Archive for October, 2010

DVD is ready!

Posted: October 10, 2010 in Rock n Roll

Hello everyone! In the last post I mentioned that I was arranging for an old Sparkling Apple U-Matic videocassette tape (from December 19, 1979 at Gary Taylor’s Rock Room, no less!) to be burned to DVD. I picked it up from Deena Media on Saturday, and considering the tape has been sitting in my basement for 30 years, it doesn’t look too bad at all — was our hair long or what?? Also, considering the original tape was produced with 70s technology, the results are better than what I expected. Now because the cassette had been stored for so long, there was the inevitable stretching of the tape problem, which shows up on the DVD as horizontal lines at the top of the screen. After a while, though, you do get used to it and assume it’s some sort of special FX! Har har!

In any event, the sound quality is poor, due once again to ancient technology. Fortunately, I do have a board tape of the exact same night, so I will attempt to sync the sound on a couple of tracks and then post the videos to YouTube. Of course, the videos will also be viewable on our website as well.

In other news…

I’ve finally completed creating a DVD of selected songs from our reunion concert. Once I’ve made a nice looking cover, I will offer this DVD to anyone who would like one — anyone interested? All you Sparkling Apple followers (the Apple Corps), let me know!

Talk at ya later,
Colin (Captain Maniac)

Sparkling Apple DVD

Posted: October 7, 2010 in Rock n Roll

As I mentioned a few posts ago, Rick Mearns filmed our Sept. 18/2010 show at Donegals. The raw videos ended up on three DVDs, but I am currently in the process of creatimg a one-disc “highlights” DVD. I’m a Mac guy, so I’m using iMovie 09 to create the actual video, and iDVD 09 to burn the movie to disc. Kind of a challenging and steeper-than-expected learning curve, although the final product should look great.

And that brings me to a Sparkling Apple online offer…

If any readers are interested in a “Sparkling Apple 2010: Live at Donegal’s” DVD, let me know on this blog, and assuming there is sufficient interest, I may make this DVD commercially available. If there’s no interest, I at least have my own memories of the event!

Still waiting on Deena Media to see if they’ve completed our Gary Taylor’s 79 DVD. I will phone them on the weekend.

By the way, thanks to Woody for lending me his minidisc of the previously-mentioned Sept. 18/2010 show at Donegals. I have now made a double-CD from this material, and the above offer also holds:

If any readers are interested in a “Sparkling Apple 2010: Live at Donegal’s” CD, let me know on this blog, and assuming there is sufficient interest, I may make this CD available online. If there’s no interest, I at least have my own memories of the event!

Talk at ya later,
Colin

Videos update

Posted: October 1, 2010 in Rock n Roll

After doing a Google search, I found a business called “Deena Media”, who will convert my U-Matic cassettes onto DVD. I have two cassettes, so they will make two DVDs for me. After researching other local companies, Deena’s price sounds competitive. I phoned them today, and the producer will be in the office all day tomorrow (Saturday). Sounds like that’s the ticket!