Consonance 2006 

Photos and videos from Consonance, March 2nd, 2006, Milpitas, CA.

Vixy and I arrived in San Jose on Thursday night, Seanan's friend Chris picked us up at the airport. In this tiny little car with two passengers already. And Vixy and me with our large suitcases and a guitar. So we did the clown-car thing, with the girls in the back seat holding my guitar across their laps. Here we see Amy, Vixy, and Seanan, kickin' it clown-style.
Vixy and I arrived in San Jose on Thursday night, Seanan's friend Chris picked us up at the airport. In this tiny little car with two passengers already. And Vixy and me with our large suitcases and a guitar. So we did the clown-car thing, with the girls in the back seat holding my guitar across their laps. Here we see Amy, Vixy, and Seanan, kickin' it clown-style.

Vixy, Seanan, Chris, and Amy at the frozen yogurt place that we hit after the airport and after dinner.

This place gave rise to a running joke for the weekend... I'd gone across the parking lot to use a restroom (there wasn't one at the yogurt place), but was trying to be polite and not blurt it out. So I just excused myself and told them I was going across the street for a moment. After I left, Chris, who knew the area, said, "but the only thing across the street is a porn shop." Seanan: "Maybe he had a porn emergency."
Vixy, Seanan, Chris, and Amy at the frozen yogurt place that we hit after the airport and after dinner.

This place gave rise to a running joke for the weekend... I'd gone across the parking lot to use a restroom (there wasn't one at the yogurt place), but was trying to be polite and not blurt it out. So I just excused myself and told them I was going across the street for a moment. After I left, Chris, who knew the area, said, "but the only thing across the street is a porn shop." Seanan: "Maybe he had a porn emergency."

We were deposited at the hotel, and after we checked in, we went to find the other early-birds at the con. We ended up trading songs in the executive boardroom with the toastmasters Puzzlebox, international guest Chris 'Uncle Christo' Conway, con chair Dr. James Robinson, and Treasurer Alan Thiesen.

This was the first time I'd met Christo, and WOW was I ever blown away. I was tremendously impressed by his talent, skill, and quick-witted humor. He's a fantastic person. The fact that he's English doesn't hurt, either.
We were deposited at the hotel, and after we checked in, we went to find the other early-birds at the con. We ended up trading songs in the executive boardroom with the toastmasters Puzzlebox, international guest Chris 'Uncle Christo' Conway, con chair Dr. James Robinson, and Treasurer Alan Thiesen.

This was the first time I'd met Christo, and WOW was I ever blown away. I was tremendously impressed by his talent, skill, and quick-witted humor. He's a fantastic person. The fact that he's English doesn't hurt, either.

Friday morning was all about Seanan's album. Crammed into Merav and Jon's rental car, even MORE clown-style than before, as we were six in a car made for a maximum of five. Up the road to Stoph's studio for a day of tracking backing vocals.

Here we see Seanan laying down the law about what we're going to be doing that day. I was there only as a just-in-case-we-had-time thing. Our real plan was to do my tracking on Monday. It turns out we didn't get time to do anything that involved me today, but I think Seanan accomplished everything that she absolutely needed to get done that day.

Seanan was very interesting to watch during these sessions, being a very dedicated but gentle taskmaster, trying to make sure to keep everyone focused on the task at hand. She was really great to work with.
Friday morning was all about Seanan's album. Crammed into Merav and Jon's rental car, even MORE clown-style than before, as we were six in a car made for a maximum of five. Up the road to Stoph's studio for a day of tracking backing vocals.

Here we see Seanan laying down the law about what we're going to be doing that day. I was there only as a just-in-case-we-had-time thing. Our real plan was to do my tracking on Monday. It turns out we didn't get time to do anything that involved me today, but I think Seanan accomplished everything that she absolutely needed to get done that day.

Seanan was very interesting to watch during these sessions, being a very dedicated but gentle taskmaster, trying to make sure to keep everyone focused on the task at hand. She was really great to work with.

Vixy, through the plexiglass window of Stoph's booth, tracks vocals for Seanan's album.
Vixy, through the plexiglass window of Stoph's booth, tracks vocals for Seanan's album.

Merav, Amy, and Seanan watch intently as Stoph mans the console during Vixy's vocal tracking. Vixy did a fantastic job, working quickly, consistently, and professionally. Everyone who did tracking that day did a fantastic job, I'm looking forward to hearing the final product.
Merav, Amy, and Seanan watch intently as Stoph mans the console during Vixy's vocal tracking. Vixy did a fantastic job, working quickly, consistently, and professionally. Everyone who did tracking that day did a fantastic job, I'm looking forward to hearing the final product.

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Vixy records backing vocals for Seanan's song This is My Town.
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Vixy records backing vocals for Seanan's song This is My Town.

Seanan beams over a pewter chainsaw pin that Vixy got for her. The running joke about the chainsaw comes from Seanan's continued valiant efforts to stop herself from killing all her cow-orkers. Those kinds of efforts need encouragement for obvious reasons.
Seanan beams over a pewter chainsaw pin that Vixy got for her. The running joke about the chainsaw comes from Seanan's continued valiant efforts to stop herself from killing all her cow-orkers. Those kinds of efforts need encouragement for obvious reasons.

And then, it's time to head back to the convention, where one of the first orders of business is Christo's concert. Here, he dons special glasses for special sight.
And then, it's time to head back to the convention, where one of the first orders of business is Christo's concert. Here, he dons special glasses for special sight.

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Christo plays the theremin in his concert. Usually, when someone talks about being a multi-instrumentalist, you think guitar, piano, perhaps the recorder. Christo doesn't stop there! Wow, what an amazing skill.
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Christo plays the theremin in his concert. Usually, when someone talks about being a multi-instrumentalist, you think guitar, piano, perhaps the recorder. Christo doesn't stop there! Wow, what an amazing skill.

Christo's concert included the filk debut of Erin Kean of the Filk Film Project. She's the third head of the three-headed alien in the middle of the stage. (C'mon, use your imagination.) We first met these filmmakers at GaFilk in Atlanta (photo), and they seem to be very interested in capturing a true sense of what it's like to be a filker.

I'm not sure if Erin's participation is bad because it removes her journalistic detachment, or if it's good because it gives her a better perspective. Either way, the more time I spend talking to these people, the more excited I get about their project.
Christo's concert included the filk debut of Erin Kean of the Filk Film Project. She's the third head of the three-headed alien in the middle of the stage. (C'mon, use your imagination.) We first met these filmmakers at GaFilk in Atlanta (photo), and they seem to be very interested in capturing a true sense of what it's like to be a filker.

I'm not sure if Erin's participation is bad because it removes her journalistic detachment, or if it's good because it gives her a better perspective. Either way, the more time I spend talking to these people, the more excited I get about their project.

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One of the filk circles on Friday night.
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One of the filk circles on Friday night.

Puzzlebox plays a cover of Carrot Juice is Murder by The Arrogant Worms.
Puzzlebox plays a cover of Carrot Juice is Murder by The Arrogant Worms.

Jane Mailander waves a couple of the oppressed fruits as Puzzlebox sings.
Jane Mailander waves a couple of the oppressed fruits as Puzzlebox sings.

Christo plays a song in the circle. His guitar is in an interesting tuning, he showed us this on Thursday night. He tunes his fifth string from an A up to a B, and then plays a lot of barre chords that involve leaving the first and second (B and E) strings open, as demonstrated in this picture. This gives the music a very interesting quality, full of 7ths and 9ths and such, sounding very wistful and unresolved. Christo says there's a large David Crosby influence to his songs, which I can hear, and Vixy also hears Gordon Lightfoot, Heart, and other 70's-era folk/rock stylings in there.
Christo plays a song in the circle. His guitar is in an interesting tuning, he showed us this on Thursday night. He tunes his fifth string from an A up to a B, and then plays a lot of barre chords that involve leaving the first and second (B and E) strings open, as demonstrated in this picture. This gives the music a very interesting quality, full of 7ths and 9ths and such, sounding very wistful and unresolved. Christo says there's a large David Crosby influence to his songs, which I can hear, and Vixy also hears Gordon Lightfoot, Heart, and other 70's-era folk/rock stylings in there.

Steve Savitzky looks on as Margaret and Kristoph play.
Steve Savitzky looks on as Margaret and Kristoph play.

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Yet another unusual instrument in Christo's arsenal, the kalimba.
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Yet another unusual instrument in Christo's arsenal, the kalimba.

Puzzlebox in concert on Saturday.
Puzzlebox in concert on Saturday.

During the concert, Puzzlebox performed a parody of Arrogant Worms' Malcolm Solves His Problems With a Chainsaw, except this one is about Seanan. Here, we see her reaction.
During the concert, Puzzlebox performed a parody of Arrogant Worms' Malcolm Solves His Problems With a Chainsaw, except this one is about Seanan. Here, we see her reaction.

At the end of the song, they presented Seanan with her own pretty pink princess chainsaw. She is clearly pleased with this.
At the end of the song, they presented Seanan with her own pretty pink princess chainsaw. She is clearly pleased with this.

And then it's time for yet another Interfilk auction!

Here, Carolyn 'Cat' Magdael models a hand-made shirt for the auction.
And then it's time for yet another Interfilk auction!

Here, Carolyn 'Cat' Magdael models a hand-made shirt for the auction.

As always, the process of Wenching is a critical part of the fundraising for Interfilk. Here, we see wenches Erica, Seanan, and Cat on standby during the auction.
As always, the process of Wenching is a critical part of the fundraising for Interfilk. Here, we see wenches Erica, Seanan, and Cat on standby during the auction.

John O'Halloran gets wenched by Kathleen Sloan, Seanan, Vixy, Cat, and Erica. Additional coverage of the moment can be found here.
John O'Halloran gets wenched by Kathleen Sloan, Seanan, Vixy, Cat, and Erica. Additional coverage of the moment can be found here.

Steve Zeve bids on a CD/sheet music combo, assisted by Vixy and Cat.
Steve Zeve bids on a CD/sheet music combo, assisted by Vixy and Cat.

Our Interfilk guest, Marty Fabish, models a kimono being auctioned.
Our Interfilk guest, Marty Fabish, models a kimono being auctioned.

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Kathleen Sloan and Nick Smith, both members of the Interfilk committee, enter a bidding war over an item. The thing is, they're also wenching each other at the same time. Logistical difficulty (and hilarity) ensues.
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Kathleen Sloan and Nick Smith, both members of the Interfilk committee, enter a bidding war over an item. The thing is, they're also wenching each other at the same time. Logistical difficulty (and hilarity) ensues.

John O. gets all the girls.
John O. gets all the girls.

Fair is fair, Guest of Honor Bill Roper wenches Chris O'Halloran. The item is a DVD made by Harold Groot. Hey, I'm on that DVD.
Fair is fair, Guest of Honor Bill Roper wenches Chris O'Halloran. The item is a DVD made by Harold Groot. Hey, I'm on that DVD.

Steve Savitzky gets his turn.

Here, you can get a decent look at Kathleen's dragon bead-necklace. Up close, it's amazing looking. She's making another one and selling raffle tickets for it, and the winner will be drawn at FilKONtario 2007.
Steve Savitzky gets his turn.

Here, you can get a decent look at Kathleen's dragon bead-necklace. Up close, it's amazing looking. She's making another one and selling raffle tickets for it, and the winner will be drawn at FilKONtario 2007.

Christo helps to wench Kathleen.
Christo helps to wench Kathleen.

It seems even the Bohnhoffs are not immune, even Amanda, the littlest Bohnhoff.
It seems even the Bohnhoffs are not immune, even Amanda, the littlest Bohnhoff.

Merav bids on a piece of original CD cover art Cynthia McQuillin's Witch's Dance. Item donated by the artist, Beckett Gladney. Shown by Taunya Gren of Puzzlebox.
Merav bids on a piece of original CD cover art Cynthia McQuillin's Witch's Dance. Item donated by the artist, Beckett Gladney. Shown by Taunya Gren of Puzzlebox.

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One of the filk circles on Saturday night. 

After the Interfilk auction and concerts, there were two theme-based circles going on, and no open chaos circles. I didn't have any songs to contribute to either of the theme circles (even after sitting down in one of them and thumbing through my songbook and not finding anything appropriate), so Kristoph, Margaret and I decided to start the Rage Against the Themes circle. It quickly grew in size, and as the theme circles ended, folks filtered in, with the evening eventually settling into two separate chaos circles.

Note the people from the Filk Film Project here, shooting Jeff and Maya as they sing. They were very good at being unobtrusive, I was very impressed with how well they went about their business. They're really nice people, too. One of the filmmakers has a sorta-famous relative: It's hard to tell in this photo, but in person, Jim Hanks has a very noticeable family resemblance to Tom.
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One of the filk circles on Saturday night.

After the Interfilk auction and concerts, there were two theme-based circles going on, and no open chaos circles. I didn't have any songs to contribute to either of the theme circles (even after sitting down in one of them and thumbing through my songbook and not finding anything appropriate), so Kristoph, Margaret and I decided to start the Rage Against the Themes circle. It quickly grew in size, and as the theme circles ended, folks filtered in, with the evening eventually settling into two separate chaos circles.

Note the people from the Filk Film Project here, shooting Jeff and Maya as they sing. They were very good at being unobtrusive, I was very impressed with how well they went about their business. They're really nice people, too. One of the filmmakers has a sorta-famous relative: It's hard to tell in this photo, but in person, Jim Hanks has a very noticeable family resemblance to Tom.

Margaret, Stoph, and Amy performing in the Rage Against the Themes circle on Saturday night.
Margaret, Stoph, and Amy performing in the Rage Against the Themes circle on Saturday night.

Vixy got this great shot of Stoph on his 12-string on Saturday night.
Vixy got this great shot of Stoph on his 12-string on Saturday night.

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Ah, the Sunday night dead dog! This was a great one, as they always are. And here we see Christo is taking after Debbie Ohi in his attempts to crack up the panorama photographer.
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Ah, the Sunday night dead dog! This was a great one, as they always are. And here we see Christo is taking after Debbie Ohi in his attempts to crack up the panorama photographer.

Alisa Garcia of Puzzlebox helped Seanan ambush Merav with a song in the dead dog circle. They started introducing the song, talking about how someone in the room used to perform it, and Merav said cautiously, "what are you looking at me for?"
Alisa Garcia of Puzzlebox helped Seanan ambush Merav with a song in the dead dog circle. They started introducing the song, talking about how someone in the room used to perform it, and Merav said cautiously, "what are you looking at me for?"

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Stoph, Margaret, and Christo attempt to play a piece, except that Stoph has forgotten the words.

Stoph works through his Hayes moment in the way that only Stoph can.

Note Christo's dual-simultaneous-whistle technique.
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Stoph, Margaret, and Christo attempt to play a piece, except that Stoph has forgotten the words.

Stoph works through his Hayes moment in the way that only Stoph can.

Note Christo's dual-simultaneous-whistle technique.

Christo cracks up Callie and Vixy.
Christo cracks up Callie and Vixy.

Vixy and I needed to get up early on Monday to go back to work in Stoph's studio, so we left the Dead Dog a bit earlier than we normally would have. But we were waylaid in the hall by the usual suspects (Puzzlebox, Christo, and others). Here, Paul prevents Vixy from leaving.
Vixy and I needed to get up early on Monday to go back to work in Stoph's studio, so we left the Dead Dog a bit earlier than we normally would have. But we were waylaid in the hall by the usual suspects (Puzzlebox, Christo, and others). Here, Paul prevents Vixy from leaving.

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