The Big Lie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the world changes and information is available everywhere instantly, it appears that there is a casualty: the truth.

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Not All Bullies are Loud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we think of bullying, the aggressive, noisy, overbearing personality comes to mind. While these types certainly make themselves known, (especially during childhood) there is an arguably more dangerous bully that appears in adult situations: the soft-spoken one. Continue Reading…

It’s gotta be bad (or it ain’t gonna be good)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(With apologies to Duke Ellington!)

In recent years, I’ve seen  lots videos of performers triggering clips, sounds and phrases while tempo-locked to a groove in a static harmony; while the result sounds OK, it’s the lack of possibility for it to fail that makes me dubious.

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A Revolutionary Concept

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing the hardware-sofware human interface you’ve been waiting for. Here are some of the main features:

  • Allows control over pitch, harmony, tone, dynamics, and rhythm, all in real time!
  • Locks to any tempo, and follows complex harmonic and metric changes.
  • Enables interactions between musicians, collaborations, and unique live-performance applications.
  • Doesn’t use loops or phrase samples, no built-in obsolescence.
  • Constantly updated with the latest capabilities.
  • Suitable for any style, from classical to the most modern.
  • Developed through an evolutionary process by the finest musical minds.

Best yet,

It’s free.

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Embracing the Distractions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s clear that there is much to be gained by devoting our full attention to our work. Is there a downside to iron-clad focus? What about the distractions? Continue Reading…

Living with Tinnitus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For many years, even though my hearing is good, I have suffered with Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. For me, it is a true “ringing” in that it focuses on a small range of frequencies in the 4khz range, a bit like a police whistle. For people without this affliction, it seems like a minor annoyance, but for those of us who live with it, it can be a terrible life-altering struggle to live with this noise. How can we deal with this? Continue Reading…

The Dangers of Being in a Hurry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently, one of my pastimes has brought to mind a question: What is to be gained mentally and artistically by having time limits? Does rushing to the finish line make us stronger, more efficient, or most importantly, wiser? Continue Reading…

You Don’t Need Magic to Succeed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are thousands of books and videos on how “positive thinking” can create success, or how “visualizing” your goals will make them come true. Is there a “secret” to this? If you just believe hard enough, will the universe re-arrange itself to make you happy? Let’s explore some misconceptions about “winning.” Continue Reading…

The 3 Forces in Art: Part I

I should say, “The three forces that, when in balance, make what I think of as art,” but it is a title, that’s a bit cumbersome. In this series, we will explore these forces, and how we can utilize them to create work that “works.”

It does seem odd that many things come in threes: the three spatial dimensions we experience in our universe, the three legs needed to make something stable, the strength of a triangle, and even the three skills needed for practice. So it is with art and its subset, music.

Force One: Exploration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Origami: How “Folding” Makes Melody

Most elements of art exist somewhere in a continuum between order and chaos. Both of these extremes lead to a feeling of meaninglessness in the work. A completely predictable pattern seems mindless and automatic, and complete randomness seems incomprehensible and without information. Continue Reading…

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