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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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Where the future's instruments are designed (image courtesy Google Maps) A new Craftsman of Musical instruments If I was to visit a luthier, I have a preconception of the encounter; I would expect comfortable rooms and spaces with white plaster and the outside whitewashed and a garden of olive trees.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at MusicScienceGuy
Concerning the sea ice extent decline slowing: I concur. To my eyes, the way the winds are currently pushing the ice around, plus the cloudiness of the big low over the central arctic may be creating nearly ideal camouflage for an extreme thinning of the ice. take a gander at the ice drift chart here: All of the ice is being spread out, even the ice in Hudson's Bay and around Baffin Island. It's amazingly consistent, and can't last. Large areas are getting very thin ...
Toggle Commented Jun 9, 2016 on PIOMAS June 2016 at Arctic Sea Ice
This is pretty dramatic. Has there ever been such a flow of Sea ice out of Fram Straight before? What percentage of the MYI per day is leaving for the Atlantic?
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2016 on Beaufort under early pressure at Arctic Sea Ice
Thoughts on the Dualo du-touch Highly successful musical instruments are never orphans; they are always part of a musical family, with different sizes, features and, of course, price: think of the guitar, violin and saxophone families. Players need a wide variation in price and power, of size and portability. Thus... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at MusicScienceGuy
Explains how to build a choral shell to benefit singers, especially choral singers. We found the shells helped our choir better hear their mates on the risers. We think they also project a clearer sound to our audience. Suggests how to make quartet sized shell as well Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at MusicScienceGuy
How to improve your chorus with an inexpensive build-yourself choral shell that can be used for every performance. The shell is made from sheets of light, sturdy plastic attached with velcro. This article is part one of 3 planned. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at MusicScienceGuy
scientists, while thoughtful, are notoriously slow and cautious, and partly because climate scientists never want to appear alarmist. As a rule, a scientific prediction either nails it, or understates. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at MusicScienceGuy
Recently a call went forth for super-brief "elevator pitches" about global warming. I am no expert, but have followed the science, events and drama for more than 20 years. Here goes my stab at slimming the topic to the core: Earth's Blanket back then The Earth has an invisible secret:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at MusicScienceGuy
Creative Lab's Zx sound card works well and gives low latency, although the actual measured external latency numbers are more than expected. The Microsoft Midi latency is, in a word: awful: 90 ms. Use ASIO driver, and ideally a sound card that meshes with the ASIO driver. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at MusicScienceGuy
It's now possible to get very low latency on a Windows desktop computer by using a Sound Blaster Zx cord. To do this, it's best to use both sound cards: the Zx for the music, and the on-motherboard chipset for Windows messages. 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.
Toggle Commented May 12, 2014 on Forecast me not at Arctic Sea Ice
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