January 18, 2017

Various Things...

by Chris Randall

It is no doubt apparent to long-time readers that I coasted this site for most of 2016, preferring to experiment with other outlets. Having now done my research, it's time to get back in the saddle with a new plan for 2017. So here's some things that are coming up:

1. Videos. Due to spending two months with someone else's teeth in my mouth (which isn't near as interesting as it sounds) I was uncomfortable making videos for the AI YouTube channel. However, that process was completed yesterday, and now we can return to our regularly-scheduled vitriol. Having tried some various things, I've discovered what works and what doesn't in that format, at least as far as my personality and skills go, and have a better idea of how to take the YouTube channel further. Essentially, I will concentrate more on tech and less on talk. The tech and technique videos get way more views and engagement than the ranting videos. So I'll stick to that.

2. Pedagogy. I am once again teaching Entrepreneurship In The Music Industry for a local college this semester. However, in a mild change of things, I will be putting my lectures on the YouTube channel. There are six in all. I'd like to think that these are a bit more basic than most of you will care about, but I think highly of you guys. Maybe they'll be interesting to you; my hope is that they'll help the younglings coming up.

3. Travels. During the next three months I will be visiting Portland, Los Angeles, Prague, and Berlin. If you're in any of those places and want to organize a small (like 3-5 person) meetup, get at me. I've never met many of you, and I would very much like to. Of special note is Sync02 in Portland on March 4th, which we are organizing in league with Control Voltage. There is a Facebook event page here.

4. Audio Damage. Lots happening on that front. As you no doubt know, we had a Web Site Disaster late last year (dealing with this is another reason for silence on the YouTube channel) and I have spent the last while building a new Shopify site. As a result, approximately 10,000 people have written me asking where their old account is. I love this. It's my new favorite thing. In related news, you motherfuckers can't keep a computer running for 20 minutes without doing a full bare metal re-install, if my inbox is any indicator. That aside, we have like 8 new products in the queue, some of which are happening quite soon. 2017 is going to be a very exciting year!

5. Music. I'm working on a new project that is combo audio/visual, and which I will perform live. More on that as it is birthed, but I'm pretty excited about it.

So, tl;dr: more videos, some homework, new shit! Yay!


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Jan.18.2017 @ 9:50 AM
Out of curiosity, are you guys planning on releasing any new software, or are you sticking to hardware for the foreseeable future?

Jan.18.2017 @ 10:46 AM
Chris Randall
@33degrees I have some ideas bubbling in my head for new software, but honestly, I can't answer that question right now.


Jan.18.2017 @ 1:43 PM
When will you be in LA? I'm going through a semi-social phase, so it'd be cool to hang out. 3-5 people is just my speed.

Jan.18.2017 @ 1:59 PM
dj empirical
glad to hear the vids are returning!

Jan.18.2017 @ 2:15 PM
well I was wondering specifically about those 8 products, so I guess the answer to those is no :)

Jan.18.2017 @ 5:44 PM
will hopefully see you in March at holocene for Sync.

Jan.18.2017 @ 11:51 PM
How are you getting to pdx? If you're going via southern Oregon would.love to meet up...I may even get to pdx for that event

Jan.19.2017 @ 5:02 AM
Chris Randall
@bcomnes I'm flying. I don't do that drive any more. I reached my limit in, like, 2009.

Funny story:

Around 1995 when SMG was at its peak, TVT had no compunctions about flying me all over fucking creation for any possible reason. "We need Chris to do some phone interviews. Our PR person is in LA right now. Get him on a plane!" That sort of thing. Very tedious, and many times utterly pointless.

So, I was already getting burnt out on air travel. On Elle's birthday in November of '96, we decided to go to NYC for the day. On the flight back, taking off from Newark, our plane had a _very_ near miss with another plane (like, look out the window, and there's the other plane, about 20 yards away.) That did me in so hard that, the next time we flew, on the way to the airport I was shaking so bad I couldn't even drive. Got to the airport and said "can't do it."

So, I didn't get on an airplane again.

Cut to 2009. We're making our third drive of the year from Portland to Phoenix, and I'm running the math in my head, and how much safer and faster and (because I value my time according to earning potential) ultimately cheaper air travel is, and something clicks and that fear I had is just _gone_.

I didn't end up actually needing to fly anywhere until 2011, so a total of 15 years. But as they say, no zealot like a convert. Now I have to come up with reasons to drive to LA instead of flying. I don't particularly like air travel any more than any other form of travel, but I do it so often now that I have a good system, and I'm able to make the most of it. I'm almost always travelling with a large amount of gear, and I've found it's more cost-effective to fly business class and get the big baggage allowance. (Also, due to the fact that I'm 6'4" tall, I only barely fit in what passes for coach these days.)

No real point to that story other than the fact that Brian made me think of it.


Jan.20.2017 @ 4:38 PM
You used to be so vehemently anti air travel. I kinda wondered why that seemed to change on a dime, a while back.

When are you going to be in LA?

Jan.20.2017 @ 8:02 PM
Chris Randall
Looks like April 6th - 8th.


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