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I did things in my 30s that were ignored by the world, that could have been quickly labeled a failure. Here’s a classic example; in 1974 I did a movie called Phantom of the Paradise. Phantom of the Paradise, which was a huge flop in this country. There were only two cities in the world where it had any real success: Winnipeg, in Canada, and Paris, France. So, okay, let’s write it off as a failure. Maybe you could do that.
But all of the sudden, I’m in Mexico, and a 16-year-old boy comes up to me at a concert with an album - a Phantom of the Paradise soundtrack- and asks me to sign it. I sign it. Evidently I was nice to him and we had a nice little conversation. I don’t remember the moment, I remember signing the album (I don’t know if I think I remember or if I actually remember). But this little 14 or 16, whatever old this guy was… Well I know who the guy is now because I’m writing a musical based on Pan’s Labyrinth; it’s Guillermo del Toro.
The work that I’ve done with Daft Punk it’s totally related to them seeing Phantom of the Paradise 20 times and deciding they’re going to reach out to this 70-year-old songwriter to get involved in an album called Random Access Memories.
So, what is the lesson in that? The lesson for me is being very careful about what you label a failure in your life. Be careful about throwing something in the round file as garbage because you may find that it’s the headwaters of a relationship that you can’t even imagine it’s coming in your future.
Q:Hey Alan! I make some videos on youtube, including educational videos with voiceover and ukulele covers. I was considering getting a microphone since I've been recording using my laptop/iphone and the sound hasn't been great. Do you have any recommendations for something that would be a step up from that but not too pricey (<$100 CAD)? BTW my boyfriend got those headphones you recommended and he's basically in love with them! Thanks again :)
When doing any voiceover or important video work, I personally use the Samson C01U. It’s a condenser mic. The original C01 used an XLR cable and required phantom power (which meant buying a separate preamp), and I used that for over ten years. Now the C01U uses a USB cable and draws the power it needs directly from the USB port! What a time to be alive. =)
It’s only $61 on Amazon which converts to $65 CAD so well within your price range, so maybe you could even add an inexpensive pop-filter if you don’t already have one (I highly recommend one for voiceover work).
Also, for those of you who are not long time readers here at alandistro.tumblr.com, the headphones I recommended to her boyfriend are the Sennheiser HD 201s. They are not the best headphones in the world, but they are the best headphones under $300. So at only $25, they are a steal.
Thanks! That looks like a really good option. I’ll let you know if I decide to get it :)
Independent packaging project for perishable goods:
Is it reasonable that it takes several years for a milk carton to decompose naturally, when the milk goes sour after a week? This Too Shall Pass is a series of food packaging were the packaging has the same short life-span as the foods they contain. The package and its content is working in symbiosis.
Gel of the agar agar seaweed and water are the only components used to make this package. To open it you pick the top. The package will wither at the same speed as its content. It is made for drinks that have a short life span and needs to be refrigerated, fresh juice, smoothies and cream for example.
Package made of biodegradable beeswax. To open it you peel it like a fruit. The package is designed to contain dry goods, for example grains and rice.
A package made of caramelized sugar, coated with wax. To open it you crack it like an egg. When the material is cracked the wax do no longer protect the sugar and the package melts when it comes in contact with water. This package is made for oil-based food.
Design and Science proving they can be best buddies once again
Maya and I are such talented snapchatters
Hello my lovely neglected followers. I haven’t been blogging much lately due to work, so I thought I’d share what we’re working on with you.
The sweetest original duet. It sort of reminds me of that song in Juno.
DNA REPLICATION DRESS!!! I struggled with how to make this one for a long time, and now that it’s done I feel magical :)
Includes helicase, DNA polymerase, ligase, okazaki fragments, leading strands, etc…
I would buy this so fast.