Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It was thirty years ago today...

From the Op-Ed pages of the NY Times, December 8, 2010:

JOHN and I are in our Dakota kitchen in the middle of the night. Three cats — Sasha, Micha and Charo — are looking up at John, who is making tea for us two.

Sasha is all white, Micha is all black. They are both gorgeous, classy Persian cats. Charo, on the other hand, is a mutt. John used to have a special love for Charo. “You’ve got a funny face, Charo!” he would say, and pat her.

“Yoko, Yoko, you’re supposed to first put the tea bags in, and then the hot water.” John took the role of the tea maker, for being English. So I gave up doing it.

It was nice to be up in the middle of the night, when there was no sound in the house, and sip the tea John would make. One night, however, John said: “I was talking to Aunt Mimi this afternoon and she says you are supposed to put the hot water in first. Then the tea bag. I could swear she taught me to put the tea bag in first, but ...”

“So all this time, we were doing it wrong?”

“Yeah ...”

We both cracked up. That was in 1980. Neither of us knew that it was to be the last year of our life together.

This would have been the 70th birthday year for John if only he was here. But people are not questioning if he is here or not. They just love him and are keeping him alive with their love. I’ve received notes from people in all corners of the world letting me know that they were celebrating this year to thank John for having given us so much in his 40 short years on earth.

The most important gift we received from him was not words, but deeds. He believed in Truth, and had dared to speak up. We all knew that he upset certain powerful people with it. But that was John. He couldn’t have been any other way. If he were here now, I think he would still be shouting the truth. Without the truth, there would be no way to achieve world peace.

On this day, the day he was assassinated, what I remember is the night we both cracked up drinking tea.

They say teenagers laugh at the drop of a hat. Nowadays I see many teenagers sad and angry with each other. John and I were hardly teenagers. But my memory of us is that we were a couple who laughed.

Yoko Ono is an artist.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

TFMAA at 129th AES in San Francisco...

The 129th AES Convention in San Francisco was once again held at the Moscone Center.

TFMAA was asked to serve on the panel at the Education Forum. This year's topic was Creating the Out-of-Class Experience. Our presentation was titled PRODUCTION IN ACTION: An Innovative Approach to Collaboration with the Industry. Alex Case, AES Education Committee Chair, moderated the 90 minute session.

Other educators and professionals on the panel included Agniezka Roginska, Paul Geluso, and John Storyk representing New York University, and Nathan Breitling, Ryan Kleeman representing Art Institute of California.

Hundreds of exhibitors filled the large hall. Boutique manufacturers of everything from high-end analog front end mic pres and eqs to medium and large format consoles to loudspeakers were on display. We noticed a remarkable resemblance in many of these new products to designs of the past.

TFMAA also had a table at the Education Fair. More schools than ever were present talking with prospective students of audio programs. Sam Pasquesi, Tom Siuchninski, Dakota Serviss, Adam Hajnos, and Kyle Olson all made the trip to represent the Recording Arts Department and institution.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Tribeca Flashpoint now listed as a Education Partner and Resource at SoundWorks Collection....

The SoundWorks Collection is a new site and organization linking students and educators to industry professionals and "behind the scenes" source material to be used in the classroom and consumed by anyone interested in knowing about the world of audio post-production for the film and game industries. Below is an example of their latest piece produced by Michael Coleman highlighting the audio post process on the new film The Social Network led by Supervising Sound Editor Ren Klyce. Check it out:

The SoundWorks Collection home site can be found here.

Friday, September 10, 2010

New Gear at TBFP...

Focal CMS50s as nearfields in both Post Control rooms.

Each of the Post rooms now have two channels of John Hardy M1 and two channels of Chandler LTD-2. Post 1 has two additional channels of Helios 69 and Post 2 has two additional channels of Chandler LTD-1.

Universal Audio 2-610S for Music Control.

Fender Twin 1965 Re-Issue.

Ampeg SVT7 Pro Bass Head and SVT410 Cabinet.

A pair of Neumann TLM67s.

New Surround Post Suite Coming Online at TBFP...

Like Post Control 2, this suite is equipped with the D-Command control surface. Barefoot MM27's are among the last items yet to be installed.