Nina Sings.

Here's just a quick update and sample on my sight + sound project. Recently learned how to make basic animations, which I will begin applying to these project and an example of which is in the clip below.

Haven't bought this software rebuilding this project every time is both a blessing and a curse. But it's in the cards, so I will certainly have the power within my hands soon enough!



Last week NXNE took over the clubs and bars of Toronto. I was lucky enough to share the stage with Megan Bonnell at the Rivioli, as part of the Nevado Records showcase. Also on the bill were Loom, the Meligrove Band, Paint Movement & Yukon Blonde (all signed to the same label).

Megan and I also took to the part for the Live in Bellwoods series, organized by good friends Humble Empire and Young Lions.

We played some originals on guitar and one cover originally performed by John Lee Moore & 12 Mississippi Convicts, recorded by Alan Lomax.

Sight + Sound.

[youtube]Here's a sample of a visualization project I'm working on. Based on themes of 'time, space and place' it features live video, visual effects based on sound input and original music.


A Heliconian Sound

[youtube]Recently I watched the Toy Piano Orchestra's showcase of original compositions, as performed by the percussive TorQ quartet. It was interesting night of dynamic, inventive performance showcasing some of Toronto's most talented rhythm makers.



If you've been to as many live music shows as I have, you know that dreaded feeling at the end of an extraordinarily loud performance that you're ears are going to sing you to sleep unless you remembered the essential protections of ear plugs.

Playing drums almost every day doesn't exactly minimize this impact either. But for any of us suffering some form of hearing loss, there is always hope in sight thanks to scientists with their bunsen burners and bubbling beakers and puzzled lab mice.

The Globe and Mail just published a piece on leading research claiming to pinpoint and isolate the neurological factors related to hearing loss. You can read the whole article here. The major finding in research by Josef Rauschecker of Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, is that "MRI scans revealed that part of the brain (the ventromedial prefrontal cortex) that would normally turn off or cancel out the ringing is unusually small in people with tinnitus. “Hopefully, we can find some therapies [to treat tinnitus] that are based on this new knowledge,” said Dr. Rauschecker, whose study was published in the journal Neuron."

Thank you science, for all your wonderful cures.


The History of Headphones

For me, headphones are pretty much a piece of apparel at this point. I keep a coiled mess of iPod headphones in my courier bag whenever the outside world gets too noisy, and at home I've got various pairs for recording, drumming, etc. Listening to music in a great pair of headphones can completely change the way we experience a song; forget laughable laptop speakers, or even well-positioned studio monitors when compared to a true holophonic aural experience, which can only be conveyed by isolated signals reaching either ear simultaneously.

C5 Sound Inc., a New York-based production company, recently posted this great article on the history of stereo headphones. Written by Mark Schubin, it covers the storied past of an integral component to the iPod/iPhone generation. For anyone that has wondered how headphones have evolved from navy and pilot communication devices to gym apparel, the answers lie in this article.


Played the Supermarket venue in Toronto's Kensington village last night. Supporting Megan on drums, we opened the night for Mandippal and The Love Machine (from Ottawa).The show was captured by three cameras set up by the sound tech (Johnny - a true sound tech with the stereotypically kooky character I've come to accept from most live sound engineers).

The show was streamed online and my Mom was able to tune in up north, so that was great that family could connect despite the geography between us. It's got me thinking about future shows and expanding reach. If the iPhone does it (which is safe to assume it does), then drumovision may be coming soon to a FB event page near you.