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[the last run]

I had been dealing with work crises throughout the previous days and weeks, so come Friday evening, I still had to buy books and a knit cap. And pack.

While shopping for books, I found a treasure trove: four Repairman Jack novels I hadn't read yet, and the [final?] Queen & Country book, The Last Run.

It's always a little nerve wracking when facing the final book of a series and character(s) you hold dear. You want to know how it ends, but you don't want it to end.

I devoured The Last Run late that night, and over the first few hours of the flight. Thank you, Greg Rucka, for your amazing storytelling, and for sharing Tara with us in all of these TPBs+novels.


The main issue here was camera gear. For those who care, I eventually decided to bring:

Which I verified could all, except the backpack, fit in or on my Domke at an acceptable weight. As of Thursday night, I've justified bringing all of it except the 50mm and Zacuto gorilla kit. Still eight more days to go, though.

... Everything else, clothing and toiletries, mainly, was pretty much a matter of counting.


Kansai is not my favorite airport. The customs area, especially, is highly sterile feeling. The third floor, however, is chock full of tasty restaurants.

Japan is simultaneously so familiar to me, and yet so utterly, utterly foreign. My Japanese is pretty much sub-preschool level. I've been hobbling through with smiles, nods, and confused looks.

... Perhaps not so different than those days at home when I'm lost inside my own head.

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From: Slave Unit
To:   Aki Sasaki
Subject: Your Go mix @ the DNA tonight!!!
Date: August 6, 2009

Aki wrote:
Slave Unit wrote:
FYI - Billy's gonna play it soon.
Holy crap!
People seemed to dig it.

Transcript from the completely distorted clip Mike recorded on his iPod:

Mike: My iPod's recording right now. This is at the DNA right now, dude. At the show. They're playing your shit.
Billy?: Fuckin' a. Go Aki!
Mike: All right dude, I don't want to stand here looking like an idiot.


Speaking of, I wrote, recorded, and mixed down that entire remix in Reason 4... after chopping up the vocals in ReCycle. I have a shit ton of gear that's not being used right now. I'm going to give it some time to see, but I foresee some gear churn in the not too distant future. 'Cause there are new toys I want to play with.

Aki: Have you seen the APC 40? I haven't tried it, but that thing might let me play all the loops myself while I'm soloing.
Aaron: (laughing) You really don't want to deal with anyone else, do you?
Aki: ... No. No, I really don't.

[edit] Still really proud of being part of this cd, especially this remix. This is a rare and precious thing.

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[i: technical difficulties]

OH! So, Jason of We Got This Far told me he was having technical difficulties at the 16 volt show at the [profile] dnalounge, and he later found out that he was plugged into a lighting outlet. That they turn on and off. To control the lights.


This could possibly, maybe, potentially explain the technical difficulties I had at the second [profile] blacksnakemoan DNA show. Gah.

No, I mean it. Gah!

[ii: consumer whore, bass]

Continuing my consumer whore thread... I've kind of been lusting after a 5 string Status Graphite S2 Classic. With the front and side LEDs, of course.

The graphite neck is what I'm most drawn to. (And the LEDs. Ooh, shiny!) I've got a couple dead spots on my neck that wouldn't be as big an issue if they weren't both D, including the low D that I use so much.

Then I put the green neon tape back on my BTB and strung it with Power Slinkys... between the thick strings, 35" scale, and my 50¢ piece picks it sounds and feels good. And the dead spots aren't as noticeable when things are cranking.

A fix for less than $30, as opposed to over $4k? Sounds like Slave Unit to me =)

[iii: certificate of participation]

Speaking of Slave Unit, the remix cd Certificate of Participation is out now! It'll be available on CDBaby and iTunes shortly, but until then contact your local Slave Unit member.

It's comprised entirely of remixes from The Battle for Last Place, featuring remixes by Bloodwire, SMP and Cyanotic. And me! I did the Go and Etched remixes. Sorry in advance.

I'm not sure if the below is the final cover, but I'm posting it anyway.

... There. Three posts in one. Maybe I'm warmed up enough to do a work-related one.

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One night in Beijing:

Video filmed by Guardian photographer Dan Chung entirely on a production Canon EOS5DmkII and adapted Nikon and Zeiss lenses using manual focus. The camera was purchased to use solely as a video camera with existing Nikon kit.

The film was shot an edited in about twelve hours directly after picking the camera up from a Beijing camera store and charging the battery.

I've never been to Beijing; this video clip certainly sells it well.

Dan's quick camera review.


"This [prototype EOS 5D Mark II] is basically going to sit for two days doing nothing. Just let me borrow it for a few hours and I'll give it right back, so I can try shooting a sample movie."

-- from the interview, along with a short clip showing the Redrock Micro DSLR Cinema rig.

EOS 5D Mark II: Laforet on Reverie

Prism, A Three Act Play, and other EOS5DmkII videos.

The main drawback most people are pointing out is the inability to set everything manually in movie mode: ISO, aperture, shutter speed. The workaround is to point the camera at something and hit the Exposure Lock button, then use Exposure Compensation.

The other seems to be the lack of audio, but I've got two answers for that: first, Robert Rodriguez' El Mariachi. Second, I'm probably going to use these small video clips as either live visuals for shows or as abstract music videos for songs.

I seriously doubt my first fumblings will be anywhere near the quality of these professional phographers' videos, but I'm certainly excited to try.


Sep. 19th, 2008 01:05 pm
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*craps pants*

Something tells me I'm going to be spending way too much money -- on things I don't technically *need*, but that I, well, fuckit, I need it -- in the not too distant future.
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moog voyager

This is my new Keybord. It is Prety. But Sometiems the Lites hurt my Eyes. And it Only playes One Note! At a Time!!! But It makes a Good MiDI conptroller.

Ok, </tard>. I loves my as-yet-unnamed new baby. I have yet to record her, but that'll change, soon.

moog voyager

The rest are here.

K, off to record some basslines =)

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Perfect weekend so far =)

I was feeling exhausted by mid-week, with flyering, rehearsal, work, insomnia. On Thursday I really enjoyed myself at Meat (best in a long while), which I really needed. But I had to wake up extra early Friday morning, which led to a jittery caffeine-filled day.


We loaded out; I had my usual "oh yeah, this is why I drive this big stupid truck around" moment. Traffic sucked but Lamb of God in your car stereo makes it all better. I was going off of memory on the directions, so I had to call Mike when I found myself at the HP Pavilion and made a U-turn. I really had to pee. It was all the caffeine.

The Claran Lounge is a bar, built-in seating along one long wall, some tables near the back, lots of cushioned stools in the back, couple pool tables, pinball machine. Looked like a fun place to play. And it was.

babyland/slave unit/vtg )

On Saturday I woke in the early afternoon, then spent my tax return on a floor model Virus TI. Roman, the sales guy, was steering me towards the Nord Lead 2x, which I like quite a bit... kinda "that sound is cool" and "I could probably use that sound quite a bit." But the TI kept going "Here's a song idea!" and "Here's another one!" and "If you can't turn this into an amazing song you might as well throw in the towel right now." Hopefully that's true.

And now I'm not so frustrated that Native Instruments are being so slow with their Intel Mac updates. =)

I was going to go see Babyland at 12 Galaxies but I had a beer with dinner and felt soooo sleepy. I'll catch 'em again in April.

The plan for the rest of this 3 day weekend is to continue kicking caffeine yet again, but still get some work done on some Escape(Window) songs.

I think I should go shower now. And find some food. Then write some music.

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(Wah, El Jay won't let me embed this.)
Play by clicking on the keys!
(stolen from this page, which is on a really cool site. Go see.)

I was completely unaware of the existence of the Jankó keyboard until I saw this post. The layout is f'n brilliant... see? Simple! ;-)

Makes a lot more sense to me since I'm a guitarist first, pianist second. Over nine octaves at your fingertips; one could easily play intervals over two octaves with one hand. I want one... This page has links to some Jankó electronic keyboards. Don't think they're available outside Japan yet though.

... Hah, apparently the chromatic button accordion (scroll down) uses a similar layout, except across 3 rows of buttons (I was wondering how those worked). Play!

Silly black and white key [diatonic] pianists =) ... Transposition shouldn't be a mind-boggling thing. =)

There. See? I'm capable of making posts of substance.
(...that still bore everyone to tears.)

In other news, this exhibit at Yerba Buena Center of the Arts seems highly intriguing. Maybe I'll drag my parents there over Turducken weekend.

'k. Back to scrubbing the toilet =P
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Went to get more ink today. Just upper arm black for the tribal, today. Next time he's going to touch up my forearm so he can take pictures for his portfolio. My forearm, pre-touchup:

my blue forearm

Showed Jason S. a pic of Arise, My Children (finished) and a fly-thru on my camera. He thought it was cool. Here's one for you:

arise my children

In music news, Hypersonic arrived and I'm having fun with it. I can totally see people hating the sounds (*peers at [ profile] blackmagic*). You gotta turn it up, and you gotta expect cheesy. Workstation Piano+Strings! Compressed rompler sounds that you have to layer or effect heavily to sound good! ...but that was what I was looking for, actually =P ... It's enough for me to get sounds down that approximate what I want, then I can replace 'em or fuck things up so they sound better later. And this is cheaper and easier to use in Cubase than a hardware workstation.

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