Friday, June 22, 2012

Day 2 London before train to Knebworth

Well here I am

Well alrighty then. Off to gig site after an acclimation day in London. I really appreciate the train systems throughout Europe. It just makes me so happy to so easily be free to travel between cities without the worry of car rentals, parking, getting gas as all that crap. Hop train, bye bye, hello new city yay! And off Knebworth to connect up with the tour humans and gear.

Sound Thought of the Day

Microphones do not hear sound the same as our ears. Unlike microphones, our ears/brain have the ability to to hear frequency response and also the direction sound is coming from. Microphones hear frequency response but not the direction from which sound originates. This difference is significant. Once captured by a conventional recording system the directional information is lost. A recording of a mic in a room sounds much more distant  and reverberant than the sound of actually being in the room as the reverberation is merged with the direct sound and can no longer be perceived as radiating from differing direction.

And then we use those same mics that give us only a portion of what we perceive, to measure systems and tell us what they will sound like? Ahh, but it is so tempting to rely upon technology and establish repeatable and storable snapshots. I guess for lack of a better way, we depend upon these flawed listening devices and yes they can give us useful information when kept in perspective but never forget that our current measuring systems do not paint the full picture.

Oh, back on the home front

Had a short but eventful 9 days at home between tour legs or so. Sammy has taken to archery so we went to the  http://pergsonsarchery.com/  up in Ojai where she got a free lesson and new supplies. Like everything, there is a heck of a lot more to it than ya think.


And while we are shooting, may as well take the daughters to go play with guns.  I love that they just hand us guns and ammo and send us off to shoot.  Shooting ranges are fun and it is surprising to see little kids, soccer moms and military bad asses all hanging out shooting shit. If ya never been, do go, I highly recommend it!

Maddie and M15


And that diagonal pile behind the target is all lead slugs!

Sammy and Glock!



Check out the 
Rat Skateboards from One11! Just for fun we made 25 custom black on black on black Rat Sound boards.




Oh, and thank you for the surprise "now I am 50" party Kim, very cool and a total surprise!




Ok, time to sprint and make the train!

2 comments:

  1. Hey Dave,
    Hope your well. I would love to hear more about your sound thought of the day; "I guess for lack of a better way, we depend upon these flawed listening devices and yes they can give us useful information when kept in perspective but never forget that our current measuring systems do not paint the full picture"-quote.
    I agree with you, but what trickers my curiosity is that I never heard a manufacture or a user of a measurement system say that its supposed to paint the "full picture" especially if you throw mix artistic perception into to the game. So just curios if your told otherwise? Also how do you see the "future" of measurement, to me it seems you constant seek something that will tell you: if you like the sound or not?
    And also you have gone from Rat-trap, Vdosc to now K1 has there any measurable similarities to those choices of speakers or ?
    Mvh
    Rasmus

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  2. nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

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