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Large Format Print Emerging from PRO-4000 Printer

Canon Headquarters Exhibit Preparation and Showroom Video (Podcast 615)

Exhibition at Canon Campus plus Showroom and Museum Visit (Podcast 614)
Life Happens in COLOR with Nancy Lehrer (Podcast 616)

After three months of running at full speed, last week I needed a rest. Not being one for just sitting down and doing nothing, I changed gears and gave myself a week to make some background music for a video I’d put together to show some of the large format prints emerging from the printer, the work involved in setting up the gallery space, and a sneak peek at Canon’s exclusive showroom and museum space in their headquarters.

This week’s audio podcast is primarily to tell you that the video is ready to watch and provide a gallery of the 10 images that I displayed in the exhibit at Canon’s Headquarters so that you can see them in detail. I’ll also go on to explain more about my backstory, and why creating the music was my way of relaxing, just in case you are interested, so I guess there are almost two podcasts in one this week, but only the video is really photography related.

So, first here is the video, which I hope you enjoy. It’s in 4K but shot with my iPhone 7 and for most of the footage was using a DJI Osmo Mobile to help keep the camera steady. I actually found that the DJI software camera was a little bit jerky at times, and had some fun with the white balance in the showroom too, but hopefully, that won’t spoil it too much for you.

Note that I discussed many of the aspects of this project including my choice of media, some printing tips, and other information is last week’s episode if you are interested. Please also read on below for the gallery of images and backstory on the music project.

Gallery of Ten Exhibit Pieces

Here are the ten images that I displayed. Click on a thumbnail to open the lightbox viewer.

The Music Backstory

To give you a bit of backstory on why the music is my way to relax; eight years ago when I incorporated my company, and photography became my day-job, I felt, to a degree, that I needed a hobby again. Of course, photography is still an amazing form of stress relief for me. But it’s not always possible to go out and shoot, and that’s where music comes in.

I’ve been around music as long as photography when I think about it. I had guitars as a kid, and played the sax and sang in a blues band when I was 18 or 19, and since played the didgeridoo for a while, as well as the harmonica. I just love tinkering with music, so when I found myself with a little downtime as I recovered from my brain tumor surgery in 2011 I decided to buy an electric piano, and continue to pursue my secondary passion of making music. I still don’t play the piano well, but I can play enough to string together chords that I find pleasing and enough to punch those into my computer. On and off since 2011, when I get a little spare time, I often either study music theory, or I’ll practice the keyboard or drum pads, and this has become my way of relaxing in the evenings or when getting out with the camera isn’t practical.

With the Hokkaido tours, then working on the Canon Headquarters exhibit while catching up on business kept me incredibly busy from the beginning of January until the first week in April, and I really needed a break. You will have noticed that I have missed my release schedule a few times over the last couple of weeks, and this is part of the reason, but the reason for missing last week, is because I simply decided to cut myself some slack, and just make some music.

For those of you that actually make music, my results are probably laughable, but it felt great to just get my urgent communication out of the way each day, then just sit in front of my DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and mess around. I started by very geekily recording the sound of my Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-4000 printer printing, and created a drum set of various samples of the printer sounds to use for the drum track. Then worked on a few different chord sequences and built out the other parts, gradually building up my eight-minute background music for the video that I had edited down in a few hours a week ago.

Martin's Digital Audio Workstation

Martin’s Digital Audio Workstation

As I say, the music isn’t brilliant, but it served its function, and now, a week on, I’m totally refreshed and happy to have spent the time to create this. I actually should spend a few more days on it to really polish it up, but this week I have a bunch of other stuff to do, and can’t afford to spend that time, so you’ll have to suffer the three quarter complete version, or turn your speakers down as you enjoy the main feature for this week, which is the resulting video.

Music Software Credits

In case anyone is interested, the DAW software I use is Ableton Live 10, and for the background music for this video, I used the native Ableton Live drum rack and sampler features to create 16 drum samples based on the sounds of the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-4000. I dare say this is probably the only digital drum rack in the world based exclusively on the sound of a printer. 🙂

In addition, I used the following plugins, in order of appearance:

I won’t bore you with more details on the actual production, but I thought you might be interested in my reasoning, and again, this doesn’t mean that photography is any less important to me. I’m not sure it would be a very interesting life if we were restricted to just one interest, and I’m sure many of you have other ways to relax outside of your photography. In fact, just for fun, how about leaving a comment below and letting me know what you do to relax, whether photography is your day-job or not. I’d love to hear from you.


Show Notes

You can view the video on Vimeo here.

Music by Martin Bailey


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Exhibition at Canon Campus plus Showroom and Museum Visit (Podcast 614)
Life Happens in COLOR with Nancy Lehrer (Podcast 616)
20 Comments
  • Greg Bee
    Posted at 19:56h, 18 April Reply

    Prints look great. Who says size does not matter! 🙂
    Music works for me too. Well done.

  • Malcolm Cross
    Posted at 21:28h, 18 April Reply

    Fantastic Martin! Congratulations on your exhibition. I enjoyed the podcast and video as always. All the best.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 21:29h, 18 April Reply

      Thanks, Malcolm!

      It’s great to hear from you. Glad you enjoyed this.

      Regards,
      Martin.

  • Phillipa Alexander
    Posted at 07:45h, 19 April Reply

    Congratulations Martin – fabulous images – the exhibition is very well deserved!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 08:38h, 19 April Reply

      Thanks, Phillipa!

      Lovely to hear from you too!

      Regards,
      Martin.

  • Peter Cooney
    Posted at 14:02h, 19 April Reply

    Bravo Martin! Bravo! Sugoi/subarashi! (not sure which applies most appropriately)

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 14:07h, 19 April Reply

      Thanks Peter!

      All are applicable and very much appreciated. 🙂

      Regards,
      Martin.

  • Mark V'Soske
    Posted at 21:06h, 19 April Reply

    Fantastic Martin! Congratulations!

  • Frederick Gormer
    Posted at 15:02h, 20 April Reply

    Congratulations Martin
    Greetings from the UK.
    You should feel very proud and honoured to have this kind of exhibition, well done.
    I do not follow many other photographers or explore their websites but I have to say you are the best..
    The wooden lighthouse is still there at Dovercourt albeit with a wind farm in the distance.
    Have a great show at Canon.
    Best Regards
    Fred

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 11:54h, 21 April Reply

      Hi Fred,

      I am indeed very proud to have this opportunity. 🙂

      It was only about 15 months ago when I shot the Dovercourt Lighthouse, but I’m pleased it’s still there.

      Thanks for the comment and kind words!

      Regards,
      Martin.

  • Keith Walker
    Posted at 22:53h, 24 April Reply

    As always, enjoyed the podcast with the video being a nice bonus.

    The exhibition looked superb with the prints quite stunning. I’m so glad that you included “Umbrella man at Skógafoss”.
    It is a personal favourite as it reminds me of Werner Bischof’s “Shinto priests in the garden of the Meiji Temple”.

    Keep up the great work

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 17:16h, 25 April Reply

      Thanks Keith!

      I’m really poleased you enjoyed this.

      Is there anywhere online I can see Werner Bischof’s image? I just searched and came up dry, but I’d love to check it out if you know of somewhere.

      Cheers,
      Martin.

  • Keith
    Posted at 01:45h, 26 April Reply

    Hi Martin,

    The image was taken in 1951 when Bischof was travelling around Japan. If you google “Courtyard of the Meiji shrine” you should get it.
    It’s part of the Magnum Catalogue.

    A similar image I also like is “Town of Kyoto. Kiyomizu temple”, again taken in 1951, and also part of the Magnum Catalogue.

    Happy hunting!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:36h, 26 April Reply

      Hi Keith,

      Aah, yes. I’ve seen that photo before. Beautiful! Thanks for the information and recommendation. And for thinking of such a classic image on seeing mine.

      Cheers,
      Martin.

  • Ulana Switucha
    Posted at 20:02h, 14 May Reply

    Congratulations Martin. Stunning exhibition. I really enjoyed reading “Silence and Life”. Just about sums it all up.

    Regards

    Ulana

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 21:05h, 14 May Reply

      Thanks, Ulana!

      I wondered if anyone would bother to stop the video and read that. 🙂

      Looking forward to visiting some of those locations with you in just a few weeks now!

      Regards,
      Martin.

  • Bryan Hudson
    Posted at 18:09h, 20 May Reply

    Martin, this is brilliant!
    Well done!

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