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Greater Vancouver, Canada
Music is basically simple, but the piano makes it look hard
Interests: Alternative Musical instruments, Convergence of music and science, Psychoacoustics
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It is finally possible to get a near-zero latency keyboard on a PC! It's excellent to have, but does require some tweaking. Herein I give you what worked for me, so you can hopefully get what you want quickly, avoid a fair bit of fiddling, and most important, never get... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at MusicScienceGuy
To make an instrument ... A new instrument is something that you are going to be spending serious time with, perhaps more than you do with your girlfriend/boyfriend. So it's not a bad idea to check it out, to see if it will hold out for the years that it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at MusicScienceGuy
Creating an new instrument is pretty complex, but once done, there's still one heck of a lot to do. We start with the outside of the Dualo and look at the packaging. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at MusicScienceGuy
My Christmas present arrived today, courtesy of my very understanding wife. It's a Dualo du-touch, made in Fr ance and invented by an group of young enthusiasts. Price: about $1000 and change in Canadian loonies. Duty and taxes added a bit over 20% to that. Big caveat: anything I say... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at MusicScienceGuy
Does the layout of the traditional, “piano” keyboard strike you as weird? Do you want an advantage over other musicians and look really cool? I’m starting an Alternate Musical Instrument Special Interest Group (sounds cooler than "Club") in the Greater Vancouver area. Do you: - really, hugely want to learn... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at MusicScienceGuy
In two months a pair of unique, innovative instruments will cease being sold. This is the story of how they did not shake up the musical world, but should have. Why are they interesting? A handful of years ago two special musical devices; the AXiS-64 and the AXiS-49 midi controllers... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at MusicScienceGuy
Will this instrument overturn instrument design? I have no association with Roger Linn, but I do feel that his intelligently designed instrument is going to shake up the musical world. It should allow for way greater expressiveness than a regular keyboard. Roger Linn Design - LinnStrument Roger says "A revolutionary... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at MusicScienceGuy
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Oct 22, 2014
What can we expect in benefits from keyboard symmetry? In the preceding posting Symmetry in motion – a crazy idea, I discuss the basic idea of playing symmetrical keyboards and the many advantages. Here I talk less theory and more actual results. How does this work in actual practice? Tests... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at MusicScienceGuy
Two symmetrical keyboards, one for each hand - an novel idea, but it works well One of the strangest (initially) concepts of jammer keyboards is symmetry; the mirroring of motion between the two hands. This really made my eye-brows lift when I looked at Jim Plamondon’s first demos of his... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at MusicScienceGuy
Musiah is a très cool music learning application. It acts like a simulated virtual music teacher combined with a "video game" style approach to learning play a music keyboard. It largely succeeds. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at MusicScienceGuy
Here's a genuinely SCARY forecast: My reaction: "Wow - this is the end of the warning phase, and the beginning of the action phase." Ken Rushton.
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No problems have been found in playing the jammer keyboard. All together about 500 entry-level songs & exercises have been playable. There are no songs that could not be played. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at MusicScienceGuy
Finally! In this You-tube drenched world, every new idea needs a supporting video, so creating one has been at the top of my "To-Do-When-I-Have-Enough-Time" list for simply years. It took much longer than I had hoped, but at last the "Introduction to the jammer keyboard v 1.1" video is up,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at MusicScienceGuy
Coyle found out what causes excellence, through world-spanning research, and then applied it to his own life, in all sort of endeavours, ... He covers his key findings concerning how to get properly started; a mental state called "ignition" and directing, channeling the mental flame. The channeling is multi-pronged, and involves lots of tips: tricks or techniques. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at MusicScienceGuy
Coyle calls it “deep practice”; research has actually found the method used by nearly every person that becomes a famous talent or even just “talented”, in any field of any stripe or flavor. In this engaging book, he gives diverse examples of “talent factories” and shows the surprising factors that tie them together. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at MusicScienceGuy
Talent is overrated: What Really separates World Class Performers from Everybody Else Geoff Colvin, Portfolio (published by the Penguin Group) 2008 The long haul; what needs to be done to become world-class "Talented" What defines and causes great ability, any kind of a "skill" or "gift" is a vital question... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at MusicScienceGuy
Naturally, doing these reviews was not pure altruism. These books have so much useful information that that time doing reviews was indeed my time very well spent. I may even re-review them in a few months, to help keep on the right track. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at MusicScienceGuy
Ken quits his job to become a full-time musical dilettante The trap I got into a deep trap at my job; an insidious, very sneaky trap; My managers got too good, giving me varied, challenging work in a seemingly endless supply, which they made palatable with a diabolical unwritten rule:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at MusicScienceGuy
Joe, I'm afraid I can't be of much help with interfacing to Ableton, as I've never used it. While it looks like a good system, and Max supports it well through Live, I've never had the time. Try it, it does not look that hard. When you do get it working, please let us know your findings. Note that all my source code is available and fairly well annotated. Let me know where the manual is confusing! Thus grows our expertise. Ken.
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How to build a choral shell As described here, We found a choral shell was very effective in a number of ways, and seemed to have no downside: The intra-choral sound was excellent: we could hear each other, didn’t yell, stayed on pitch The shell focused the audience attention on... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at MusicScienceGuy
From an office newletter in 2010 - a little background about me. If you see Ken Rushton humming around the office, it's because he is practicing for his performance this weekend. The Maple Leaf Singers, a Broadway show chorus group that he belongs to, will be serving up a rocking... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2013 at MusicScienceGuy
Wherein is told the story behind my devotion to a funny avant-gard keyboard, the jammer. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at MusicScienceGuy
I read a post that Piano Marvel should be checked out. Fortunately, I did and found a real keyboard-teaching prize hidden in a drab trophy case. With it, one big barrier to learning to play an alternate keyboard is gone. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2013 at MusicScienceGuy
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