Dana Simmons is a professional audio engineer and technology consultant and dabbles in instrument invention, synthesizer construction and other experimental music and technology related projects. Here he rambles about his recent projects and such.


On the road again

No I'm not traveling abroad again. In fact I've been on Rest and Recuperation for almost a month now due to a light strain in my hamstring. A year of bike riding without any real stretching routing has successfully tightened up my leg muscles to the point of starting to tear. I went to see a sports physician and was prescribed 8 weeks physical therapy to get the tension and strain worked out.

Tool Belt Dump

I've carefully curated my tool belt that I use on location over the years. Making TV is requires a special set of tools after all. Here is what I carry around on my current project.

  • Fabrichorse Half belt utility belt and d-ring belt made of

Catching up with old friends

This past July I got to visit Theo, a great friend of mine who I haven't seen in quite some time now. Theo and his family opened up their home in Nassau, Bahamas to me for a week, and what an amazing time we had.

Summer In Hotlanta: Time to live it up

2014 has been the most busy year for me to date. Working on The Originals has been extremely demanding on my schedule. Almost all of my hobbies and interests have been put on hold.

Trail-Blazing the Silver Comet

For anyone who doesn't know, there is a trail outside of Atlanta called the Silver Comet. It's a six foot wide paved trail that runs from Smyrna to the Georgia-Alabama state line (60miles). It is built ontop of an abandoned rail road line, which means it is relatively flat as far as walking/biking paths go.

Antique Adventures: Scott Antique Market

The weather is starting to transition into Spring around Atlanta. After so much cold, ice, and gloom during the winter, the populous of Atlanta has been blessed with several gloriously warm and sunny weekends.

Winter Storms in Atlanta

It's been cold, wet and Icy this month in Atlanta. Storms have shut down the city twice so far for multiple days. Hopefully spring will be on it's way soon.

Wireless Serial Data with XBee

At work we us a large system of warning lights and bells to signal when we are recording. The lights and bells keep noisy people and equipment out of the studio. Surprisingly no body has created a wireless solution for controlling such a system.

New years starter kit

This year has been a great one. I've been fortunate enough to travel around the world and see some incredible sights. It's funny that the more one travels the more one really appreciates wherever it is you call home. This year I was away from home for the Thanksgiving holiday. So I'm very thankful to be amongst family for Christmas.

 

Flying High in November

I'm about to embark on a trip around the world. Maybe not literaly around the world, but pretty close. As part of a documentary (Imba Means Sing) I've been helping to make, I'll be flying to Ireland to document African Children's Choir #39 trip back home to Uganda. Choir #39 has been on tour the past 18 months. The kids have traveled all over The U.S. and Canada and are now on their way home through The U.K.

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