Predicate Mediocrity

Dana Jae’s NEXTworld Blog #222

America, overwhelmed by the globalization titans, forges ahead. Her citizens are lost in the daily ritual of wash, rinse, repeat. The re-spinning of Warren G. Harding’s vapid proclamation of a “return to normalcy”, thwarts the political process. Harding frequently used the term “bloviate” which is about to fall upon us again as we witness the line up of idiot Repugnicans who wish to preside over this once decent nation. Since the Bush dynasty took hold, it has become a national tragedy, in my opinion, to watch and listen to these narrow-minded, uncharitable marionettes spew the hateful verbiage of the Plutocrats.  So, here we go into another election-cycle media debacle.

Some suggested reading and viewing before the false fanfare begins:  Bill Moyers’ March 25, 2015 article: “Is a New Political System Emerging in This Country?” is an excellent introduction followed by a viewing of the film by the great educator and statesman Robert Reich. “Inequality For All” is now available on Netflix and is a must-see for every American. Couple that with a second feature “Citizen Koch” and  your family viewing will be complete.  I watched both last night. They helped to connect my personal work space issues with those of the rest of the nation. Even dyed-in-the-wool, old-school Republicans (if you watch “Citizen Koch”) believe that their party has been usurped by those empowered by “Tea”.  These are the Americans who typify the zombie-like quality of a mediocre mind that can no longer distinguish personal reality from repeated words advertised to them or from bloviation from Rush Limbaugh and his media ilk. [Disheartening side note: the end of the “Citizen Koch” film credits reveal that it was originally slated for PBS but was pulled before its run due to David Koch’s affiliation with PBS.]

A predicate mediocrity overwhelms the mind, heart, and soul.

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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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