Monday, January 31, 2011

Kool Kustom Kar photography isn't all that I do...

Those that know me in the real world know that the other overwhelming passion in my life has been music since I was a kid. About 11 years ago I started working at Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, KS on the side. Blue Heaven is a recording studio built into what was originally the First Christian Church in Salina. Check out the link above for more info on this beautiful studio.

Fast forward to today, I'm enjoying some Pandora radio at my desk at the day job, when a familiar voice starts playing in my ears. Both in 2009 and in 2010 we at Blue Heaven had the pleasure to record an Austin artist named Dan Dyer. Both times the sessions were captured Direct To Disk, meaning that we recorded him and his band, straight from the mics, through the console, mixed live and recorded onto the cutting lathe. In layman's terms we're making an actual record (there are a couple more steps but I'm trying to be brief!), this is different from the typical over-production that goes on in today's music world. Gone are the artifacts of recording into one medium, overdubbing, editing, possibly mixing to another medium (going through the console again), etc etc etc, all of which add noise to the music, noise that takes away from the recording.  Direct to Disk recording is not used very much, hasn't been used much in the last 30 or so years, but we do it because it's how to get the best, cleanest possible recordings.

This video is NOT from the Blue Heaven sessions but shows off some of Dyer's amazing music.

If you go to Dyer's bandcamp site you can buy the music as a download, paying what you want to pay, it can also be found on Amazon as well.  Check out Dan Dyer, I think you'll be glad that you did.

There are currently 13 of our D2D recordings available on the Acoustic Sounds website, most of them are blues based, if you have a turntable and want to hear the best possible sound quality, these are the way to get it!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Indoor drag racing in the 60's!

Indoor drag racing in the 60's!
Check out this cool link for some cool photos of some of the wildest drag racing ever!

In the 60's there was a short time where Chicago area racers were racing indoors! Apparently this went down in the International Amphitheater in Chicago, the same place as the Democratic National Convention.

Here's a link to the story behind the photos.

Let's find a place and revive this craziness one more time!

See you at a show

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Royboy Productions Zazzle Store

Have you seen the Royboy Productions Zazzle store? There are t-shirts, coffee mugs, mouse pads, etc. there featuring a few selected photos from the RBP photo collection.  New designs will be coming soon!

Help me get to the next show by buying a shirt or a mouse pad, or by buying a photo from the RBP galleries! By July the RBP odometer for 2011 will be around 6000 miles, with gas prices going up I'll need all the help that I can get!

See you at a show,


Saturday, January 15, 2011

2011 Darryl Starbird Wichita Teaser Pics

Well the first show of my 2011 season in under my belt. I'm sitting in the parking lot of the Wichita Starbird show as i type this. The car count was down, the attendance seemed down, but the overall quality of the show felt way up.

I have a couple of cell phone teaser shots for ya, check back tomorrow at for the full set.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Just in time for the gas prices to go up

Just in time for the forecasted higher gas prices, my 63 Galaxie is getting a beefed up AOD trans and adapter to mate it to my 390.

The trans and adapter are from Bendsten's Transmissions, they were very helpful, shipped very fast and gave me a discount too.

The trans will go in next week as well as an updated stock type distributor, upgraded coil and plug wires. I'll do a mpg test before and after, hopefully jumping my current average 12mpg to 17 or so based on what others have reported.

See you at a show...
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