Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] In the news today- WHAT??

Margaret Benzer benzer at mail.mc.maricopa.edu
Fri Apr 16 09:46:43 MDT 2004

I just think Beth forgot to run this message two weeks ago.  Either 
that, or staying up to do her taxes made her a little mad. :-)


----- Original Message -----
From: "Kate Parker Adams" <kate at dnki.net>
Date: Friday, April 16, 2004 8:46 am
Subject: RE: [Powderworks] In the news today-  WHAT??

> I think Beth forgot to take her medication again.
> Otherwise, I'd be preparing to wrestle the two or three other 
> powderworkerswho can run a GCMS for the tour contract!
> kPa
> -----Original Message-----
> From: powderworks-bounces at cs-lists.cs.colorado.edu
> [mailto:powderworks-bounces at cs-lists.cs.colorado.edu]On Behalf Of
> Aliester Crowley
> Sent: Friday, April 16, 2004 4:55 AM
> To: powderworks at cs.colorado.edu
> Subject: RE: [Powderworks] In the news today- WHAT??
> Hi mates
> ...please, can anybody explain us, in simple words, what´s this 
> all about??
> > >From Forbes magazine
> >
> >Five Aussie Uberrockers' CI Initiative:  The Oilz Live Project
> >
> >By Jody Warner
> >
> >Forbes recently noticed a significant number of Conway Continuous
> >Improvement professionals buying tickets for a south-of-the-equator
> >destination and sent the author to track down the story.  All this
> >reporter can say is:  That whirring sound you hear is Professor 
> Deming>rotating in his grave.
> >
> >It seems that Martin Rotsey, guitarist for legendary Australian
> >complaint-rockers Midnight Oil, has arranged for a crack CI team to
> >assist with the band's reunification tour under top-secret security.
> >The Oils' enduring icon, bald lead singer-cum-environmentalist lawyer
> >Peter Garrett, left the band in late 2002 without word of his future
> >plans, but seemingly has had second thoughts, according to his 
> comments>in recent interviews.  During the hiatus, Rotsey was 
> introduced to the
> >principles of CI by a family member, and when the band members 
> met to
> >negotiate the possibility of reforming to play more live shows, 
> he had a
> >CI proposal all ready to go.
> >
> >Rotsey explains, "The Oils have always been known for their high-
> energy>live shows.  I wanted to make sure we were going to do this 
> right, if we
> >were going to do it at all."  Drummer and songwriter Rob Hirst is
> >enthusiastic about the new ideas their CI program has brought to the
> >table.  "This will be the first time in the band's history that 
> we'll be
> >able to collect solid data on whether the audience is getting the 
> best>possible Oils live experience, and we can use each show to make
> >adjustments to the playlist and stage setup for the subsequent 
> shows.">
> >Consequently, their touring retinue will include not only managers,
> >roadies, and instrument techs, but two electrical and three acoustic
> >engineers, a half-million dollar miniaturized gas chromatograph-mass
> >spectrometer (GC-MS) with a Ph.D. chemist in tow to run it, several
> >medical doctors, and a staggering array of specialized equipment and
> >computers.  The GC-MS is to be used to sample the air in the 
> theater and
> >separate and quantify the amount of butyric acid, a component of 
> human>sweat.  "If the audience isn't dripping, we're not doing our 
> job right,"
> >says Rotsey.  "Our fans want to leave a trail on the floor behind 
> them>on the way out the door, and we're not about to disappoint 
> them.  We can
> >measure how well each song is doing by looking at the GC-MS data, 
> and if
> >there's not enough BA in the air, we can change the playlist on 
> the fly
> >to hit 'em harder.
> >
> >"At the same time, we need to recognize that some of our fans 
> aren't as
> >young as they used to be."  Hence, the doctors.  Garrett explains,
> >"Thermal imaging and acousto-optic technology will let our 
> doctors and
> >engineers kind of keep an eye on the audience by measuring heart 
> rates>and skin temperatures, and they can send signals to the on-stage
> >computers when it's time to play Bedlam Bridge or Harrisburg for 
> a bit
> >of a break."  Meanwhile, the electrical engineers will be using 
> digital>imaging to scan the crowd and calculate the percentage of 
> women in the
> >audience.  This data will be used to determine how much time the
> >handsome and engaging Hirst will spend at stage front, and how often
> >he'll be turning his back to the audience.  Acoustic measurements 
> will>allow the band to record the volume and pitch of the audience's
> >response.
> >
> >The electrical engineers seem right at home in this unusual 
> environment,>especially since guitarist-songwriter Jim Moginie is 
> a dedicated techie
> >and spends a great deal of his spare time helping them tinker 
> with their
> >setup.  The chemist, however, has an unenviable job dealing with 
> bassist>and inveterate prankster "Bones" Hillman, who seemingly 
> regards him as
> >lawful prey.  Hillman has reprogrammed the GC-MS computer on the sly,
> >persisted in blowing marijuana smoke into the air sampling 
> device, and
> >relentlessly pestered the hapless scientist with endless charts 
> such as
> >"PPOCF (Pete Perspiration Output Correction Factor)" or "Increased
> >Signal-to-Noise Ratio Induced by Cheap Aftershave:  The Aqua-Velva
> >Effect."  "Hey, he's going to have show the system can deal with it,"
> >Hillman pointed out.
> >
> >The result, Rotsey hopes, will be the best Midnight Oil shows in the
> >band's 25 year history.  It remains to be seen whether the 
> principles of
> >Continuous Improvement are truly applicable to one of rock's most
> >hard-hitting stage shows.  The author is looking forward to observing
> >the outcome and reporting back to Forbes readers in a future article.
> >
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