Monthly Archives: April 2012

Trip to Milan

Well it was about 10 am Tuesday morning and I got word that I would be taking a trip to Milan Italy. The flights were to leave Saturday the 14th, and return the next Friday the 20th… I am not a huge fan of flying, as a few of my friends (and my wife) know. I have to calm my self with a drink or two during the ordeal. Traveling sucks WAY more now than it used to. Regardless…

…a week in Milan! (Granted this was a business trip for my other job, so I wouldn’t imagine getting the chance to venture out on the town an awful lot) So starting in Milan and hitting a few other places around the area for a week is going to be an experience for sure. That night I grabbed my new carry pack and jammed a weeks worth of clothing and a few various things inside and I am off.

The first leg of the trip was anything but a delight… this is what I was looking at for 8 hours of a lay over in Newark, NJ. It wasn’t all bad considering we were in the United Club right above the food court, but still… Airports aren’t THAT fun.

Finally; after another 8 hour flight into Milan and an hour drive, we arrived at our first hotel in Isola Dovarese, Italy… It was an awesome little place and quiet village out in the country.

The drive was nice. It was pretty much all farmland; flat farmland, like Texas! 🙂 looked familiar.

This was a cool old building, I think they said it’s been around since the 14th century. Walking around in basically a huge stone and mortar home thats stood for hundreds of years. There was an elevator, but I just had to take the old stair case.

This was the village square with a Pizzeria we had to visit on the first night.

It was an awesome town square! We got to do a bit of walking around that first day just before the Pizza 😉 I happened to get a few cool shots around town before it got too dark.

Their local church was awesome! I could even imagine how old this building was. There was actually an old sun dial attached to the street side of the church wall, they said prior to clocks this was the only way the town could know what time it was!

The church doors.

More of an inside joke between my wife and I. I just had to throw this up for her. Love you honey! I went to the Farm-macy.

When I said QUIET before, I mean just that… just going to sleep in pure silence and waking to…

Only to find this waiting for me downstairs (sans the grappa, unless it was past noon). Im pretty sure Italy just runs on Espresso… there is not one place you can go where a generous selection of coffee isn’t offered.

After the first half-day rest, we were on the move. A lot of company business stuff happened the first two days. There are not too many interesting pictures of all that. On the third (or fourth day… depending which time zone I was keeping up with) we did catch a slight break in the action and got a chance to take a train into downtown Milan. From the central station you can walk to all sorts of cool places.

After a nice walk in the Italian rain we reached the Galleria right outside the Cathedral Duomo. I had to take a shot of the roof. All this stuff is old in the magnificent… Not the broken down way that I’m used to.

The main one on my list was the Duomo Cathedral in downtown Milan, which was magnificent. You’ll have to forgive the bad photo splicing.

Downtown Milan was crazy… Just like any other big city, its crowded, loud, dirty, and everyone is moving at lightning speed. I did however get to slow down enough to catch this beauty… and the italian experience is complete… hah!



After getting to roam around for a few hours and being accosted by a few different gypsies (one of which a scored a free bracelet from, and got to keep my wallet), we hopped back on the train and made it back to the hotel by the Malpensa Airport.

However, the next day trip to Burgamo, Italy proved positive. This town was about an hour out of Milan, and was absolutely awesome.

Of course there are a ton more! I will try and update by throwing some of my Holga images up.

One of my big regrets was not getting more recordings while I was there. Apart from the two above, I think I ended up with three or four more decent clips.  Anyways, more reason to go back someday right! hah!

Just thought I would share the journey and I hope you all have some amazing journey’s of your own.

Oh well back to work, and routines 🙂 Take Care

-Z

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New mic set up!

Well I meant to get to this post before I left to Milan. (I will make another post and add some pictures for all the Italian stuff…)

Just before leaving I started to put together a better voice set-up in the booth, and I finally finished it this morning and got the video monitor working and the sound ‘some what’ dialed in. I haven’t fully played around with it.

I plan on making the wiring a little better by running them through that wall behind the screen. Since it was just a test run I think it was a success!

So we’re all set up for with the AKG 420. It seems to have a great range from what I have played with so far. I think this will prove to be a great all-around vocal mic.

Take it easy,

-Z


Pandora!

Does anyone else get inspired by Pandora.com? Maybe its just me and I am on the strange side, but I can turn on a good mix of music and just let my mind wander.

I end up in many different places when I rock a good Pandora mix… sometimes spaced out… sometimes uber focused and productive… sometimes just apathetic… Isn’t music and sound beautiful?!? For me, it does things to the senses that rivals a chocolate sundae on a warm summers day (or your flavor of choice).

Right now… Quantic Radio… its helped me work on my website, and a nice wedding shoot with Blessed Events Weddings.

More to come very soon!

-Z


Hello world!

Hello everyone out there in the Blog world! This is a completely new thing for me, so cut me some slack if I’m not up on blogging etiquette. It seems like this electronic web presence we have at our finger tips 24/7 is a crowded social media, blog filled, status updating world network… Largely filled with content I would consider ‘Jeopardy Knowledge’; that no one pays an awful lot of attention to. Until that one moment in your life that (insert random fact) is applicable in a  conversation; then you’ll remember back to something you read, blurt it out, and feel like the smartest person in the room! Hah! It happens… I do the same thing on a daily basis.

Anyways, this blog will be about the same… ENJOY!

-Z