Monday, September 12, 2011

More edrum adventures

Akira Jimbo has slowly taken over.  He plays mostly smooth jazz, so it’s not like I want to replicate his music.  I just want to be able to do what he does.  His facility on the drumkit is outstanding, but the melodic things he does are what I really want to move into these days.  To this end, I picked up a DTXreme IIs module and am learning its ins and outs.  It’s a tedious process, turning dials and figuring out what goes where but I think the end result will be something special.  At the very least, it’s interesting when playing time on a kit just isn’t anymore.

Akira Jimbo and the DTXreme IIs

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I’m probably wrong, but…

I think there will be no iphone 5 this year.  With Jobs out of the picture,  the recent release of Verizon’s iphone 4, and the white iphone hitting shops in a month or so, I think Apple will ride the wave through the rest of this year and release a truly next gen phone in 2012.  It’s unlikely, but it just seems plausible.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Can we stop now please?

Up alone on New Year’s while the family slept, I found myself watching a TV compendium of Daryl Hall’s online show. Pretty entertaining couple of hours, and one of the bands on there, Fitz and the Tantrums, made an impression. Unfortunately, listening to their recordings was a disappointment. Here’s yet another soul band, and a good one judging from the live show, whose records sound old (meaning shitty) on purpose. It’s a shame because the music has enough character that it stands up and I would love to actually hear it.

Old stuff doesn’t sound good because it’s old. It sounds good because labels like Motown were trying their damnedest to MAKE them sound good. They were writing the best songs they could, playing the shit out of them, and using the best technology available to capture them.

If you are lucky enough to make a recording that gets heard by the world at large, it seems a waste to make it sound like it was pulled out of a dustbin 30 years before you were born. If you are good enough, stop using emulation as a crutch. It’s boring, but more than that, it just gets in the way of the listener.

This listener anyway.