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Can you do it?

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YES YOU CAN DO IT

Most people believe “It can’t be done” How many times do you hear someone say that? Almost daily if you listen. No wonder many people are doomed to fail. Many of us give up and settle for a lot less in life than we could have, on the other side of the coin many of us just work too hard believing we need a lot more than we really do. After a very rough start in life; living in a small coal mining village in New Zealand, receiving a very poor education, I was able to carve out a spectacular career. Despite failing all the exams at Huntly College, New Zealand, despite the wasted three miserable years there I was able to retire at 50 years old. Yes I had the help of many good people along the way plus self determination and I escaped working in a coal mine and made some interesting experiences happen.

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Cliff Richard

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Logan Campbell Centre

 

Here is one of the best photos I took in the days of film. This was the Cliff Richard concert at Logan Campbell Centre in Auckland 1991.

During this tour I took some great photos and also took the guys from the band out into the Auckland harbour, out to Waiheke and around the gulf with Greg Fenwick from Yamaha Motors.
More info coming soon

Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard

 

Larry Morris

The Monaco reunion

Today was the reunion of the Monaco nightclub musicians and friends in Auckland New Zealand. The event was organized by Gary Davis and Terry Rouse.

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The Original Monaco Night Club

The Monaco club itself was originally in Federal Street, however as it was replaced by high rise and new developments the event was subsequently held at the existing site of the old Top Twenty club in Durham Lane.

The main act was the Larry Morris band.

Sony SF-G Card

Sony SF-G Cards

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Sony SF-G Cards

In 2017 there is a lot of developments coming up with memory cards and media for photo storage. Sony is just one company who continues to go for a larger part of the market place. Recently they have launched a new series of UHS-II speed SD cards. With
a sensational writing speed of 299 MB/ second. Sony has disclosed its new SF-G series of SD cards is the fastest in the current array of cards available at this point in time. They quote the maximum read speed is 300 MB/second when used in their own Sony MRW-S1 card reader.

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The Legends

The Legends

“The Legends”

Gray Bartlett with Jodi Vaughan and Brendan Dugan,  together with Eddie Low, were together again at the Turner Centre in Keri Keri New Zealand on November 4th 2017.

This sensational group have played to more than 500,000 people in New Zealand over something like twelve years.

 

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Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel, what a treat:

This astounding acoustic guitar legend returned to New Zealand for four concerts during September 2017.

How privileged I was to attend all four concerts, not only to take some extraordinary photos and video but to also spend some valuable time to get to know and understand what makes this man tick.

Tommy Emmanuel has two ARIA Awards (Australian Recording Industry Association), two Grammy nominations, and untold honours in the Guitar Player magazine reader’s poll.

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Midge Marsden

Auckland Jazz and Blues Club

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Auckland Jazz and Blues club excelled themselves on Tuesday June 13th 2017. Their venue at the RSA in Pt Chevalier Auckland hosted a true New Zealand Icon Midge Marsden and his blues band. Unfortunately I had never seen Midge live on stage in the early days and last night realized just what I had missed over the years. His ability to sing and play blues is second to none, his enthusiasm for the genre is inspiring and he has put together the most professional stage presentation.

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Glyn Tucker

Glyn Tucker

Singer, Songwriter, Recording Engineer.

Glyn Tucker

Glyn Tucker

Here is a brief article written by Glyn Tucker, a great friend and enthusiastic music lover and entertainer.

I was a singer-songwriter-guitarist, and by the mid seventies had quit playing gigs and started a professional recording studio in Auckland. It became well-known over the next 21 years as Mandrill Recording Studios….During that time, as owner of Mandrill we chalked up 22 Gold Albums, 3 Platinum albums.They included Split Enz, Little River Band, Alastair Riddell, Citizen Band, Ardijah, Dave Dobbyn, Shona Laing, The Exponents, The Mockers, Satellite Spies, David Hasselhoff, Kiri TeKanawa, Carl Doy, and many many others….International producers and engineers we worked with included, John Boylan, Kim Fowley, Tim Palmer, Jay Lewis, Ernie Rose, Graeme Myhre, Mark Moffat, Bruce Lynch, Paul Streekstra, Dave McArtney, Harry Lyon, Dave Marrett, Jaz Coleman, and so many others….Working with these guys I got to learn a thing or two … secret techniques the pro’s use every day to give their recordings that special “something” that makes platinum and gold albums….From time to time I intend to write about some of these very special techniques and share them with you right here Behind the Music Scene.
The stuff I’ll be sharing with you does not originate in the classroom, or from a textbook. Instead, I am talking about the stuff that comes off the recording studio floor, and from the producer-engineer’s chair in a sweaty control-room at 4 in the morning, with the air-con broke, and the mix ain’t working because of a badly recorded vocal track!
These secrets emerged from the blood on the studio floor….(probably from the producer trying to cut his wrists)
Modern recording processes, have changed considerably since those pioneering days and nights I spent at Mandrill Studios. However, the laws of physics never change, so no matter what medium or format you are recording with today, these secrets are just as valid as the day they were first used on hit records; perhaps 20 years ago. (or more)I hope I can make your journey a little easier and smooth the way for you in your quest to produce the next smash hit recording that will take the world by storm.
Or perhaps just to make your next demo a work better, or even to produce a work of art of the highest quality for the listening pleasure of those of similar taste.
No matter that you may be working out of a small, poorly equipt home recording studio, without proper acoustic treatment, and no sound-proofing……the principles you will learn will help you get the best out of what you’ve got, and make a real difference to your end result.
So, watch out for my posts.
Have fun makin’ music my friends

Glyn Tucker­

sony A7s

Sony A7s Camera

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One thing about concert photography that is vital is NO FLASH. This presents some interesting challenges to budding concert photographers and when I started I had no idea. My interest started in the days of film and all I could do was buy a high speed film as I knew the powers to be would never allow a flash. Even though I have been to a number of concerts where flash was used, it is unacceptable, not only for the band but also the distraction for the good people who have outlaid good money for tickets.

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Larry Killip

Larry Killip

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I have had the opportunity of taking some photos of my good friend Larry Killip.

Larry is a fantastic musician, a song writer, guitarist,  singer and in addition a recording engineer (and by the way a terrific photographer himself).. I will talk more about Larry later on but how I got to know him was rather special.

A great many people have helped me shape my life and enjoy a very good career. Where I have arrived at lately has no relationship to where I started, I have come to realise it was these very good people who appeared in my life helped me on my way.
My parents of course were a great influence even though they came from a very humble background. My departure after a miserable three years at Huntly College in New Zealand had sadly placed me on a road to nowhere.

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