Browsing Archive: November, 2008

Guitar Hero?

Posted by Rob Crowston on Tuesday, November 25, 2008, In : Social Comment 
I am a recording engineer, I have always made my living rotating knobs, pushing faders and moving microphones. Long ago, in my radio days, I was the Production Manager of a major market station. These guys had money, times were good and I had a supportive Chief Engineer ( the solder kind of engineer ) who let me have real and meaningful input into the design of our production facilities. Thanks Jack!

We were moving from an ancient facility built in the 50's across the pond to a brand new purp...
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Sometimes we are apart

Posted by Rob Crowston on Tuesday, November 18, 2008, In : Advertising 
This evening I was having a conversation with a man who had a dog and I happened upon an ad by the Sierra Club. It showed three men in casual attire standing outside. Two of the men were younger, while the third, the man in the middle, was older. There was a calculated ruggedness to the men - these were men that might, when asked, be capable of doing something good, something positive. Their attire was casual, ready, easy. Their expressions compassionate, strong, kind.

The ad was within the pa...
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Abbey Road

Posted by Rob Crowston on Friday, November 14, 2008, In : Recording 
A few years ago digital recording giant Digidesign was offering an 8-track version of Pro Tools ( a multi-track recording software platform ) as a workable demo - all for free! My guess is that it was probably downloaded by 700 billion musicians world-wide. This was long before Digidesign decided that they would fall in with Avid, and loose their edge. At the same time there was a forum related to this free down load, and it happened that my friend Martin was reading this very same forum and ...
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Improv Everywhere!!!

Posted by Rob Crowston on Sunday, November 9, 2008, In : Web Stuff 
I stumbled upon this site a while back and ever since The Great and Powerful Harvey Ostroff introduced me to improv ( that'd be about 1970 or so.... ) I've kept my eye on what was being done...
These guys have it - what fun!
Check 'em out at: http://improveverywhere.com/

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If I can build one....

Posted by Rob Crowston on Sunday, November 9, 2008, In : Web Stuff 
Then surely you can too. This is the link to Synthasite. Am online web page building / hosting / domain name reseller that has it pretty well figured out. Quick, easy and you're in charge! My friend  Doreen Copeland a writer by profession, built a Synthasite in about a day, and although she's one of the nicest and kindest women on the planet, she's not an HTML wiz! But there she is - out there on the net in a day for free!!! That's gotta be good news!
Here's the Synthasite address: http://www....
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About Me


Rob Crowston I'm an award winning multimedia producer with a background, and it turns out a foreground in print, radio, television, and advertising. A sound engineer, producer, writer and voice-over artist. You've heard my work in many radio and TV spots, documentaries, corporate videos, audio walking tours and on-line. I've been an instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, an instructor at Langara Community College. These days, I teach creative multimedia production to young people at the Wachiay Friendship Centre ( WaMM - www.wachiaymultimedia.com ) Along with all that other stuff, I live happily with my wife Shelley McGaw and our dog, Molly in the little community of Courtenay on Vancouver Island. My passions lie in high-end audio, deep in the heart of the Hi-Fi jungle and I care about music, recording, film, fiction and art. I'm fascinated by architecture, design, technology and their impact on our society and our culture.