pacific front recordings version two

after three months of plotting, scheming and dreaming we have, start to finish, reinvented the image of Pacific Front Recordings in a collaborative effort with James Roy of Linear Design. this is huge — our logo is new, our type treatment is new, our website is new.
new sections, new features, and i really feel that it deservedly puts us on the playing field that we need to be on considering the calibre of music production quality that we are into.
the other thing i want to say about this website is that it features a new message board, so please sign up and chatter! we want this to be interactive and community based as we believe in the strength of a healthy music community.
please let me know if anything does not work or if you spot a typo!!

it isn’t about the world of design, it’s about the design of the world

i went to the massive change exhibit today. it is showing until spring 2005 at the Vancouver Art Gallery downtown before it goes to Toronto and then Chicago. it’s really compelling and one of those really positive things that just sneaks up on you. one of the main questions it asks is “now that we can do anything, what will we do?”
one thing i recommend is to give yourself time, enough time, which means around 4 hours at least. myself, mike and kristen zoomed through in 4 hours but there were bits that we all missed. i will likely go again in the new year to absorb more..


hiya, so this is a lil update to say that we’re now concentrating our efforts on now instead of blogbc will feature links categorized by community (wouldn’t it be cool to read blogs from Atlin or Kitimat or Kispiox??!) so it will be more inclusive ergo more interesting.
that combined with the fact that jodie mysteriously doesn’t maintain the victoria blogroll anymore and has been irresponsive to any of my messages pretty much means we’re moving on to bigger and better! 😉


sometimes i think in order to write something, i just have to sit down and do it. no particular thought comes to me as to what i am going to write about — usually, in fact, in these times, there are plenty of thoughts, just none of which i want to share on the blog. which is fine, i have people to talk to about that. if i didn’t have people to talk to, then ironically i’d probably be fine writing about whatever i wanted on here since i would have no one to tells the secrets of, or embarass, or whatever.
that being said, i am really looking forward to the next few days. dinner tonight, lunch with john and thor tomorrow, movie in the evening, then meeting up with quentin and thor for coffee, then going to see jason and the other dude from influenza play at a club on hastings, housewarming party at julian’s on saturday night, ‘massive change’ exhibit on sunday with mike and kristen, and that’s as far as the weekend goes. my evening on sunday is open, but i think i’ll probably want to hang out at home as i am going out monday night to go see nerd MC somewhere downtown. that’s plenty. for someone like me who likes to be on the go go go, this is good, this is the way i want it.
next week is starting to take shape as well.. i am also trying to find a way to be in victoria for more than a few days at a time during late december as a lot of my friends will be coming back for the ‘holidays’.
last night i got a fair bit of work done on an ambient version of Ghosted. Charles picked a name to release it under — “Obakeh” which means Ghost in japanese. cool beans. i listened to it last nite on anand’s system and am going to make some adjustments to it later this evening. filtering is needed and a slight bit of resequencing.
the picture at the top is me, yeah, i have grey hair! just kidding. i photoshopped the shadows a bit and it turned out like that. this is one of a few hundred that adrian took on the weekend at the pacific front recordings photoshoot. it was neat being shot instead of doing the shooting. i had some idea of how i wanted to appear but my goofiness shined through and so most are of me making some face. that is fine, as adrian says, that is who i am. and it’s true, we were having a great time at the photoshoot, as is true as any time we spend time together. i think that says a lot.
the new PFR (v2) site is coming along — i have been working on it every day for the last bit now and things are coming together. still a lot left to do but i know what needs doing, how to do it so it is just a question of time now. i can’t wait…
“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”
– Decca Records, rejecting a demo from a band named the Beatles, 1962.

Formulate – Rising Edge (AFK remix)

Hard to believe this track is around 4 years old now. I remember hearing it for the first time when Justin (Formulate) played a set at a Willis Point fire hall party. It thumped big time so I asked to do a remix when the time came. Listening to it now I hear a lot of things I would do differently but it’s a pretty good snapshot of where we were around that time. Speaking of snapshots, I was working in North Vancouver when I took this photo. It was around 2005 and I was walking up the Capilano River, looking for the dam. I never made it to the dam, and looking at Google Earth recently revealed that it would have taken a very long time for me to get there. I did get to this bridge, though..

  1. Formulate – Rising Edge (Original mix)
  2. Formulate – Rising Edge (AFK remix)

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early december weekend

friday night: dinner party, then radio show where i did a guest mix of my own trax and remixes. extra special and fun to be back at the station, almost like i never left. except nick forgot his nerd cards. nick!!
saturday: a little bit of work, then coffee with james roy @ demitasse, then off to ogden point to meet justin, charles, adrian and neil for the Pacific Front Recordings photoshoot. that was a blast. after that i met emily at QV’s for coffee, went home, had dinner, then went to jasons for a party where i met a bunch of cool people. then to vertigo for reindeer games, where kevin shiu, john morgan and yoseff were DJing. after that i actually went to an afterparty at martin’s (yah i never go to afterparties) and then met up with my pal amalia and hung out til the wee hours of sunday morning. great conversations. many banana fingers references.
sunday day when i woke up, i went for a drive with richard and we listened to tunes. okay i lie, we listened to the ‘miniset’ that i made for friday and i discovered i needed to tweak the mix quite a bit before it does anything else. well it isn’t going to do anything else because i am making a newer bigger version for an exclusive proton radio release. uh huh. then after the drive, me and richard met up with justin who thought we were listening to uk hard house but i will continue to swear up and down that it was an underworld remix of depeche mode’s ‘barrel of a gun.’ oh yeah. more good conversations, this time, global shuffle parameter control was the indicator. haha..
pretty packed weekend. my victoria lifestyle is still a lot different than my vancouver lifestyle. hopefully vancouver can catch up.. mad mad mad good times were mos def had.

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off to victoria..

i didn’t make it anywhere tonight. that’s fine. i talked to tim on the phone for 2 hours. he is in saskatchewan and he’s figuring out how to make tunes. awesome.
i am catching the 11 AM ferry to victoria and making an appearance on resonance tomorrow nite with a rather special mix that you’ll only be able to hear if you tune in.
tired, going to sleep soon.. time to charge the batteries .. metaphorically and not.

more comfortable in the dark

tomorrow night is a vancouver bloggers meet up which i am on the fence about whether or not to go. yes, the meetup is downtown somewhere. i forget where, but what i am definitely going to see is the jazz trio down at mo’butta at 8:30. join me if you like. also downtown.
you know, this red and white thing, and all the amber from the city lights which has made itself so apparent on the blog is a long ways from the spooky midnight-blue shots of victoria along with the old cool-blue layout.
that being said, this design is neat, but i don’t think it’s here to stay. my original idea in the redesign was to go cool and dark. and i think i will.. but there are so many other things to do right now. such as homework. yes. homework.
other things not here to stay: me, here in north vancouver. i don’t like having to choose between having a productive night, or going out to town for a bit. and i think, yah, that’s fine, people can come visit me. but that really does not happen.
and i am not a hermit by nature.
yes, change is in the cards for me; i am thinking west end or just plain downtown. no difference in commute time, perhaps even faster. the one cool thing about being where i am is my brother is close by. and that is worth a bunch to me, but it’ll be simple enough for me to visit him anyhow. four more months. i don’t really want to move again but i really can’t see myself staying here and continuing like this..
and in the mean time .. i’ll continue to crave the fresh air and try to avoid listening to dido too much.. she’s so bloody emotional and drops it all into a tune like it ain’t no thing.
“I know you think that I shouldn’t still love you,
Or tell you that.
But if I didn’t say it, well I’d still have felt it
where’s the sense in that?
I promise I’m not trying to make your life harder
Or return to where we were
I will go down with this ship
And I won’t put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I’m in love and always will be
I know I left too much mess and
destruction to come back again
And I caused nothing but trouble
I understand if you can’t talk to me again
And if you live by the rules of “it’s over”
then I’m sure that that makes sense
I will go down with this ship
And I won’t put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I’m in love and always will be
And when we meet
Which I’m sure we will
All that was there
Will be there still
I’ll let it pass
And hold my tongue
And you will think
That I’ve moved on…. “

by the way david, i am totally interested in doing a re-interpretation of your poem in lyric form. open source lyrics, how cool is that? soooo freakin’ cool.