Portishead _ adventures with the visual team

I had one of the most amazing experiences of my life this week. After some weeks of correspondence with John Minton, I was offered all access passes to come down to the Aragon Ballroom early in the day to see Portishead’s technical side. The main reason for my presence was to aid John in any questions he might have about the LZX video synth. He had obtained an LZX direct from Lars about 1.5 weeks before the tour started, and surely was too busy at that point getting ready to sit down properly and learn all the ins and outs. We chatted, patched, and played from 4-6 in the afternoon before doors opened at 6:30.

I got introduced to the entire video crew during setup and ate a nice meal with half the band. John and the rest of the Portishead team were extremely welcoming and kind.  I can’t thank them enough. I hope I was able to give John a few hints, because I certainly left with a large sense of inspiration.

Below are some pictures I snapped when I had the chance along with some descriptions.

When I first arrived to the venue, John and the rest of the team were just finishing their final tweaks of the video setup. Here I was acting as a stand in at the various spots on the stage while John adjusted his cameras. Pedal board, Beth’s mic, synths, and drums.

Here is the control station at stage left. Pretty impressive rig with a lot going on. I believe there were 8 camera feeds, 2 oscilloscopes, the LZX visionary, V-8 mixer, 2 macbook pros,  some other video switching hardware, and some software that acted as a video patch bay with presets.

Here is a monitor showing the various feeds available from the stage and stock footage.

VECTOR RESCANNING WITH THE LZX VISIONARY!!!! Seriously so much fun. We spent the better part of an  hour or more playing with this.  John’s primary focus of having the LZX is for this functionality. I was able to give him some good tips and insight on patching techniques. (or so I think)

Then the band came out and we got to start playing with audio and envelope following on the video setup. Everyone seemed in a very cheerful mood. Happy with the sound of the venue.

I got to watch the show from Al Capone’s booth.

Game Over

projections on-screen windows. back country synth meet

my most exhilarating bike sprint on the fixie to date.. taking pics not recommended

sadly this photo has some unwanted blur. but it make me think of her

Right Now

Here is the reworked track. Today I started with some of the synth programming. Little Phatty keyboard first.. Then some sequencing.



Here are some photos. They are also on the side panel. But…. I like em.


First video gig

 ghetto sprinklers –

Ok story here. So in the ghetto, where I work, they crack every fire hydrant on every corner when the temps are over 95 F. This is cool. And charming in a way.. Makes you feel good about summer and community. But with this also comes some teenage fun. So most of the guys/teens in the neighborhood run for their 5 gallon buckets during rush hour 430-6. As cars drive by they throw 5 gallons of water into your car. And who would a thought that they LOVE hitting bicyclists. So in one day I saw 13 hydrants spraying and got hit with 4 buckets of water in my first 3 blocks home of a 9 mile ride. FUN FUN FUN. until my iphone dies.

Modifying TipTop Audio Z-rails : video briefcase

Taking the measurements

  Original spec on Z-rail 84 HP

  Marking the cut on the first rail

  Pull out the threaded insert


  3 to go!

  All 4 cut

  tappin some M4 for the ears


  Mark the insert

  Inserts cut

  Ears on

  Mark the rack holes


  With skiff

  Full setup

It’s getting nice outside, and I have officially started biking to work daily!

fell off my bike by brownshoesonly

Spring is always an exciting time of year. I have friends who have moved away from the Midwest in favor to “better” weather. And although I don’t enjoy the humidity I can deal with it.  But it’s the fact of not having winter that would make me feel dull. I don’t ski or snowboard. I don’t even ice fish anymore.. But the cause and effect of Winter into Spring is one the the greatest, hair raising, and socially shared events of my year.