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  • June 30, 2008

    Wataru music

    Several months ago, I wrote about the scoring session for “Afrika,” an upcoming PlayStation3 game, with music by my friend Wataru Hokoyama. There’s a new interview with Wataru about the scoring process here.

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    June 26, 2008

    Demolition House

    We’re back from Austin — immediately following a few days in Boulder. I’ll write about the Boulder trip soon, but first up, what were we doing in Austin?
    Buying our first house!

    The closing couldn’t have gone more smoothly. It took an hour, we got a refund check (because our closing check was estimated too high), and the key for the house had a kitty on it!

    We went straight from the closing to the house (of course), and when we got there, this family of deer was waiting in the back yard to welcome us. (The fawns are out of frame.)

    We slept in the house that night — just us and the Aero Bed. The next morning, our contractor and his crew arrived to start the renovations. First to go: the wood wall panels in the family room.

    That built-in next to the fireplace? The mantle above the fireplace? That old-school brass fireplace frame? That’s all gotta go.

    That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

    The door to the master bedroom is, inexplicably, off of the kitchen. So let’s move that to the family room. First, Cesar, our contractor, cuts the hole for the new door.

    Here’s the view back into the family room from the master bedroom — as seen through the wall that will soon hold the new door.

    Next up: demo of the tile floor and carpeting (to be replaced with dark-stained maple wood floors throughout), scraping of the popcorn ceilings, smoothing of all of the walls (which are currently painted with a sharp-textured paint — who thought that textured paint was a good idea?  why would I want to scratch my hand just by leaning on a wall?), installation of the surround speakers into the ceiling, and a few other things. When we get there — in just over four weeks — the place will be transformed. But at the end of work day number one, it looked like this…

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    June 17, 2008

    CBDNA Conducting Symposium

    Tomorrow morning, I’m heading to Boulder, Colorado, for the College Band Directors National Association Conducting Symposium. I’ll be the CBDNA Guest Composer, giving a talk about my music, and working with several conductors as they rehearse my tunes. I’m sure it will be a great trip.

    AEJ is going with me for a change, which makes it even better. When we first planned the trip, we hoped to make an early-summer vacation out of it, spending as much as a week in beautiful Boulder. But then the house purchase thing came up, and things got a bit crazy. So, instead of spending a week there, we’re flying there tomorrow, and flying home to LA early on Saturday — and then flying to Austin on Sunday morning for the house closing on Monday morning. Then we fly back to LA on Wednesday morning and start packing. Move date: probably around July 24. But we’ll worry about that after we get back from Boulder…

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    June 13, 2008

    Closing!

    The closing on our (first!) house is scheduled for June 23 at 9am. That night, we’ll own this house in the Northwest Hills neighborhood of Austin. How crazy is this?!

    Woo hoo!!!

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    June 11, 2008

    Sit on it and pump up the volume

    A few years ago on the blog, I said that I wanted this chair:

    I still want that chair. It’s $13,000 (or it was then, so it’s probably more now, thanks to the tanking US dollar), though, so that’s probably not going to happen anytime soon.

    Yesterday, AEJ and I went furniture browsing in West Hollywood, home to the highest concentration of great furniture stores in America. We’re looking for a new sofa for (what will hopefully soon be) our new house in Austin. The vision: a bachelor pad-style family room, which would hold a huge sofa for movie-time, the crazy big screen, and these speakers:

    That’s the Paradigm Signature S8. I’d match it to this subwoofer:

    That subwoofer, the Paradigm Signature Servo, weighs 114 pounds, and goes down to a window-shattering 10 Hz. 10 Hz!

    I use Paradigm speakers now — the Studio 100 with the Servo 15 subwoofer — and I love them, but they’re “ash black,” and these suckers are available in high-gloss piano black. Sweeeet. The price for those two Signature line front speakers with the subwoofer: right around $10,000. So… please order lots of copies of “Undertow” — like, start with 100 copies.

    But what will we sit on while we watch movies and listen to music? Well, how about this:

    How awesome is that?! Simply put: mega-awesome. Sadly, also mega-expensive. Try $20,000.

    I really can’t encourage you strongly enough: please order some music, and request lots of marching licenses! I need to do some shopping!

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