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January 26, 2009

Welcome Aboard

Written by Jeff Sobel

 

Hey, this is Jeff.  I’m the Chief Engineer of the Lennon Bus.  I’ll be popping in from time to time to share tips, tricks, rants, and ramblings regarding audio/video production, studio setup/design, life and llamas. But first, let me take you on a quick tour of the Lennon Bus, courtesy of MacVoicesTV:

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January 25, 2009

Signal Flow is Like Water

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

This past week, while parked in the lot of the lovely Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn in North Hollywood, I did a lot.  I took part in the magical process known as “bus inventory,” Jeff got the Litepanels working, and I even got a tattoo.  The most important thing I did this week was spending time at the patch bay with Seamus, learning it, manipulating it, and most of all, loving it.  As Seamus put it, signal flow is a lot like water, and the patch bay are pipes and faucets that make the “water” flow.  Remember the scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom when they are racing through the tunnels and all the water comes rushing out of the side of the mountain? This is almost exactly what signal flow and the patch bay do.  Signal flow basically means audio, the signal is generated by a chord strummed on a Godin Guitar, or a note played on our Roland piano.  This signal can go anywhere throughout the bus, through the Apogee, through the Aphex preamps, to the computers, even to Mackie monitor speakers.  I played around with the patch bays for a couple of hours.  Now I can take signal from Audio Technica Microphones and patch it to Logic 8, I can make the iPod rock out in both studios, I can even take the Roland Fantom Synthesizer in the front studio, and have it be heard throughout the entire bus.  Very Nice.  This was a very important …

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January 25, 2009

Diversity

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

As producers onboard the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus we have had the opportunity to work with some amazing artist. Whether we’re getting it started with the Black Eyed Peas, un-writing with Natasha Bedingfield, or sending S.O.S. signs with Will.i.am and Yoko Ono, we are always being inspired by the artist that come on board. Our latest project was no different. We teamed up with a group of students from San Francisco’s School of the Arts and the band Liyana to work on a project to be premiered at Macworld. The result was “diversity”. To have the opportunity to work on a project that crossed cultures and continents was an amazing thing. Check out the goods below:  

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January 23, 2009

Abbey Road: DMA style

Written by Jaime Walden

 

Just a little light Digital Media Academy reading while taking a stroll to the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus at NAMM: x mama On Mama’s Jukebox: Julia Darling - “Let’s Do It Again”

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January 21, 2009

The Youth and NAMM

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

The best experience for me at NAMM this year were the young performers on our stage.  Paul Green’s School of Rock showed the possibilities of educational outreach.  Cole Marcus, the amazing drum prodigy proved that he can lead a group of seasoned musicians, and by far, the most amazing performance of the entire weekend was the Trouble with Boys. These kids tore up our stage, and brought people to our stage and impressed and amazed every single person in the audience.  Watching these kids made me realize how powerful music can be.  They just wanted to play, they don’t care about the money, fame, and other things that some people are focused on.  It seriously made me wish time travel was possible….  These kids are awesome, check them out right now! ok, good talk! Erik Niewiarowski

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January 21, 2009

Gene Simmons is Not in this Blog: Post-NAMM

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

Hey everybody! I’m just sitting here on in Los Angeles in front of my brand new 15.4” Macbook Pro observing the wonder of the Leopard OS and thinking back on the Winter NAMM 2009.  This was my first NAMM convention, and I was super pumped, and for good reason!  The Lennon Bus is parked outside of the convention center and the weather was amazing!  Ohio was getting literally feet of snow + Anaheim was in the 80s = awesome.  If you don’t believe me, here’s a picture of my shadow taken with my iPhone The Lennon stage was the best place to be, with live music jamming out all day everyday.  I have to say that my favorite performances were by Liyana, where I got to run the pan/zoom shoulder camera, and the group ‘The Trouble With Boys’, a kid group that shredded like a sick(meaning good) adult group.  I met all tons of awesome people working the tents, got to watch some sweet live performances by people like Sheila E, and even saw some University of Miami faculty. Top 5: -Taping the Liyana concert -Watching The Trouble With Boys -Meeting The Glitter King -Listening to the Godin Artists -Meeting all the cool people who come out to help the Lennon Bus " />

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January 20, 2009

you may say that i’m a dreamer, but i’m not the only one

Written by Jaime Walden

 

“Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.” —from President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address Watching President Obama’s speech today immediately made me think of how every one of us at the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus works together as a family.  Every single position in the company requires everyone to wear many hats.  Our engineers (Jeff, Rob, Tyler, Seamus, Erik, Doug) are not just engineers.  They are musicians, videographers, mentors, friends, and educators.  Our driver Tony does not just drive the bus.  He road manages, pours his heart and soul into his job, and is reliable and loyal to a fault.  Brian, our Executive Director, is more than just the B-child/“brainchild,” he is our leader, our friend, and the one who always makes us feel more appreciated than he’ll ever know.  This past year has been one of the most challenging and rewarding years of my life, and I love everyone in my Lennon family very much.  Today represents something bigger than all of us.  It just reaffirms how one person could “Imagine a studio on wheels,” and how one intangible thought can change the lives of many. x mama

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January 20, 2009

Inventory is like Christmas! The gift that keeps on giving.

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

Inventory on the bus is a very important part to keeping things organized and in tact. Organization is a basic necessity for any studio big or small and inventorying your equipment is a great way to achieve this. Its especially great if Johnny P was in your studio and after he left you found you were missing your Audio Technica 4060 tube condenser .....that Johnny P. Yesterday we did a complete inventory of the bus and all the equipment on board. All the way from Pro Tools HD rigs, Apple Mac Pro computers and Sony HD cameras down to Neutrik connectors, we counted it all. It really is an amazing thing to see all this equipment we have on board, a gear heads heaven. I personally love inventory because of the fact that everything is neat and organized and you can find anything by looking at one document. Basically, If your into gear and equipment you need to explore our website, it explains all the cool stuff we get to use with students and artist all across the country. Check it out at: Lennonbus.org/explore. T-Win out.

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January 20, 2009

Obama loves the John Lennon Bus

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

I am excited to see the day when one person will change the outlook of the world.  With another inspiring speech and a sea of hope filled eyes, that day has arrived.  He has come to bring change.  In these coming years of Obama, I hope that education will not be overlooked, like it has been in the past.  In our eyes, The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will continue to play an amazing part in inspiring and educating students in media and arts; and with the turn of a new age in leadership we might be able to make permanent changes in schools. Although our schedule on the road limits us to short 1 to 2 day stops at schools, we are able to enable the educators, with limited budgets, ideas of how to keep projects going after we leave.  Like investing in an iMac and teaching basic video editing and music production with the tools that come with any apple computer, such as imovie, idvd, garageband etc.  A small start, such as this, is the road to a greater outcome. Now, more than ever, these things will be possible.  For too long now schools and education have been neglected.  We must all fight for what shapes our culture so we can continue to share and inspire the rest of the world.  We will continue to do our part in this goal, and appreciate your support. Here is Obama’s plan for the future of education in the arts.  Check it …

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January 19, 2009

jet-setting

Written by Jaime Walden

 

Sometimes I like to play a little game that I’ve dubbed “Psychic iPod.”  Basically, I ask the all-knowing iPod a question, such as “How will NAMM go this year?”  My 8gb nano then clairvoyantly replied “Heavy Lifting” by Ambulance Ltd.  Sir Nano was right.  This year we had quite the set-up.  Our bus was parked outside at the Arena Plaza of the Anaheim Convention Center, acting as the backdrop for our 16’ x 24’ stage.  (Along with a certain palm tree that shall remain nameless detested by both Brian and myself.)  In addition to around six live performances per day, public tours, taking photos, and shooting video, we also had our Rockband 2 and demo gear tents for show attendees to rock out a bit for themselves.  It’s always special for me to fly out for these types of events and watch everything come together.  A lot of planning goes on behind the scenes at the office that is truly rewarding to take in on-site.  When most people walk the show floor or go to a concert, the goal is to maximize the attendees’ experience.  Back at the office, every minute detail such as parking, power, catering, credentials, lodging, transportation, artist scheduling, lighting, layouts, (I could go on) all has to be coordinated in such a way to make the show flow work.  At the end of the day, the staff’s long hours churned out another successful event.  It’s always so much fun to see the guys, get a great tan, …

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