At the end of last season, the very nice folks over at SEA (School of Audio Engineering) contacted me and asked if they could record a video interview to ask me about my job as Music Editor for THE SIMPSONS. I said “sure” and they dropped by The Bridge Recording to conduct the interview.
As is the case for many people these days, I was “discovered” thanks to social media. Jesse Hagen of SAE contacted former showrunner Bill Oakley via Twitter asking about people to interview and Bill pointed him to my blog.
If you’re a long-time reader of this blog, then much of the info in the interview you already know – newcomers should find it informative and it might motivate them to check out my earlier posts, especially under the “Music Editing 101” tab at the top of the page.
Thanks to Jesse, Bayan, and Sara of SAE for doing such a professional job. It all turned out great.
(email subscribers to my blog need to click the title “Lights, Camera…” to be taken to the page where you can see the video)
It’s not quite as impressive as the title suggests, but I think I have some pretty cool one-of-a-kind Simpsons artwork. Enjoy the pictures – hover your mouse over a picture for the caption or you can click on any photo to see a larger view with captions.
David Silverman drawing of Homer for me
David Silverman drawing of Krusty for my wife
Hipster Homer drawn for me by animator Fill Marc Sagadraca
First poster of the family plus pages taken out of Variety promoting our show for an EMMY (left) and after winning the EMMY (right)
EMMY Thank You
I’m in there somewhere – only a few of these people are still on the show 23+ years later
Dan Castellaneta’s inscription
Julie Kavner & Harry Shearer’s inscriptions
Nancy Cartwright’s inscription
Yeardley Smith’s inscription
Matt Groening’s inscription
An original Franklin Mint Decorative Plate alongside a Matt Groening original parody paper plate
Matt doodled this plate during a dubbing session in 1990 – he gave it to me
Cover of The Simpsons Handbook – I’ve had various people sign the book and am still working on getting more signatures
Dan Castellaneta’s inscription
Hank Azaria’s inscription (left page)
Hank Azaria’s inscription (right page)
Ian Maxtone-Graham’s inscription (left page)
Ian Maxtone-Graham’s inscription (right page)
Brian Kaufman’s inscription – Brian’s in charge of ADR and we work together to record the cast when they sing
Russi Taylor’s inscription – Voice of Martin, Uter, and Sherri & Terri
Mark Linden’s inscription – Mark is our dubbing mixer for music & dialogue
Outside of Hallmark Halloween card
Inside of the Halloween card
The title of this post refers to an old adage that’s pretty self-explanatory: when someone falls short of doing their job well and claims, “I didn’t have the latest widget (or doo-dad, or thingamajig),” or “I have the latest widget (or doo-dad, or thingamajig) but it’s broken (or the batteries died, or running last year’s software),” it often means that their skills are weak and it’s easier to blame their tools than accept responsibility for their own shortcomings.
This week, I had a pretty formidable challenge thrown my way and I believe I did a pretty good job of meeting and beating that challenge. D’oh! There’s more to read…
I just wanted to post a quick follow-up to my previous post after finding a couple of behind-the-scenes featurettes on YouTube. I’ll make it quick, I promise.
I captured a few images from the videos to illustrate some of the points I made in the other post. First, we have this, a shot of the off-stage pianist/accompanist encased in her little soundproof box. The box allowed the pianist to play and move without fear of the sounds being captured by the on-set microphones that were recording the cast’s singing. D’oh! There’s more to read…