Business Monkey

Leica from last storyboard assignment in semester 1. The story conflict our class decided on was "It Keeps Happening" and the resolution was either "It Keeps Happning" or "It Stops Happening".

Beat Boards:

Some Things I Looked At

These are a few environment sketches done on my trip to Brasil.

Marcelo's house in the middle of nowhere on top of a hill. When it rains the mud road up the hill gets so muddy you may just not get up (especially in his 40 year old Volkswagen Beatles) , in which case, you walk. Great place. Great view.

This is the beach in Ubatuba my family and I stayed at. The beach bar had some great classic Brasilian nibbles I'd been craving for some time...

Carts with more nibbles and fresh cut coconut juice (second best selling juice in Brasil after orange juice).

A nearby beach, only accessible by boat or trail.

Thick As A Brick: A Record Revelation (For Me)

Thick As A Brick, an album by Jethro Tull released in 1972, has been my favorite album since I came across it about 6 years ago. After releasing Aqualung, Jethro Tull was surprised to find that people thought of it as a progressive rock concept album. This prompted the making of Thick As A Brick which was intended as a spoof on the progressive rock concept album. Although very musically sophisticated in its composition and execution, it is probably the only concept album that does not take itself seriously, which is in and of itself refreshing. The album is one continuous song stopped only by the need to flip the LP for the second part. It features instruments as diverse as harpsichord, xylophone, timpani, violin, lute, trumpet, as well as the regular drums, guitars, bass, organ and Ian Anderson's flute. The album art is possibly some of the best there ever was. It is a small town newspaper called the St. Cleveland Chronicle written in a rather amateurish style for comic effect. The fictional newspaper contains an article about a boy by the name of Gerald Milton who supposedly wrote the poem "Thick As A Brick" for a poetry contest but was disqualified due to his age. There are a number of other hilarious articles as well as posted sales on the back cover, such as stuffed penguins or the services of a dwarf.

All this to say that while I was in Brasil I finally came across an LP of Thick As A Brick, which I'd been trying to find for some years now. Turns out my aunt also had a copy of it at her house. It is not as fantastic as the original release of the LP which folds out into a full newspaper (image above) but it will have to do for now. Anyways, I managed to listen to it on my aunt's record player and it genuinely knocked me out. I've always been a bit skeptical about people who told me records sounded "so much better" than CDs, but this really did. I've heard Thick As A Brick hundreds of times on all kinds of speakers and headphones and the LP played sounds I'd never heard before. The sound felt really different, in the best way possible.

The real test would be to compare LPs to new CD Remasters such as the recent ones of the Beatles. From what I've read, it seems that CD releases of LPs often re-adjusted the levels (usually more vocals and more bass to suit the modern taste in music) and destroyed some of the original nuance, which may also contribute to the superiority many people notice in the LP sound. I'll have to check out Bob Dylan next who, from what I hear, had some of the worst transfers to CD.

Fireworks In Brasil

Went down to Avenida Paulista in Sao Paulo for midnight on New Year's. Something between 1 and 2 million people crammed together.
Consisted mostly of: Fireworks, Confetti, Smoke, Beer, White Clothes, Loud Noises, and General Happiness.

Waldo is not here.