Yay! I got a much needed laptop upgrade! One more suited to handle all my video processing stuff. The downside, getting all my old software and files transferred over. Three hours in this morning almost done getting all my software and VSTs installed. The only one giving me issues is Waves…WTF! Ok, the PluigTec EQs I bought several years and 2 computers ago, I can maybe see that being an issue (even though its still in my product history and is registered under my account). But the J37 Tape simulator I just purchased a couple months ago? Come on! EVERY. OTHER. VST. I have purchased through out my musical journey has been a relatively painless process. Waves stuff sounds great and its cheap, but god what a headache…

Complaining aside, I am super excited fo this new laptop! its 2014 MacBook Pro with a 15″ screen, 2.5ghz quadcore i7, 16gb of RAM, 2 graphics cards the second is Nvidia Geforce 750 with 2gb of dedicated RAM. My previous laptop was a 2011 MacBook Pro with a 13″ screen, 2.3ghz quadcore i5, 16gb of RAM, and single Iris graphics card with shared RAM…. Sorry guys, but size DOES matter!

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My name is AJ. I lived my life to this date in the Chicagoland area and I have a deep-rooted obsession with music and sound. From playing in experimental bands as a kid, trying to mutate the sound of my guitar into anything but a guitar, to venturing out on my own now and collaborating with other artists. The element I really fell in love with was creating live soundtracks over silent horror and sci-fi movies! It first started with my band Braille Night. We would play absurdly loud ambient music in the upstairs of a coffee house for hours. One of the members came up with the idea of using a silent movie to direct the feeling of the music. And now a decade + later I'm still doing that frequently, mostly in collaboration with Comfort Station here in Chicago for their summer series "Silent Films and Loud Music". Sound was only the beginning for me though. The past couple years I have gone done the path of video synthesis, VJing, and programming stage lighting. Most notably for Lorelei Dreaming, where I have spent hours synchronizing lights to emphasize the mood of the music and Lorelei herself as she entrances the audience with her voice and presence, and manipulate video as a live performance jamming along to the music and lights. What does the future hold? I want to take my experiences, skills, and passions to the next level. Put out more music. Work on a soundtracks for current movies, shorts, video games, or what-have-you. Lend my patience and knowledge to programming stage lights for other bands. Basically, I want eat, sleep, and breathe this stuff!

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