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January 11, 2011

Take It To 11

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

We are currently driving from North Hollywood to Anaheim for the NAMM Show . It’s a short drive relative to what the year has in store but it’s enough to shake the dust off the butterflies in our bellies and get us ready to Take It To 11. On the books NAMM is a trade-show that allows manufactures, vendors, buyers, musicians, and fans to come together to see what the New Year has brought in terms of Music Technology. But let us remember what those tools are used for. Some have knobs. Some have switches. Some have levers. Others are faders. Some are touch screen. Some have cables. Some are wireless. Some are loud. And others silent. There will be many different. tools, tech, and toys we will immerse ourselves in for the few days, but they all serve one goal - capturing dreams. Maybe you prefer to let your ideas come out with just an acoustic guitar or maybe a bumping sub in a club, either way you will find it this week at NAMM. And maybe you won’t be able to make it to NAMM this week but that doesn’t mean you can’t join us in Taking It To 11. So this year whether you are in a band or a solo act, a beginner or a veteran, classically trained or garage rocked, whatever it is you do that makes you you take it one step further this year. Take It To 11. Nigel says Take It To 11. …

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January 08, 2011

The Definition of Inventory

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

According to Merriam-Webster the definition of Inventory is: 1. an itemized list of current assets: as (1) : a catalog of the property of an individual or estate (2) : a list of goods on hand The beginning of every Lennon Bus tour begins with this itemizing of assets, catalogs of property, and lists of goods. It is important we have all of our eggs in a basket and ducks in a row before we go roaring across the country in a fury of media production. This year we have added quite a few extra assets to our itemized lists I’d like to point out. The Mbox Pro The Lennon Bus has been using Pro Tools systems to produce music with students and artist for quite some time now. We are certainly proud of the amazing Pro Tools HD systems we have within in the bus but now you can experience the same world-class results in our tents with the Pro Tools Mbox Pro. The Mbox Pro has made a change that you can see, feel, and most importantly hear and all brought to you by the same engineering team responsible for the high-end Pro Tools HD systems we keep rockin’ in the inside of the bus. I’m excited to explore the power of the new Mbox Pro’s and I’m even more excited they will be in our tents available for visitors to experiment with. MC Color No it’s not the name of the latest rapper signed to Crayola Records, but …

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December 27, 2010

Sir Ken Robinson Changes the Paradigm

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

This is an awesome animation of a brief lecture Sir Ken Robinson gave on changing the paradigm of education.

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December 20, 2010

The Hans Juxtaposition

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

Juxtaposition - noun 1. an act or instance of placing close together or side by side; especially for contrast or comparison. Like a Jedi mind trick from Mr. Miyagi himself, our efforts to throw Hans in front of the camera with no time to think may have seemed trivial and counterproductive to him at the time. But Mr. Miyagi know better Hans-san. (Read in Mr. Miyagi accent) After a couple months on the road and a couple weeks at Camp Tyler Hans has learned the Force and is ready to take on 2011. To further our point in a grand visual display we have juxtaposed Hans videos for you. Please enjoy as you watch from the first time we threw him in front of the camera and watched him grow on the road, to his latest video that Hans produced and directed after gettin’ his noggin’ filled with knowledge by T-Win himself. Enjoy. *Note: Yes, I know I mixed references from Star Wars and The Karate Kid, but you have to admit the idea of a Mr. Mi-Yoda is pretty awesome. Nah, super awesome. The Hans Juxtaposition (in order of release)

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December 16, 2010

Congratulations to GRAND VANITY our 2011 NAMM SHOW/SONICBIDS winner!

Written by Jaime Walden

 

The Lennon Bus and Sonicbids are excited to announce that Grand Vanity is the grand prize winner of Sonicbind’s contest to play a gig hosted by the Lennon Bus at the 2011 NAMM Show. Grand Vanity will take the stage at NAMM, one of the largest music product trade shows in the world, on Saturday, January 15th at 12:00PM outside the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. The performance will be open to the public.  Grand Vanity will also be taking home an Epiphone John Lennon EJ-160E guitar and a Blackheart BH5H amp with a matching BH112 cab.

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December 13, 2010

Lennon Bus 70th T-Shirt

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

In the past year the Lennon Bus has taken the time at many of our stops to ask artist to produce something on board the bus to honor John on his 70th Birthday. Our Creative Coordinator, Tyler Winick, developed a graphic intro for these video pieces and it was awesome. So awesome that it became a T-Shirt. A T-Shirt that you can now buy with proceeds going to the Lennon Bus. Check out the Livenation store here where you can buy a shirt and check out some of the videos we created to honor John here.

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December 06, 2010

Hans in Training

Written by Hans Tanner

 

My brain is completely full, an interesting feeling I’m sure most have experienced, but at the current moment I’m at an impasse.  I’m in an area of time in between work mode and celebratory mode, we’ll call it the neutral zone, as I just spent the last 60 hours of my life studying for a test… which has just been passed…. Oh yes : ) The bus requires a lot of its crew, program certifications being one of a myriad of abilities a producer and engineer has to fit into his repertoire.  Spending 10 days at Camp Tyler makes achieving these certifications all the more enjoyable.  Representing the best of training centers with a conducive learning environment, friendly morale boosting dog (RESSES!), scheduled exercise curriculum, and outdoor pool, camp Tyler has been nothing short of an amazing experience. My certification is now complete, catalyzing a beautiful transition to the weekend.  Next stop, camera land, and of course, more Camp Tyler.  Oh how Monday can’t come soon enough!! Have a great weekend everybody; stay tuned for more camp action with the crew.

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December 02, 2010

Ben Cameron: The True Power of Performing Arts

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

It seems these days TED talks get tossed around more than beach balls at a Buffet concert. It’s the cool thing to do and quite frankly, I want to be cool. What’s great about the latest cool thing to do is that it teaches you something. Now that’s super cool. In this TED talk Ben Cameron discusses the power of the performing arts. He touches on the barriers they face in a era when everything is online and instant and he gives insight into the power they provide and they possible issues they can resolve. This is one beach ball to pass on. Check it out.

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November 28, 2010

Keeping Up With The Bus… There’s an App for that!

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

While we travel these United States it can be hard to keep up with all things Lennon Bus as we are constantly, and quite literally, “always on the move.” “I sit here watchin’ the wheels go round and round… I really love to watch them roll…” But don’t worry my John Lennon loving, peace craving, music education awareness spreading friends, there’s now an app for that. Check out this link below to download our FREE John Lennon Educational Tour Bus App and keep up with all the latest photos, videos, blogs, and your chance to win prizes from some of our lovely sponsors. CLICK HERE FOR THE iTUNES STORE ANDROID APP LINK

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November 26, 2010

Safe Nap Habits Your Hard Drive Will Thank You For

Written by Jeff Sobel

 

I often see people doing something relatively dangerous to their laptops, so thought it worth writing a blog post about.  Maybe it will save someone from having to take advantage of Apple’s amazing AppleCare and restoring all their files from their Time Machine backup. One of the great things about MacBooks is that they wake from sleep almost instantly when you lift their lid.  This is because when the computer is in Sleep mode it retains all the data in its memory (RAM) by using a small amount of power.  Since the contents of its memory are saved, when the computer wakes up it comes back in exactly the same state as when you put it to sleep.  Since power is required to retain the information in the computer’s RAM you’ll notice that if you leave your MacBook unplugged in sleep mode for awhile it will have less available battery when you wake it back up.  That’s the price you pay for the instantaneous wakeup that we all love. So what happens when the battery is completely drained?  Well, when the MacBook senses that the battery is just about depleted it goes into a deeper sleep mode, commonly referred to as Hibernation.  In Hibernate, the contents of the RAM are written to the hard drive and the computer goes completely to sleep.  Because hard drives don’t require power to retain their data, Hibernate mode doesn’t use the battery.  But when the computer is woken back up the RAM must be restored …

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