First Full Jam and the Frys Trip

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First Full Jam and the Frys Trip

derth_and_brett

Derth and Brett testing camcorders

brett_at_frys Our preparations would surely be incomplete without a pilgrimage to that Mecca of disorganized electronics, flourescent lighting and obscene store design we all know as Fry’s. We picked up a Scan Converter, power strips, an extra 500GB external drive, a UPS, a cheap camcorder, lots of S-Video cables (6 and 12-foot), various Composite Video connectors, and probably a few cheap chinese-made electronics that we don’t need.

We’re going to be adding another member to our crew! Bryant Place aka Cyber Patrol Unit will join us out in Indio on Wednesday as a camera operator and generally tech-savvy VJ Crew Member. Welcome, Bryant!

We also had a quick stop at our local Musical Electronics Mega-Mart to pick up a Korg NanoKey for VJ Aquine’s setup, which now looks like this.vj_aquine_setup We listened to our library of Coachella 09 acts and jammed for a few hours, the first time we were all playing (previously, there was at least one person fussing with hardware at any given time). We had some happy accidents, but we’ve got a ways to go, still, learning to complement each other’s mix and feel the ebb and flow of how our powers combine.

The day was topped with a wonderful faux-BBQ dinner whipped up by Janet from Enlighted, who lives down the street. I was privileged to see some of her masterpieces in person. This Lighted Faux Fur Coat was especially impressive – the effect is hypnotic in person, I’m afraid this animated GIF doesn’t nearly do it justice. Perhaps she’ll let me back in to shoot a little video – she’s busy like we are, creating light-up outfits that will debut with an act at Coachella (hush-hush until it happens).

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