The Og Blog

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The Hound of the Bloggervilles

7th Sep - 7th Oct 2013…

I first pondered the possibility of writing an entry covering the Og Fest and The Hound of the Baskervilles - and backdating the description (as I’ve been somewhat distracted by unhelpful jobcentre employees). However, that probably wouldn’t fool many of my regular readers, of which there are quite a few - who have also been at the gigs I will be writing about, I might add.

So who are these “quite a few” people you might ask - as I don’t have decent analytics or a blog comment system (I have my reasons) with which you could check. A few friends, acquaintances, associates and people who otherwise know me have come up to me in times past to comment on and indeed complement my blog In Real Life. Sound engineers, ex-lecturers, bee-keepers and all-round groovy party rockers alike. That’s a blog comment system I love: one that doesn’t require a computer.

Maybe I could make you do 5 star jumps to prove you’re not a spam bot.

Or you could buy me a drink as age verification?


The Og(ilvy) Blog

As part of a 2 day festival on the 7th & 8th of September known locally as both “Kirrie Fest” and “Og Fest” (as The Og was one of the venues hosting the event), DD8 Music were providing local youth talent to the festival. Needless to say, I was busy being a sound engineer and light fairy . If you look closely at the photos, you’ll see that I decided to use my LED floods again to create a bit of ambient/mood lighting - which looked kinda cool when the sunlight dipped down. I think I’ll go for the more powerful LED chips next time though…

As the pub had recently started serving food and hot beverages (I wish I was being paid for plugging!) I couldn’t decide whether to have a pint of ale, a little whisky or a coffee. So, instead, I had my first ever Irish Coffee. Ever. And I loved it. So much so that I had another one.

Stevie C mixing DD8 Bands in the Ogilvy Arms Pub Kirriemuir with Irish Coffee and LED floods. Photo by Liz Reid. Stevie C mixing DD8 Bands in the Ogilvy Arms Pub Kirriemuir with Irish Coffee and LED floods. Photo by Liz Reid.

Stevie C enjoying his first ever Irish Coffee in the Ogilvy :)
Photo Credit: Liz Reid

One of the young guitarists even took the time to tell me how much he hated feedback in his monitor (there wasn’t any coming through at the time).

I have it on fairly good authority that The Og shall be risking having the DD8 Music youth group back again soon - check out my Upcoming Gigs page to keep in the loop! I say risking as the youth group could potentially empty the pub and therefore there is a potential risk - however, the DD8 youth musicians pack the place out every time. Come up and see me (make me smile) if you dinnae believe me.


The Hound of the Baskervilles

To give myself something to look forward to after weeks of being treated like scum by the jobcentre, I once again volunteered my services to Forfar Dramatic Society for their production of The Hound of the Baskervilles in the East and Old Parish Church, Forfar. Just as well I did, as I was told (during the derig) that they needed extra hands to help with the load-in and setup of the production in Aberlemno the following night. One problem I see with small village halls is that they tend not to have adequate ventilation to cope with a misbehaving fogger.

Plus, my flask made my tea taste of soup and coffee at the same time. First world problems…

So, my first ever FDS production in over a decade where I could watch the show as part of the audience - and not have to worry about cues and such was pretty enjoyable. I’d liked to have seen the show again - if only for the slapstick humour and Chris shooting various animals (with sound effects).


Kids’ Fundraiser Disco for Lucy Wright

October found me helping with a kids’ fundraiser disco in aid of local girl Lucy Wright who is currently battling the children’s cancer known as neuroblastoma.

I had taken delivery of 2 lighting trusses that week and was itching to test them out at a proper event. So, I got my chance, and they enhanced my lights a treat.

Stevie C’s professional disco lighting - moonflower scanners on tripod t-bar

Stevie C’s lights looking a bit more professional :)

However - during the gig - the color dish in one of my SoundLab G017Rs dropped off. D’oh! It was however, a simple - yet nonetheless annoying - fix.

Stevie C’s professional disco lighting - moonflower scanners on tripod t-bar

Stevie C’s lights getting the party going :)

Click to go to Lucy’s Facebook fundraiser page.


Bon Scott Statue Fundraiser Gig

One more fundraiser to go!

I’m getting sick of typing the word “fundraiser”. The upcoming Oxjam Dundee Takeover will also be one of those events…

DD8 Music’s Bon Scott Statue Fundraiser in Kirrie Town Hall. Sound by audioWAVE, lighting by Joe Hawke.

I was working alongside audioWAVE PA hire again - yay! I was acting as tech crew for this event (I say crew, there was only 2 of us come load-out time…). I feel like I’m pretty much repeating myself from other entries, so I’ll keep it brief: D&B C4 Tops, C4 subs, B2 subs, Allen & Heath GL4800, lots of microphones, coiling cables (not around my arm), fish suppers, gaffa tape, gaffa tape fußball, 1 sip of minging lager and lots of fun.

AC/DC: Volts appearing at DD8 Music’s Bon Scott Statue fundraiser in Kirrie Town Hall. Sound by audioWAVE, lighting by Joe Hawke.
AC/DC: Volts appearing at DD8 Music’s Bon Scott Statue fundraiser in Kirrie Town Hall. Sound by audioWAVE, lighting by Joe Hawke.

Volts playing at DD8 Music’s Bon Scott Statue fundraiser :)

If only I had a gig every week, preferably 2.

Check out my gig photos in my photo gallery.


Future Work

I’d like to get a shot on a larger scale sound desk - and to get back into tuning a system and squeaking out monitors. I’ve got Cubase and Logic sessions that would benefit from a re-visit. Getting back into a proper studio would be kinda cool too. In short I need to start using my ears a lot more.


Homework

My homework for DD8 Music was fixing a box of Mic leads. Time to dig out my soldering iron…

I also have to get back into painting light bulbs again…


I’m getting weirder…

I’ve been having a recurring hallucination whenever I’m at a friend or relative’s house: If I’m eating something they’ve offered me, that very something turns into money (usually paper money - Monty Burns style) before my eyes. Not literally, unfortunately.


One More Thing…

In other news, I have been selected to help with Oxjam Dundee 2013. Woohoo! Scary, but also WooHoo! :)


Stevie’s Top 20

I should probably point out that unlike my Last.fm profile, these Top 20 are just the songs I love the most at the moment - not necessarily what’s been played the most or been recently added.

  1. Half Man Half Machine Goldie Lookin Chain
  2. Apathy Goldie Lookin Chain
  3. Rhythm of Love Scorpions
  4. Bad Boys Running Wild Scorpions
  5. Strobe Lights Goldie Lookin Chain
  6. Walk All Over You AC/DC
  7. The Furor AC/DC
  8. Ballbreaker AC/DC
  9. Pumped up Kicks Foster The People
  10. Pussy Rammstein
  11. Fairies Wear Boots Black Sabbath
  12. Flatline Skifonix
  13. Spaced Invader (J Majik Remix) Hatiras
  14. Le Kick American Fangs
  15. Arcade Robot Boys Noize
  16. The Fox Ylvis
  17. Woman in Love 10cc
  18. Broken Teeth Wet Nuns
  19. Short Term (Vs New Order) Goldie Lookin Chain
  20. Alive (feat. Red Star Lion) Dub Pistols

Time to relax in front of the 52" TV that the Daily Fail reckons I own…

Time to be happier… If only…