I finally got my first passport today, and it was pretty much the easiest thing I’ve ever done. there’s tons of horror stories about 2 and 3 hour wait times, only to be told you didn’t have the proper documentation and you’d have to come back, etc.
I showed up just after 9am this morning armed with a coffee, a book, and my H4, ready to entertain myself by stealing conversations and doing other things of the acoustically voyeuristic nature. There was about 50 people already seated and looking fairly unhappy. Much to my surpirse, I literally didn’t have time to sit down before my number was called. I figured it was a mistake but went up anyway, and the saint of a lady behind the counter patiently explained that because I had went online and filled out the form there, they just scan it in, I sign it, pay 87 bucks and can legally go record conversations in whatever languages I want all over the world. The price of freedom is $87 and an internet connection, amazing.
On a totally unrelated note, here’s some rhythmic sounds that my bag was making as I walked last night. Strange things happen when I take my headphones out of my hears and actually listen.
I also had a chance to be reunited with a good friend and sound genius diego this weekend to work on what’s going to be a really great record from a great songwriter named Edouard Ratiarson. Here’s a terrible attempt at trying to do a panoramic shot when you don’t really know how to operate a camera that well.
playing drums with natural light isn’t something we’re accustomed to….