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Which is what they called the 2012 edition of the Video Game Awards on Spike. The nice folks at MTV Technical asked LRT to handle the music acts for the show, and I had the privilege of doing the music mixes. The live performances were from Linkin Park, Tenacious D, and Gustavo Santaolalla. The show went live on December 7, 2012, and as you might expect it was a blast.

I was cleaning out my computer bag, found these sheets, and was just about to trash them when I thought "some scholar writing a dissertation about live broadcast may find these interesting in 80 years or so." Probably not, but here they are anyways. These are the cue sheets I prepare for myself when doing a live mix--Castle Of Glass is Linkin Park, and Rize Of The Fenix is Tenacious D. The show script will have all of the lyrics printed out, but a long song can reach 20 pages or more. I need something I can glance at, get my fingers in the right place and make the move just before the word or lick happens. So I end up making my own cue sheets and then making notes on those after listening to the rehearsal a few times. These are the ones I used at the VGAs. Note that Tenacious D takes 2 pages--they really like the long-form rock anthem.


Click on the image to see it full screen. The links below will take you to the Spike TV video portal where you get to see a quick ad and then the video. Have patience.




ROVE LA SEASON 2

Well, it's all over for Season 2. We had an incredible time, and I will miss Rove and the staff greatly until the next cycle. Rove McManus had the most popular live "chat" show in Australia for something like 10 years, and after he moved to LA, Foxtel in Australia asked him to do a weekly show to beam back to Oz, taking advantage of the availability of big-name guests in LA. It was a big hit, so they asked him to do a Season 2. And what a guest list--John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Michael Buble, Zach Braff, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Silverman, Rob Schneider, Wayne Brady, Aisha Tyler, Rainn Wilson, Russell Brand, four baby pigs and a full-grown rhinoceros (no joke--a real rhinoceros, running through the Warners lot). This season the TV Guide Channel picked up the show for the USA, so you can actually see it here. It's freaking hysterical. For my money Rove is the best talk show host since Johnny.

Rove (r) with Joel McHale, Wendi McClendon-Covey and Wayne Brady

Photo by Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging

Doing Rove is also very special for me because it gives me a chance to follow a show all the way through from production to post (see The Gypsy System). I have a chance to fix any goofs I might have made during taping and really get the thing polished. Typically we would shoot Wednesday nights and edit/sweeten on Thursday (really talented editor named Gerrad Holtz) with a Thursday night delivery back to Oz. Sure hope we come back for Season 3!

LOVING THE SILENT TEARS

My old friend Trace Goodman (Goodman Audio, really terrific audio production company) has a client called SMTV. They do an annual celebration in LA, and the last two years they have capped it with a Broadway-level original musical. Trace, bless his heart, recommended LRT and myself to do the broadcast mix for the musical portion back in 2011. For 2012, the celebration was at the Shrine, and the musical was entitled "Loving The Silent Tears." It is essentially a spiritual/musical tour of the countries of the world set to poetry with a strong environmental and humanitarian influence. It features music from (among others) Al Kasha, Don Pippin, and David Shire, and performances from Jon Secada, the wonderful Debbie Gravitte, and an absolute knockout punch from persian superstar Siavash Shams. As you might assume, the music and performances were top-notch with a large pit orchestra directed by the talented (and feisty!) Doug Katsaros. LRT was brought in to do the mix for the musical for the live broadcast, and I am now putting the finishing touches on the DVD mix in LRT.

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LRT next to Denali's new flagship, California, behind the Shrine


SHINEDOWN LIVE

Got a call from a nice guy, Garrett Davis, who works with the band Shinedown. He needed to record the band's live performance in Phoenix at the end of September, but just as impiortant to Garrett was having a room he could trust to monitor the tracks in as the show went down. So the truck and I headed to Phoenix to help out. Great band, great tracks, hoping to hear something from Garrett about a release…


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Garrett at the D-Control. He's quite a power user, and fluent in all things Pro Tools.

Garrett's crew got the black t-shirt memo

LRT behind the pavilion



RESOLVED 2012

Darius hard at work at the D-Control

Back in 2008 I got a call from a young LA mixer named Darius Fong. Darius has one continuing project very near to his heart--a praise band called Enfield. One Enfield’s major projects is an annual conference called Resolved. Darius and the band had decided they wanted to produce a live album of the band at the conference, so they hired LRT to come out and do the original 2008 recording and provide Darius with a space to accurately monitor the tracks he would be using to produce the album. Everything went very well, and the album they produced was very successful.

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Enfield stops long enough for a group portrait

Well, now here I sit (June, 2012) once again in the loading dock of the Palm Springs Convention Center helping Darius record another Enfield album.

So what’s changed in four years? Well, Enfield, already a great band, has progressed to the point where they can read each other’s minds on stage. LRT has a great big Digidesign console in place of the Yamahas, and Resolved has announced this is their final conference. Also, in the mean time, I lost my best friend and coworker, Gary Van Pelt. For all of us, it’s a little bittersweet.

One of my favorite things is watching Darius discover functions on the ICON and integrate them into his workflow. Already a Pro Tools power user, everything is familiar to Darius, but it’s great to listen to him instantly remix a performance and then put it up on the Enfield website as a promo. Now THAT’S a power user.

Darius is a true “golden ears” mixer and really nice guy. He trained with Bill Schnee, and if you’re an audio geek you know that’s about as good as you get. Rock of Ages:Enfield Live at Resolve 2012 is scheduled for release 8/14/12, go to http://enfieldband.com. The arrangements and playing are really top-notch, and hearing several thousand conference goers sing along is quite emotional.


CEASARS PALACE TOTAL REWARDS RELAUNCH

Cee-Lo and friends announce Vegas show at the TR Launch

This is a difficult one even to describe. If you heard about this, or were at one of the venues, you know it was amazing.

In a nutshell, Ceasar’s Palace has re-branded its preferred guest program, the one they call Total Rewards. They decided that what they really needed to introduce the revamped rewards program to the world was a big free concert. Great idea. But in true Vegas style they took it several steps beyond--not just a free concert in one city, but a coordinated free concert in FOUR cities simultaneously--Los Angeles, New Orleans, Chicago, and New York. The idea was that each city would have several artists perform live over three hours, and that highlights from each city would be beamed to the other three cities to put up on their big screens during the act changeover. Los Angeles was chosen as the hub.

The big day was March 1, and the LA venue was the Hollywood and Highland Center, home of the former Kodak Theater, next door to Grauman’s Chinese and across the street from the Egyptian and the Jimmy Kimmel Live theater. They built a giant stage in the plaza and hired Lil’ Wayne and Cee-Lo Green to perform, each with a full backup band.

LRT was brought in to handle the music mix for the two acts and push it over to the AMV EPIC 3D truck for distribution to the web and the other cities.

One of the coolest things about this was that each act got to do a short set, not just a song or two. Cee-Lo took the opportunity to announce to the world that he had just made a deal to do a long-term major show at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

The show was nerve-wracking, but very exciting.


LRT at Hollywood and Highland before the show


TOAST OF THE NATION

LRT next to the Blue Whale

As I sit here we’re just a few hours away from the West Coast feed of NPR’s annual Toast of the Nation New Year’s Eve broadcast. LRT is the mix facility for the broadcast from the relatively new LA jazz club the Blue Whale. Bay area vet Phil Edwards is mixing (the hands you see on the home page are Phil’s), and the band is the Billy Childs Quartet. Very technical, demanding stuff, but Billy’s natural gifts constructing lines makes it very accessible as well.

LITTLE RED TRUCK MODIFICATIONS

I can’t get over the change the D-Control has made in the capabilities of the truck. And it must be admitted, driving this desk is FUN.

ROVE LA

Rove McManus is a very funny Aussie who had one of the most successful late night shows down under for 10 years. He’s now doing a weekly show that airs in Australia and Great Britain, but he’s doing it from CBS in Hollywood. The guest list has been phenomenal, and as I mentioned, Rove is hysterical. We shoot the show on Thursday and I do all the audio post on Friday--I moved my Pro Tools HD|Native system into the office next to the editor, added two Avid Artist Mix panels and my lava lamp and away we go.

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