Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
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Tears In Rain

ON TRUCKS AND THINGS

I spent this week working in Queens. As a Verizon employee, one is required to keep one's driver's license Kosher regardless of position, but I had never been pole-qualified, so they couldn't give me any work with telephone poles.

Driving the truck was quite a novelty for a while. While I have driven moving trucks before, that was always as part of a convoy; here I was by myself. And while it was nice at first to putter about listening to music (all the trucks had tape decks in them, so I used an old tape cassette adapter — remember them? — to listen to my iPod), I was quickly reminded that driving isn't so fun when your vehicle doesn't handle so well. I used to drive a busted-up Pontiac Firebird; if you honked the horn you blew a fuse and knocked out the stereo and door locks. The truck reminded me very much of that car and it sounded like a machine shop under the hood.

The work itself sucked. Not being pole-qualified and Queens not being a terribly commercial area, there weren't any installations for me to do, I was just being send around from place to place changing bad undergrounds. There was a lot of that to do because the copper in Queens seems to be pretty lousy, and there's barely any fiber. Not terribly difficult, mind you, just incredibly tedious.

So the problem with Queens wasn't that it was hard, it's that it was boring. Happily, when I return to work I will be going back to Manhattan.


A CLOSE CALL

I had just added some music to my iPod, but when I disconnected it the screen was frozen on "OK To Disconnect." I tried plugging it back into the computer, but neither the desktop nor the laptop recognized it (though Vista naturally offered to "help" when I tried the laptop… um, no). The unit itself remained inert, even when plugged into the car stereo. I then performed a soft reset. This worked, but when the player started up again, no album covers appeared on the main menu and it stated it had no music on it.

I was actually more curious about this than worried as while it didn't list any music, it still had all of my personal menu preferences saved. I plugged the revived iPod back into the desktop and the library came up safe and sound in iTunes. It is now working normally, but this event made me think about the Great iRobby Crash of 2008 which it took me months to clean up. A few weeks ago I had bought an extremely large hard drive for the express purpose of backing up my music, and after the events of today, I shall begin with the copying process tonight.

I spend a lot of time doting on my iPod, but it should be remembered that my iPod is my source of music not only for commuting or use in the car (although that would be enough), but because I spend most of my work day alone. When I'm not talking to a customer, speaking on the phone or working on a particularly difficult problem (in which case music becomes a distraction), I am listening to music (I can't listen to music while I'm on hold so I read instead; I get a lot of reading done on the job too). While I listen to my full bandwidth CDs, LPs, SACDs and DVD-Audio albums while at home (and there is a big difference on my system, believe me), I live with on thing when I'm out and about, which is actually one of the reasons why I was originally reticent to get an iPod in the first place. The interfaces have improved immensely since then, and while I would still prefer a more customization options it is by far the best portable audio device I've ever owned, and I've owned many.


TALES OF THE FUTURE

After completing my Light and Shadow: The Historical Epics of Ridley Scott compilation, I started taking stock of my collection of Vangelis' music.

There is now a lot of music available from Vangelis' score for Blade Runner. Unfortunately, the commercial versions are missing several key moments of the score and often contain dialogue mixed in, but the bootlegs are of significantly inferior quality. I have therefore begun a project in which I am combining all of the sources I have for Blade Runner into a single playing version optimized for listening purposes.

This project is more of a "clean-up" along the lines of my Mummy (Jerry Goldsmith), Independence Day (David Arnold) and The Dark Crystal (Trevor Jones) edits than it is a full-fledged mix, but I am using many of the same techniques to sort of approximate what kind of album Vangelis might have put together if the one he wanted to make was the one that fans of the film wanted to hear. This means that I am favoring Vangelis' own edits on the individual tracks, if not his sequencing; but neither am I strictly following the film either. I am also including some of the music that didn't appear in the film, such as "Rachel's Song" and "Damask Rose." While the excerpt from Gail Laughton's Bicycle Riders will be placed in the score portion, as will a snippet of "Ogi No Mato," "One More Kiss, Dear" will be placed at the end.

This project is proceeding concurrently with the aforementioned Star Trek re-recordings mix, which is actually turning out to be more difficult than I had expected, but not in a bad way.
Tags: audio, blade runner, david arnold, irobby, jerry goldsmith, mix workshop, star trek, trevor jones, vangelis, work
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