grenou

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from St. John's, NL., Canada

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    • Fell On Black Days

      4 days ago

      grenou

      I awoke this morning to the news that Chris Cornell passed away at the far-too-young age of 52. The first time I heard Soundgarden's music was on MuchMusic, when they played a then-brand new song called "Jesus Christ Pose". It's relentlessness and tenacity grabbed me by the face and never let go.


      I was hooked.

      In the years to follow, we were treated to many, many more masterpieces, including the collaboration Temple of the Dog. Then came Superunknown and Soundgarden's (as well as Chris') place in music history was cemented.


      I won't dig through every little nuance of how SG's (and later Chris' solo career, and Audioslave's)  music shaped my musical influence. Frankly, I don't truly know if I could explain it all, myself. But, there are hints of it creeping through in virtually everything I've put to tape either through the ERBoRT I partnered with Jeremy on, and later, from "T.O P." through the AH Throwdown, yet to be released. 1551 stuff is positively dripping with it... especially the newest one that is still in progress.


      Not sure where I'm going with this. Stream of consciousness, trying to process this news, I guess. For now, I'm going to play as much SG and Audioslave music as I can.


      Until it stops hurting....

    • Well, FU, too....!

      1 week ago

      grenou

      Happy Community Day, urrryone!


      Spring seems to FINALLY have taken a foothold, here in St. John's. All of the snow is gone. We're going to see temps in the double digits for the second day in a row (Celsius, of course). There's still a shitload of pack ice and icebergs just offshore, but that makes for great photos... which I haven't taken any of. My bad.


      It's also the 15th of the month, meaning it's RT Community Day! And, for the first time in a dog's age, I have a new shirt to wear on C-Day. Behold...!


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      On top of that, late last night (literally about 15 minutes before I went to bed), a little birdie (@PhoenixFilms) informed me that I'm the FU, for the day...!

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      Thanks to whatever deity makes that call. Much appreciated!


      All in all, Not too shabby of a start to the week.


      Does this mean the rest of my week is going to be shit?

    • Jayzuz, today has been a "thing"...

      1 month ago

      grenou

      Grateful to be sat up in my In-Laws' living room. Left my parents' place at 8 this morning. Got on the Burgeo highway at 9:20 am. Came to an abrupt stop at Buck Lake (about 40 km from Burgeo, itself) with the snowplow stuck. We patiently waited 5.5 hours for another crew to arrive (aka: The Calvary).


      At 5:50 pm, we boarded the ferry.


      At 7:20 pm, we pulled up to my in-laws'. And it was glorious!


      Can I have an uneventful return trip, later this week? That's not too much to ask, right..?!

    • Been boning up on my knowledge, of late.

      1 month ago

      grenou

      So, basically for work purposes, I've been spending quite a bit of time in FCPX, lately. I've been using it to edit the recordings of our office's Lecture Series Livestreams that we host. Our latest lecture with Dr. Katherine Young is now up if anyone would like to check it out. I've also been editing a BTS video of the tech set-up for these lectures, in addition to editing the BTS of the making of the music for the AH Rap Throwdown. That one is finished, and ready to submit to the LPCommunity channel. I just need to check on a couple of things, first. I'm not what most would call "good" at this type of thing. But, I'm much better than I was.


      Not only that, but a mixing project has been handed to me in which the drums were not recorded the best. And, I'm a bit embarrassed to say that I was originally the one who recorded them before handing off the project to another person to finish the rest of the tracking. Clearly the environment in which I recorded them mislead me with what I thought I was hearing. So, in order to correct this, I've learned how to convert audio into hitpoints, which can then be converted into a MIDI file, and THEN used to trigger supplemental drum sounds. All within Nuendo 6.5. In my opinion, it may have saved these mixes from a state of being completely underwhelming. Bullet dodged...


      But, I'm pretty pleased with everything that I've been pushing myself to learn, these past few weeks. Hoping I can keep it up.



    • At long last...

      2 months ago

      grenou

      It's been months in the making (literally) with a pile of work loaded into it. But, as of Friday, the AH Throwdown has been mastered and uploaded to Roosterteeth to do with as they see fit. I'm elated with how it turned out, to say the least. Here's a quick shot of the mastering session window.

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      Not long after the official release (don't ask me when that will be - I have no clue), I'm hoping to upload a "Making of/behind the scenes" video to the Let's Play Community channel. I video'd m'self at various points of the process, and I'll be narrating other bits of it, as well.


      However long it is before the official release is, it'll be worth it, I assure you. I think both myself and Jeremy feel like this is the best thing we've worked on together, yet.

    • Monthly update a "thing" with me now...?

      2 months ago

      grenou

      Apparently, I seem to only be writing a journal on this site once a month, these days. Not that I haven't been around, because I have. Just in full on "lurk" mode. It's been quite a busy few weeks which is the primary reason I haven't found much time to really interact here, on the site. Twitter seems to be my stop-gap solution for online interactivity, these days. The 140 character limit forces me to maintain some brevity. Which is good, as I haven't really had much time to spare, of late.


      Office life has been quite "involved", of late. There's been several major projects nearing completion, as well as a handful of ad hoc and minor projects rolling through. We've also had some of Live stream events here at the research centre that I work at. The next one is Weds, Mar 1st 7:30 NL time (6 pm Eastern) that will discuss Music as Torture with Dr. Steven Friedson (insert your own Nickelback joke, here). I'll be looking after all things technical for this, as per usual. All cock-ups will be mine.


      As of yesterday, all of the vocals for the upcoming AH rap throwdown have been recorded. I'm guessing today is edit day, and hopefully I'll see those in my Dropbox sometime either late today or early tomorrow. I'm very much looking forward to hearing what has been wrought..! It's been quite the endeavour to put together all of the tracks for this one. Without vocals, I'm up to about 70 individual tracks. I've been shooting a "making of/behind the scenes" for this. Hoping to have it appear on the Let's Play Community channel, sometime after the official release.


      That's about it, for the moment. I'm really hoping to start partaking of the site once things settle down a bit. That might be in another month, judging by my long term schedule, at this point. Hopefully sooner.


      Cheers!

    • MUUUUUCH better...!

      4 months ago

      grenou

      After both of our respective Galaxy S3s decided to follow 2016 into oblivion (mine more so than hers), my wife and I each became owners of brand new S6s, today. And I'm elated to report that the RT/AH sites work far better now than they did on the old phone.


      Excellent...!

    • All the Fingers in ALL the pies...

      5 months ago

      grenou

      Since getting into work, this morning, I have:


      1. Did further mix tweaks on the AH Throwdown. Well, on what's done, so far at least (first four verses)

      2. Started the music for verse 5 for the afore mentioned Throwdown

      3. Dismantled and put away all the tech set-up from last night's event held here at the Research Centre.

      4. Got Building maintenance dude to stop by and ask him why a quarter of the lights in said Gallery are no longer working (electrician being called)

      5. Completed editing two videos that will eventually be edited together to form one for future upload to our Research Centre's Youtube channel.

      6. Doing audio restoration in Izotope X 5 Advanced on material I digitized a couple of weeks ago


      Up next: creating opening and closing title sequences for that eventual video.


      Maaaaybe, I'll get back to working on that Throwdown, a bit later, today. Clock is a-tickin' on that.


      Also very delighted to have been featured on this week's Easily Excitable Podcast, once again! Aways a hoot talking to @topham..!


      Cheers!

    • To all of my friends State-side

      5 months ago

      grenou

      May you have an enjoyable and safe Thanksgiving. Reconnect with family and friends. Reflect on all that you have to be grateful for.


      And if you can, take time to help someone less fortunate. #PayItForward

    • So, it's been a while...

      7 months ago

      grenou

      How are you, m'Lovelies!

      Time for an update, isn't it? Been far too long, and the past little while has been.... "interesting" to say the least.


      Here at work, not only do I have a new Director of the research center I'm employed with. But, the entire School of Music has a new Dean, as well. So far, Dr. Harris Berger (Director) and Dr. Ian Sutherland (Dean) have been most enjoyable to work for. Lots of new opportunities to expand my professional skill set and projects to try. For example:


      My office is getting into live streaming certain events that we host. Namely, our MMaP Lecture Series. Our first event has come and gone, and served as an alpha test of this new plan. Thanks to me, it failed completely...! Despite doing a couple of test streams on my own personal channel with the ad hoc gear leading up to the event, I still managed to bung the works of it. A post mortem in the morning revealed exactly what I did wrong. You won't fool me again, Wirecast 7.1... smiling_imp It also solidified what tech we were going to need to pick up before the next event on October 25th. The Director wants this one to be the "debut" so, pressure's a liiiittle bit on, right now. I'll still have to borrow an HD camera for these events (we only have one on site, at the moment), but that's no problem. The School of Music has already offered HD cameras when we need them.


      So right now, I'm waiting on a new capture card to arrive: a Magewell Pro Capture Quad HDMI


      pro-capture-quad-hdmi_zpszwoazm87.jpgFour discrete channels of HDMI inputs. LOVE it! Yes, I know there are limitations to HDMI, but I cannot foresee ever coming close to going beyond them. As soon as this bad boy shows I, I go back into testing mode. I'm looking forward to the new toys.


      At some point we're going to be doing podcasts, as well. I'm not sure if they'll be video or just audio, at this point. In my mind, if we have the resources, we might as well go full on.


      Home life has been going okay. The Little Fella is firmly into his "terrible two's" which, truth be told, hasn't been too bad. He just gets into moods... THEN it becomes frustrating. grimacing Sadly, I've also 3 weeks in to a 6 week doctor-ordered ban on any running or similar levels of exertion on my legs. The right one in particular. I popped a muscle in my right calf that damn near sent me to the hospital. I did go see a doctor, fearing that it would require surgery (yes, it hurt that much). I can't wait to be cleared for activities, again. But I must be patient. I was told if I hit back at it too early, I could cause enough damage to actually warrant surgery.... scary shit.


      Seems like there's something else.......


      Oh. Right...!



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      THAT happened! Got word from Jeremy a couple of weeks before it aired that it had been included into RvB14. Understandably, I did a bit of nerding out. After being a close fan of this show for a number of years now, it was a shade surreal to see my name listed in the credits for an episode. Honestly, @Keegan's name should be in there too, as it's his guitar parts from the original ERBoRT. I'm a bit bummed by him not being there. The only guitar I play is on the new addition for Felix and Locus' verse. But still.... pretty gawddamn cool, right?

      There is new 1551 stuff in the works. It's a bit slow going due to our schedules. When the free moments present themselves, we make progress. The wait will be worth it, I swear.

      Might run out of space in a second. Further updates will have to wait, I guess

  • About Me

    An audio engineer from Newfoundland doing audio restoration at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Still love doing studio projects when I get the chance. Primarily working with Nuendo 6.5, and Izotope RX5 Advanced. Occasional collaborator on EPIC RAP BATTLES OF ROOSTERTEETH and RT Raps & Throwdowns... Half of the music duo 1551.

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    on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/spencer-crewe

  • Comments (31)

    • Joron093 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of The Forges

      1 week ago

      Well happy FU day to you!

      • grenou

        6 days ago

        Merci, mon ami!

    • andytheciderman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTCyclist/Keeper of Wine

      1 week ago

      Happy FU Day!

      • grenou

        1 week ago

        Thanks, good sir! 

    • LadyOddDuck FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Call Me Duck

      1 week ago

      Happy FU Day!

      • EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold should always think ahea

        1 week ago

        +1 Ditto  stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye

      • grenou

        1 week ago

        Thanks, guys! Never have the initials "FU" had such a positive connotation for me, before...! XD XD

    • Toptoast FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of the Breakfast

      5 months ago

      Happy Birthday!

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      • grenou

        5 months ago

        I'm not entirely sure what it is I'm looking at, but I'll take 12 of them..! 


        Thanks, TopToast..! 

    • andytheciderman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTCyclist/Keeper of Wine

      5 months ago

      Hahaha Happy Birthday!


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      • grenou

        5 months ago

        You're not wrong... LOL (Thanks, BTW!)


        Cheers, buddy!

    • Lpokmnj FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold I miss my LGOP's.

      5 months ago

      So @EricHVela said it's your birthday. Told us all to come annoy you. So thank him for this. Anyways,


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      • grenou

        5 months ago

        LOL... Thanks! Oddly enough, "Carlton" is a bit of an inside joke with me, IRL. My friend's Grandmother always called me Carlton - despite being told my names countless of times over the years..! 

    • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

      1 year ago

      Rawr! Would you be free at any point to record a short-ish podcast? It's been too long...

    • Raf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ShimmySham Gaming

      2 years ago

      Hey, thanks for the add! Read your "hello" journal earlier on. Pleasure to meet you!

      • Raf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ShimmySham Gaming

        2 years ago

        Hahahaha, no problem! smiley6.gif

      • grenou

        2 years ago

        Good sir, you mistake me for someone who values good manners... smiley0.gifsmiley0.gif But, I appreciate the effort. smiley8.gif

      • Raf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ShimmySham Gaming

        2 years ago

        hahaha, well in that case. Hello, I am Raf. You know, for proper introductions and what not, can't forget my manners now smiley4.gif

      • grenou

        2 years ago

        Likewise! I've seen your name bantered around quite a bit. It was high-time I made your acquaintance. smiley0.gif

    • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

      2 years ago

      Warm Fuzzies are a thing. This is mine to you:

      Thanks for the amusement that are your journal posts, and the interactions we have are wonderful. Even the likes on my posts brighten my days! Thanks for being around, I certainly appreciate your presence!

      <3

      • grenou

        2 years ago

        After the day I've been having (the first half was really good. The middle section was a massive frustration), this was really nice to read. I'm feeling better already.

        Hopefully, I didn't actually give myself another concussion.... just rattled my noggin good. And that wasn't the worst thing that happened to me this afternoon.

        Thanks for the Warm Fuzzies. I needed it big time.

        We should chat again really soon. It's been too long smiley1.gif

    • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

      2 years ago

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I HOPE IT'S WONDERFUL! THIS IS THE BEST MONTH FOR BIRTHDAYS!

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        Yarr, and EliteIzzys birthday is friday the 12th, and i know RIPs1991 is saturday, the same as me.

      • grenou

        2 years ago

        Oh nice... Yours is in a couple of days..! Excellent..! smiley0.gif

      • grenou

        2 years ago

        Gracias, mi Amigo!! I take it, you're a fellow Decembercon..? smiley8.gif

    • nodnarBBackward

      2 years ago

      Dude...are you a dad yet?

      • grenou

        2 years ago

        Nope. That is one stubborn kid my wife is carrying..... Not sure which one of us he gets it from, either. smiley0.gif

    • nodnarBBackward

      2 years ago

      Hey man! Any progress on Overthrown? No hurry or pressure or anything; I just wanted to be sure I gave you all the stuff you needed. Let me know! I'm looking forward to hearing what you come up with.

      • grenou

        2 years ago

        Can do!

      • nodnarBBackward

        2 years ago

        Cool! Let me know if there's anything else you need for it.

      • grenou

        2 years ago

        It's progressing. Been a bit hard to get at it in between regular work, here at the office. I'm picking away at it. Hopefully, I have something for you to listen to sometime, next week. smiley1.gif

  • Questions answered by grenou

    What's your happy song?

    | Asked by: Austin0434 1 year ago

    There's a couple: For getting fired up, Metallica's cover of "Die Die My Darling" makes me very happy, every single time I listen.


    For chilling, it's Mark Knopfler's "Shangri-La". The delivery and imagery of that song just oozes calmness and happiness. Never fails to put a smile on my face.


    There's lots of songs that make me happy. But those are two that stand out.