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elcabron

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Re: Win a pass to Tape Op Con 2004
« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2004, 02:12:54 pm »

Hey Y'all,

El Cabron here.

I'm following this essay contest with some interest.

I think what Larry and Fletcher are doing is great, a real cool opportunity for some young and motivated person.

I'm thinking two things:

a.) I can't go to Tape Op Con because I'm very busy and my wife and I are trying to get a house pretty soon. Life is hectic.

b.) I've learned a bunch from both Tape Op and RecPit and made some slightly better recordings as a result. This place has had a real, tangible benefit to my musical life.

Sooo, I'd like to give a little something back.

Thus, I'll give the essay winner a small stipend to spend as they wish in the Big Easy. Let's say 75 bucks.

Spend it on food, lodging, beer, strippers or whatever.

I'll get the winner's info and send a check thereafter.

One caveat: when the winner returns, they must write a cogent essay on the event. Details about panels and performances would be most welcome, as well the best meal you had.

I'll be reading and awaiting the results of this contest as often as I can.

(edit: I forgot to give a shout-out to J. Hall. Love the forum, J.)

Best,
Eddie



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Re: Win a pass to Tape Op Con 2004
« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2004, 03:09:25 pm »

WHOA

a third party throwin down 75 bucks on this thing

right now, we only have a few entries.  i'm actually a bit surprised myself.
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Re: Win a pass to Tape Op Con 2004
« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2004, 06:00:44 pm »

OK, count me in. I went over the 50 word limit, too. Whoops... Rolling Eyes

May I please have a comp entry to TapeOpCon 2004?

As a jack-of-all-trades & master-of-none, I yearn for the opportunity to bow at the feet of the Masters of Audio Recording and Engineering at TapeOpCon 2004 because I'm not a complete moron. But, I will always have a desire to learn, improve and share.

I've been from art school to engineering and business school and back again. I've been a line-cook, a print shop clerk, a neon sign maker and a few other things, too. One of the only true constants in my life is music (the other has been change). I borrowed a friend's guitar over thirty years ago and yes, I returned it but I haven't looked back. I've been playing, writing, recording ever since.

The recording process is truly magical to me, capturing invisible vibrations created by moving pressure gradients as they pass through thin air, preserving and making palpable the power and emotions of something that is conceptually so incredibly nebulous and fleeting. The feeling is second to none. It's my drug of choice and I need some more!

I've never had any formal training in any area of music or the recording arts. But, music is in my head always, constantly, an inseparable part of me. Sometimes it temporarily escapes me, or I lose it because I'm in the wrong place at the right time. Sometimes I get it down and it sounds great. Sometimes it doesn't sound so great. That hasn't stopped me. Nothing will.

I learn and improve by doing. I'm not motivated by the record industry or the far away, faint, unrealistic promise of fame. I get immense satisfaction from the creative process itself, transforming ideas into reality, crafting something with spirit, animation and feeling from a bunch of inanimate objects (drums & wires), helping others and myself to express and communicate in ways that go beyond the abilities of words. That's my motivation, my desire. And, the only thing that could make that process more rewarding for me would be the chance to get together with a bunch of folks who share these same passions, to share what we know and, collectively, further develop our technical and creative understanding and capabilities together at TapeOpCon 2004!
Woooo hooooo!!!

Charlie Barth

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Re: Win a pass to Tape Op Con 2004
« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2004, 07:22:11 pm »

not bad.
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Re: Win a pass to Tape Op Con 2004
« Reply #19 on: April 28, 2004, 01:28:16 pm »

Quote:

Thus, I'll give the essay winner a small stipend to spend as they wish in the Big Easy. Let's say 75 bucks.


Hey, thanks for sweetening the pot. That's might kind of you. Smile

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Re: Win a pass to Tape Op Con 2004
« Reply #20 on: April 28, 2004, 03:17:27 pm »

hey, my pleasure.
I really do enjoy this place.

Let's see some more essays...

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Re: Win a pass to Tape Op Con 2004
« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2004, 08:51:37 am »

elcabron wrote on Tue, 27 April 2004 14:12



Sooo, I'd like to give a little something back.

Thus, I'll give the essay winner a small stipend to spend as they wish in the Big Easy. Let's say 75 bucks.


That's a great idea... I'll sweeten it... we're taking a few friends out to dinner one night, probably Saturday... the lucky winner gets to come to dinner with us... in the past, that "dinner" has been one of the highlights of TapeOpCon for me... somehow I think the lucky winner will come away from it with an evening to remember...

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One caveat: when the winner returns, they must write a cogent essay on the event.


Absolutely!!!  From my perspective, not about going to dinner or anything like that... but what they picked up at the conference... what workshops they attended and why it was cool [or not cool], what panels they thought were interesting, etc...
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Re: Win a pass to Tape Op Con 2004
« Reply #22 on: April 30, 2004, 10:20:41 am »

i'd fly down to Nawlins for that dinner alone.

and i'm not kidding......this whole thing is worth A LOT more then face value at this point.
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Re: Win a pass to Tape Op Con 2004
« Reply #23 on: April 30, 2004, 09:39:53 pm »

Wow! And dinner, too (yum). :drool:
This is getting pretty tasty!

I'll bet I could write that follow-up report without even going to dinner, um... wait, uh... I mean, TapeOpCon. Yeah, TapeOpCon! Well, maybe... that is, er... you want it to not suck?

Hey! Is this contest going to be like a damn eBay auction where everybody waits until the last minute to throw in what they got (you lousy bunch of chickens)? [/brash taunting]

~ Charlie

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Re: Win a pass to Tape Op Con 2004
« Reply #24 on: May 01, 2004, 04:56:31 am »

begin "essay"

have dilemma.. want go conference. guy i work with (he=producer me=engineer) get go for free...we think split cost so both can go...but record we make mixing happen that weekend...we no mix but need be there. i want go conference anyway but cant afford. please help.

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me=english major in college.  read much hemingway.  since then talk like this.

really.


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Re: Win a pass to Tape Op Con 2004
« Reply #25 on: May 10, 2004, 11:13:52 pm »

Is anybody else checking this thing as frequently as I am?

Man, I'd about wet myself if I won the free pass; I expected more people to be at least mildly interested in entering. No posts in almost a week and a half?

-Dan.

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Re: Win a pass to Tape Op Con 2004
« Reply #26 on: May 11, 2004, 02:30:18 pm »

Hi, and thanks to Larry and Fletcher and J (& elcabron!)for the opportunity....  


so okay what the hell..
I'm Justin Collins, a 25 yr old freelance engineer in Denton, TX with a small multitrack project studio and a great community that keeps me busy.  Currently I'm staying fed by doing studio recordings, live 2-track recordings, and live sound mixing at a local music venue. I've been making 1/2" 8-track recordings of bands in this area since 1998.  
 
In Jan 03, after taking my own group to record with an experienced engineer at a world-class studio in Chi-town, I came back with the renewed inspiration to help document the independent underground music coming from Denton.  You guys may or may not know about Denton's one of a kind music scene, but you should!  There was not a place here that could provide a quality recording on the cheap, (much less a quality analog recording on the cheap.. it was either protools in yr bedroom or 300/day room, no in between!), so i set a day rate i thought my friends could afford and started making records from my house.  I specialize in working fast and capturing moments.  I work mostly with rock, folk and jazz artists.  Over the last year in my house I have finished 9 full lengths and about 17 EPs (plus another full length at a TDM room in ATL). Now some of these guys are selling their records at shows, turning heads at local press, and one group now has a deal with a local label for the next LP.  I get to work with new bands starting up, and often times it’s their first positive and laid back recording experience.  Its not big budget stuff, but I feel lucky to be able to help them get the word out and proud that I'm not ripping them off.  
 
Occasionally I assist engineer friends of mine who have been working in the area for years and have professional facilities, which brings me to why I'd like to go to TapeOpCon 04.  I think there are two good ways to learn about record making: Doing It Every Day and Talking With People Who Do It Every Day.  TapeOpCon brings so many independent recordmaking heavyweights to the panels and workshops (plus those just milling around!), I'm sure to bring back some fresh insight that will benefit me and the music makers in my town.  

I'm esp. interested in the basic studio construction and lo budget tech wrkshops!  ooh and mic design too!  
and the "serving yr community affordably" hits close to home...


Thanks for holding a contest, where are all the replys?  A trip to nawlins is usually a GOOD time!

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jc
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Re: Win a pass to Tape Op Con 2004
« Reply #27 on: May 11, 2004, 04:19:33 pm »

very cool, Satisfactory.

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Re: Win a pass to Tape Op Con 2004
« Reply #28 on: May 12, 2004, 02:06:04 pm »

I need to win a pass or I can't go.

Some crooks in New York ripped us off for $25,000 with two forged checks. God bless digital printing technology.

I need to go so I can be reminded why I try to be in this industry. I didn't enter recording to learn operating systems.

I started recording because I love music, musicians, and the people that design, fix, and install the gear.

Sign me up for total immersion recording therapy. I need a fix.
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Re: Win a pass to Tape Op Con 2004
« Reply #29 on: May 12, 2004, 11:54:29 pm »

24 hours...

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