After a significant hiatus from live work, Edward's Operation will be playing a set as part of a larger event on November 20 (Saturday) around 8:00. Details as follows:
Event name: Petit Chaos
Date: November 20, 2010
Time: 19:00 ~ 23:00.
Edwardfs Operation on stage around 8:00
Venue name: T -Toc Records Live Space
Address: 4F MIK Building, 1-31-10 Yoda, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Map of/to venue: MAP HERE
Ticket price: 2,000 yen (includes one drink).
For more information, see: EVENT FACEBOOK PAGE
If you have any questions, please e-mail Chris.
Hope to see you there!
Mere milliseconds after recording her parts for the album, Riho rushes off to Hungary for two years to do a masters degree in piano. Enrolling at the prestigious Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, she reports by e-mail: gI am enjoying my life in Hungary, but I realize that in addition to improving my English, I am also going to have to learn Magyar. Itfs going to be a busy couple of years." The remaining members of EO wish her well, and look forward to her rejoining the band when she gets back.
In one intensive 5-hour session on August 18th, Riho records all her keyboard parts for the album in the bandfs studio, Defibrillator Studios.
gI wasnft tired at all,h she commented brightly.
gI was completely exhausted,h stated Chris.
After years of preparation and studio construction, the band finally begins the recording of their debut album. On July 8th, Dr Darkman laid down the first drum tracks for the album, whose title is still to be announced. gI nailed that suckerh, said the Dr, beaming. gWe got some good tracksh, said Chris, clearly pleased. gGuitars next, when I can find a couple of days to rub together.h
After a year and a half of cajoling on Chris's part, Yamaha, this time employing the services of a qualified audio electrician, finally returned to Defibrillator studios to deal with issues remaining from the time of the studio's initial construction. Youichi Saotome and team spent the day ripping off the walls of the studio, replacing the initial breakers, AC power wiring and outlets with specialist audio parts, ripping out the lighting dimmers, and then replacing the walls again to restore Defibrillator Studios to even greater glory. See the Defibrillator Studios page for more information and technical details.
The Edward's Operation pages on the following social networking sites are now up and running (to various degrees of completion):
FACEBOOK -- Contains an embedded mp3 player, so for those of you having trouble playing or downloading the demos directly from this website, you should be able to do so from the Facebook page. You can also join the EO mailing list for news, etc., at this site (or at the bottom of each page on this site, using the ReverbNation widget) and we strongly urge you to do so!
MYSPACE -- Still rather undeveloped at the moment, but it's there at least!
REVERBNATION -- A band-management site. Here you can join the mailing list and listen to and download the The demo Demo songs. All subscribers e-mail address, whether collected from this site, Facebook or MySpace are centralized and managed from ReverbNation.
After almost three years of hard work by Mizuki Kai and Chris -- but mostly Mizuki -- the "new" EO site is now, with the completion of the Japanese pages, complete. During the first week of June, Mizuki and Chris sat down for a couple of hours so that she could teach him the basics of Dreamweaver (the software this site is constructed with) and how to maintain it.
Chris had this to say: "Mizuki has done such a good job over the years, they are big shoes to fill. And, to be honest, I have been dreading this day. Even more software to have to learn! But actually, after using [recording software] Pro Tools for a bit now, Dreamweaver seems like a bit of a doddle!"
Commented Mizuki: "It's a sad day. I was hoping to be responsible for updating the website for the rest of my life. But Chris insisted! Now I'm at a total loss what to do with myself!"
Said Dr. Darkman: "About damn time!"
Chris and Dr. Darkman continue their rehearsals while waiting for Yamaha to return to sort out the wiring and electrical issues that were not dealt with properly while the studio was being constructed. Chris had this to say: "Although we are all very, very impatient to start recording -- and I mean impatient -- I am not going to start until I am completely sure the studio is the best it can be, and that is not the case right now. I won't go into details, but suffice it to say that Yamaha didn't get it right the first time, and we are now waiting for them to come and sort the studio out."
Unwilling to be too critical, perhaps, of Yamaha, Chris would say no more, but clearly not all is well in the EO camp....
While waiting for Yamaha to return and sort out the studio (see news item above), Chris has not been sitting on his bottom watching reruns of South Park.... well, not all the time. Insiders tell us that Chris and Dr. D have been working hard in the studio recording some demos in an attempt to become familiar with the studio and its equipment.
Sources tell us that several songs are in the making, with such intriguing titles as "Kickin' the balls", "All I could think of was you", "On your birthday", and "When it comes to the crunch". Whether any of these songs will be on the first album or not is, as yet, merely a matter for speculation.
EO are to play live for the first time in three years. Chris, Dr. Darkman and
new participant flautist Asako Higuchi will play three songs as part of
a larger live event in Itabashi-kufs Green Hall on December 14. EO
will be on stage between 7:00 and 8:00 pm. There may be a 500 yen entry
5 minutes walk from either the Mita line station Itabashi-ku Shiyakusho Mae, or the Toubu Tojou line station Ooyama.
For more information, click here
Starting in April, Chris started a six-month course to study the ins and
outs of Pro Tools, the recording software that he uses in Defibrillator
Studios. The ninety-minute-a week six-month course takes place at
Shibuya, and presents the first two units of Digidesignfs Pro Tools
course: Pro Tools 101 and Pro Tools 110. This industry-standard
recording software (and associated peripheral devices) is manufactured
by Digidesign, and the company
also oversees a training program whose goal is to endow professional
qualifications on students who successfully complete the various levels
of the course. Chris, and the five other students in his class, will
take two exams before passing levels 101 and 110, which Chris is over
the moon about, because Chris just loves exams (he loves irony even
more). The course is taught by Hideyuki Namiki (see his profile
here; Japanese only).
Comments Chris: gItfs hard work; not only do I have to contend with the minutiae of audio theory, the principles of digital recording and a pretty complicated piece of software, but I also have to do all this in Japanese. Ifm glad the lessons are only ninety minutes. Any more than this and my head would explode! Namiki-sensei is an excellent teacher, however, and explains everything very clearly. As for the test, I don't have to take it right away, so I'll take it when I'm ready!h
Rehearsals continue for the recording of the bandfs first album, tentatively titled gWhat crazy name can we come up with for the title of our first album that will make everyone laugh and help it stand out from the crowd?h In particular, Chris and Dr. Darkman are working hard together to create some interesting drum parts.
In October 2007, webmaster Mizuki created a new page on the EO website devoted entirely to the bandfs new home studio, Defibrilator Studios. As well as being the focal point for the band's recording activities, Chris is hoping to make the studio work as a simple narration/voice over studio for himself and his friends in the acting/talent world in Japan. More on this later.
With the delivery of the treatment material for the adjustment of the internal acoustics, Edwardfs Operationfs home studio, Defibrilator Studios, is now nearing completion. Mari had this to say: gChris has worked very hard on getting the studio up and running. It has taken exactly a year, and quite a lot of money. How much exactly Chris wonft say, and I'm not asking! Way too much, I suspect! Anyway, once he is a little more familiar with the equipment, he will begin work on our album. Finally! I am very impatient to get started; this has been a long time coming!h
On September 23, Chris played a couple of songs at the school festival of Chihaya High School where he has been working since May of this year, teaching Japanese-to-English translation skills to third year students preparing for their university entrance exams. Chris spent much of the day watching some of the school bands play, and was invited up on stage to sing a couple of songs. Somewhat lacking in preparation, he chose the easy Feasible Dodos, and the Beatlesf Youfve got to hide your love away. He has been invited to take part in the teachersf band at next yearfs festival.
Still suffering from TMJ, and having injured his knee, Chris, currently unable to walk for more than about five minutes without the aid of crutches, began taking Alexander Technique lessons in the hope that this might help to straighten him outc. literally! Chris's teacher, British AT teacher Ruth Davis AmSAT, has been resident in Tokyo since the late 1990s, and a student of the Alexander Technique since the mid 1980s. Our fearless lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist had this to say: gActually, AT is something I have been interested in for quite a while. I was always planning to take some lessons to help my singing and learn a better posture when playing the guitar. AT is quite subtle, and for this reason – I am not a very subtle person – it is more difficult than I thought it would be, but I am very much enjoying my lessons, and even though I have only had a few lessons so far, I can already feel its benefits.h
The Fiddler, famous Tokyo venue for bands of all musical inclinations, pulled its last pint on January 31, 2007. The pub opened its doors in 1994, and Edwardfs Operation played a series of gigs there from August 2003 to December 2005. The band would like to wish Fiddler owner Paul Gibson their best wishes, and express their thanks for all his support. The band is currently focusing on preparations for the recording of their first album, and have no plans to perform live for the time being.
Chris and Mari are pleased to announce the creation of their new home recording studio, Defibrillator Studios, designed by Yamaha with input from Chris, and built by Yamaha. Constructed in one of the downstairs rooms in their new home, the studiofs 3m x 4m footprint provides enough space to do some high quality recording -- though there won't be too many full-orchestra sessions! Chris is currently acquiring the necessary equipment to begin work, and then the recording of Edwardfs Operationfs first album can commence.
But before you have visions of the Mull of Kintyre, be aware that Piper is, in fact, a drummer! Long-time friend of Chris and Mari, Grant g Dr. Darkmanh Piper joins Edwardfs Operation. See Profiles page.
Mizuki, Mari and Chris are hard at work on the Japanese version of the EO website, and hope to have it up and running later this year.
The band is currently looking for a keyboard player to help in the recording of their first album, which, hopefully should start some time before the end of THIS millenium!
If you are interested, please send your resume to Chris. In the short term, we are looking for someone to help with this recording. In the long term, we are looking for a keyboard player to join us as a permanent member of the band, and join us on stage (once the album is recorded).
We are currently still working on the Forum page, and will announce its creation and addition to the site as soon as it is done.
We currently have no plans to perform live for the moment, as we are concentrating our energies on recording. When the CD is done, we will then turn our attention to doing live shows again. Watch this space for details!
In the meantime, check out our regular venue, The Fiddler:
Address: 2-1-2 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169
Tel./Fax: (03) 3204 2698
E-mail The Fiddler here: email@example.com
Go to The Fiddler's homepage here: http://www.thefiddler.com
After several months of hard work by ex-EO drummer and website designer Mizuki Kai, the new Edwardfs Operation website is finally ready to go. Designed by Mizuki and Chris, and constructed by Mizuki, the new site allows us to retire the rather simple site we had been using since the bandfs inception. Chris would like to thank Mizuki for all her tremendous hard work on the new site.