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February 25, 2011

TED 2011 - The Rediscovery of Wonder

Written by Ryan L'Esperance

 

Last year was the first year at TED for the Lennon Bus as well as myself. Spending a week with brilliant people, hearing new ideas, refreshing old ideas, and creating music and art on the Lennon Bus makes it one of my favorite events all year. At TED 2010 we collaborated with Jill Sobule and friends and created a music video that went along with the theme of TED “What the World Needs Now”. This year we’ll be back at it with the 2011 theme being “The Rediscovery of Wonder” While you’re waiting on the edge of your seat to see what we cook up this year, check out last years video.

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February 22, 2011

Litepanels - Dead or Alive They’ll Light You Up Just Right

Written by Hans Tanner

 

When shooting on location under a time constraint (is there ever not?) you need to have the best equipment that provides high quality results.  Thanks to Litepanels 1x1 LED illumination units, lighting on set is never something the Lennon Bus has to worry about. The Litepanel 1x1 used for lighting everything from the depths of the ocean to the White House and the President. Whether it’s a student session, high profile artist interview, or a zombie, we can be sure that our exposure will be the best it can be… especially when it comes to those zombies.  When filming an undead inspired short in Savannah, highlighting terrifying face gashes added a level of terror previously thought unattainable.  And properly seeing the glazed, brain-lusting eyes of the movies brain-eating cast was just a treat.  That was a pun, as the video was shot on Halloween.  Check out the film below to see for yourself! “Bring Music to Life” Lennon Bus Short Film created at SCAD in Savannah, GA. The Lennon Bus isn’t the only crew enjoying the combination of Zombies and Litepanels. Check out this behind the scenes video from the Litepanel’s YouTube page.   Lights. Cameras. Zombies. - The Light of the Living Dead      

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February 18, 2011

The Lennon Bus/NAMM Recap!

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

To kick off the 2011 year, the Lennon Bus visited NAMM in Anaheim, CA.  We made a video documenting all the different things that took place while we were there.  This year, we worked closely with Avid, creating many different media projects.  Avid brought out some students from the Los Angeles Recording and Film School to assist in the different projects that we were making.  We worked with a number of different recording artists including Natasha Bedingfield, Emily Elbert, Tara Priya, Grand Vanity, Katie Costello, and The Orange Effect.  John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize Winners, Madison Violet, stopped by to receive their award of $20,000 and perform their winning song. In the tents, NAMM attendees were able to work with Pro Tools 9 and the new MBOX Pro. We also held a press conference about music education that featured appearances from Bernie williams, Governor Mike Huckabee and a performance from Natasha Bedingfield. As always, NAMM was a blast and we look forward to next year!

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February 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Yoko

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

We hear it’s your birthday. It’s not our birthday too, but we would still like you to dance, take a ch-ch-ch-chance. Yoko Ono is celebrating her 77th birthday today. For over seven decades now she has been a pioneering voice of the arts. Without her love, support, and vision the Lennon Bus would not be possible. We would like thank her for taking a ch-ch-ch-chance with us 14 years ago when we kicked off the first Lennon Bus tour. Happy Birthday Yoko. Thank you for all you have done, all you are doing, and all you will do in the name of art, inspiration, and creativity. We Love You!

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February 17, 2011

Herbie Hancock and The Imagine Project take home a Grammy

Written by Hans Tanner

 

With the 2010 Grammy’s officially delivered to their rightful owners in over 100 categories, I think its time for a bit of retrospect.  Hmmm… what to talk about… Cee-Lo’s kick a** performance of “(expletive deleted) You” complete with muppet backup dancers and singers AND Gweneth Paltrow accompaniment?  No, that won’t do.  How about Justin Bieber not winning best new artist?  No, too much controversy.  Or maybe I should go over what Lady Gaga was wearing?  Not shocking enough I think.  But Hans! I was Born This Way!! For me, one award stood out above the rest, the recipient of which is an undisputed musical genius and no stranger to being handed small golden gramophones.  For best pop collaboration with vocals, Herbie Hancock’s Imagine Project took home the trophy, an amazing compilation album which includes an awesome cover of “Imagine” as well as other John Lennon/Beatles songs.  The album was recorded across seven countries and includes artists from India Arie, to Dave Matthews and Pink.  Drawing from an impressive amount of genres, everything comes together to create a unique sound with its own sonic signature.  My favorite part?  Pinks intro on Imagine absolutely kills it!  Of course, it would be nothing without Herb’s piano backing, but that goes without saying.    Imagine Project Album Cover   For more information on the album or to discover your favorite part, check out the link below at Herbie’s site.  I’ve also included a video of the Imagine cover for your listening and viewing pleasure, recorded …

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February 15, 2011

Comping Vocals on the Lennon Bus with Pro Tools 9

Written by Ryan L'Esperance

 

Hey everybody! Ryan here, with a little Pro Tools Tip that I’d like to share with you. I often find myself working on the Lennon Bus in a situation when there is a point in the song that the artist is having a little trouble in a section or we want to try some different variations for a verse per say. So I use a technique called comping that allows the artist to do multiple takes of a section, try as many variations as they like so I can later pick the best take or pieces of the take to create the best “comp.”  Here’s how you set it up. The first thing you do is set up Pro Tools to Loop Record. This is done by right clicking or control clicking the Record button until it shows the loop record icon.   Next you record as many takes as need be to get the best performance out of the artist.   Once you have your takes recorded, right click on the region that you’ve been loop recording and select “matches> Expand to new playlists.”   Go to your Track View Selector and select playlist.   You will now see all your takes, you can select and solo each individual part and pick the best takes.   Next to the Comp Solo Button is an arrow that will allow you to copy the selection to the Main Playlist. This is where you rinse and repeat.  

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February 09, 2011

Who is John Lennon?

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

Lennon may no longer be with us but his music is something that will never die. Like a sparklers glow passed from hand to hand on the 4th of July, Lennon’s music continues to put dazzles in the eyes of ears hearing it for the first time. 50 years ago Lennon himself could of never imagined the means available for music to spread it’s wings in the 21st century. Between tweets and email inboxes, from Facebook posts to iPod playlists, mixed CD’s and iTune’s Genius’, the means to share music with family, friends, and fans has become multifaceted. The Lennon Bus is one of those facets. We are not just dedicated to spreading the legacy of John Lennon through music and creation to students across the nation, but also to spreading that spark. That moment of light that burns so bright and true. The moment imagination first kisses reality moving from the shadows of your mind to the light of your fingers. The moment music is made. Lennon’s talents allowed him to make moments into music, music into bands, bands into Beatles, Beatles into culture, culture into movements, and movements back into moments, moments that make change. The Lennon Bus realizes though that many youngsters that come on board the bus do not know who John is. We relish in the opportunity to share the sparkle, to pass the light, and to dazzle the eye. In an effort to address this issue with the youth we look forward to sharing these …

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February 09, 2011

It’s a Grammy Double Whammy

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

You wanna know what I am excited for? Ok Ok, I’ll tell you.  It’s the Grammy’s. You know, the annual Gramophone Awards. Music. Awards. Glitz. Glamour. Gaga.  That’s right. Only happens once a year.  This year, it happens on February 13th. That’s this coming sunday, in case you didn’t want to have to check your Calendar. Wanna know why else I’m excited? Well, it’s because there happen to be some pretty talented acts that have been nominated this year. Ok, now I am going to break it down for you and tell you who is going to win. Actually, I’m not. BUT, what I can do is tell you is who I would choose as winners (in the first ten categories) based on the current pool of nominees. Here it be: RECORD OF THE YEAR “F*** You” Cee Lo Green Catchiest song of the year.  Done. *I wont post the song here, cuz it has the f-word in it, but go listen to it. You won’t be able to get it out of your head. ALBUM OF THE YEAR “The Suburbs” Arcade Fire It’s about time. SONG OF THE YEAR “F*** You” Cee Lo Green Again. Yup. BEST NEW ARTIST Bieber. Oh, come on. You think so, too. BEST FEMALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE “King Of Anything” Sara Bareilles I likes the video too. BEST MALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE “This is it” Michael Jackson Still the King of Pop BEST POP PERFORMANCE FROM A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS “Don’t Stop Believin’” …

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February 08, 2011

Fall into Love with Mobile Roadie

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

The Lennon Bus has been in and out of Las Vegas for various conventions and student projects but we still haven’t had the opportunity to catch a show. And if there was a show of shows for the Lennon Bus crew to catch of course it would have to be Love, the Cirque du Soleil musical spectacle that has received raving reviews near and far. While we intend to catch the show sooner than later, Mobile Roadie has released an app to allow us to dive into the show without even stepping a foot into Sin City. Fall into Love with the latest app from Mobile Roadie, Love. And of course if you haven’t downloaded our app yet you better get on it to stay in touch with the Lennon Bus while your on the move. Download the Lennon Bus App here.

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February 01, 2011

Learning Media Composer with Brian Castle and Avid Screencast

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

I think it’s official. We are rabid for Avid. This week has been knowledge filled!! We’ve been at training in Burbank, CA learning Avid Media Composer 5. Our teacher Brain Castle, I mean Brian Castle has been our amazing instructor leaving no question unanswered. We are excited to continue polishing our Media Composer chops for the rest of the week and then let the Lennon Bus hit the road ready to go get our Avid on. Brian also put us on to these cool video tutorials. If you’re trying to polish up your Media Composer skills too then check these out.

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