If you think about it, every success story you read; every entrepreneur that says ‘You’ve just got to focus on what you want, ignore all the naysayers… you focus and you believe and you keep chasing that goal, and that’s how I got successful.’
That is also a perfect recipe for failure. It’s exactly how you fail, isn’t it? But the difference is, the people that failed aren’t writing those biographies.
“All drawing is process. You make some marks on paper. Those marks help guide you to make other marks. You frequently don’t know where you are going until you get there.”—Bert Dodson, Keys to Drawing (via)
To do something new, by definition, you must not know how to do it.
I’ve just gotten somewhat comfortable at doing things I don’t know how to do.
”—This is sort of both a nod to and paraphrase of T.S. Eliot & Charles Eames. It is one of the most helpful and encouraging thoughts to have when making something. If I’m doing something new, it is not only okay that I don’t know how to do it; it is required.
Hello. I'm so amazed by your work, and I also hear your younger brother Zachary is so devilishly handsome. Do you ever get inspiration for your music when suddenly finding yourself thinking, "Man oh man, is my younger brother Zachary so handsome or what!" Or, perhaps, "Maybe this part should have a really pretty piano line to try to convey how handsome my younger brother Zachary is." I'm very interested to know if this is part of your process, or if his handsomeness just goes without saying.
It mostly goes without saying, except for if you count all the times when he’s saying it.
Ok good Sir this is driving me bonkers lol Im about to watch the movie Mama someone DVR'd & the credits of the previous showing are going and I Can Not Figure Out What Movie This Is. Or i guess Documentary because the credits make it seem like some sort of Sports documentary film for HBO Sports. It has you credited & Judson Crane in music. I've been trying to Google getting no where lol. I ask because I'd like to find it for my dad who loves sports stuff. And for me too. Thank for any help!
Yes indeed… You caught the end of Sport In America, a documentary that my friend Jim Stern made for HBO and Sports Illustrated.
He asked me to do the score and although I was hesitant at first (I’m not a sports fan at all), I realized that they were telling an interesting and quite emotional story about how we’re all tied together through these common pursuits. My good friend Judson Crane was my right-hand man on this project and you’ll be able to hear lots of his brilliant performances in there.
If you have HBOgo, you should be able to catch the show whenever you’d like. Hope you and your dad enjoy it!
Hey man. Firstly, great work on Looper. I had a question about the sample editor you where using in Kontact. Is that apart of the Kontact software or is that third party? I'm a fellow sound designer and need a bit more options (especially with pitch, reversing, time stretching) than the exs24 sampler in Logic. I love NI stuff and thought I'd start getting into Kontact for manipulating samples. Anyway, thanks for your time. Keep up the awesome work.
Thanks so much. Yes, all of the sample editing (and most of the found-sound manipulation) for Looper was done inside Kontakt (specifically in the wave editor). It’s worth sitting down for a day with someone who knows the program, as it isn’t totally intuitive. There are lots of tutorials on YouTube as well (I found this one, which, judging by its length, looks pretty in-depth).
Definitely a worthwhile investment for a sound designer.
That’s America, we say, as news of the latest massacre breaks… and move on. But what if we no longer thought of this as just a problem for America and, instead, viewed it as an international humanitarian crisis – a quasi civil war, if you like, that calls for outside intervention? As citizens of the world, perhaps we should demand an end to the unimaginable suffering of victims and their families – the maiming and killing of children – just as America does in every new civil conflict around the globe.
The annual toll from firearms in the US is running at 32,000 deaths and climbing, even though the general crime rate is on a downward path (it is 40% lower than in 1980). If this perennial slaughter doesn’t qualify for intercession by the UN and all relevant NGOs, it is hard to know what does.
To absorb the scale of the mayhem, it’s worth trying to guess the death toll of all the wars in American history since the War of Independence began in 1775, and follow that by estimating the number killed by firearms in the US since the day that Robert F. Kennedy was shot in 1968 by a .22 Iver-Johnson handgun, wielded by Sirhan Sirhan. The figures from Congressional Research Service, plus recent statistics from icasualties.org, tell us that from the first casualties in the battle of Lexington to recent operations in Afghanistan, the toll is 1,171,177. By contrast, the number killed by firearms, including suicides, since 1968, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the FBI, is 1,384,171.
That 212,994 more Americans lost their lives from firearms in the last 45 years than in all wars involving the US is a staggering fact, particularly when you place it in the context of the safety-conscious, ‘secondary smoke’ obsessions that characterize so much of American life.