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Photo by Linden Hudson taken near the ocean in Texas USA. This is a remote television satellite truck.
Who is Linden Hudson?

CLASSICBANDS DOT COM said: “According to former roadie David Blayney in his book SHARP DRESSED MEN: sound engineer Linden Hudson co-wrote much of the material on the ZZ Top ELIMINATOR album.” (end quote)

(ZZ Top never opted to give Linden credit, which would have been THE decent thing to do. It would have helped Linden’s career as well. The band and management worked ruthlessly to take FULL credit for the hugely successful album which Linden had spent a good deal of time working on. Linden works daily to tell this story. Also, the band did not opt to pay Linden, they worked to keep all the money and they treated Linden like dirt. It was abuse. Linden launched a limited lawsuit, brought about using his limited resources which brought limited results and took years. No one should treat the co-writer of their most successful album like this. It’s just deeply fucked up.)
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(see full story at Linden’s website: www.linden-hudson.com/birth-of-the-zz-top-eliminator-album )
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Hear the original ZZ Top ELIMINATOR writing/rehearsal tapes made by Linden Hudson and Billy Gibbons at: www.flickr.com/photos/152350852@N02/35711891332/in/photol…
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LICKLIBRARY DOT COM (2013 interview) ZZ TOP’S BILLY GIBBONS SAID: “the Eliminator sessions in 1983 were guided largely by another one of our associates, Linden Hudson, a gifted engineer, during the development of those compositions.” (end quote) (Gibbons admits this after 30 years, but offers Linden no apology or reparations for lack of credit/royalties)
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MUSICRADAR DOT COM (2013 interview with ZZ Top’s guitarist Billy Gibbons broke 30 years of silence about Linden Hudson introducing synthesizers into ZZ Top’s sound.) Gibbons said: “This was a really interesting turning point. We had befriended somebody who would become an influential associate, a guy named Linden Hudson. He was a gifted songwriter and had production skills that were leading the pack at times. He brought some elements to the forefront that helped reshape what ZZ Top were doing, starting in the studio and eventually to the live stage. Linden had no fear and was eager to experiment in ways that would frighten most bands. But we followed suit, and the synthesizers started to show up on record.” (once again, there was no apology from ZZ Top or Billy Gibbons after this revelation).
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TEXAS MONTHLY MAGAZINE (Dec 1996, By Joe Nick Patoski): "Linden Hudson floated the notion that the ideal dance music had 124 beats per minute; then he and Gibbons conceived, wrote, and recorded what amounted to a rough draft of an album before the band had set foot inside Ardent Studios."
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FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP (By David Blayney) : "Probably the most dramatic development in ZZ Top recording approaches came about as Eliminator was constructed. What had gone on before evolutionary; this change was revolutionary. ZZ Top got what amounted to a new bandsman (Linden) for the album, unknown to the world at large and at first even to Dusty and Frank."
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CNET DOT COM: (question posed to ZZ Top): Sound engineer Linden Hudson was described as a high-tech music teacher on your highly successful "Eliminator" album. How much did the band experiment with electronic instruments prior to that album?
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THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE, MARCH 2018: "Eliminator" had a tremendous impact on us and the people who listen to us," says ZZ Top’s bass player. Common band lore points to production engineer Linden Hudson suggesting that 120 beats per minute was the perfect rock tempo, or "the people’s tempo" as it came to be known.
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FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP by David Blayney: (page 227): "…the song LEGS Linden Hudson introduced the pumping synthesizer effect."
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(Search Linden Hudson in the various ZZ Top Wikipedia pages which are related to the ELIMINATOR album and you will find bits about Linden. Also the main ZZ Top Wikipedia page mentions Linden. He’s mentioned in at least 7 ZZ Top related Wikipedia pages.)
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FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP By David Blayney: "Linden found himself in the position of being Billy’s (Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top guitarist) closest collaborator on Eliminator. In fact, he wound up spending more time on the album than anybody except Billy. While the two of them spent day after day in the studio, they were mostly alone with the equipment and the ideas."
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FROM THE BOOK: BEER DRINKERS & HELL RAISERS: A ZZ TOP GUIDE (By Neil Daniels, released 2014): "Hudson reportedly had a significant role to play during the planning stages of the release (ELIMINATOR)."
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FROM THE BOOK: ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE (ROLLING STONE PRESS, WRITTEN BY DEBORAH FROST): "Linden was always doing computer studies. It was something that fascinated him, like studio technology. He thought he might understand the components of popular songs better if he fed certain data into his computer. It might help him understand what hits (song releases) of any given period share. He first found out about speed; all the songs he studied deviated no more than one beat from 120 beats per minute. Billy immediately started to write some songs with 120 beats per minute. Linden helped out with a couple, like UNDER PRESSURE and SHARP DRESSED MAN. Someone had to help Billy out. Dusty and Frank didn’t even like to rehearse much. Their studio absence wasn’t really a problem though. The bass and drum parts were easily played with a synthesizer or Linn drum machine." (end quote)
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FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "After his quantitative revelations, Linden informally but instantly became ZZ Top’s rehearsal hall theoretician, producer, and engineer." (end quote)
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FROM THE BOOK: "ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE" (ROLLING STONE PRESS, BY DEBORAH FROST): "With the release of their ninth album, ELIMINATOR, in 1983, these hairy, unlikely rock heroes had become a pop phenomenon. This had something to do with the discoveries of a young preproduction engineer (Linden Hudson) whose contributions, like those of many associated with the band over the years, were never acknowledged."
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FROM THE BOOK: ​SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP (By DAVID BLAYNEY) : "The integral position Linden occupied in the process of building El​iminator was demonstrated eloquently in the case of song Under Pressure. Billy and Linden, the studio wizards, did the whole song all in one afternoon without either the bass player or drummer even knowing it had been written and recorded on a demo tape. Linden synthesized the bass and drums and helped write the lyrics; Billy did the guitars and vocals."
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FROM THE BOOK: "TRES HOMBRES – THE STORY OF ZZ TOP" BY DAVID SINCLAIR (Writer for the Times Of London): "Linden Hudson, the engineer/producer who lived at Beard’s house (ZZ’s drummer) had drawn their attention to the possibilities of the new recording technology and specifically to the charms of the straight drumming pattern, as used on a programmed drum machine. On ELIMINATOR ZZ Top unveiled a simple new musical combination that cracked open a vast worldwide market.
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FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESS MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "ELIMINATOR went on to become a multi-platinum album, just as Linden had predicted when he and Billy were setting up the 124-beat tempos and arranging all the material. Rolling Stone eventually picked the album as number 39 out of the top 100 of the 80’s. Linden Hudson in a fair world shoud have had his name all over ELIMINATOR and gotten the just compensation he deserved. Instead he got ostracized."
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FROM THE BOOK: ​SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP by DAVID BLAYNEY: "He (Linden) went back with the boys to 1970 when he was working as a radio disc jocky aliased Jack Smack. He was emcee for a show ZZ did around that time, and even sang an encore tune with the band, perhaps the only person ever to have that honor." (side note: this was ZZ Top’s very first show).
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FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "Linden remained at Frank’s (ZZ Top drummer) place as ZZ’s live-in engineer throughout the whole period of ELIMINATOR rehearsals, and was like one of the family… as he (Linden) worked at the controls day after day, watching the album (ELIMINATOR) take shape, his hopes for a big step forward in his production career undoubtably soared. ELIMINATOR marked the first time that ZZ Top was able to rehearse an entire album with the recording studio gadgetry that Billy so loved. With Linden Hudson around all the time, it also was the first time the band could write, rehearse, and record with someone who knew the men and the machines. ZZ Top was free to go musically crazy, but also musically crazy like a fox. Linden made that possible too."
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FROM THE BOOK "ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE" (ROLLING STONE PRESS, BY DEBORAH FROST, WRITER FOR ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE): "… SHARP DRESSED MAN which employed Hudson’s 120 beat-per-minute theory. The feel, the enthusiasm, the snappy beat and crisp clean sound propelled ELIMINATOR into the ears and hearts of 5 million people who previously could have cared less about the boogie band of RIO GRANDE MUD."
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ULTIMATECLASSICROCK DOT COM: "This new melding of styles was encouraged by Hudson, who served as a kind of pre-producer for ​EL LOCO … … Hudson helped construct ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard’s home studio, and had lived with him for a time. That led to these initial sessions, and then a closer collaboration on 1983’s ​ELIMINATOR.
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FIREDOGLAKE DOT COM: "I like Billy Gibbons’ guitar tone quite a lot, but I lost all respect for them after reading how badly they fucked over Linden Hudson (the guy who was the brains behind their move to include synthesizers and co-wrote most of their career-defining Eliminator record)."
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EMAIL FROM A ZZ TOP FAN TO LINDEN (One Of Many): "I write you today about broken hearts, one is mine and one is for you. I have been a ZZ Top fan since I was 6 years old. I purchased ELIMINATOR vinyl from Caldors in Connecticut with the $20 my grandma gave me for my birthday. I will spare the #1 fan epic saga of tee shirts, harassing Noreen at the fan club via phone weekly for years, over 40 shows attended. Posters, non stop conversation about the time I have spent idolizing this band, but more Billy G, as he has seemed to break free of the Lone Wolf shackles and it became more clear this was his baby. In baseball I was Don Mattingly’s #1 fan, Hershel Walker in football, Billy Gibbons in music. What do these individuals have in common? They were role models. Not a DUI, not a spousal abuse, not a drug overdose, not a cheater. Until I read your web page. I read Blayney’s book around 1992 or so, I was in middle school and I was familiar with your name for a long time. I didn’t realize you suffered so greatly or that your involvement was so significant. It pains me to learn my idol not only cheated but did something so wrong to another being. I now know this is where tall tales and fun loving bullshit and poor morals and ethics are distinguished and where I would no longer consider myself to look up to Billy. I love to joke and I love credit but I have always prided myself on ethics and principles… I hold them dear. I wanted to say, the snippet of UNDER PRESSURE you played sounded very new wave and I may like it more than the finished product. Well that’s all. You have reached ZZ Top’s biggest fan and I can let others know. Bummer. Cheers and good luck. James."​

Posted by lindenhud1 on 2018-02-13 22:10:02

Tagged: , satellite truck , beautiful sky , texas , sat truck , remote broadcast truck , remote , clouds , sky , blue sky , television , broadcast , truck , microwave_truck , uplink

Board Games

Board Games

26:52 Technology

I wasn’t sure what to do with this theme, so looked around our "office" and saw a bunch of computer parts lying on a table. I put the mother board inside my lightbox, shot it, and then shot a heat sync and fan. I merged three images that I took and this is how it ended up. That’s technology too, right?
Not something I would normally do, but it was fun anyway 🙂

Posted by charhedman on 2018-06-27 02:16:24

Tagged: , 52 week theme challenge group , Technology , mother board , heat sync , fan , bokeh , board games , remote , digital , CPU , Macro , a bit dusty…I think it’s going to end up in recycling

OnDigital box remote control

OnDigital box remote control

Closer shot of the remote control from my Phillips OnDigital set top box.

The box is currently sat beneath my computer desk, with a cable attaching it to the PC! Rarely gets used though. Note the dust…

Anyway, I wanted to use this on a website to illustrate an article, and because it’s creative commons licensed, so may other people 😉

Posted by Bods on 2007-05-05 14:58:14

Tagged: , OnDigital , Phillips , remote , remote control

Into the Canyons.

Into the Canyons.

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~ Photo Series ~ Nahannni – River of Quest and Legend ~

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered with failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight than knows neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

~~ About the photos. ~~

Today, I want to speak about the process I used to convert my 35mm slides to digital.

I bought my Canon slide scanner about 12 years ago. Over time, I of course upgraded to a new computer. Eventually, new computers stopped coming with SCSI connectors. So for quite a few years, my slide scanner sat around unused. So my choice was to either buy a new slide scanner, or to somehow find a way to connect my old slide scanner for my new computer. Canon, however, was not very helpful in this process. The official position of Canon was that for this scanner, they do not support Macintosh OS X., and they do not support third-party solutions to connect SCSI devices via USB or FireWire. Thanks Canon. Very helpful indeed.

I finally found a device that claimed the capability of allowing SCSI devices to connect to FireWire. Thankfully, it made my slide scanner useful again.

Although I tried to protect my 35mm slides, things happened over the years. No matter how hard you try, slides always seem to collect dust. Removing dust is always a hassle. You think you have done a good job cleaning, and scan the slide, only to find more dust. So, I often had to repeat the process. Sometimes, the dust refused to budge. And then, even stored away from the sun, some slides seems to have undergone some color shifts, requiring more work.

Luckily, these days there are numerous ways to clean up photos post processing, although many of them are still time-consuming. I was able to brighten up some photos that were too dark, like the one seen here. I was able to straighten and re-crop photos to my liking. So much so that some photos that were only borderline acceptable before are now some of my favorite photos of this trip. Boy, I just love digital post-processing.

Top 25 Viewed & Other Collections @ Flickr

Posted by Matt. Create. on 2010-06-09 08:03:11

Tagged: , active , activity , adventure , beach , beautiful , blue , canada , Canoe , Canyon , Clouds , ecology , Enfuse , forest , green , journey , leisure , life , lifestyle , magnificent , Nahanni , Park , nature , northwest , outdoor , remote , river , sky , solitude , spectacular , sport , summer , sun , Things , tourism , tranquility , travel , tree , trip , vacation , vast , water , Matt Shalvatis , Shalvatis , Nahanni National Park , northwest territories , 200+

My Digital Camera Gear

My Digital Camera Gear

This is only my Digital Equipment…
There’s also a Soligor SR 300MD Film-SLR with a 28mm and a 60-300mm Lens with some accessories and of course about 6 or 7 Compact Cam’s Digital an Analog…

Posted by DOS82 on 2007-03-03 00:22:27

Tagged: , Camera , Gear , Canon , EOS , Digital , Rebel , XTi , Kiss , X , 400D , Soligor , Flash , Hama , Compact , 1GB , 4GB , Tripod , Sigma , 55-200mm , 18-55mm , Kit , Pocket , Calculator , Isoprophyl , Bag , Close , Up , Lens , Cell , Phone , Keys , whats , your , DOS82 , 1-2-3 , DSLR , Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi , Canon EOS 400D Digital , Stativ , Hama Star 75 , Long Exposure , RAW , CR2 , DPP , Remote , Auslößekabel , Fernbedienung , Selbst gebaut , RLP , Rheinland-Pfalz , Deutschland , Germany , Süddeutschland , South Germany , Rhineland-Palatinate , Art , Colors , RAW-Shooter , Digital Photo Professional , Fun , Idea , Idee , Catchy Colors , Dominik Steinmetzler , Geotagged , GPS , GPS Data Logger