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  1. https://jwsoundgroup.net/index.php?/search/&q=racing%20car%20engine%20exhaust&search_and_or=or&sortby=relevancy
  2. Full Woodstock recording to air on WXPN 88.5FM / xpn.org - at exact time of original festival A "full authentic musical account" including all the performances, set breaks, and stage announcements - - https://consequenceofsound.net/2019/08/full-woodstock-festival-recording-wxpn/ . . . Record Producer Eddie Kramer recalls Woodstock 1969:
  3. Published Jun 12, 2017 "... An innovator, leader, and rebel, Hanley is responsible for so many advancements in the area of live sound reinforcement that he's known affectionately as the "father of festival sound." Based in Medford, Massachusetts, Hanley Sound Corporation handled audio responsibilities for the Remains, The Newport Jazz Festival, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and most notably, the Woodstock music festival of 1969. Also joining us is author & filmmaker John Kane, who has devoted the last several years to researching and documenting the many incredible accomplishments that Hanley achieved over the course of his prolific career." " Sound Never Looked This Good There are those in life who exhibit leadership qualities which inspire the masses to go on and do greater things within their field. These are the curious pioneers who have sacrificed a lifetime, helping clear a path for his/hers predecessors to accomplish what lay ahead. Historically, these inventors churn the proverbial waters which lubricate the gears of future billion dollar industries. Sadly though, they are often forgotten about, buried in our history books… only if they are lucky. Although rather unknown to most people outside of his trade, pioneer sound engineer Bill Hanley’s contributions to what we now know as the mammoth industry of sound reinforcement are insurmountable. My documentary “The Last Seat in the House” will explore the life of this innovative leader of sound. The content of Bill’s unique story will engage audiences via his cultural upbringing through modern day. I will also examine what the sound industry looked, and sounded like before/after his contributions. Amongst the several field study interviews I have already conducted for this film, collectively many have agreed that Bill’s approach to sound reinforcement should be synonymous with words like inventor, pioneer, visionary, innovator and mad scientist! Bill’s reputation has followed him overtime ( known as “The Father of Festival Sound”) as he provided sound for several highly significant cultural events in American music history like: Newport Folk & Jazz Festivals (including the Dylan goes electric concert), Bill Graham’s Fillmore East venue, The 1969 Woodstock Festival, The Festival Express Train Tour of 1970, The Beach Boys tour and The Beatles tour of 1966, the Lyndon B. Johnson Inauguration of 1965, and several major Washington D.C. anti-war protests…to name a few. As I see it, there are a several primary conflicts pertaining to the lack of success within the world of Hanley Sound...particularly when we move out of the golden age of music festivals. Bill’s lack of recognition as being one of the firsts in the business is especially a detriment for those who choose sound as a field of study. One should remember that before Hanley’s innovations much of our society was listening to music channeled through the ill-equipped technology of public address systems. Another set-back in this story is that Bill never did monetarily re-coup his efforts of such influence, only to watch a developing festival industry slip through his hands. Although Bill was not a money driven inventor, this lack of having a business sense during those years has been attributed to a probable (undiagnosed) case of Autism/Aspergers …another avenue of analysis that Bill has asked me to tackle. Ironically though, Bill’s fixation on sound clarity could be a direct result of this plausible diagnosis. So far I can accurately pin point Hanley Sound as being one of the pioneers (on the East Coast) in an industry not yet born. I can also show new insight into how the unique leadership style of Bill Hanley (and those who worked at Hanley Sound of 430 Salem St in Medford, MA) had a direct innovative influence on specific sound applications like: strategic microphone placement, stage monitoring methods and front of house sound mixing techniques which are now widely used and mostly taken for granted. Bill's love of music and sound allowed him to passionately change (and rearrange) failing sound technology which happened to (coincidentally) occur when popular music transitioned into an important conveyor of political message. Historical components of this story have been approached on several interdisciplinary levels as well. Here I plan to uncover the significance of specific cultural, historical, social, political and psychological occasions in Bills life that were imperative in his ongoing development. Action sequences like: talking head interviews (friends, family and colleague professionals), historical archival footage/ photos, and music ephemera will help uncover this qualitative ethnographic analysis of Bill’s cultural upbringing. For example, onsite action sequences at Bill’s childhood home, audio conventions, the Newport, and Woodstock festival sites will help lead the audience into a world of sound development they never realized. Reflective, intimate interviews with Bill will also reveal the charismatic/innovative leadership style which had a direct influence on those who worked for him. In order to accurately tell the compelling story of Bill Hanley’s life, I will need proper funding to continue on with my research. Since May 2011 I have filmed over fifty hours of raw footage. Moving forward, I have a dozen or more interviews scheduled for the film. Over the next year I expect to move into some crucial phases of this project like: post-production, editing, audio, and promotion campaigns. I also wish to schedule future screenings in and around the Boston area, so it is imperative to raise additional funds to finish this project. With appropriate amount of backing I hope to negotiate the best editors, production and audio specialists, and screen the film as much as possible The conclusiveness of this film will enlighten (and inform) new and existing audiences. In an era when concert promoters, musicians or even audiophiles did not think about sound reinforcement, Bill revolutionized it with extremely limited means…as a side note, he also had to convince them to use these new ideas! Bill’s story is not just about innovation, invention, and expertise …it’s about selflessness and sacrifice. This is man who has overcome psychological struggles, financial adversities, and has felt the shortcomings of an industry that he defined …yet ran away from him. The compelling story of Bill Hanley is about dedication to an idea that sound clarity can actually empower and give voice to the people. I want the audience of this film to walk away with new knowledge about the mysterious industry of sound reinforcement and a man who gave his life to its success. For without Bill Hanley, sound would have never looked as good as it does now." All my best, John Kane, M.Ed. http://www.thelastseatinthehouse.com
  4. FedEx leaves Amazon on the doorstep as the store becomes a competitor Amazon's massive business doesn't just compete with other retailers anymore. Venerable shipper FedEx is cutting one of its few remaining ties with Amazon, saying it won't renew its ground delivery contract with the retail behemoth when the agreement expires at the end of the month. Bloomberg News first reported the company's decision. FedEx said in a statement that the decision "is consistent with our strategy to focus on the broader e-commerce market." https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/08/fedex-leaves-amazon-on-the-doorstep-as-the-store-becomes-a-competitor/
  5. mono


    Release Date: September 6, 2019
  6. Nick, would you say your start-up process, for just the rotary-convertor part, similar to this? Or, am I way off-base? Cheers. from this: https://spectrum.ieee.org/video/transportation/mass-transit/the-most-interesting-thing-about-stephen-colberts-monologues-is-the-wall-behind-him for reference:
  7. Jul 19, 2019 The Black Keys debuted its first album in five years at the top of the U.S. charts. But band vocalist and guitarist Dan Auerbach has been making a name for himself in another setting over the past few years. Jeffrey Brown visited him in Nashville to discuss his record label, Easy Eye Sound, the unique vintage studio in which he records and why he believes he’s doing what he was meant to do.
  8. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTlJK3kwZIbSKCvNBA53Mdx4nST5TZs4Q
  9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kU52zteEbIE
  10. The Rescue of Apollo 11 Captain Hank Brandli knew a terrible secret in the summer of 1969: The U.S. Air Force meteorologist had classified information indicating danger to the Apollo 11 crew returning to Earth from their historic mission. By Noel McCormack National Reconnaissance Office Chantilly, Va., July 16, 2019 The Apollo 11 command module after splashing down July 24, 1969. NASA They had done it—the Eagle had landed. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had walked on the moon, raised the American flag, collected samples, and then blasted off for a perfectly executed lunar orbit rendezvous with Michael Collins in the command module Columbia. Now they were headed home on the final leg of the trip for a July 24th splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. However, from his highly classified weather forecasting work, Captain Brandli realized that instead of a heroes’ welcome, the astronauts could face a watery grave. Brandli worked at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii as weather tracking and prediction specialist, with an NRO satellite known as 417, a program later re-designated as the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP)1. This weather satellite supported the top secret Corona reconnaissance satellite program—one of the Cold Wars’ most closely guarded secrets. The Corona satellites photographed “denied” areas, such as the Soviet Union, China, and other areas of interest, from Earth orbit. Program planners knew from Rand Corporation studies and early mission results that imaging success depended on accurate and timely meteorological forecasts of the Eurasian landmass. Indeed, initial Corona missions flown during 1960–61 delivered some very expensive photographs of clouds. Corona’s weather eye-in-the-sky had its beginnings in 1961, when Under Secretary of the Air Force Joseph V. Charyk, who was dual-hatted as the first director of the NRO (DNRO), arranged the organization, construction, and funding for a weather satellite program that would become known as DMSP. Before long, designers, technicians, and engineers developed a series of very successful defense meteorological “birds” and ground stations, like the one at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam, where Brandli first worked with the DMSP Block 4 satellite in 1966. Brandli was not cleared for Corona while he served in Vietnam, so he was told a cover story. “I was always under the impression that we launched those weather satellites and systems for the war… People would ask, ‘why is it so classified?’ They said [it was] because we signed an agreement with the Russians that we would share meteorological information,” he explained. 1(Before its designation as DMSP, the weather satellite program had a succession of numeric and alphabetic names, including Program II, P-35, 698BH, 417, and Defense Systems Applications Program. In order to avoid confusion, this article uses the current designation DMSP throughout) It wasn’t until after the weather expert left Vietnam to assume new duties in support of the Corona program that he learned of DMSP’s primary mission: “When I went to Hawaii in ‘67, it all came together,” Brandli recalled. “I say, Holy Smokes, that’s what this weather satellite is for—to support Corona! We wanted the best weather information so we could turn the cameras on over the Soviet Union and China and Cuba.” At Hickam, Brandli’s weather reports and forecasts ensured that film return capsules deorbited from CORONA satellites returned to clear skies over the Pacific Ocean. The film return capsules, known as “buckets,” descended by parachute and were captured in mid-air by specially outfitted cargo aircraft. Few people were aware of what the Air Force meteorologist really did. “It was so top secret that I wasn’t allowed to show anybody… In the 6594th Test Group that ran the C-130s that caught the film canister, there was only one guy who knew… The Vice Commander wasn’t even briefed. It was wicked hush-hush,” Brandli recalled. An Air Force cargo plane recovers a film canister ejected by a spy satellite. (U.S. Army) During the Apollo missions of the late 1960s, Brandli discovered that he could use high resolution DMSP satellite data to forecast weather anywhere within the area stretching from the equator up to 25 degrees of latitude, five days in advance, which was unheard of in those days. “We noticed violent thunderstorm weather patterns: high-level vortexes that were bird-like, almost an eagle shape. We dubbed them Screaming Eagles,” he remembered. In mid-July 1969, in the course of his forecasting duties, Brandli saw clearly that the Apollo 11 astronauts were scheduled to splash down directly into the path of violent thunderstorms characterized by these destructive high-altitude winds. “It was a crazy situation,” Brandli said in a Dec. 13, 2004, Aviation Week and Space Technology article. https://aviationweek.com/awin/usaf-navy-weathermen-saved-apollo-11-astronauts-disaster “With just 72 hours to go, I had all these classified photos of a deadly ‘Screaming Eagle’ thunderstorm, with tops at 50,000 feet, forming over exactly where I knew the Apollo 11 astronauts were going to come down. The [storm] would have ripped their parachutes to shreds. Without parachutes, they’d have crashed into the ocean with a force that would have killed them instantly. I was the only person who knew this and, because the [DMSP] program and its technology were strictly classified, I couldn’t warn NASA.” Brandli took action to bring his secret knowledge to the attention of the right people, putting into motion risky actions to try to save the astronauts’ lives. He found out that the U.S. Navy was in charge of forecasting weather for the Apollo 11 mission. Brandli contacted the DoD chief weather officer, Navy Captain Willard (Sam) Houston, Jr., at the Fleet Weather Center in Pearl Harbor, knowing that he had to convince CAPT Houston of the danger. “Thank God it was him, because Houston was briefed on 417 (DMSP),” said Brandli, adding that, “Ironically, he was the guy that briefed President Johnson on a cloud seeding program that I worked on in Vietnam. We had a lot in common, even though I had never met him.” Brandli told Houston, “There’s going to be a real problem. I want you to meet me in the parking lot of the 6594th Test Group hangar at Hickam Air Force Base.” Houston had just arrived in Hawaii, and wasn’t briefed on CORONA, but he did have DMSP clearances, so Brandli took him to his secure office in the 6594th’s Headquarters Building. According to the Aviation Week story, Houston recalled, “When I got to the vault, Captain Hank Brandli literally yanked me though the door. The DMSP classified images showed all the signs of a major tropical storm forming over the splashdown site, but due to security and the chain of command, [Brandli] was locked in and couldn’t tell anyone. I’d arrived just in time.” Having shown the DMSP imagery to Houston, Brandli convinced him he had proof that the landing site needed to be changed. Although he had irrefutable proof, “CAPT Houston had to convince [Rear] Admiral [Donald C.] Davis without the photos, which were from a satellite that wasn’t supposed to exist,” stressed Brandli. Houston did manage to convince Davis, who responded that now he (Houston) would have to convince Washington, saying, “I don’t think they’ll have any choice… You’d better be right, young man!” Davis had to reroute the entire USS Hornet carrier task force, which was to support the returning Apollo 11 crew, to the new splashdown area before he received official orders to do so. If Houston was mistaken about the storm, or if the orders didn’t come, “it was a career-ender for both of us, and we knew it,” Houston said. “With Rear Admiral Davis moving already, redirecting the carrier task force to a new location, I called the satellite program office to ensure that NASA’s chief meteorologist declared a national emergency,” Houston added. After all, President Richard M. Nixon was scheduled to greet the returning heroes on the Hornet. With some difficulty, NASA and the U.S. Navy made last-minute changes to Apollo 11’s reentry and splashdown profile, saving the astronauts and their mission. On July 24, 1969, the astronauts finally returned to Earth, where they were met with sunny skies and placid seas. Navy swimmers practice recovering a dummy command module on July 11, 1969. (Milt Putnam/U.S. Navy) Thirty years later, in 1995, when President Clinton declassified the Corona project, Houston and Brandli could at last reveal their secret. Houston was finally able to talk about the Navy Commendation medal he received from then Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., for saving Apollo 11. Reminiscing about what could have gone wrong, Brandli observed, “It was a huge undertaking to move the carrier recovery fleet and convince the ‘powers that be’ to change the landing site. CAPT Houston did a hell of a job. I often wonder: if it had been anyone else, would it have happened the same way?” “When you look back,” Houston agreed, “so many things had to happen to make it come out right.” Brandli noted that after the declassification effort, Houston told him, “They sent reconnaissance aircraft out to check [the weather], and we were right on the money,” said Brandli, adding, “and I never knew that for thirty years.” The Corona satellite reconnaissance program exceeded all expectations by giving much to the science of astronautics and in the areas of strategic reconnaissance, arms control, treaty verification, as well as the study of the environment, global change, and archaeology. Corona, through its weather support system partner, DMSP, performed in ways never imagined by its supporters. Indeed, in December 1969, soon after the Apollo 11 mission, two high-level NRO visitors came to Hawaii to learn first hand of the weather satellite’s contributions, said Brandli, who believes that if there hadn’t been a Corona program, there would not have been a DSMP. “[Dr.] John McLucas and Dr. Robert Naka visited us in Hawaii to see what we were doing,” Brandli said, unaware at the time that both men supervised the National Reconnaissance Program, as DNRO and DDNRO, respectively, in addition to performing their public Air Force-titled duties. “I showed them the Screaming Eagle [thunderstorm] images… They were very impressed by our work, particularly Dr. Naka, who was an optics expert and fascinated by DMSP imagery, including the ringed halos we spotted over the Mt. Kilauea volcano, which he identified as high-altitude light refractions.” It is no wonder that McLucas and Naka were impressed with the Corona and DMSP programs and all the people who made them a reality. This summer [2019], we can all take a minute to appreciate the important role these people played in support of the Apollo 11 crew and mission, described as the greatest technological achievement of all time. https://www.nro.gov/News/News-Articles/Article/1906117/the-rescue-of-apollo-11/ Noel A. Mccormack is a senior research historian in the History Section of the NRO Center for the Study of National Reconnaissance (CSNR). (The author based this article on his June 14, 2005 interview with retired USAF LtCol Hank Brandli and a Dec.13, 2004 Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine “Contrails” article, “Saving Apollo 11,” by retired USAF LtCol Hank Brandli and Barbara Honegger. Quotations and paragraphs describing the role of U.S. Navy CAPT Willard (Sam) Houston, Jr., also were taken from the referenced article: https://aviationweek.com/awin/usaf-navy-weathermen-saved-apollo-11-astronauts-disaster ) Official records from the time note that poor weather forced NASA to change the splashdown site, but they make no mention of Brandli, Houston or the satellite. https://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/archives/apollo-11/tf-130-apollo-11.pdf What is publicly known of their heroics largely comes from interviews they gave before they died, many of which Brandli collected on his personal website: http://libertyyes.homestead.com/hankbrandli.html Brandli died in 2007.
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