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The more I practice, the more I realize I need to practice
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Learning Rock Star
46 years old
Bay Area, California
Born Dec-1-1968
I love performing live - I can't get enough of it!
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9 Dec 2014
What a great show.

In Flames was incredible. The light show was spectacular, and pretty much blinded me - couldn't take pictures because the lights kept blaring right into my face haha.

Opeth played all their greatest 80's 90's music. It was amazing fun. Windowpane, Leper affinity, Deliverance among some of the songs.

Oddly, between sets, when Opeth was setting up stage, one of the stage hands tripped over some stage snake wires and fell head first just to the right of me between the stage and the rails set up to keep the crowd back. Huge thud shook the floor - i thought the guy broke his neck - took 15 minutes before they could move him. They had to rack him and carry him out to an ambulance. As he was passing in front of me, he raised his hand and gave the crowd the horns to let us know he was gonna be o.k. I shook the guys hand as he passed by.

Here's a pic from my vantage point ~


Anyways - here are some photos from front row - I managed to get up front for both bands.
I got some video, but there were crowd surfers who continually got pushed to the front over my head so I had to cut out every now and again so I didn't get my head kicked in smile.gif

Michael Akerfelt - lost 30 lbs I'm guessing. The guy's a rail now

Fredrik Akesson

Uploading vids - will link later.

15 Nov 2014
commercial song writing - what labels / consumers are looking for - pretty interesting.

Faster to read these than watch the video
Part 1

Part 2

5 Nov 2014
I'm researching plugins to give me access to syphonic sounds (like those in movie soundtracks - James Horner, et. al) and I came to realize that in the same way tube-amplifier mfgs are likely sweating a little because of the rise in products like POD, Rack11, etc., they will soon be extinct (with a few hold-outs - there are always holdouts!). Symphony's seem to be selling themselves out of work I think, when they strike deals to record their instruments for these plugins like Action Strings from Native Instruments. Kind of an inevitable irony I think.

anyways, just chillin out.

4 Nov 2014

I'm currently working on a project that requires a piano. Since I' was in a hurry, I went ahead and purchased ToonTrack's EZ Grand Piano from their EZ Keys line. It was pretty expensive, but I went ahead because of my time constraints and it has a lot of great features that I think will help me for my particular project.

However, going forward, I will need to expand my collection of keys/strings.

I'm wondering if anyone knows of some free or cheap, but really good synth plugins similar to Native Instruments Orchestral and Cinematic line?

31 Oct 2014
I showed up for work this morning and everyone's in a costume except for me...
I feel kindof like I'm the only one who showed up for work with a costume on.
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Great thread with the Metal Modeling idea! I posted my .wav file just now. Let me know what you think.
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