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.

The Wait of Words

February 9, 2012

13 years is a long time. A child can become a woman, a man may re-find love.

I cannot stop speeding trains, nor leap to untold heights, but it would seem that I am capable of living long enough to have something precious return to my life and in its happening, move me to my core.

The phone rang, and naturally enough, I answered. At first I thought it was a student, but no, it was someone much closer; much, much closer, and we hadn't spoken for thirteen years.

She called me. I was thrilled. I was amazed. I was so very thankful.

We spoke for a few moments and agreed to meet for a coffee – and we did. I tried not to cry when I saw her but I think she saw through me. I tried not to repeat myself, but I did. I told all my stories, mostly poorly and without structure. I rambled aimlessly with little direction and only the dimmest glimmer of adventure. I listened very carefully, hanging on to her words and hints and eye-movement and nuance. I tried not to be so old and tried harder to seem wiser than I might ever have seemed in the past. I tried to be kind and better than I have ever been. I tried not to show how thrilled I was that she was sitting across from me and that we were together again.

I had been waiting for so long for this thing to happen that I could barely, just barely contain myself. I was giddy with delight and as nervous as a schoolboy. Amazed that maybe, just maybe there was a chance to reconnect with who she had become.

And what a wonderful thing she has become! All that I might have imagined, all that I might have hoped for, all that the world needs. She is a woman now. Capable and strong, curious and determined – self aware, considered and kind. Educated and traveled. Loved and lost a little too. Complete, to a degree, and whole, with allowance, considered, well versed and passionate. Things mattered to her and she took those things to heart. She wore them proudly and spoke of her convictions with resolution when she could.

I am thrilled beyond belief that this wonderful thing has happened to me. I am thrilled that she called. I am overjoyed that we might have some kind of relationship again. I am proud of her. I marvel at her strength, her kindness and above all her courage.

Every single female friend that I shared this story with said that I absolutely must wait for her to make any further motion. That I must not 'push', that I must allow her to make whatever decisions she needs to make with regard to how we might proceed. Forward or not, with or without, more, or sadly, less. I will wait, and I will trust that we we will move forward, that this delightful event wasn't a one time thing. I hope that we can move from here to, well, wherever tomorrow may lead us. Thirteen years is a long time to wait to hear the words: ” Hi Rob, it's Amy.”


Why I Love Craigslist

February 9, 2012

Craigslist Ad:

We are a small & casual restaurant in downtown Vancouver and we are looking for solo musicians to play in our restaurant to promote their work and sell their CD. This is not a daily job, but only for special events which will eventually turn into a nightly event if we get positive response. More Jazz, Rock, & smooth type music, around the world and mixed cultural music. Are you interested to promote your work? Please reply back ASAP.

A Musician's Reply:

Happy New Year! I am a mus...

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But Wait, There's More!

September 29, 2010
My friend Jonathan Stanley works with a group of people that develop entertaining content in combination with amazing technology for the tourism trade. They build systems that enable visitors of major tourist attractions to experience the attraction through GPS driven technology and dynamic story telling . Better still, they offer their entertainment in as many languages as the operator might like to service.

The other day, Jonathan turned me on to a video that had impressed him with its compe...
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You didn't think...

August 23, 2010

When I was a little boy and got into trouble, my Dad would work the ‘discussion’ regarding my latest less than brilliant move, around to a point where invariably I would have to say ” I didn’t think…” hoping to add something like “…the window would be in the way”, or that “…the sink would overflow”, or “…the deck would catch fire”, but he of course wo...

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Today I found this:

January 20, 2010
Has it really been so long? So long since I had anything to say, to pass on, to contribute? Sadly, thus is so. Perhaps I might might kick start my sorry ass with these fine words I encountered just a few moments ago:

Dr. King once said:

"Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve from all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggres...

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How big is it?

January 16, 2009