askland on October 23rd, 2011

Great interview with Danny Elfman on his music scoring of the Cirque Du Soleil show “IRIS” showing at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

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askland on October 19th, 2011

Conrad Askland’s Haunted Mansion Sound Effects released October 17, 2011.

This was a very fun, exhausting and scary project to work on. The fun part was I improvised a lot of different creepy pipe organ, harpsichord and piano music to create a feel I liked for the different Halloween themes. My favorite part was playing a lot of JS Bach style pipe organ bits interspersed with the expected Halloween tritone movements.

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askland on October 18th, 2011

Cirque Du Soleil ZAIA Performance on China TV. This was a promo excerpt shot for Chinese television – it is not a live shot from the ZAIA theater in Macau.

askland on October 11th, 2011

Email question received:

Hi Mr. Askland,
I am trying to break down the storytelling structure of Fiddler on The Roof.
I would like to talk to you, briefly, about who is the antagonist. What is
Tevya’s want. What’s his need. What you think the filmmaker’s statement is.
Norm Jewison said Fiddler’s about trying to maintain traditions in a
changing world. Do you think he’s saying that it is important or that it’s
not important to maintain traditions in a changing world.

Kind regards,
Glenn

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askland on October 9th, 2011

Original organ improvisations by Gaylord Carter for the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland. If you’re into vintage theater organ improvisation I think you’ll really enjoy this video.

Learn how this man created the spooky organ music in the Ballroom of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. Find out how it was made, who wrote the music, who played it, what organ was used, and hear the first version that was never used.

askland on September 29th, 2011

My projects are getting larger in ProTools 9 and my MacBook Pro was starting to strain a bit. (2.93 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 8 GB ram 1067 MHz DDR3 on Mac OS X Version 10.6.8). Here’s info to optimize your Mac laptop for Digidesign Pro Tools 9. Probably works for optimization with ProTools 8 and below and other Mac computers as well.

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askland on September 29th, 2011

Email question received:

hi i’m joseph i’m just intersting to know what is a music producer, what are
there jobs and what do they do

My Answer:

Hi Joseph,

Direct answer to your question is that a music producer produces music. I’m not being a smartass when I answer that. A music producer needs to produce music. And actually I think for many up and coming artists that doesn’t really sink in or connect.

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askland on September 29th, 2011

This is a music video about a Chinese love story. I’m sure I have bits of this story wrong but this is how I remember it being told to me:

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askland on September 17th, 2011

Cirque Du Soleil’s ZAIA show promotional video released September 2011. Zaia is the resident show that opened in August 2008 at the Venetian in Macau (SAR) China. Acts in the video include Straps, Trapeze, Hand to Hand, Gypsy, Skate, X Board, Aerial Bamboo, Lion Dance, Firedance and of course Zaia’s dragon. Music composed by Violaine Corradi.

askland on September 13th, 2011

Richard Dawkins: Enemies of Reason Episode One

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askland on September 6th, 2011

August 28, 2011 was the 3rd anniversary of Cirque Du Soleil’s ZAIA show in Macau (SAR), China. Above is one of the new promotional posters. You can click it for a larger view.

Cirque Du Soleil ZAIA band

Maria Elena Medina (cello, viol), Olivier Milchberg (guitar, plucked strings, flutes), Gabriel Cloutier (singer), George Manz (key 2), Conrad Askland (bandleader, key 1, accordion), Rose Winebrenner (singer), Darrin Johnson (drums), Eduard Harutyunyan (percussion), Justin Wilman (violin, recorder).

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askland on August 24th, 2011

I’m working on a theater piece and developing plot points between scenes and characters. It’s like being a detective going through the dramatic arcs of a scene and bridging the scenes together. Then matching motivation and obstacles so they are balanced and realistic.

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askland on August 22nd, 2011

I think most of us know about the Kindle reader from Amazon.com. It’s a portable reading table and you can download books from Amazon to read on it. What I didn’t know is that you can read Kindle downloads on your computer (or cellphone).

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askland on August 12th, 2011

What an incredible video. It’s sublimely beautiful…

And check out this mosaic photo of a center region of the Milky Way:
http://www.astrosurf.com/sguisard/Pagim/GC.html

askland on August 11th, 2011

Email received:
IS THE BOOK READY ? I DO WANT ONE .I KEEP TRYING TO GET PICTURES OF HIM RECEIVING HIS AWARDS ,BUT THERE SEEM S TO BE NONE ,I GET THE FEELING THEY BEGRUDGED THEM ,HE WAS GREATER THAN ALL THEM ,HE SANG FROM DEEP IN HIS HEART ,I AM THE SAME AGE AS HE ,I WISHED I COULD HAVE KNOWN HIM,WHEN I FIRST HEARD TESRDROPS ,IT GRIPPED MY HEART ,IT IS SO TOUCHING + NO ONES SINGS IT LIKE HIM .WAS THE LUMP ON HIS THROAT ,THE CAUSE OF HIS LUNG CANCER YOU THINK?

I HADNT EVEN HEARD HE HAD DIED UNTIL 2 YRS AGO OR LESS.HE WAS AN ALL AROUND SINGER “RE SAILS IN THE SUNSET”,HE ;S GOT IT ON THAT. PLEASE ANSWER ME BACK
OK ,I WROTE YOU BEFORE,

JOANNE

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askland on August 10th, 2011

Email received:

I’m wondering how do I set up a raping audition.

My reply:

First step would be to install spell check on your computer because I think you meant to say “rapping”.

 

askland on July 25th, 2011

Oriental Land Co., Ltd.
Cirque du Soleil Theatre Tokyo

“ZED” to Close

URAYASU, CHIBA—Oriental Land Co., Ltd. and Cirque du Soleil have reached anagreement to indefinitely close the Cirque du Soleil Theatre Tokyo, located in Tokyo Disney Resort®. Performances of ZED will end on December 31, 2011.

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askland on July 21st, 2011

This is a really horrible scam. People that sign up for the USA green card lottery are sent emails saying they have won a green card. They just have to send in $800 for processing. It is not true. It is a scam. It is a lie. I hope innocent people that don’t know much English understand this. It’s not true.

The US Department of State has a scam warning here:
http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1749.html

This email is being sent to people that actually entered the real US green card lottery (Yes, there is such a thing.) The REAL United States green card lottery from the US Department of State is located here:
http://www.dvlottery.state.gov

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askland on July 20th, 2011

Since 2001 I’ve run online discussion forums. PhpBB was my first software but they had a major software exploitation back in December 2004 that brought down my forum network. The release of Phpbb 2 and 3 seemed to alleviate a lot of the problems, but in the meantime I switched many forums over to VBulletin.

I haven’t had my phpBB 2.x sites hacked but have had several hacks on VBulletin. They seem to have increased in 2011 with an almost monthly hack on one of my forums. Normally just kids having fun and reading instructions on how to hack using the latest software vulnerability in VBulletin 4.x. But in July 2011, for the first time, I had a hacker use one of my websites as a phishing site.

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askland on July 19th, 2011

I was looking up information about setting up a staged reading for a new musical. Found these staged reading guidelines from Actor’s Equity.

http://www.actorsequity.org/docs/codes/Stage_Reading_Guidelines.pdf

Actors’ Equity Association will permit Equity Actors (“Actors”) to participate in Stage Readings upon completion of the attached forms and under the following guidelines:

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