Good old radio station, new sorts of excitments
Just realized that I haven’t updated my sort-of blog for over two years. It’s a shame, really. There was something assuring about just knowing that my wordpress thinggy is still alive somewhere, just so I can have some web presance I can control, but didn’t really invest the time to keep it updated (this is a good place to punch-in some general laments about how Facebook devoured the all-magical this that www used to be and is now living and thriving in its corpse, but this kinda talk is for old people. My own modest protest was to simply deactivate my own profile. By doing so I gained tons of free time to spare of course). Anyhow, professionally, nothing much has changed, still working in Waves Audio, and finding it a great professional home, sorrounded by top notch audio pros, which also happen to be pretty cool guys and gals for the most part. This is the longest I’ve ever been working in the same office, and it’s OK. KZradio, my own radio “startup” is still going strong, but Other than all the regulars, I’m excited about the fact that I’m back at the radio station it all started at. It’s Israel’s military radio, (Galey Zahal “Waves of the IDF”) which is actually a pretty liberal, modern and popular station (in contradiction to the usual military radios in other countries). Galey Zahal has a subsidiary music station called GalGalatz (which is sort of an abbreviation of “Waves of IDF” and “Wheels” and “Waves”. Trust me, In hebrew it works). Galgalatz is the biggest, highest rated radio station in Israel, and probably the most professional one, too. Since my obligatory military service in the Israeli army actually took place in this same building – I’m actually back to the age of 18, in some aspects, but now with an improved version of me – having much more experience, probably a better voice, and finally – I’m On Air on nation-wide FM. So I’m super excited about this, and waiting to see where this will take me next.
Published on: 30/11/2016 - Omer Senesh
One year into my first ever day-job
I actually haven’t updated this section for over a year. This also indicates that I haven’t updated my site for much longer. I’ve been working for Waves Audio for almost a year and a half now. It’s a truly fascinating work place, over the past year we released a new line of hardware which expands the possibilities of home and professional studios way beyond anything that was thought to be possible before, along with some all-digital models of classic analog equipment. So this is my first ever day-job, in an office building, with a name tag and all – and it’s still going strong. I’m surprised by myself. I guess I’m just spoiled, I’ve been used to all the drama and fuss related with the broadcast industry (been working in Israeli radio and TV industry ever since I was released from the army) – to I’m tuning down to the slower pace of being payed by the hour. The excitement and sense of fulfillment are still here, but on much wider time frames. Once in a while I find myself at the skyscraper overlooking Tel-Aviv, sometimes at some strange AM hours (since this is an international firm), as the skyline over Tel-Aviv brightens up, and this horrid city looks a little more like some other place, a parallel, peaceful, warm, forgiving place (which it obviously isn’t), so I’m looking elsewhere. Not physically – Emotionally. But that has been my case ever since forever. This video dance accompanied by an amazingly beautiful track by Christian Löffler is a good example for a breath of fresh air I’m looking for while boiling in humid, tense, dense Tel-Aviv, Israel:
Published on: 13/11/2014 - Omer Senesh
New Job, New home, New view
Many new beginnings on my side. I not only started working In a new exciting place, I also moved back to the city. My office resides at the 32 floor, and the view of the city, the sea and all these freaky structurs in the “Quirya” army base, were all just too distracting. so now I’m facing the wall and updating my so-called blog again. I’m working at a company that creates audio signal processing algorithms (if you’re familiar with Pro-Audio, you know the term Plug-In, and you’ve probably heard of Waves Audio). So i’m even more sensitive to production and textures than before. been using my ears more than my eyes lately. so here’s this:
Published on: 09/10/2013 - Omer Senesh
I’m now slowly recovering from a nasty back problem (In medical terms this bitch is called “Spinal disc herniation“. And forty-something-percent of western population will suffer something similar at some point or their life). It’s now clear: too many years of carrying around equipment cases, cameras and such just had to have their toll. Being a technical guy in the field of broadcast, my etiquette is to imminently bend over and fix every loose cable, turn every knob on every piece of machinery until it sounds/looks perfect. Everything’s realtime. First you fix it, then comes all the rest.
It’s always difficult to be disabled and to be forced to stay at home for two months, but it was even harder for me to change me my habits: Last weekend, in a special broadcast we had from a pub in Tel-Aviv, I had to just sit there and give orders instead of doing things myself. Even being out of the house for a couple of hours doing actually nothing was exhausting.
This was the song that opened the show. This is not Nick Zinner’s first remix – The amazingly-talented YYYs guitarist has mostly remixed his own band’s songs; Here he does the Canyons, And it spills colours of of a wide open new beginnings all over the place.
I woke up today, Almost able to stand up completely straigh. It’s a total cliché, but i’m staying now at my parents’ in the countryside and spring is just exploding outside. And i’m re-appreciating my ability to stand up, just use my legs again, little-by-little without pains. And this song just fits.
Published on: 04/05/2013 – Omer Senesh
Wanted: A Vision
Everyone knows I’m into too many different hobbies, or loves, or stuff – the “things i do” list is long: I love editing video, VJing, drawing, Producing music and other sound related stuff, I love radio and DJing, and my real dream is to work on an oil tanker somewhere cold and windy. But every now and then I encounter another heart shattering piece of this art called music video that reminds me that this sort of was my original passion.
And so there’s this guy, Yoann Lemoine, who’s doing music videos for Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and so on. I guess he’s already got the reputation, the skills and probably enough funding to really go wild when doing videos for his own music. This is an excerpt of a long story, that follows his new album, “The golden age”, the other videos are not my style, too fantastic, but this one, is truly amazing (It does, however, tend to almost slip into the EMO sinkhole, but it’s forgivable). and above all, I can sense an artist who is tech-savvy enough, confident enough, professional enough to be a power-plant of one. And I love it, and I’m super jealous, because i spend my time on ten different loves instead of one.
Well, composition of colors, camera movements and cuts can really bring me to tears. I couldn’t find a better version of this on anywhere (I’d kill for an HD version), but if you ignore the MPEG artifacts, you’ll realize this is actually perfect:
Published on 25/04/2013 – Omer Senesh
I lost all my music some year and a half ago in a nasty Hard drive crash. (well, it’s doubtlessly my fault: the drive was helplessly ticking for weeks and weeks while I was in denial), almost at the same time we started to work on the KZradio station, so I was surrounded with good new music, I didn’t really feel the urge to seek. In stunning synchronization, I had this nasty break up just around the corner, that made me unable to feed myself with any kind of content – you know, the lack of will power. Weeks expand to months and they blend to years, and right now I Know I’m still somewhat a stranger to myself: I still don’t have a music library, this is one big shiny red symptom. I remember some of the stuff i used to love, music that practically shaped my life, but It seems that i’m a little too blurred and distant for self-motivated music consumption right now.
I listen to my radio station every day (obviously, it’s MY station), I absorb stunning sounds all the time, but still, here and there I’m randomly struck by some song from my own past – I get hooked to it for a couple of days and it feels like finding a piece of my original self again. So i’m sucking on this song until it dries, fater that I go back to waiting in a pond of futuristic beats until another fragment of my past hits me in the face.
So here comes one:
After all the exhausting preparations, creating the Jingles, arguing about webradio UX, building the studio, helping our talents to get used to the new equipment, I got a thank-you gift from my bosses at KZradio: It was a hard drive filled with music. Maybe I should mention that Nadav Ravid and Quami, were still those much admired radio stars from national radio, from THAT show what went off air, getting a hand selected collection of music from two of the most apprised radio DJs in Israel was a wild fantasy. So I gave up a little on trying to rebuild my own music library again, and decided i’ll stick to the Nu-rave, the ever-young, chopped, over-compressed, overwhelmingly bursting sound of this:
Published on 24/03/2013 – Omer Senesh