Posts Tagged ‘audio’

Immigraniada: An Odyssey Through Industrial sewing

Gogol Bordello has been a long-favorite music group of mine. The sound is raw, but clean enough to enjoy. They also don’t violate my personal rule about music with too many layers of electric guitar sucking. I’m looking at you, all you Phil-Spector wannabees.

Anyway, their music video Immigraniada is shot, in part, on a garment factory floor. I love stuff like this, because it reacquaints the US with what industry is. With where things come from. That’s the good. The bad is that parts of the set look dirty. Most facilities are clean, both to minimize production fall-out from contamination, and because cleanliness is a critical part of efficiency.

Anyway, from a song celebrating the immigrant story so common in the US, the equipment they show:

Fabric Spreader: Used to evenly spread many layers of fabric in preparation for cutting.

Tacker: Used to tack fabric, as seen on webbing tails or belt loops.

Last: The Lockstitch machine, originally invented by Elias Howe, operated by Eugene Hütz:

ShopTalk: Burl Audio at Jackpot! Recording Studios

I recently had the pleasure of spending an evening at Jackpot! Studios. NARAS was kind enough to host an event with Larry Crane of TapeOp.

Next door, Scott of Hamptone was showing off his amazing collection. Ribbon mics, custom consoles, various products in various stages of development…

In addition, the Burl Audio Mothership was demoed to a receptive audience. Not that it was a scientific listening test, but we A/B against an Apogee box, and the Burl was somewhat preferred for it’s punchier sound.

I met some absolutely great people, including a half dozen (including the aforementioned Scott), who design and make their own gear.

Wherein I Wax Poetic:

This brings me to something that constantly surprises me (and really shouldn’t): Portland, stereotypically home of the hipster, their ex-hippy parents, microbrewerys, and innumerable ‘scenes’, is a manufacturing city.

Creativity drives industry, and vice versa. Hamptone and Jackpot share a building. What better way to develop prototype audio equipment than to throw it in the studio next door?

I see that all over Portland, from makers of fine artistic goods like Bullseye Glass and Gamblin inks to stalwarts like Oregon Iron Works and Precision Castparts. The industry and art drive each-other. More on this later.