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Live-Looping on the Ableton Push 2

Posted on November 25, 2020

This was my first attempt at a live-looping jam on the Ableton Push 2 in Ableton Live 10. I have a lot to learn, but the Push 2 is a really fun way to be creative with electronic music without having to spend as much time staring at the computer. I really like that I can browse midi instruments, adjust their parameters, add and edit effects, and record/loop/arrange all without using a mouse!

Pierre: A Cautionary Tale by Maurice Sendak, Reading and Music by Johnny and Rob

Posted on May 12, 2020

Pierre: A Cautionary Tale by Maurice Sendak was one of my favorite books as a kid. It’s about a boy who would only say “I don’t care” in response to everything his parents said to him until…well, I don’t want too many spoilers here!

Stuck at home here in Philadelphia during these strange coronavirus days–when I’m not working in the emergency department–Rob and I have found ourselves with a lot of downtime. We decided to do a reading of Pierre with accompanying music (playing with my Ableton Push) for our nieces and nephews!

After finishing it, I was curious about the author, Maurice Sendak, and googled him. Apparently he was a prolific author and illustrator who passed away in 2012, leaving a wealth of work as his legacy. Interestingly, I found out he was also gay and lived with his partner from 1957 to 2007 when his partner passed away. It felt like a nice connection for Rob and I to have enjoyed and participated in his story.

TVC Homes

Posted on July 19, 2013

At Wex Marketing we are working with a client–who is also a longtime family friend of mine–Tri-Valley Contractors. Clyde Patches, the owner, asked me to do a video with a couple in their just-finished, brand-new home in Reinholds, PA. It was a fun shoot to do because the couple, Jeff and Tina Davis, were glowing with satisfaction as they talked about how excited they are to share their home with their friends and family. One of the things I liked the most about their home was the gorgeous view of the mountains from their back porch.

I shot the video with my Canon 60D and the EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 lens. Since the home was just completed (and therefore unfurnished), the audio was a bit of a challenge. We hung some painting drop-cloths up to cut down on some of the echo, but it was still there. I worked for a while in Adobe Audition to try to clean it up.

The Tri-Valley construction guys actually took down some of their siding and disassembled the porch railing so I could get those shots. Jeff and Tina kindly came in to the Tri-Valley showroom at a later date so I could get shots of them talking with Clyde and Lorna as they had during their initial home designing process.

All said, I am pretty satisfied with the final project for a single-camera job. In the future, I’d love to rent a jib to get some sweeping full-property shots when making a testimonial video like this.

Mason the Musician

Posted on March 21, 2013

Living with our friends the Okamotos has been a blast in general–but one of our favorite things is playing with Stephen and Cassie’s son Mason. Like his father before him, he is a musician in the making. I discovered this when I was sitting with him and pulled out Stephen’s guitar. “Quick! Christina! Bring me my camera! Look at the way he concentrates!” Filming with one hand and holding him was a challenge, so I set him down a few times. Freed, he left the guitar for a moment and went for the nearest outlet. Freed again, he dashed for my coffee mug. So, I filmed the rest with one hand. 🙂

*Filmed with a Canon 60D, EF-S 17-55 f/2.8, edited with Premiere Pro CS5.5.

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