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November 25 – Kelowna – Grateful Fed

The Grateful Fed! I’ve met some interseting people there over the years, including Bucky from the Liptonians (he was touring by himself at the time). On this occasion, I met David Kopp at the open mic night. We discussed our own sounds then agreed that I’d back him up on one of his songs. I did and it went over quite well! Anyway, we got to talking after and he described a script he had written, and then informed me that he wanted me to do the music for it in a film adaptation! I graciously accepted, and the film won’t be in production for a while yet. However, it’s a great story and I’m really looking forward to reading the script! This opportunity comes at the perfect time as I’ve been wondering how I was going to get more film composition work!

The roads that afternoon were a little rough!

November 21 – Vancouver – The Purple Crab

I managed to have a really productive day on the ferry from Victoria to Vancouver. I worked on the soundtracks for Curtis Jensen’s two new short films. I also managed to finally get on deck on the ferry, while it wasn’t raining!

The Purple Crab was a great show! I shared the stage with a bunch of different and interesting acts! From the folk of Evan Symons to the 80’s alternative sounds of The Rain and the Sidewalk. It was also really nice to have some TBay friends in the audience, making me feel really welcome, and at home.

Studio Day 9

So after 7 days of working on both acoustic and electric guitars, they are all done! However…there is still one more thing that needs to be done with them: I need to royally abuse my old Fender, by laying it down on a baffle, attaching some mics to it, and slapping away like it was a hand drum. For those of you that haven’t seen me live, I used to beat that guitar into submission all the time, using it for ‘kickdrum’ sounds. I would also slap and tap the neck of the guitar to get percussive ‘handdrum’ sounds as well as a variety of other stuff. That’s all that needs to be done, BUT…I’m taking a short break from recording in order to focus on some other things:
the MA thesis is still being worked on. My transcribing machines finally arrived from the States the other day, so I’ve been diligently working my fingers every day, either by typing out hours of interviews, or laying down tracks for the album.
Secondly, I’m also working on another soundtrack. This short film is called ‘The Drink’ and has been put together by Apple Wagon Films. I also happened to be one of the 2 main actors, so it’s really neat to add atmospheric music that compliments the visual foreground.

[photo by Shannon Lepere]