Monday, August 15, 2011

Chris Warren is synonymous with happiness! Here is him repaying me back for a series of "Oh man, you should have been there's"  I have been tossing his way as the flight attendant gave him drinks but not me.


I just thought the flex of the Boeing 777 wing tip looked cool

Phone pic of the Peppers in Tokyo playing Summersonic

And the setlist

And I love flight attendants! Fellow earth travelers!

The first Chili Peppers non secret, real gig, adventure soars to a close. I say "close' as if there is some sort of separation or finality to the Asian segment consisting of 3 shows and a TV broadcast. Fight home, a 3pm Monday Tokyo departure for a dozen hours only to arrive in LA 6 hours before we left.
The free hours are all good news as we are going to need all the time we can get. Does a tour leg really end when the flight home sees us going right to a load in?
Ahhh, living that glamorous life of rock n roll! There are people out there that stumble on success but the Peppers' world is not one of them. This is a collection of quirky charismatic humans working hard for many years to perfect their craft and quest forward.
Oh, if you have not seen the movie 'Water for Elephants' do it or I will stab you in the eye. Well, not really as that would be overly inconvenient for all of us. But anyway, the movie captures a bit of the essence of crossing the line to road life.
So here is today's sonic quandary. "Why in the heck would we, given the option, mix in mono when stereo is already at our fingertips? Now I am not talking about the just main PA sIde because that fairly obvious, this time I am talking about subs.
Let's rewind back to band practice. You walk in, meet introduce yourself or hang with old friends. The new songs are well developed with some finishing touches dealing with converting some of the recording studio tricks to actual playable live approximations. Between learning the solos and mind bending on how in the heck you'll make any carefully crafted studio song effects into something humanly possible, you step back and listen. Listening not only to the song structure and important cues,, but also to where the sounds actually emanate from in the room. The realism and natural dimension of the sonic landscape created by a band playing in a relatively small room makes the larger scale stereo sound mix end up mixing sound like a crayon drawing copy of a nature scene. Sounds comes from everywhere, left, right, high, low and all the in betweens. This is real, our goal, or at least one of them. If we can create that rush of a great rehearsal jam, in a giant venue, we win!
And so, in our sound engineer infinite wisdom we combine the sounds created by our musical friends down to a stereo facsimile with high hat sent to the subwoofers because some of us are to lazy to send subs on an aux send.
What is interesting is the prevalence of mono subs on an aux and the complete absence of stereo subs on an aux. But why? Why not send subs stereo aux, lean kick left and bass a bit right. Not drastiaclally but rather yet another step toward achieving that variation in the mix as you move about the room. Why deprive ourselves control over something so easily achieved? Don't know but I have been guilty of it for years, but no more!
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11 comments:

  1. Howdy Dave. Finally decided to drop by and join in the fun. (BTW, the line I always heard was, "Nobody whistles Medium Blue." but, hey, who can say right or wrong.)

    Did ya see the stage in Indiana go down on the web?

    Nasty stuff. Stay safe out there.

    fedj

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  2. It looks like you guys are having fun :))
    Keep going! =)

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  3. I love it when rock bands open a show with a really intense medium-tempo song or a song, like By The Way, that has that "WAIT FOR IT" start before everything goes crazy. Priest in '86. SOAD in '05. Perfect song to start a show.

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  4. Me and my brother had such a super super amazing fun time with you guys in Tokyo!!!!
    I just want to say thank you for comin up to japan and did great work for the performance.
    Boys are with us♡
    Please have a safe trip!
    With much loveXX

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  5. Hey now, Chris deserved all of those drinks;)))

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  6. Why don't PEPPERS come to Korea?

    ioi

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  7. Love me some Chris Warren! This is a great read, Dave, keep it up :)

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