opening up the…..

…..blog dialog. email me if you want an author account at erichaller.com……
eventually, i plan on creating several more specialized blogs on this site, like the searchable restaurant review, amongst others. if anybody has any good ideas for a blog topic, we can get one up and running in very little time.

new tune

the frustrations of workarounds on the computer aside, i am now listening to the new song i wrote and tracked yesterday, and its purely tasteful. the bass pod is key, as is the git pod. having the all the essential tones at your disposal is unbelievably cool, i can compose with an idea about some dream recording setup and get the sound in seconds. like, what would it be like if i push this over to a vox, or a blackface fender deluxe? its amazing to me how many times i have been pushed in recording situations into what i have come to realize are not my ideal amps. (or at least didnt fit the song that i was playing).

ive got to find some time this sunday to go over to the gallery and experiment with vocals on about 5 of the tracks ive cut over the last few months…..ive got the all important first line for a couple of them, some melodies, but until i can spend some time yelling into a mike i wont really have a complete feel for them.

hmmm somebody posted a comment on my post on the minna blog. i just got the email notifying me of their post. if i understand his post correctly, some ass is wailing me in a condescending tone about not “being one” with the overall minna vibe. check it: here

abc

the abc has processed the application for licensing the expansion over at minna, and the obligatory public notice is on display in the window. now we just have to notify every resident within 500 feet by mail, publish the notcies in the papers, etc. etc.

things are on track to be open again at some point in the future!

sour

if you dont want to read about an arcane music software related post then skip this one.

ok im a little sour at the way the cubase and reason versions that i have integrate (or dont as the case may be). reason grabs all the rewire resources at startup, and then cubase cant assign any mixer channels to the vst instruments. there is supposed to be a patch somewhere, but i cant find it. its getting to the point where every time i sit down to do some writing i end up spending hours in the support forums and then getting nothing done. well, fuck that’s the way it’s always been, but when you spend all your time working on music its a whole lot easier to get things done and work out some workarounds.
im thinking mebbe i should get a laptop and set it up as my main mixing console, and use the desktop machines i am around as the tracking workhorses.

to make matters worse, i threw out all the system 9 browsers on this machine, so in order to check out any tech support sites i have to shut everything down and then reboot into osx. and im on 56k. this blows.

easter morning

i sure dont remember ever feeling the overwhelming urge to bolt out of bed as early as possible to run out in the yard and find eggs. ive seen the pictures, so i believe that at one time i was practically pissing my pants (probably literally too) to suit up in lederhosen and destroy the landscaping of my parents’ house in search of eggs and chocolate. (actually, from what i remember it was more like getting my ass kicked by all the spiky juniper bushes in front of the house in coldwater canyon.)
now its more like struggling awake to fish around in the kitchen for some granola and yogurt, vitamins and anti-depressant, tangerine juice and a cup of jasmine-scented green tea. fuck, im a skinhead hippie.

varnish and warcraft

just went over to varnish’s opening. the place looks great, they did a sweet job with it. seems like they have everything minna over there. they even got jenny greenberg to design the website and ben jenkins to program it. gabe was bartending, saboo and krishna at the door. ming came through with the snake for the toilet as both mens and womens were clogged. i got out of there in a hurry, as the NA beer started wailing at my bladder with nowhere to go but the street or minna.
houston came over to minna and showed me some new online warcraft games. so now i am here playing some warcraft. it’s full on hip hop night around here, some mcees are out there proclaiming how they are certainly fine fine rappers. ok im going back to gaming.

purpose, manifesto, etc.

so im sitting here thinking to myself all the things that i am going to do on this website, suspecting the possibiliy that within a month i will be bored of it and look at it every so often. i am also wondering whether having your name registered as a domain name is a) a wise idea for privacy b) highly lame and egotistical c) useful whatsoever. as to the first, there pretty much is no such thing as privacy left, and anyhow i use the internet all the time for everything and if someone wanted to data mine me, they could find out more about me than i know myself. as to (c), it doesn’t bother me, because most anything that human beings do besides eat shit and sleep could be characterized by someone somewhere as completely useless. well, let me qualify that: most things i see other people doing appear to me to be without much usefulness. and besides, at varying times in my life i have and will continue to consider myself a musician. worse yet a singer/songwriter.
so is it highly egotistical and lame to have your own domain name? i dont think so. just because you dont have one yourself doesnt mean that it’s not a good idea.

just to prove how ego-less my eponymous website is going to be, i just added a manifesto category for classifying these posts.

sorry again

sorry about the still crappy appearance of the site. even though it is only about a day old, it is still pretty much an eyesore. just posted that last post and had a good look at what needs changing, which is basically everything. but im psyched on the fact that it’s up and operational, cruising with mysql very tastefully.

domain name

the domain name has propogated, and this is now erichaller.com….nice. now i have to get this page looking a little crisper. as in a lot.
ron and mark are hanging at sac terrace working off what appear to be brutal hangovers. seems like some kind of publicity campaign needs to be waged against the overall impression on the street that 111 minna has closed its doors for good. need to let people know its just 55.5 minna for the next .25 or so years……..