Clouseaux ‘Where Are We Now?’ at KUHT 3-27-03

Clouseaux made me have hope for all the talented well trained music scholars that pour out of American universities. What does one do with all that musical muscle? Mix it with gin and an olive with just a whiff of Vermouth. I didn’t know what to expect, but when they showed up without any PA due to some communications SNAFU , their response was, “We’re professionals. We can do it.” Whether I was up to the task of mixing them was yet to be determined. Game on!

Doug at the Sony DMX- R100 at HoustonPBS' ACR2

I remember the look of near panic on director Matt Brawley’s face. He was directing four cameras as I mixed it live to tape. Neither of us had seen or heard the band before. But Shannon Harrison was grinning, which could be good or bad. As soon as she did her first swoop past Clouseaux’s TV display, everything was alright. The maracas player was a little crestfallen that the University wouldn’t let him breath fire in the studio.

More ClouseauxLe Nuit“, “Shrunken Heads” and “Reum With a View”

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Citizen Doug records a tape sync for Marketplace Radio

Mowery Farms

Douglas Robertson recorded a tape sync between Kai Ryssdal Host/Senior Editor of Marketplace and Curt Mowery of Mowery Farms Rosharon, TX. They discuss the uses of petroleum on the farm.

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Gigapan Ernst Tinaja Old Ore Road Big Bend National Park

Ernst Tinaja Old Ore Road Big Bend National Park. Just a couple of tenths of a mile hike off the Old Ore Road.

Copyright 2014 Douglas Robertson for Citizen Doug Productions

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Gigapan Southwest View from CCC Scenic Overlook Shelter Davis Mountains State Park Texas


Southwest View from CCC Scenic Overlook Shelter Davis Mountains State Park Texas

Wikipedia article on Davis Mountains State Park

Copyright 2014 Douglas Robertson for Citizen Doug Productions

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Radio Active Designs demos UV-1G wireless intercom at NRG Stadium

Geoff Shearing of RAD shows off the UV-1G and James Davidson Broadcast Manager at HLSR looks on


Radio Active Designs’ UV-1G is a very well thought out wireless intercom system. With the belt packs transmitting in VHF and the base station transmitting in UHF and the utilization of AM transmission and new antenna design, they promise to have a significant impact on wireless intercom as the gold standard in large scale events, theatre, broadcasting, and industries requiring reliable true duplex wireless communications.

I just have to say that A2’s everywhere will be instantly spoiled by this rig.

 

 

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First off, before there was anything to touch, I had to content myself with reading the literature from RAD. I was refreshingly pleased with the clarity and simplicity of the manual. From what I read, I knew not only that I could run the system, but also that I could have easily figured it all out with no manual. When I got the thing in hand, there was only more great stuff to discover. The battery sled is done right. The clip is removable and strong but not too wide. Two Philips screws secure the headset connector and that module can be swapped out between four and five pin XLR’s. The volume knobs are recessed, and they are also the encoders for the screen settings. And under a rubber plug labelled AUX is a USB and a 3.5mm trs input. You can program these packs via software which is huge. And I nearly plotzed when I pulled out my iPhone, plugged it in to the mini plug, and jammed out on some tunes via the headphones. Now this was not intern behavior, it was proof, that A2’s and ENG bag mixers can listen to IFB or IEM packs or even mixers through their intercom headsets! This is so much better then the expense of retrofitting yourself with a third ear and really cuts down on the headphone and earpiece swapping.

Also, the system propagation delay is so short, that full duplex is achieved by sending the belt pack transmissions from the belt packs to the base and back out to the packs. This means if you can hear yourself talk, that pack is faxxed. Badabing. This also is fantastic for technically challenged (client) headsets. It is remarkably intuitive to know you are talking when you hear yourself. Some systems make you wonder if your are getting out to the world, not the UV-1G. Better than side tone.

Finally it was time to walk the talk. Geoff Shearing of RAD handed out the headsets. Line of site reception was near perfect. Clarity of sound and volume controls over headphone and mic gain were excellent. We dispersed to all the fantasy extreme reach positions at NRG Stadium and the RAD VF-1 antenna for VHF reception and PWS Dome on the UHF hung in very well in comparison to the in-house rig. It was an unscientific and abusive range test without the benefit of a specific antenna design for the building, but proof that excellent results were realistically achievable throughout the service level and as far as the truck docks if suitable antenna distribution was deployed. Photo Dec 02, 11 29 58 AMI have been hoping to get my hands on Radio Active Designs’ (RAD) UV-1G for a long time. I met RAD co-founder James Staffo (see video below) during my duties at Microsoft Tech Ed in 2013, but I had long heard of RAD as a result of my personal quest to understand the issues surrounding availability of rf spectrum. So I followed up with James a couple of times and talked David Grundy, Technical Services Manager for SMG at NRG Park into staging a demo. So thanks to all for coming together and checking out the hard earned results of some serious thinking.
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By the by, if you’re in Dallas January 3-4, James Staffo will be presenting at SynAudCon

 

 

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Douglas Robertson Interview Audio for The Monarch School Video 2014

The Monarch School is a learning and therapeutic environment for individuals with neurological differences. One of the great things about my job is I get to discover places like this school where people are welcome to grow without bias to their unique composition. It was a pleasure to contribute a lot of the interview audio and meet the students, parents and teachers.

This video was crafted by Zen Film, and I was hired by Szabo Sound and Music.

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Gigapan Sunset Elephant Mountain Wild Life Management Area WMA TPWD

Sunset Elephant Mountain Wild Life Management Area WMA TPWD

Copyright 2014 Douglas Robertson for Citizen Doug Productions

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Gigapan Houston Texas City Hall Sunset 901 Bagby St 77002 at Walker


Houston Texas City Hall Sunset 901 Bagby St 77002 at Walker

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Gigapan Sam Houston Statue Herman Park Houston, TX


Sam Houston Statue Herman Park Houston, TX designed by Enrico Cerracchio in 1924 and dedicated in August 1925. Located at the Northwest entrance to Herman Park and across the street from the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Copyright 2014 Douglas Robertson for Citizen Doug Productions

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Clay Farmer “Me Tonight” at KUHT 4-28-04


Clay Farmer performs his original song “Me Tonight” at KUHT on 4-28-04

Robert DiBlanco bass, Joe Deleon drums, Randy Wall keyboards, and Paul Burnett guitar.

More Clay Farmer: “Crippled Picket Fences”, “Texas Radio”, “Me Tonight”, and “Come To Me”

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Douglas Robertson records the Houston Opening of The Cyrus Cylinder U.S. Tour 2013

Cyrus Cylinder Shot at MFAHThe Cyrus Cylinder U.S. Tour 2013A short film from Iran Heritage Foundation The IHF contracted Julye Newlin Productions which hired Citizen Doug Productions to record two days at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts during the opening of the Cyrus Cylinder’s tour of the United States.

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360 Gigapan Tranquility Park Sunset City Hall Houston Texas 77002


360 Gigapan Tranquility Park Sunset City Hall Houston Texas 77002

Copyright 2014 Douglas Robertson for Citizen Doug Productions

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Doug Robertson records the interview NFL HIStory: WR DeAndre Hopkins

Doug Robertson provided location sound for the NFL Network interview of Texans Wide Receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Mr. Hopkins works with the Houston Food Bank and visited the GCCSA Food Pantry and it’s Head Start program. Thanks to Sirius Video for the hire.

See the interview on the Texans site.

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Citizen Doug production recordist for Classic Chevrolet Sugarland’s “Secret” Moffett Productions

Classic Chevrolet “Secret” Moffett Productions

Citizen Doug Productions was honored to support this campaign with location sound. Moffett Productions saw this campaign as a casual ride along with owner of Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land , Don Kerstetter recorded directly to a Red Epic. Director of Photography is Richard Lacey

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Douglas Robertson Field Producer and Production Audio Mixer for Anadarko: Heidelberg Topsides

One of the hat tricks that Citizen Doug Productions provides is field production combined with audio. This can save on the cost of the day. On this Anadarko TV project the challenges were not only engaging the subjects, but safely navigating the sound field of a major construction site.

Many thanks to long time clients Myriad Global Media and KK Media.

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Excerpt Rick Lowe, 2014 MacArthur Fellow, Project Row Houses,”Third Ward TX” documentary

Check out this excerpt of elements from the doc “Third Ward Texas”, directed by Andrew Garrison, a six year labor that I was honored to be assigned while working at HoustonPBS. It contains the philosophy, art, history and community behind Project Row Houses. This art/community development project is the cornerstone of the long list of reasons why Rick Lowe was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant”. I cannot begin to describe how lovely it was to wander through this community with a microphone.

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Gigapan James Bute Park Dusk Downtown Houston Texas 512 McKee St. 77002


James Bute Park Dusk Downtown Houston Texas 512 McKee St. 77002

The James Bute Paint Company founded in 1869 by James Bute was one of Houston’s longest continually running businesses. In 1909 the newly constructed facility at 711 William St. became the company’s headquarters. Designed by architect Olle J. Lorehn (1864-1939) it is now the Dakota Lofts. Bute Paint closed in 1991. The Bute family made many contributions to development of Houston including the McKee St Bridge project.

Copyright 2014 Douglas Robertson for Citizen Doug Productions

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Erin Fischer Wright “I Only Say It Because It’s True” at KUHT 4-29-04


Erin Fisher Wright performs her jazz composition for two basses “I Only Say It Because It’s True” at KUHT 4-29-04. With David Craig acoustic bass and David Parker drums.

More Erin Fisher Wright: “Song for Rick and Mio”, “Salynkas Blues”, and “Andrea’s Lament”

More David Craig with Harry Sheppard and Bob Chadwick at the Artery

More David Craig “Ringo Star”, “El Camino Del Sol”, “Herbie Mann”, and “Last Concert”

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Douglas Robertson ENG mixer for Gillman Guy Rockstar Commercial

Citizen Doug Productions was honored to support this campaign with location sound. From the minds of Chris and Jeff War of Moffett Productions, this campaign is recorded directly to a Red Epic. Director of Photography is Richard Lacey and gripped by Barry Strickland. Most of the locations were open dealerships.

The Clown Family one.

The dog one.

The Abe Lincoln one.

Truck yeah!

Cute girl dumps first car

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360 Gigapan Tranquility Park Dusk Blue City Hall Houston Texas 77002


360 Gigapan Tranquility Park Dusk Blue City Hall Houston Texas 77002

Copyright 2014 Douglas Robertson for Citizen Doug Productions

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Alash Ensemble, ‘Buura’ at the Artery Houston 2012

Tuvan throat singers Alash perform ‘Buura’ at the Artery 2012.

It’s original site demolished, The Artery was one of Houston’s classic Art Houses. Unlike the Orange Show or the Beer Can House, its artist/director, Mark Larsen is still alive. Like Inversion the art space itself has been demolished. Unlike Project Row Houses, which has moved from art to include immediate community development, the Artery was entirely consumed by the development in the neighborhood. The Artery depended on private donation almost exclusively and had a large retinue of longtime volunteer participants. In this aspect , the vibe and operation was most closely like Anderson Fair

I met Mark Larsen through Bill Kelley and first worked with Mark on the hugely ambitious and influential ‘The Imminent Asteroid‘, which I sound designed. This was the beginning of one of my longest attendances in admiration, in that I have witnessed many magical evenings there. Bill Day was the long time serving sound artist at the Artery. He recorded this and almost all of the Artery Media Project works while mixing the house PA through a window. Bill, to my mind, is one of the great unsung heroes of Houston Sound. It was my honor to be asked to finish mix several sessions for picture in my ProTools suite.

More Alash: “Odarladyp Semirtiili”, “The Reindeer Herder’s Song”, and ‘Buura’

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