Petty Coat Junction

Petty Coat Junction are a Tom Petty tribute band who bill themselves as “six more souls who feel indebted to the man for his contributions to American musical culture and who refuse to let him go quietly into that good night.” Well, it shows it their passion for the music — indeed, music in general. Dave DeMarco (bass) is currently living the dream, play not only with Petty Coat Junction, but also with the legendary Crack The Sky and Several Species, as well as his own “power trio”, the Dave DeMarco Band.

I captured these at the same festival as the pictures I posted last week of Several Species.

From raw files captured with the Sony RX100Miii, post in Lightroom CC.

Several Species - Ultimate Pink Floyd Experience

Several Species, our regional Pink Floyd tribute band, played an outdoor fest late last month. I took the little Sony RX100mIII to take the pictures.

The band was awesome, as always. Tech problems did mar a couple of songs, but by-and-large, their set was amazing, as always. It was Donna’s first time seeing them, and she was blown away.

I shot these as raw+JPEG, and processed them in Lightroom CC. These are all from raw files. I honestly don’t know that they’re any better than the JPEGs from the Sony on previous shoots. What I do know is that they’re not Fuji files…

Styx On the Beach

Well, I thought I’d posted these to the website, but apparently, I’d just posted them to Facebook. So, here.

I hadn’t seen Styx live since before Dennis DeYoung was let go from the band in ‘99. Frankly, I wasn’t sure how a Dennis replacement would sit with me. I mean, he was a driving force in the band from before Tommy Shaw joining in the mid-’70s. Then, they had differences, like bands do. Lot’s of stuff happened. People went their own ways. They got back together. Did some more stuff. Kicked Dennis out. You know. The usual.

Anyway, in 1999, they brought in someone to replace Dennis. A concert in Ocean City a few weeks ago was the first time I’d seen the band, as I said, since the mid-’90s. Frankly, I was floored. Though there’s only on original member in the band now (J.Y.), Styx delivers … Styx. And, I loved it.

So, here are some pictures I took at the show with the little Sony RX100mIII. I shot these all JPEG, and allowed the camera to use the 2X intelligent zoom, or whatever Sony calls it. If you look close, you can tell on some of the shots. I probably should have shot RAW+JPEG, but honestly, these are pretty darned good …

… especially from a camera model that was released in 2014. I guess there’s a reason Sony still actually makes these things, even though the mk VI is the current model (the mk VI does away with the fast lens that were hallmarks of this camera series, so the mk V is, as far as I’m concerned, the end of the line for now). Apparently, Sony still even make the original version of the camera from 2012.

With all that said, there are things I still prefer about the Fujifilm X10. While I know that the 2/3” sensors for that series are no longer made, I’d really like to see Fuji come up with a 1” or APS-C version of the X20 or X30 (which followed the X10), with a 28-112mm f2-2.8 equivalent lens.

Brit Floyd 2019 Tour - RX100iii First [Concert] Use

After a shooting a couple of concerts with my Fuji X10 last year, I decided that I would like to get something a little bit better for that kind of work. These would be shows that I wanted to be able to get good shots, but I’d be shooting from the audience. And, the camera had to meet a few criteria and restrictions that would certainly introduce compromise. Long story short, the Sony RX100iii was the closest camera to the mark, so that’s what I bought.

Early this month, I finally got the chance to actually shoot a concert with the camera. The show was Brit Floyd’s 2019 US tour, and the location was Baltimore’s Lyric Opera House. I had good seats (though not quite as good as last year) in about the 15th row, over towards house right.

The resulting pictures are below. Some, I really, really like. Others are meh at best. The object of this gallery is to show what the camera could do with minimal post processing. Images were shot as the best quality JPEGs available and what little editing there is was done using Google Photos on line. As usual, clicking the thumbnail will open the viewer.

While I’m generally okay with the results, I don’t think I enjoyed using the Sony as much as I like my little Fujijilm X10. The Sony’s 1-inch 20MP sensor does capture more information than the 2/3” 12.1MP sensor in the Fuji, but the shorter zoom means more image cropping, and I honestly don’t think the autofocus system is as good. To be fair, though, I’ve been using the little Fuji for years, and I’ve only owned the Sony a few months.

Suzanne Cianni at the Los Angeles Public Library

I’m sometimes asked what, or who, got my interested in musical synthesizers, and I usually answer with Wendy Carlos or Dick Hyman or Andrew Kazdin and Thomas Z. Shepard. These folks were primarily known for using synths, mostly Moog modulars, to record reasonably well know classics or popular music. But, there’s also a fascinating (and sometimes disturbing) world of sounds that can be made with these machines.

Another artist I’ve followed who has been experimenting with electronic music and sonic design for many years is Suzanne Ciani. Her work varies, from very traditional melodic song to much more abstract sonic construction, and following her recordings and appearances can be fascinating. Very recently, she was featured in a series at the Los Angeles Public Library, using a Buchla 200e modular synthesizer, which was streamed live, and also made available on their YouTube channel. I hope you enjoy it!

Modular synth pioneer Suzanne Ciani presents a live quadraphonic performance with a Buchla 200e modular electronic music instrument.

It’s good to see that she’s still quite active, and quite excited, by creating synthetic soundscapes and music. Here, she describes her relationship with the instrument she’s made her own, and become best known for working with.

What got me started down this path today was stumbling across this wonderfully giddy appearance on David Letterman’s old late night show, back in 1980.

Here's my nine minutes of late-night (I meant early-morning) fame on the David Letterman Show when originally broadcasted on NBC. It was produced on August 14, 1980.

More YouTube videos can be found here:

Her official web site is here:

And, of course, she has her own YouTube channel here: