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Feb. 26th, 2004

06:28 pm - Todo or not.

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Posted elsewhere:

You will quickly learn through LJ that I'm full of far more pipedreams than I will ever actually have time to implement. I think it's good to day dream though because some percentage of it comes to pass.

My current pipedream list (not including the pipedreams that I'm actively working on at the moment) is something like this:

Build a Mobile IMC out of a used school bus
Create a self-sufficient Urban Commune
Be a tour manager, booking agent, producer for some bands
Create a co-op recording studio
Create a co-op record label
Create a co-op CD store
Become a professional live sound engineer
Run for City Council
Run for County Board

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From:xymboulos
Date:February 27th, 2004 03:08 am (UTC)
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May I ask why your dream is to run for City Council and County Board and not to be elected?
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From:zarfmouse
Date:February 27th, 2004 03:36 am (UTC)
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Because I typed it up quickly without thinking.

The thought of running for office is significantly more daunting than the thought of being in office. Running for office is a HUGE GINORMOUS MEGA task. Being in office is more like what I do a lot of anyway, a lot of work and a huge time commitment, but not as intense as running a good campaign.

It doesn't seem at all like a pipe-dream to hold elected office. Getting the time and energy and money and information together to run a high quality campaign could be a pipe-dream.
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From:hfx_ben
Date:February 27th, 2004 05:23 am (UTC)
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wow ... LJ's kacked ... typed the comment ... got the success page ... and there's no sign of it here!
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From:hfx_ben
Date:February 27th, 2004 05:23 am (UTC)
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Nice list.

Know which I'd pick as least do-able?

Making a living as a sound engineer. Truly: unless you've got something already behind you, or your city is unique or special ...

the rest?

do them all, mahn
dare to be great!
:-)
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From:zarfmouse
Date:February 27th, 2004 06:44 am (UTC)
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Well I've got a lot of experience with running live sound for IMC shows, I built the IMC's PA, I do trainings of other volunteers, I've had bands that have played at IMC ask me if I could do sound for them on tour, I've had local club people ask me if I could do sound at their clubs. I've just not had time to follow up on any of these leads because that just isn't my career right now.

I need to make $1500/month to keep my bills payed. At $100/gig, that's 15 sound gigs per month to have being a soung guy as my primary job be worth it. Probably not doable but also not totally unreasonable.
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From:hfx_ben
Date:February 27th, 2004 01:36 pm (UTC)
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Dood, dewd, d00d ... nothing I said made any mention of ability.
In '69 I built my own Fender Bassman, through the 70s I worked for groups like CBC doing studio work, doing sound for folkfests and even Edmonton Jazz Fest, as well as road sound ... 80s a couple of bands, some kitchen recordings, bla-bla-blah.

And I'm not blowing pessimism at you ... but really, of that lovely list, engineering is the one that'd take the most good mojo.
Dunno, maybe you've made enough of those social connections.

Cuz I gotta say, and have said plenty times before, my time "flying the ship" is easily and by far the best working time I've every had.
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From:mathuaerknedam
Date:February 28th, 2004 06:56 am (UTC)
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I've experienced two drawbacks to live sound that you should be aware of. Maybe you've already begun to notice, or maybe your music/personality are sufficiently different from mine that it's not an issue.

1) long term hearing loss.

2) the inability to hear music (especially live) without analyzing how it is mixed and what needs to be fixed.

Both of these can, among other things, make it a lot more difficult to enjoy music.


Personally, I've found it to be a lot more fun to tour with a band than to be the house soundguy.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:February 28th, 2004 02:39 pm (UTC)
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Yah I definitely prefer to do sound for folk music than for hardcore punk. I use ear plugs for rock shows.

Currently I kind of enjoy (2). Since I'm still learning, it's fun to analyze. It's like an exercise.

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From:mathuaerknedam
Date:March 4th, 2004 12:05 am (UTC)
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I was too much of a perfectionist to ever wear earplugs.


Sure, the analysis is fun. The problem is when you've done it long enough that you can't not do it. I know how much you enjoy music, and I'd hate to see your ability to enjoy music reduced by this.

Maybe it's primarily an INTJ/INTP thing. I've joked with friends about this and related things as a "professional liability". In my case it's prolly exacerbated by my perfectionism.

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From:zarfmouse
Date:March 4th, 2004 06:21 am (UTC)
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I dunno. I can't not do it but it also doesn't bother me. It means I have even higher appreciation for rare shows where the sound is done well and when shows are bad I get to blame the sound guy rather than the band. I get to imagine how good the band would sound if the mix was better, the PA was better, the EQ was better, etc.
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From:mathuaerknedam
Date:March 4th, 2004 02:43 pm (UTC)
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Bah! Filthy Optimist!
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From:arun251
Date:February 28th, 2004 09:06 pm (UTC)
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Personally, I've found it to be a lot more fun to tour with a band than to be the house soundguy.

Storytime!
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From:mathuaerknedam
Date:March 4th, 2004 12:12 am (UTC)
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Sorry, Arun, I don't really have much in the way of stories. (At least none that spring to mind.) I did sound in some form for, I dunno, 17 years? There's probably a story or two lurking somewhere, but it was all pretty low-key.

Working with a band was more fun for me because I was able to get a deeper knowledge of their music, have an impact on their sound in a more permanent way, and have a greater sense of belonging. Travel is fun too, though I never strayed more than a few hundred miles from CU (Excepting a summer each in DC and Myrtle Beach.)

Of course, being the house engineer is probably more educational due to the greater diversity.
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From:arun251
Date:March 6th, 2004 07:20 pm (UTC)
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Which band(s)?

My boss and I were in ACB yesterday installing our Web server. If you see a Dell in there turned on its silliest side, that's ours. *sigh*
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From:zarfmouse
Date:February 27th, 2004 06:40 am (UTC)
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Oh I know!

That's the least pipe-dreamy of the bunch. :)
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From:dsjones
Date:February 27th, 2004 11:53 am (UTC)
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Good luck! Quite a list, but I know that if you want it bad enough, it'll all fall into place with a little work and determination...both of which you are NO stranger to...
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From:the_sween
Date:March 2nd, 2004 08:54 pm (UTC)

IMC Bus

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If you ever get that one rolling (okay, pun was intended), I would love to help out. Maybe Eva could help plan for your power issues too.
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