Cynic: Day 4

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Today marks the first show of the tour, the Toulouse Metalfest at Le Phare. Alongside Cynic were Gorod, Paradise Lost, Soulfly, and Loudblast, who Sean and Paul toured with in 1994 while still members of Death. This was my first time running lights for the band outside of rehearsal, as well as my first time running lights for a concert, ever. Needless to say, I was a little bit nervous.

Because of the restrictions of the venue, I had to do the lights from the side of the stage, hence the camera angles. It wasn’t too bad, though; that was the view I had at the first few rehearsals, anyway. It was a little hard to hear the band over Sean from
back there, however.

After the initial panic and the communication disaster with the venue’s lighting engineer, we got the show started smoothly. Because it was a festival, the guys only played 40 minutes of their full 90 minute set.

It’s now several hours after the show and we’re back in the bus on our way to gig #2 at the Lyon Metalfest, where Cynic will share the stage with Loudblast again.

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Cynic: Day 3

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A typical day off in a death metal band…

Our tour bus wasn’t coming until later that night, so we spent the day wandering around Paris. We made stops at The Eiffel Tower and The Louvre, where we ran into a Cynic fan who recognized them. We stopped and the guys took a picture and talked to him for a bit before we made our way back into the city.

The tour bus showed up at the hotel around 8pm and we started loading in our gear for our first night of driving. After loading in and eating dinner we all piled into what Sean calls the “rolling tomb” and left for the first gig in Toulouse.

Cynic: Day 2

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We landed in Paris after an entire day of travel. Waiting at the baggage claim, we joked that the bass had been lost, but after a few more minutes we started to see the same bags again and we realized the bass was, in fact, missing.

We spoke to a very helpful Air France employee named Olivier who told us that the bass never made it to Paris from our connection in Amsterdam and that it would come on the next flight.

So I stayed behind to pick up the bass while Paul, Sean, and Tymon took the luggage to the hotel. Robin was flying in a couple of hours later, so I waited for him too. Eventually we made our way to the hotel where we all tried to avoid jet lag with some combination of over/under-sleeping.

So now we’re in France with all our gear intact with one more day before the first show.

Cynic Summer Tour 2010

I’ve been meaning to post something about this for a little while to let you guys know what’s coming up, but now we all just have to jump right into this. Prog legends Cynic are going on tour this summer: first in Europe, then in the U.S., and I’m going with them! I’ll be running lights and teching for the band, as well as posting tons of tour coverage right here on the Crossing–and it all starts today.

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks rehearsing and programming the light show with the band here in L.A. and now (literally) we’re flying to France for the real thing. Keep checking back, as I’ll be covering the European tour for the next 20 days, posting updates whenever I get a wireless connection. For now, here are some shots from the reahearsals and programming the lights at my house.

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Music Philosophy

Today, we take a quick look at two of my favorite things: music and typography. We travel over to the not-so-cleverly-named Music Philosophy, where music lover and graphic designer Mico tells us,

I am a designer. I like music and typography. So I combined them on this Project because I had nothing better to do.

Mico creates stunning typographical imagery on a weekly basis using his favorite music quotes, from AC/DC to the Moldy Peaches, Jay-Z to John Lennon. While you can submit your own quotes to be rendered, there are currently a few dozen to look through. Mico suggests the bright colors and fun, interesting shapes look great as a mobile phone desktop wallpaper; I say they look great, period. I may have to request a few prints to display as a series. Go explore, find your favorite track, and venture the relm of artistic lettering.

Mastodon Calling It Quits? Update: No!

Unconfirmed rumors of Mastodon’s breakup abound, dear readers. That their European tour this summer is no longer happening has been confirmed, however. This, from the band’s website:

MASTODON regret to inform their fans that their upcoming Summer tour of Europe originally set to begin June 5, in Germany and ending July 3, in Finland has been cancelled. Guitarist Bill Kelliher who has been diagnosed with Pancreatitis has been advised by doctors to continue further medical treatment. Bill’s medical team are optimistic and expect a full recovery in the weeks ahead as the band looks forward to being part of BlackDiamondSkye also featuring Alice In Chains, Deftones, slated to begin Sep. 16, in Chicago.

Update: According to a post on their official message board, the band is indeed still a band. Another block quote for your reading pleasure: Continue reading

Featured Artist: Terry Richardson

Terry Richardson is that rare sort of artist who inspires as much debate as his work: he seems to be one of the most outlandish individuals walking the earth today. This “American original” was born in New York to fashion photographer Bob Richardson, but grew up in Hollywood, where he started shooting while still in high school. He shoots using a kind of snapshot aesthetic befitting his candid personality and, though his work has been featured in such publications as Vogue, i-D, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, and Purple, Richardson seems to remain under the radar. Continue reading

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