Finding the way

The Tremble Clefs – In the Good Old Summertime

It’s been four months since leaving Saudi Arabia and returning home to Eugene, Oregon. A picture is finally emerging of what I’m going to do.

Yesterday I attended a Eugene-Springfield Parkinson’s Disease support group meeting. A few days earlier, I attended the annual PD education conference (pictured above). Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon (PRO) was the sponsor for both events. I’m coming to discover that the Parkinson’s community in these parts is made up of some exemplary people.

I’m also realizing a need to become more involved with this community. And it’s not just becuase the support group musical break by the Temble Clefs featured In the Good Old Summertime (audio above). PRO acivities and events across Oregon and into Washington state include educational and support group meetings, webinars, ping pong tournaments, hiking expeditions, boxing matches and improvisational acting.

The intention is to harness whatever meager skills I may have in the service of promoting Parkinson’s awareness. And if podcast listening or producing can be added to the above list of activities, so much the better.

tokyo moment 02

I decided to celebrate my twelve year Twitter anniversary by taking a long walk and recording some audio. The 6 KM trip from Myogadani station to the Le Bon Vivant cake shop in Hakusan should have taken about 90 minutes according to Google Maps. The walk itself took about two hours. And six hours after commencing the journey, I’m thrilled to have a 48 minute piece of audio to share.

On the way to Sugamo station, which doesn’t appear as a point on the route above, I decided to mix up the sequence of presenting the recordings. The combination of being confronted by unexpected memories and the encounter with the chindonya street performers in Otsuka was unsettling and I felt the need to provide a bit of explanation while walking down the narrow road to Sugamo.

As this tokyo moments project is just an experimental exploration and not a podcast, I don’t feel there is much point writing much here. The audio should speak for itself. The captions for the audio below will indicate where along the journey they occured.

As you will hear, I missed a turn and got lost near the end of the recording. Were it not for that, I’d never of had the good luck of seeing the below statue.

Lost on Hongo dori

Thanks for letting me share these several moments that made for an interesting way to spend a few lonely hours in Tokyo.

tokyo moment 01

tokyo moment 01

It was during the morning walk highlighted on the map above that the structure of this audio recording began to take shape. Several ideas have been swirling around since returning to Tokyo for a two week visit a few days back. Said another way, I’ve just now begun to make sense of some important things that should have been recognized a long time ago. This recording is the introduction to what will be a two-week project called scottlo’s 2019 tokyo moments.

Encountering curious bits of sculpture, cozy cafes, a chartreuse Prius in Sugamo, and some startling signage along the way, I found myself overcome with an unexpected emotion. So much so that I silently declared: I love you Tokyo to myself. One can never really anticipate when a random moment can have a profound effect. Nor can one be expected to always understand what is happening in such a moment. But if one is fortunate, there might be an opportunity to reflect and recognize that something noteworthy is happening.

A happy hour’s command, to steal a phrase from Whitman that has always appealed to me, led me to take another walk at noon time. Recordings were made at the other two green spaces in the lower left side of the map: the Koshikawa Botanical Garden and my old pondside recording studio in a section of Kyoiku No Mori park called Senshunen ( as seen in the software-filtered photo of the hand-like tree stretching over the brackish pond below ).

So it looks like I’ve got a bit of heavy lifting to do. As mentioned while sitting pondside, this recording is a very rough draft. I have a crystal clear sense of the message I want to convey. Unfortunately, I still lack the fluency and courage to find the words to express it. At least there are two more weeks of scottlo’s 2019 tokyo moments to try to pull that off.

Audio Experiment 003 – Maralyn Marsh sings Rain

This one is just an excerpt from an audio file that was downloaded from the Internet archive. The excerpt was excerpted with the Hindenburg audio editor with a tiny bit of fading in and out at either end.

Eugene Ford’s Rain (excerpt Maralyn Marsh)

Wanted to do something more with the rest of the song but couldn’t figure out which way to go with it. So that can wait until an idea comes along. Still, it feels important to post Maralyn Marsh’s interpretation of this cute lyric by the composer Eugene Ford for some reason – maybe because it rains a lot here compared to Saudi Arabia.

The recording of Marsh with Larry Fortine’s orchestra was made in 1950. The song had been a hit in the 1920s. The internet archive features several other earlier versions of it. As I might’ve  said before, there’s lots of treasures to be found in that internet archive. Check it out while you still can. 

Audio Experiment 2 – They Laughed

Rainbow Records - Me and My Shadow

This is kind of the same thing as yesterday’s experiment but a little different. Again, there are two pieces of audio: a voice recording of myself and an excerpted bit of audio from the Internet Archive’s audio library.

The excerpted bit is from the bridge of a 1949 recording by the Eddie “Piano” Miller Trio of Me and My Shadow. Did I tell you how much I love and rely upon the Internet Archive? Have I encouraged you to check it out and if possible support it? It’s a place that helps make digital dreams come true.

Anyhow, this is just a 40 second clip of audio in which I laid a sentence spoken short & sharp over an instrumental music bed excerpted as mentioned above. The sentence was then copied and pasted out of sequence in the second half of the file as you can experience below.

They laughed when I said my dream…

Audio Experiment 1 – Limehouse Blues

Audio Experiment 001 - image of editing window in Hindenburg

I didn’t take the time to check whether or not this would qualify as a #ds106 audio assignment. If such a task is not on the list perhaps it should be. 

The whole point of this experiment was to edit some audio into an mp3 for upload to the blog. In this case, the audio consists of a four minute introduction recorded through a medium quality USB microphone into my laptop (2012 MacBook Pro) using the Hindenburg audio editor combined with an excerpt from a 1949 episode of Matinee with Bob and Ray.

And what I’m most interested to learn from this experiment is how an mp3 file presents itself in a blog post. I don’t even know if WordPress will provide a player automatically.

I imagine that I’ll want to look into some type of plugin for this purpose. And I’ll also have to relearn how to get an rss 2.0 feed to be generated for when this thing goes into podcast mode.

I also imagine that updates to this post will follow…

Audio Experiment 001 – Limehouse Blues by Ken Wilson & Bill Green

The First Crew…

I used to imagine that the old television signals transmitted from earth persisted in some diluted form out into space forever. It might be difficult to prove such is the case but it’s easy to imagine.

And the way I used to imagine it was that someday some intelligent form out there in space would encounter the vestigial TV signals and be able to experience I Love Lucy, You Bet Your Life, or The Honeymooners. That might be cool. Better yet: Milton Berle in drag – that was some funny stuff.

Not wanting to get carried away with past imaginings, I’d rather try to keep things doable and practical here. Therefor, I’m going to try to do a ds106 audio assignment that draws on The Honeymooners in some way. But to do that, it will be necessary to wrangle up a team.