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Into the Earhole: a sound guy’s blog


I’ve been meaning to blog my travels for a while, but haven’t given myself the time to write it properly. I’m still not giving myself the time to write it eloquently, but here’s a place to dump interesting encounters and thoughts, rather than the lounge.

I’ll start with who I am. I’m an audio engineer who mostly works on tv/film production and post audio. I do commercials, reality, documentary, corporate, games, music, and whatever else pays. I’m just the ears. I dig sound, both creatively and technically. The reason I’m doing this on this forum is because I also like computers, and there’s always a great deal I can learn from the community, here, especially given the career differences. I welcome any discussion.

I also have other production-related endeavors. I have been trying to start a side hustle in software, and have been lurning-2-kode in my free time since 2017. You can see my good, bad, and worse public code at



Went to CA a few weeks ago. I saw two plastic straws. Both producer and talent kept theirs for multiple days of reuse.

I also spotted a homeless looking guy in the city with a boom box on a shopping cart. He had the whole thing plugged into the Christmas lights on one of the trees lining the sidewalk. After passing a bunch of nightclubs while searching for food, it took me a minute to realize this one wasn’t another club, but a homeless man blaring 80’s tunes using city power. 10/10

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The last two weekends I have been working in Montana for the same show as the CA shoot. Last week, I walked into a downtown trinket shop, and there was a little old man behind a workbench. A lady walked by and commented, “it’s nice out here,” to which he replied, “yes, it’s a good life. (pause) …a better life.” It got awkward quick, and she left.



I made a timecode calculator in the pythonista ios app, so it was relatively quick to write, but getting it signed and onto the App Store is a bit of a hassle. I needed something like this because I sometimes use these “instamics,” which are small, ip67 mic/recorder units for impact sports or whatever, and they don’t have timecode, so I have to read it verbally from the master clock, check the recorded Instamic file, then subtract the duration since the start of the file, and modify the metadata with approximate start TC. This app speeds that process up. Also, it’s cool and I wanted to put out some free production-related app as a matter of self-promotion.

Had to come up with a temp icon as well, hence the avatar



Job in a state crime lab today, more red tape than a government build- oh, wait.



I met a lady named Tau today. All I could think of were lame math jokes. I kept them to myself.

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Better then what I would of come up with. I just would have said Alzheimers jokes.

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Shoot with a rapper today

You know what they say…

if you ain’t redlining, you ain’t headlining


And to be clear, I was NOT engineering this session. Just shooting with the guy who was in session.

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