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February 17, 2009

this is not spinal tap

Written by Jaime Walden

 

We’re getting geared up this weekend for our High School Battle of the Bands in Tucson, AZ!  This year’s battle will once again be held at the historic Rialto Theatre thanks to the Arizona Daily Star.  Check out the amazing prizes that we’ll be awarding the winner thanks to our sponsors! Maxell Prize Package for each band member Apple iPod shuffle for each band member Crate Flexwave 15 AMPEG BA112 Bass Combo 1 Godin Guitar Discmakers 1,000 custom CDs in full color jacket and 3 color on-disc printing BOSS TU-80 1 copy of Rockband 2 Purevolume.com Pro Account Propellerhead Reason Free entry into the John Lennon Songwriting Contest Professional recording session on board the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus on mama’s jukebox: Junior Boys - “In the Morning” x mama

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February 17, 2009

Ever wanted to make music videos like the pros?

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

If you know anything about the bus you’ll know that we travel the country 10 months out of the year making music and video projects with students around the country. We’ve recently teamed up with the Digital Media Academy to bring week long, hands on music video production courses to campuses across the nation this summer. The course is called “Come Together” and will offer in depth instruction on the creation of music videos all the way from droppin’ beats like a clumsy farmer to editing like Spielberg, that’s Mr. Spielberg to you buddy. I’ll be co-instructing the course with an experienced member of the DMA team, Travis Schlaffman, who has lead teen summer camps from DMA now for six years and has a lot to teach and some pretty cool tattoos!! I’m looking forward to it and It should be a great collision of Bus style projects fused with DMA’s critical hands on learning. For more info visit: digitalmediaacademy.org. See you this summer!

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February 14, 2009

How to Calculate a Video’s File Size - For Cheaters

Written by Jeff Sobel

 

Now that you know how to calculate a video’s filesize I’ll give you the cheater’s method, In addition to their many cool FCP plugins and tutorials, Digital Heaven has long provided a dashboard widget which performs these calculations for you.  They’ve now put up an online version of the calculator.  Bookmark the following link on your iPhone and you’ll never again need an abacus to figure out how much disk space you’ll need for a video ingest. http://www.videospaceonline.com/

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February 14, 2009

Mirror Image, Tuscon Battle, Rihanna and Chris Brown

Written by Brian Rothschild

 

Last year two twin girls from AZ won the Arizona Daily Star Battle of the Bands presented by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.  They have a fresh sound with unique harmonies set off by their easy guitar playing.  Still only 17 years old, Juliet and Andrea also have an infectious enthusiasm and we had a chance to catch up with them again while at the NAMM show where they performed and showed off their Godin and Seagull Guitars.  Rihanna and Chris Brown were nowhere to be found.  

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February 13, 2009

Name Dropping

Written by Jeff Sobel

 

Everyone that comes onboard the Lennon Bus is a rock star in our eyes, but some are more well-known than others.  Here’s a collection of videos that include some of our more noted guests over the years.

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February 11, 2009

What makes the desert beautiful, is that somewhere it hides a well

Written by Jaime Walden

 

Nestled in the half-way point between our Ogden, UT and our upcoming Tucson, AZ Battle of the Bands stops, I was thrilled to stumble upon a bus request from Page, AZ.  The request was from Kyran Keisling, an instructor at Page High School.  He wrote, “You have to understand how remote we are out here in the middle of the desert.  These kids get very little exposure into the world of technology and it would mean such a great deal to them to write and produce a video on modern equipment.”  Bringing free hands-on opportunities to make music and produce video projects is the mission of the Lennon Bus. “What makes the desert beautiful,” says the little prince, “is that somewhere it hides a well.” - Antoine de Saint Exupéry (The Little Prince) x mama On Mama’s Jukebox: Arcade Fire - “No Cars Go” Here are a few photos from the stop on February 10, 2009: Doug with the students in front of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus: Erik shooting part of the music video “Never Goodbye” with our Sony HD cameras: Page High School students working with our engineers to write, perform, shoot, and edit an entire song and music video in one day:

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February 09, 2009

Ogden and Josaleigh Pollett

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

This past week, we were involved in our first Battle of the Bands of the year, and we had the opportunity to work with a very talented singer-songwriter by the name of Josaleigh Pollett.  Josleigh took her voice and guitar and was an extremely pleasant surprise in a pool of exceptionally talented young bands.  The next day, Josaleigh came on the bus to record a song and make a music video on board the bus, but she brought so much more than her voice that day….  As a young video producer, I had a wonderful experience directing this video, and what you are about to see is quite possible one of the best pieces of work I have ever done.  Thank you Josaleigh, and thank you Ogden, Utah! Erik Edmund Niewiarowski

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February 09, 2009

How to Calculate a Video’s File Size - Part 2

Written by Jeff Sobel

 

Last time I talked about how you can quickly determine how big your video file is going to be before you export it.  You can use the same method to figure out how much hard disk space you are going to need before you capture video from tape or import video from solid state media such as Sony SxS.  All you need to know is what the bitrate is for the format of your video.  Here’s a few common ones: DV = 25mbps HDV = 19mbps for the 720p flavor and 25mbps for the 1080i flavor XDCAM EX = 25mbps in SP mode and 35mbps in HQ mode Apple ProRes = 145mbps in Standard, 220mbps in HQ So let’s say you need to know how much free space you’ll need on your hard disk before you capture one 60min MiniDV Tape that you recorded in 1080i HDV?  Let’s convert the bitrate, in this case 25mbps, into megabytes per second and then see how much space we’ll need: 25mbps * 8 = 3.125MB per second 3.125MB * 60 = 187.5MB per minute 187.5MB * 60min = 11,250MB per hour That’s about 11GB for a 60min tape. Now, what if you use Final Cut Studio 2’s awesome ability to capture an HDV tape directly into Apple ProRes 422 format files?  We’ll be capturing the same 60min tape, but at Apple ProRes 422’s 145mbps bitrate let’s see how much hard drive space will be needed: 145mbps / 8 = 18.125MB per second 18.125MB * …

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February 08, 2009

Rock Band 2- more than just a game

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

Alright, so I may not be the most dedicated “gamer”, in fact my favorite video game was Excite Bike in 8 bit detail. Needless to say Rock Band 2 changed all that, the hands on approach is transformational in the video game world, creating an accelerated level of interaction with the game, bringing almost a 3-D realm from the traditional 2-D game. As the progression to 3-D is the future of new gaming systems, Rock Band 2 is pioneering the way, as well offering an opportunity to be more social while gaming and dare I say even learn. Sure I’m not going to put down the plastic guitar, pick up a real guitar and magically nail every riff. But let’s face it, after hours of playing Rock Band 2 I have gained strength and stretch in my fingers, now ready for some strings! The game actually instills a better sense of rhythm and promotes perfection being achieved through practice, which is essential to learning an instrument. No offence to my generation or even the one below me, but come on, how many pop songs can some blond clone lip-sync too and expect me to be entertained. Rock Band 2 is about rock and roll, and the best part is the interest it has evoked in a majority of its users. It’s starting to stir blood left stagnant for too long from every repetitive pop song under the guise of hip hop about lip-gloss or whatever. Rock Band 2 can be considered …

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February 06, 2009

The Lennon Bus and Godin Guitars at NAMM!

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

This year’s NAMM show in Anaheim, California brought beautiful weather, and awesome exhibits from many of the Lennon Bus sponsors including Gretsch Drums, Mackie, and especially Godin Guitars.  During the show, I took some time to hang out and talk with Fred Disanto of Godin Guitars where we talked about the awesome line-up of musicians that Godin brought to our stage this year.  They invited some their endorsers to play on the stage, and they were as special and ranged the gamut of musical genres just like the beautiful guitars that Godin produces.  From the Latin fusion of Juan Carlos Quintero to the hard rock stylings of Aaron Mclain, this year our stage was rocking all afternoon!

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