Oakland Art Murmur

I wrote this comment to another excellent blog by blogcabinbyvic.wordpress.com which was penned on May 30. In the wee hours of the morning, I found:  State of the Arts – 38 and it was the perfect read to follow an evening out attending the always colorful, always amusing “First Fridays of Oakland Art Murmur”.

This is the comment (with a few additions) I wrote at blogcabinbyvic’s May 30 post on the arts:

This is the perfect read of the most excellent writing about something that just came up for me this evening (for the 100th time this year alone) and it’s about art communities and artists keeping communities viable and fresh and YES, even SAFE. I spent the evening strolling about midtown Oakland where numerous art galleries have flourished in the past 5 years (and we are talking “working class art” – the very best kind of art). Art Murmur is an non-profit arts organization that hosts something called “First Fridays” where the artists show their work amidst other artists all sharing spaces together, amidst an incredible array of urban folk in Oakland; the make-up of which is the loveliest mix-mash of a multitude of world cultures all together in one place. (Yes, this is Oakland, California, USA) Food trucks, music artists, ceramics artists, jewelers, painters, tailors, photographers, milliners, jugglers, dancers, and more intertwined together in a 10-block radius. I found several amazing re-purposed art from the most incredible sources: colored plastic bags cut small and enwrapped in sterling silver (malleable jewelry — rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings of stunning color and beauty), and my favorite – the leather interiors of wrecked fancy cars re-purposed into leather handbags, backpacks, wallets, wrist-wallets (my favorite) and jackets. Imagine wearing the leather interior of a Mercedes or a Ferrari…now THAT is art and reuse and the perfection of a life in a city where artists come together and make public GOOD. I was brought out by my favorite sculptor, the inimitable Jann Nunn.  Thank you, Jann.

Artists found: Platinum Dirt repurposed leather accessories, dorieMdesigns, hand-crafted, re-purposed jewelry, and O’Lover Hats, quality artisan-crafted, sustainably-made.

And since this began as a comment to another writer’s blog:  “Thank you for this incredible blog post, blogcabinbyvic. You have instantly become one of my favorites herein.”

About danaj33

I have been teaching in the Broadcast Electronic Media Art department at City College of San Francisco since 2001. I was a part-time faculty member until 2009 when I became full-time. My career as an audio engineer spans 27 years since the first day I began to record and mix songs on my Tascam PortaStudio (cassetter 4-track) in the early 80's while attending college at UC Berkeley. I formed a couple of bands and sang lead (sometimes playing rhythm guitar) until 1988 when I discovered that the "behind-the-scenes" tech realm was much more to my liking. I love how an audio engineer controls the ENTIRE sound mix, and not just one's own instrument. I then began a career as a live sound engineer in earnest and have toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe as front-of-house sound engineer for a multitude of bands on various record labels (most notably "Medicine" on American Recordings) and have been a staff engineer at the venerable Bottom of the Hill nightclub since their inception in 1991. The club and its staff are like family. I have maintained a live sound production company since 1989 called dcj Productions that has provided sound to the Bay Area community (mostly in the non-profit sector) in both large outdoor sound events as well as nightclubs and music halls. In 1991, I started recording bands on an 8-track Tascam TSR-8 analog tape recorder and moved into the digital realm in 1993 to 16-tracks of Alesis ADAT connected to a Soundcraft Ghost console in my home studio. In 1995, I advanced to Pro Tools and have been recording exclusively digital ever since, combining audio skills in sound for film as a location recordist as well as an engineer in post-production sound design and mixing. I remained "strictly analog" in my live sound mixing until just this past year (2012). Now that one can obtain a decent, live sound digital mixer at an affordable price, it was high time to check out digital for live. I now have a Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 to work on with my students to give them much needed hands-on experience with a digital console. I co-owned and ran APG Records & APG Studios, an SF record label and recording studio, from 1999 - 2004 which had a distribution deal through EMI. The company folded in 2004. I continue to record music and engineer live performances at many Bay Area venues in addition to full-time teaching at CCSF. In 2001, I was hired to the part-time faculty at City College of San Francisco in the Broadcast Electronics Media Arts department where I have taught many of the classes including Digital Media Skills (BCST119), Basic Audio Production (BCST120), Digital Audio Production (BCST124), Sound Recording Studio (BCST125), Sound For Visual Media (BCST126), Advanced Sound Recording (BCST127), Sound Reinforcement (BCST128), Audio for the Web (BCST135), Video for the Web (BCST136), and Field Video Production (BCST145). I have also taught classes in sound design, audio for animation and games, music video, and computer applications at Art Institute of California-San Francisco, Globe Recording Institute, and Laney College in Oakland, CA. A few CCSF Projects: - Produced a promotional video for the Math department Bridge Program titled "Quadratic Rap". - Produced a new employee orientation video for the Human Resources department at CCSF - Coordinated audio for camera - SF Mayoral Debate, Fall 2011 - Coordinator of Audio Industry Advisory Panel for BEMA, Fall 2011 - Co-Coordinator of Video Industry Advisory Panel for BEMA, Spring 2012 Outside Affiliations: - past Vice President and Interim President Board of Directors - Bay Area Girls Rock Camp - past volunteer/contributor to Women's Audio Mission - past member Bay Area Women in Media and Film - current member of Audio Engineering Society - current Board of Directors for Camp Reel Stories
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