of me pounding the pavement and knocking on doors offering my wares, I’ve been (the “boss”) entertaining requests from around the world to consider the merits of others’ creations. It’s been enlightening to see the variety of approaches folks take to “market” themselves. Some tactics seem to be in line with my own marketing techniques: there has been some research and familiarization done to try and focus the...

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Silence Can Be Creative

When mixing tracks, I don’t always take the view that I HAVE to use every track I’m given. A lot of times, the impact of the song is strengthened by making (sometimes liberal) use of the Mute button.

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2011 Discoveries

My second annual list of music discoveries. This list of albums were not necessarily released in 2011, but I did “discover” them over the course of the year and found myself listening to them repeatedly.

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Stop Hiding Under Covers!

Alright, what is going on? I’ve been noticing an annoying “trend” happening the past few months. Artists and labels are starting to re-hash old material and releasing albums of cover songs more and more frequently. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a great cover song at all. An artist who records a cover of a well known song has skipped over the majority of the work – they’ve got a tune that’s already proven to be popular. It’s probably one of the oldest ways an artist or band can get listened to. I don’t know whether it’s all...

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