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So I failed again with the monthly demo. My excuse: it’s been a stupid crazy busy month and I’m addressing the problem, since I can’t seem to keep up anymore. It’s not an awful problem to have but it’s uncool.

Anyway, I need to make myself pay for my failure, so here’s two humiliatingly incomplete things you can listen to.

#1: Every now and then people ask me to make intro music for their shows or whatever. Then their shows get cancelled or do not air. Amber MacArthur asked me to do one last year and the show was immediately disintegrated. Here’s the thing I wrote for her:

Intro Music for the Damned [1.6 MB]

#2: Ben and I have been working on the two-person Brad Sucks live show for a while but are bringing a drummer in now. To help him out with practicing on his own we recorded the live set in my office. Direct-in, one take and at very low volume. Here are some embarrassing clips from that:

Crappy Live Clips [4 MB]

Neither are mixed worth a whatever, etc, etc, etc.

Posted on - August 24, 2009 [at] 9:40 pm by Brad
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Holy smokes, I’m looking to hire an assistant. I figure I’d rather hire someone who reads this site, so I’m starting my search here. Are you interested? Some things:

  • you must be awesome at using the web (programming not necessary)
  • you must have good writing and language skills
  • you must be decent at interacting with other humans (via phone & email mostly)
  • you unfortunately probably have to like my music (or fake it really really well)
  • your location doesn’t matter
  • artistic talent would be a bonus
  • you like new challenges, wearing different hats, yadda yadda, etc, etc.

Most tasks are related to Brad Sucks but I’ve got other projects I’m looking for work on as well. If you’re down, please email me at brad@bradsucks.net and tell me a bit about yourself. Thanks!

Update: Wow, I got a shocking number of applications. I’ve filled the position now, thanks to everyone who applied!

Posted on - August 19, 2009 [at] 10:55 pm by Brad
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I’ve been busy lately re-doing my “studio” (aka office). First thing was to get a new desk (out with the Jerker, in with the Galant). After that it was an Eina night stand and a Galant drawer unit. The most recent thing has been building my own acoustic panels to deaden the sound in here a bit for better mixing and recording:

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I had researched acoustic panels a bunch and there was a ton of conflicting information out there. It wasn’t until I found this great how-to that it seemed approachable. The big issue for me was that the rigid fiberglass Americans use is Owens Corning 703 or 705 and figuring out what the equivalent was up here in Canada was difficult. (Turns out it’s OFI 48).

After locating the right rigid fiberglass, I found some black muslin fabric and cut up some plywood I had laying around. I’ve made two panels so far – the second one is far uglier than the first because I am not skilled, but both of them provide a startling amount of sound dampening. I’ve been making non-sound nerds speak against my regular wall and then into the panels and they’ve been shocked at the difference even if they don’t care about acoustics.

I’m going to build a few bass traps for behind my monitors and then a few free-standing panels I can move around and use for whatever and then I should be good for a while.

Posted on - August 17, 2009 [at] 1:14 pm by Brad
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Yep, this is awesome:

Posted on - August 6, 2009 [at] 9:59 pm by Brad
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