OK, this is twice now that I have read the post conference feedback and kicked myself for not coming. It's that darn day job!
So the big question is when does this event come to the midwest? Chicago is waiting with open arms (or at least I am).
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Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Percussion, Noise
Patience young padewon...patience...I have a dream...
I’ve finally gotten a few minutes pause to collect a few thoughts…WOW! My brain has not had enough down time (AKA sleep) to process all the amazing, wonderful, once in a lifetime experiences that have come my way in the last week.
First, there are not enough “thank you’s” in the world to express the amount of gratitude and appreciation I feel for everyone involved in the effort to bring the conference together so quickly. Mandy T., Ken J., Cliff H., Chris I., Laura…everyone else who’s name I don’t know…Thank you so much!!
Highlight of the conference…
Chuck Lawhorn speaking with Dr. Bose and Chris Ickler in the hall…
Chuck: Have you looked at the problem of stage lighting, how it prevents the performer from interacting with the audience and damages eyesight? (paraphrasing madly here)..
Dr. Bose: No! I hadn’t ever thought about that! Hmmm…. (imagine huge 150W light bulbs lighting up over Dr Bose and Chris’ heads!).
We’ll be looking for that Bose lighting system soon! Can’t wait!!
Best all time quote…
At the Halloween jam in the lodge…Tom Munch launches into his traditional Halloween set. I call Fish Heads…which we all sang in 5 or six part harmony…Magical!!
Alan Steinberger: “What is this Fish Heads song, and why does everyone know it except me!?”
I had the most wonderful time. Thank you all for making me smile till my jaw hurt.
Tim Dion! I’m so glad to have met you, and an X! I can’t wait to start playing mine!
Alan S, and Ken B…I truly was in heaven singing with you two. As if the L1 and Chad hadn’t spoiled me enough!
I’m filled with warmth knowing I have family all over the world.
Love and hugs to everyone!
Thanks for the kind words and for your determination to get the most out of the L1 and to share your knowledge with all who will listen.
I loved your singing and playing and really appreciated your class on microphone comparison. That took a lot of work on your part and we are grateful for it.
I think Ken-at-Bose gave you the supreme compliment when he said "Why didn't we think of that?"
BTW I was expecting an OLD grey haired man. You're much younger than I am. I'd kill for that head of hair, regardless of the color!
Keep exploring for the rest of us. We thank you for it.
|Research & Development|
For folks that were in attendance, I would only ask that in answering this question you steer well clear of things that were clearly not meant to go outside the room.
Ken, I'm sure the audio design you did for the auditorium prevented anything you didn't want to from getting out of the room.
The statement from Dr Bose that inspired me the most was his philosophy of putting yourself into the shoes of people you see at random on the street and especially of anyone you are dealing with personally, and try to see how that person perceives both the world and yourself.
That inspired the question that Karen mentioned earlier. When Dr Bose was speaking with us outside the auditorium, I told him that sometimes stage lighting prevents performers from putting themselves into the shoes of and interacting with an audience because lighting is so intense that the performer can very seldom see past the first row. I also said that stages put down glo-tape along the edges of orchestra pits and stage risers so performers don't fall off the stage when the lights go down because they are literally blind, and that frequently someone with a flashlight has to come out and lead the performers off the stage. At that point, Chris said, "I've seen that and didn't know why they did it."
Then I asked if there was a way to light performers so they were visible from the audience and at the same time able to see the audience. That's when Dr Bose got a sort of faraway expression on his face and said, "I've never thought about that." Chris' face had the same sort of expression, and it was a very cool thing to see.
The entire conference was inspirational, and my sincere thanks go to everyone who made it possible, and to everyone who made it memorable.
Bass guitarist, IONA
Since there's a lot of 'Dr. Bose' talk going on...I have to say I was impressed with the man's demeanor and bearing. He seems like somebody so intelligent and confident in his own space that he doesn't need to shout to be heard above the white noise. I was impressed to hear him say (though I already knew his philosophy on the matter) that all the specs in the world really didn't matter. All that matters is what you hear. Could it get more simple and true?
I also quietly laughed when he talked about the early anti-Bose talk of 'missing frequency' response in the 901. As a budding audiphile youngster in the late sixties, I heard that exact talk recited by 'knowledgable' people but in reading the audiophile mags of the day there was clearly a strong camp of audio testers and people who purchased audio equipment who were excited about the new approach.
Now, I ask you, does that remind you of anything?
Brilliant and personable. "The Mountain" should crumble from the weight of having so many warm, human, and exceedingly brilliant people gathered together in one building. Dr. Bose surrounds himself with peers.
Just another fun pic
What a time at the L1 Conference! I am still totally overwhelmed by the level of professionalism of all of the players at the jams!
To name but a few,
Alan Stenberger - unbelievable on keys!
Chuck Lawton - A REAL Kick-@%% bass player!
Ken Bausano - Inspiring on horns!
Andrew Douglas - another Kick-@%% bass player and a great thinker/questioner!
Oldghm - Another great thinker and not nearly as old as we were all led to believe!
Cliff Hendrickson - THE Inventor! What more can I say?!
Ronjazz - Truly one of the greatest guitarist I've ever met and a great guy who just exudes COOL! Your definition of "amateur" (which totally defines me) gave me chills!
Everyone was so influential (I'm thinking about Chuck@Bose, Chris Ickler (WOW!)), and I learned a ton! And Ken - The Ringmaster! Thank you for everything!
Notice how almost everything here has an exclamation point? That's how the Conference was - one huge Exclamation Point!!!!
But my number one kudo goes to Mr. Bose! Thank you for the gift of the L1 to the musical community and the faith and trust you've given to Ken Jacob and Cliff Hendrickson! ALL other company chiefs would have, undoubtably, said, "You're kidding right?". You said, "Do it!". What a GIFT!
Well, that's all, except after listening to Dan Cornett audition the Porchboard Bass for us (great job, Dan!), I ordered one the other day. I spoke with Porchboard's "smart-tech" Bill Stevens and the owner of the company, Nadene. They were great and their customer service is second only to Bose!
Not only did Nadene donate the Porchboard Bass that was given away at the Conference, she also informed me of a special offer to us on the forum. During November, anyone who orders a Porchboard Bass and mentions the Bose L1 Conference will get a $30.00 rebate! What a deal! If you're interested, give Nadene a call. She asked me to pass this offer on to all of you.
Once again, thank you to everyone who was at the conference for making it such a memorable event!
Steve Collins, "The Jester"
Great post everyone!. I'm just getting caught up on my reading as I have been on the road for the past week on unfortunately not to the East Coast Conference. Looks like a great time and some great stuff but who would expect anything any different? All I can do is echo Joseph's comments. Damn....I missed it! And look at all those horn players! Wow!!! See you all at the next one.
Thanks, Steve. I liked your playing, too. You should have played more.
I also ordered a porchboard. Nadene is great. I haven't talked to the tech guy yet, but it looks like Dan has sold at least two of them.
She said that anyone who buys a porchboard in November and mentions Bose gets a $30 rebate. She said that Bose has been nothing but nice to her and to the company and she wants to give some back. Very cool.
Bass guitarist, IONA
Dean, we missed you as well. You would have enjoyed ST's presentation on Monday morning: part sensitive mystic, part superb teacher, part comfortable comedian. Very impressive.
Nice picture of the master at work! Thanks!
It was great meeting you at the Conference and thanks for letting me sit with you at the @Bose crew table. It was a gas meeting and talking with you, Paul, Mandy, Chuck and Hilmar!
Steve Collins "The Jester"
Cliff-at-Bose is absolutely amazing! He's a true brainiac,inventor, superb musician, the godfather of tone, and a really nice guy. He could have relaxed after the Mantaray horn came out 20+ years ago, but he's not wired that way. His pursuit of excellence continues and we all get the benefit.
Cliff, I so enjoyed hearing you play and visiting with you around the table a couple of times. You are an inspiration to us all.
I was so in awe around you I forgot to thank you personally for your work on the presets.What an ear you have.
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