Audio tech and rigging

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Hello!  It's been awhile, I know, but for now, I'm just going to jump to today.  I may get motivated and go back and add some entries at some point...

I shadowed Paddy this morning to learn more about audio and it was good.  Lots of lots of technical terms that my brain could not process in one half day lesson.  With each mini-session I get, though, more of the picture comes together so I'll keep at it!  I've realized I need to do a self-study or something on sound because frequencies, subs, decibels, processors, amplifiers, dispersion are somewhat starting to have meaning in my head but my brain could use a lot of help!!  And I knew Paddy was intelligent but was even more impressed today.

Another surprise lesson that came of me being out on the floor was the head rigger volunteering some time for me later in the day.  It was a lady and I can't help but believe she wanted to help a fellow chica. :)  I made sure to find her and we went up into the catwalk (something I surprisingly never did at Pepsi Center) - 95 ft to the ground.  Sweet.  Barely a flutter but I'm pretty sure I'd have some butterflies out on a beam!  She also showed me a couple of crucial knots.  Think I have them down...which could also be very helpful if I decide to do some rock-climbing. :)  Rigging might hold some interest for me.

As I've said before, I can't imagine going back to an accounting office job and it's good to have a chance to delve a bit into some production areas and see what's out there!

I returned to my office after dinner to find that my young friend from merch, Alex, added some barricade in my office around my desk.  It made getting to the desk challenging and created a comical situation when people came in for payment and later for settlement.  He's been good fun these past few days, as has my new (and final) promoter prod rep.  They changed my Irish beanie bear into a super-hero yesterday with a bit of crushed red velvet becoming a cape and boots and a black waistband. :)

And I still managed to sneak in a great run with Richie and Ryan.  Weather here in San Jose - crisp, fall evening glory!

lots o' love
Andrea
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