Archive for the ‘Music From Bob’s Basement’ Category

Owning a Song

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

I could regurgitate copyright law and mechanical licensing fees but, I’m not even going to bother to put links in this post. Instead, I want to talk about a group’s performance of a song and each individual’s contribution. I haven’t done a lot of collaborating on songs.  Steve has helped me with lyrics a few times for songs we’ve put on Music from Bob’s Basement.  Denis took liberties with the drum part on a few BoScoDen songs.  On his song, Gasholes, I played what he told me to play.  10 to 9 Jam was complete improvisation on my part.  I never discussed with Scott and denis where their contributions came from.  I found all of these approaches very satisfying but, the sense of community ownership of the Jam gives me pleasure on so many levels.

Episode 11

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

I delivered episode 11 today into Walter’s trusty hands at Cablevision. I thought the series was over in March so, I didn’t bother finishing episode 11 when I realized I wouldn’t get it in by that time. However my inability to count to six became apparent when a week or two into March I noticed that episode ten was still being played.  Again I missed my opportunity to perform Irish songs on St. Patrick’s Day.  Yet, I introduced a theme song for Music from Bob’s Basement in which I hijacked an old Irish melody called ‘Rosin the Beau’.  The performance of Business Man’s Toy I did with Scott is playing again but, this time Steve added a drum track.  Dave and Lloyd accompany Steve and me on Bach’s Bourrée.  Blame me for the sloppiness; I was just learning it.  There are a couple of jams.  One with guests Mark on piano and Lukas on bass.  The other one is with the Boss RC2.

Music From Bob’s Basement Part 5

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

I bought a new hard drive to deal with the massive amounts of memory required to produce the show.  Steve and I spent a couple of hours trying to record a song he wrote on Friday only to be frustrated by a full memory.  Time is turning into a very precious commodity in this project.  Now, I look at the credits at the end of a commercially produced show and see how many people put in time taking care of all the little details that go into production and I see what doesn’t get done in my show.  It certainly helps if you know what you’re doing.  There are a lot of skills I have to learn before I add them to the show.  There are a lot of details that I wasn’t even aware of 2 months ago.

Music From Bob’s Basement Part 4

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

I’ve been living Murphy’s law;  If something can go wrong, it will.  This time my hard drive filled up. Steve and I were recording a song he wrote and I suddenly saw on the screen a message telling me there wasn’t any more room. Inflation is running rampant not only in government spending but, in the bytes it takes to make entertainment.  When I was young a million was a big number and I had heard of a billion but, I wasn’t really sure what multiple of a million it was nor did I think I would ever have to deal with a number that big.  When I was recording just audio I bought an external hard drive with 160 gigs.  That was probably 4 years ago.  I copied the whole hard drive from the G4 mac onto it for backup and it barely made a dent.  Everything BoScoDen recorded fit on it, all the music I created through a lifetime of creating seemed like a suitcase in an aircraft hanger.  Barely one month of video for Music From Bob’s Basement and I’m wondering how many terabytes I need.

Music From Bob’s Basement Part 3

Monday, October 5th, 2009

The premier broadcast of Music from Bob’s Basement was supposed to be October 1st but, that didn’t happen.  Bright and early, Friday morning, I called Cablevision to find out why there wasn’t any show the night before.  I was told that the computer didn’t have a destination for it when they did the season changeover; whatever that means.  They apologized and gave me the direct number of the person in Yorktown that was responsible for it.  With so many people apologizing for the mistake I have no idea what particular person screwed up.  Walter assured me that the first show will be broadcast Thursday, September 8th.

Music From Bob’s Basement Part 2

Monday, September 28th, 2009

I suppose it’s not surprising that you get offered a lot of help when you ask for help in an interesting project.  There have been over 20 people offering me help.  I recorded 9 songs from Robin Storm yesterday and they were all really good performances but, I didn’t enjoy it.  There were no surprises for me except my reaction.  Storm didn’t ask me to play with him and might have rebuffed my offer.  I knew it would be like that because Storm has been in Bob’s Basement before.  I didn’t start this project because I wanted to become a producer.  I became a producer because I wanted to perform and have some control over the final product.  I’m still constrained by time and deadlines, FCC rules and my limitations in the technical aspects of video editing but, I don’t have sponsors telling me I can’t promote my political point of view.  In fact, that’s the whole purpose of Public Access T.V..  One of the people who has expressed an interest the show is a radio host, Judy Stadt.  She has this saying on her website; “Freedom is doing what you want, Happiness is doing what you want and enjoying it.”  I hope she tells me how to do that.

Music from Bob’s Basement part 1

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

I don’t remember the exact moment or thought I had when I made that call to the cable company to make a local access tv show.  It wasn’t obvious to me just how much work it would entail.  I soon learned that I was to become a producer.  They sent me a kit of 36 pages which included a lot of legalize gobbledygook and technical video jargon of which I had never heard.  There was also the camera stuff in which my mac computer doesn’t like the windows based file format my camera produced.  After struggling to get the performance right only to discover that I hadn’t turned on the camera and finally converting it to a format that I could put in iMovie without being reminded by an image plastered across my creation stating that win4mac is a trial version I finally got to the point where I was moving video clips and audio clips to a time-line.  After days of struggling to get the movie looking and sounding the way I wanted it to I found that iDVD was no picnic either.  After 3 weeks of work I finally got my first weekly episode on a DVD and delivered to the cable company.  I’m going to have to work faster.  I’m also going to have to get a lot more material.  There are the songs I wrote and songs in public domain but, most of the stuff I’ve mastered I’m going to need a music synchronization license for.