Author Archives: Joe Rizzo

Mac OS X Yosemite

We recently upgraded our production system to Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. So far things have been running very smoothly. The system has a cleaner, flatter design. There is deeper integration with Apple’s other devices such as the iPhone, iPad … Continue reading

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New Intel Haswell Recording Rig with Apple Logic Pro X

We recently upgraded to a new Macintosh Intel Haswell i7 Quad Core system running Apple’s latest operating system Mavericks – OS 10.9. We also upgraded to Apple’s latest version of their flagship professional recording system Logic Pro X. New Features … Continue reading

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Inexpensive Phone Service with Voipo

Years ago I signed up for Vonage – one of the first phone companies that offered inexpensive phone service through your Internet connection. I was fairly happy with the service at the time and recommended some of my family members … Continue reading

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We’ve Moved to El Cerrito!

After 7 years in Berkeley we were forced to move to a new location. The new digs are located in a very scenic area of El Cerrito, California, the hometown of Creedence Clearwater Revival.  Nice views of the Golden Gate … Continue reading

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iPod Touch 5th Generation Review

Apple announced the 5th generation iPod Touch on September 12th, 2012 and began shipping the item at the end of October 2012.   Apple had not made a significant upgrade to the iPod Touch in 2 years other than adding … Continue reading

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Live Music on 4th Street

Paul Mehling and some members of his Hot Club of San Francisco performed in a casual setting outside of Peet’s Coffee on 4th Street in Berkeley Wednesday Dec 21st.  Mehling performs exceptional gypsy jazz guitar in the style of  the French … Continue reading

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011

Bright Eyes closed the evening Friday night Sept 30th at the Rooster stage of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate park.  Music all day long on 6 different stages with a mix of folk, old-time, rock-n-roll … Continue reading

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Oakland Art Murmur 1st Fridays of Every Month

Every 1st Friday of the month the local art scene comes alive at the Oakland Art Murmur.  From 6 pm to 9 pm the art galleries are free and open to the public.  Musicians abound on the street and in … Continue reading

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The End of iTunes Music Copy Protection, Sort of…

A few years ago Apple made a big announcement at Macworld in San Francisco.  It wasn’t a new dazzling hi-tech computer, iPhone or iPod but the announcement that the iTunes Music store will sell all music download without any digital … Continue reading

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Record with an Apple Logic Pro 9 Certified Engineer

I  recently became Level 1 certified in Apple’s newest cutting edge high end audio recording application Logic Pro 9 (part of the latest version Logic Studio).  I am a long time user of Logic. Apple Logic is a great tool … Continue reading

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Jerry Garcia Day, San Francisco

Every August 1st Jerry Garcia day is celebrated at the Jerry Garcia amphitheater in McLaren Park, San Francisco.  Friends and fans of the San Franciscan native gathered for a free festival with music in the transcendent spirit of Garcia.  This … Continue reading

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Khi Darag! at Berkeley World Music Festival

Khi Darag performed at People’s Park in Berkeley on Saturday June 5th as part of the Berkeley World Music Festival.  The music blended elements of many different styles of music including surf, klezmer, pop, trance and more.  A difficult band … Continue reading

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Vintage Bluegrass Footage on YouTube

We recently posted a few vintage clips of some local musicians performing in the San Francisco Bay Area.  There are a few clips from a live performance in Black Oak’s Bookstore in Berkeley, California from 1992 and some clips from … Continue reading

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Follow us on Twitter

We recently opened a Twitter account.   Twitter allows you to receive ‘tweets’ or posts from various people, businesses, etc.  If you would like to receive tweets from Cosmic Circuit, click on the link below. Stay connected! Follow us on … Continue reading

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Musical Night in Africa at Ashkenaz

Saturday night Dec 5th was Musical Night in Africa at Ashkenaz in Berkeley with Kotoja, the West African Highlife Band, Afrobeat Connexion, the  Nigerian Brothers and DJ Mike Onas. Musical Night in Africa is a decade-old  Ashkenaz tradition produced each year by … Continue reading

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Final Cut Pro 7 Certified Pro

Apple recently unveiled a new version of their flagship video editing application Final Cut Pro 7, part of the newest Apple Final Cut Studio suite. I recently became a ‘Certified Pro’ in Final Cut Pro 7.   I have had … Continue reading

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival kicked off the weekend with 3 days of free musical acts at Speedway Meadows in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.  Lyle Lovett headlined the event on Friday evening with John Prine warming up.  Gillian … Continue reading

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35th Annual Solano Stroll Street Festival

The 35th annual Solano Stroll in Berkeley served up plenty of local musicians, artists, food vendors and shops this Sunday Sept 13th.  The event covered 26 blocks and was heavily attended.  Surf bands, mexican dancers, caribbean steel drums, orchestras, one … Continue reading

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Live Music & Great Pizza at Cheeseboard in Berkeley

The Cheeseboard, located in the ‘gourmet ghetto’ district on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley,  not only serves up great gourmet pizza but also has live music.  The lines for pizza are typically long and out the door – but the wait … Continue reading

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Acoustic Music with Sandy Rothman and Stu Allen at Ashkenaz

Sandy Rothman and Stu Allen performed at Ashkenaz in Berkeley, California August 6th with Brian Godchaux on fiddle and Justin Purtill on stand-up bass.   The band performed a mix of old-time and bluegrass classics.  Stu Allen performed lead vocals and … Continue reading

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