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Author: Robert Scovill

Generation ConteXt

One of my favorite jokes of all time is from the bone-dry delivery of comedian Steven Wright. It goes like this; “I was looking out my window the other night and I saw a Martian. So, I say “Hey Martian, why are you so small?” To which he replied, “I’m not small, I’m really far away.”  Today’s topic: Perspective and context When I was just starting out in pro audio many years ago, full of good intentions but no actual experiences to back them up, one of the hardest things to get my head around was context. The expectation...

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This One's For You, Joe

As a youngster, when I was just pulling into my teen years, I received some mentoring from a person in my life that, unbeknownst to me at the time, would set me up for success for the rest of my life regardless of what career path I took, if I would just buy into it. We’ll get back to that in a minute. But first… Over the course of my career, young men and women (and some not so young) have, for some reason, gravitated toward me for insight into how to “make it” in the music business. I’ve...

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This Week on Roadie TV—Snooki Tunes The PA

“Roadie Reality TV” … is this what it’s come to? Yep, you heard me right. I guess it was only a matter of time  wasn’t it?    I saw the announcement posted on a popular road crew job placement website the other day that producers and writers are assembling a casting call for a road crew reality show based on the touring life. To quote the post “It’ll be like ‘Deadliest Catch’ only for touring guys.”   Now, make sure you digested what I just said there – “the producers and writers will be assembling the crew for the...

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"Paging Dr. Moe, Dr. Curly, Dr. Larry…"

  You can judge the maturity of a given industry or field by it’s approach to educating and training the people who want to work in that field and contribute to that industry.    For example, the medical field has been around in one form or another since the dawn of man. As techniques and knowledge grew with regard to easing suffering and saving lives, so did the need to teach those techniques and pass them on to others in order to improve and save future lives. Over time, this process has manifested into intense educational programs and very...

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Robert Scovill

Robert is a 30 year veteran of live sound and 6 time TEC / 2 time Parnelli Award winner for Sound Reinforcement Engineer of the Year. He serves as Senior Market Specialist for live sound products for Avid and regularly works as Concert Sound Mixer and Live Recordist for Tom Petty and The...

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