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Sep. 26th, 2003

Quick update...

Volunteered at Vera last night for the United State of Electronica show as sound runner. It was a LOT of work, but lots of fun too. I helped out with sound check, miked up amps (lots of them), took care of little technical emergencies, and followed the sound guy around doing whatever he told me to.

USE were awesome, as usual. Despite the name, they are a killer band and I hope they do really well.

The most stressful part of the evening was when one of the girls' mikes kept cutting out. They were using every last one of our mikes, so we didn't have a spare. I ran to the back and grabbed a new cord and replaced it, on stage during a song, and got her working again. Suuuuuuuuper stressful. I had to crawl behind some amps, around a bunch of really expensive stuff, to get to where she was plugged in. Scary.

All in all, it was lots of fun, and I learned a lot. There are a million different variables and things to learn in sound engineering, but my training at Vera is free, so I'm gonna learn all I can from it. That way, when the bottom falls out of this "Internet" thing, I can just work shows full time!


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Sep. 26th, 2003 12:39 pm (UTC)
if you'd like, i can ask my brother if he'd allow you to hang around with him. he works at the old firehouse in redmond every friday & occasionally at ground zero in bellevue.
Sep. 26th, 2003 01:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks, but I wouldn't want to get in his way. Plus, I can pretty much get as much hands on experience as I want at Vera, if I can just put in the time. And it's nice working Vera shows because there's no smoking, idiotic drunks, really late nights, etc... But thanks millions!

Did your brother used to work at Vera or perhaps Sit n Spin? The sound guy I was working with last night said that our head engineer just left to go to the Firehouse (not sure if he meant Ballard or Redmond). He'd worked with the guy previously at Sit n Spin.
Sep. 26th, 2003 01:35 pm (UTC)
just so you know, the old fire house is redmond's teen center - no smoking, no drinking, & all shows start at 8pm.

i know he's had some involvement with vera, but they're been very weird about letting other people work the soundboard. he's been the sound engineer at the fire house for awhile now.

the other guy must be working in ballard, or got hired for the new media lab in redmond.
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