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this is a great cover done by springsten….

Posted in audio, family, fun, hughes, Hughes Sullivan, music, odd, personal, political, something to smile about, sullivan, The Hughes Sullivan Show, things that piss me off with tags , , on October 20, 2008 by fresnel

its only art the first time you play it…..

Posted in audio, career, fun, laugh, music, personal, something to smile about, studio on September 3, 2008 by fresnel

the title above is an old phrase i used to say all the time, and it has been creeping back into my vocabulary again as of late. I truly believe it. when it comes to music, after that first time you play it, it becomes nothing but auditory masturbation. this is why i try to make sure I am always recording when I compose. the best stuff i have ever done has been done on the fly. and when I am recording a band, I highly encourage the same sort of behavior from the musicians present. give me something new. . . play it like you never have before… with feeling… the first time i roll tape. I HATE overdubs…they always seem contrived.

I have been ACHING to lay down some new musical ideas lately….and because of that, I have been listening to some old tracks and studying what we did in studio. I came accross one of the best examples of what I stated above. this track was done I believe in the spring of 2001 or was it 2002(deacon help me out on this)… during which a bottle of sake was consumed.

deacon came over to the house with the bottle of sake, so we were in the right mood for sweet sweet musical love. we went down to basement where my studio was… set up his laptop, my latoptop, studio computer, and i believe a keyboard(I think he brought along his microkorg for the first time… again, could be wrog on that). deacon had the thought of aping an underworld track… while i was in one of my 808 state forever moods( it ended up sounding like something Dr. Patterson would do with the ORB).

we ended up making 3 or 4 passes at the track… never overdubbed a single instrument… just added as we went along. a short bit of tightening on the production, and this was the result.

I STILL love this track… and miss those recording sessions….

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Posted in audio, fun, music, personal, studio, video on August 8, 2008 by fresnel

in celibration of 80808, what could be better than some 808 state?

timebomb-track is just a JAM… deacon should recognize the baseline that I have ripped off time and time again….

OLYMPIC-since the olympics open today… this one seems fitting…love the hair too… and check out the atari providing sync

pacific-is there a more beautiful start to a techno track? this track pretty much launched the entire genre of “trans”…. everyone wanted to emulate those string lines.

IN YOUR FACE- this goes out to .. well, if you have been reading comments… you know who.

One In Ten(with UB40)-quite possibly my favorite remix the 808 boys have done. yes, I know the song by definition, and content is UBER gay…. but it is a F’n JAM)

gotta have 808080808

and the classic… CUBIK

nope… none of this EVER influenced my music… never…..

the trip

Posted in audio, career, cars, family, fun, laugh, personal, something to smile about, things that piss me off on June 29, 2008 by fresnel

back again… by popular request…..

I was getting ready to make a post on Wednesday about how that day should have been the birthday of our son, Quinn…. when I received a phone call. it was from clients of mine whom I am working on several projects with, not the least of which being their radio show. everyone was in a panic about a web-a-thon that they were participating in from Kansas. we had been working with the staff out there about having our boy broadcast live from there for the webcast. in my conversation that day, it became apparent to me, and then everyone else… that i was going to have to go out there.

a road trip it was…. but i didn’t want to go by myself…. talking to katie, I asked her if she wanted to call off work, and go with me. . . she said “YEAH”! we got my parent to watch the girls, someone to look in on the dog and cat… a stop off at guitar center for a couple extras I was going to need… and we were off!

my God, that was fun. we needed it. Katie was incredibly sad the day before thinking about how that was her scheduled day for induction, and I was also in a rather bummed mood for the same reason. this REALLY could not have come at a better time. we havent laughed that much, or genuinely just enjoyed each other by ourselves that much in a long time.

we ended up leaving Detroit around 10pm… it was going to be an all night drive, being that I had to test the webcam and audio around 2pm eastern on Thursday. other than stopping in St. Louis for breakfast at Jack in the Box, and a couple of gas breaks, it was a straight drive through. I was behind the wheel the entire way. let me just say this, red bull, those “5 hour energy” shots, starbucks, and cigarettes far surpass crystal meth any day… and without the addictive properties.

+ + + =

after we got there(around noon on thursday) , I immediately went in and got set up. it was then I realized that the stereo to mono signal box I purchased at Guitar center, was in actuality… just the opposite… the asshole gave me a splitter.before you geniouses start asking “why not just use it in reverse” it did not have the appropriate connections. i needed 2 female XLR to 1 male XLR… this was reverse of that. anyhoo… I started calling around, and we found local music store that actually had the “Y” cable i had initially intended on purchasing. I go back, hook it all up, test it out… and we are cookin with gas. . . at least that is what I thought.

when it came time to broadcast, and since I had been going far beyond 24 hours without any sleep, I went through a couple of other tests… mainly, recording into my computer to make sure that the signal levels were top notch. we had 4 hits… throughout a 4 hour period… it was to be “H” with 2 soldiers in each of those.

I set up a mic for the host, and then a second, more open stereo mic on the other side of the table for the guys being interview, one of each of the elements pointing directly toward the guys. it sounded great on my end… but, the guys back in California claimed that they could not hear anyone but the host. this baffled the living hell out of me. I KNEW I had my shit tight on that one… I had tested several times because I KNEW I was getting loopy from lack of sleep. so… I start investigating the issue. the guy on the other end… INSISTING that I had something wrong. but nothing was. I then ask, just flippantly… does Skype(yes, this was being broadcast through skype… and actually worked pretty well) favor left channel? it was at that point that it dawned on me….. the other end was wired for left channel mono… I had host mic in the left channel of my interface, and the stereo mic in the right hand side… that was why they couldn’t hear them.

so, I ask the guy, “hey.. are you set up in left channel mono? ” it took a couple minutes… but he replied… “yes, sorry”. I then took the host mic right out of the equation. I set the stereo mic right in the middle of the table, placed the switches set to omni, and faced the capsules facing opposite directions. in that configuration I could pick up a fly farting it the corner. all was good. the broadcast went without a hitch from there, and they raised a ton of money to send care packages over to our men and women over in Iraq and Afghanistan. finally got to bed around midnight.

we stayed there for the was pretty cool. in the morning, we woke up.. went and had breakfast … then went over to the buffalo soldier monument to take some pictures.

the ride home was a BLAST. first, we stopped off in kansas city for some BBQ… seriously… if you are there and you dont, your pretty much just a dickhole… right?

from there, we decided to make it a very leisurely ride home. enjoy each others company. we decided to take a tour of all the porn shops we could find on the trip between KC and Columbia… seriously… there are more on that stretch of I70 than you can shake a stick at… or, well… shake anything at… yeah… we took pictures… LOL

we had a couple of wrong turns (St. Louis) and had the worst service ever at a waffle house in a shitty little town in Illinois…. ended making a few other “pit stops” along the way… with the goal of REEEEALLY enjoying each others company in each state shortly after crossing the state lines…because of this trip, Indiana will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart.we ended up getting home around 6 am, exhausted, but with smiles from ear to ear.

there is nothing like an unexpected road trip with the most dear person in your life to bring everything in the world into perspective.

with her by my side I can do ANYTHING.

here is great pic of the St. Louis arch…. probably the reason for our wrong turn…

maceri – set me free -live at emerald ballroom

Posted in audio, fun, maceri, music, myspace, video on June 7, 2008 by fresnel

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maceri – im comin home -live at emerald ballroom

Posted in audio, fun, maceri, music, myspace, video on June 7, 2008 by fresnel

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maceri – im sorry -live at emerald ballroom

Posted in audio, fun, maceri, music, myspace, video on June 7, 2008 by fresnel

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