Archive for the 'music' Category

A very revealing Gig Gab

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Sometimes my co-host, Paul, is in a chatty mood with his own stories to tell, and sometimes he’s inquisitive, playing the role of interviewer. Last night saw an abundance of the latter as Paul really got me to open up about all sorts of things. From the innocent topic of matched vs. traditional grip to […]

Can YOU Hear the Difference between 128kbps MP3 and Uncompressed Audio?

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Curious how many of you can reliably hear any difference here? It’s interesting taking listening tests using tracks with which I’m not intimately familiar, even testing with an Audioengine D1 DAC and either great speakers or great headphones. Using this same setup I certainly occasionally notice a difference between 128kbps MP3 and lossless audio when listening at my […]

PianoFiles Will Shut Down Because of Clueless Music Publishers

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

I found out today that the sheet-music-oriented community site, PianoFiles, announced that they will shut down in December. I’m new to PianoFiles, having only joined earlier this year, but it’s been a huge resource for me already. As some of you may remember I got back into playing (drums, mostly) in musical theater pits this year, and […]

Kenwood Dennard with Phish: The Beat of a Different Drummer Isn’t Always a Good Thing

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Let’s get this part out of the way: Kenwood Dennard is an amazing drummer by anyone’s standards, and he’s one of my favorites. “Drummer” doesn’t even begin to cover it… he’s an amazing musician.  His list of credentials speaks for itself, but don’t bother reading it. Just spend three minutes watching this guy play the […]

Geeks and Sonos, The Windows v. Mac Problem All Over Again

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

It’s interesting how misunderstood Sonos is by us geeks. I say “us” because I was firmly in this “Sonos doesn’t make sense to me” camp right up until the day I wasn’t. Kind of like how some computer geeks used to be (and some still are) about the Mac. “It’s too easy.” “It looks cheap […]

Happy Birthday To me!

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

It’s true. All of it. Except that part… yes, right. Enjoy! 

My Pitch for Theory-Based Piano Lessons for All Musicians

Monday, February 18th, 2013

We have this habit in FLING (one of the bands I play in) to get into protracted email conversations about a variety of subjects when we’re nottogether rehearsing or playing. Recently, Mike, one of our guitar players, pointed us all towards this 15-minute YouTube video about learning music theory. Mike’s an awesome guitar player who […]

SXSW Debrief 2011

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

As I have in years past, last week I attended SXSW down in Austin, Texas, catching the last portion of the film festival, as well as all of Interactive and Music. I wrote some of this up for us over at The Mac Observer and iObserver, and also included mentions in our Mac Geek Gab […]

Why Do Sound Engineers Insist On Actively Mixing Vocals?

Friday, January 16th, 2009

They’re teaching it wrong. I mean, they have to be for every sound engineer I’ve met to get it wrong the first time. (By every I mean every one but you, of course) Oh… hi. Let me catch you up on this rant that’s been going on in my head for about 4 years now. […]

The Macworld All-Star Band Speaks!

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Last night, Chuck Joiner delivered something that has never* previously been accomplished other than gigs and rehearsals: He assembled the entire (existing) Macworld All-Star Band into one (virtual) room, leaned heavily on the Skype button, and recorded the entire conversation. And we let him release it. Crazy, huh? Well, it’s out there, and it’s alive. […]