THE BUZZ | MUSIC
WHATS ON MY IPOD?
by MARCUS BENIGNO
Disko Cirkus – Dva
Hatoa – Bonobo
American Haikus - Jack Kerouac
Manhã de Carnaval - Luis Bonfá
Bomb - Inara George
There is no There – Books
Sitar and Violin Duet - Ravi Shankar
Mrs. Morris - Charles Spearin
Hurt - Johnny Cash
Bratislava – Beirut
Marcus, the rhubarb farmer at the Äppelfabriken,an organic farm outside of Stockholm, Sweden. (Verena Göbel)
When the news of Amy Winehouse's untimely but expected death news hit the headlines all over the world in, everyone thought drug overdose was to blame. Though the official cause of her death has been termed 'inconclusive', Amy's parents believe a sudden abstinence from alcohol might have been what led to her untimely passing last Saturday at age 27. While the debate will continue whether she'll be remembered more for her music or her personal life all, we can do is to pray for her soul to rest in peace.
"Don't go chasing waterfalls. Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to."
Gone are the days when hip hop groups from Nepal were thrown bottles and rocks on the stage when they performed. There were others before Nepsydaz but they took Nephop to a whole new level. Youths recognize their 'Chudeinna' and sing along to it. Rap battles are organized to gather Nepali hip hop groups and solo rappers. Their songs are not just about love. Political situations and the state the country is in right now are getting on their nerves so they write about it. There is no need to be surprised if more of them pop out in the Nephop scene in the future.
"What happened to those good old days?
Architect of Music
Paskert got into program production and audio recording management much before he turned a professional in this field, when he was still a teenager in high school. It was during this time that he won awards and recognition for his work at the regional level. Since then, he has been continually involved in music and audio engineering in one way or another. Having graduated from the prestigious Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Arizona, Paskert has worked since 2001, in different fields of multimedia industry like recording, mixing and mastering for musical acts, live sound reproduction, editing and post production for radio and television, and sound design and field recording for movies including a stint at the ABC news Network in US. "If you don't actively pursue your work you will find yourself without it", he contemplates about him working in so many different places and not just sticking to one. But the most satisfying amongst all, according to this audio engineer, has to be working for live stage performances and recording artists.
The one thing that drew him towards this artistic cum technical field was his undying love for music and deep interest in sound engineering from the very beginning. "For me, nothing is more satisfying than listening to great music on stage while I manage sound and everything and seeing people enjoying themselves, " Paskert says about his passion for music and his work. "The world certainly is a better place with music for life would be soulless without music and my own life - unimaginable in the absence of music".
A freelancing audio engineer and producer by profession in Chicago, Paskert readily agreed to come to Nepal to take classes in master recording and audio engineering for a year and to instruct Nepali music engineering enthusiasts for a year, on the request of Mariano E. Abello, the Director of Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory. When asked about the reason for agreeing to come to Nepal, a country where people know little about audio engineering, he answers, "That is exactly why I came because Nepalis rarely have the opportunity to get firsthand knowledge on master recording and audio engineering. The idea of teaching music recording enthusiasts from the ground level excited me as in Chicago, where I work; I go to work with people who are already experts in the field."
Besides, the thought of traveling to a completely different country, exploring new places, meeting new people and having fun, was another reason why Paskert consented to come to Nepal. In his own words, while he was a bit worried in the first few days regarding adjusting in a new place, all that vanished soon and his stay in Nepal so far has been adventurous, fun, and outrageously beautiful.
Paskert feels many things are not taken into consideration here as most people take music and the huge amount of work behind its creation for granted. "This small country has a long way to go when it comes to meeting international standards of in-depth knowledge and availability of musical equipment for recordings and mixing but things are getting better gradually. That's what I want to change here. Besides learning the technical aspects from my recording and mixing classes, I want my students to learn to be more professional, knowledgeable and capable of providing the best service to their clients wherever they go,"states Colten. Paskert, who has worked with some influential artists like The Blue Imperials, Sandip Burman, Bill Dickens, Koko Taylor, The Mambo Zombies, Sugar Blue of the Rolling Stones, Steven Gillis of Filter, Nicholas Tremulis, Three Doors Down, Slipknot, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Jurassic 5, Nash Kato of Urge Overkill, Funkadesi, OK GO, Nile, Lucky Boys Confusion, Ghosthouse and Robbie Fulks to name just a few, feels that Nepal is a burgeoning musical area with a lot of scope for upcoming and new musicians.
Paskert has already conducted a workshop on microphone techniques and technology at Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory. His first level audio classes started from the 27 July at Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory and would be running for three months followed by the second level classes right after. Having initially decided to stay in Nepal for a year to take classes, Paskert already wants to stay a bit longer than that, overwhelmed by the warmth and love that people have bestowed upon him.