Monday, September 24, 2018

A Retrospective: In Real Time


My friend, co-Masters student and collaborator Kimberly Zahler did a great write-up of a dance/media/music piece we did called In Real Time. It was the pinnacle of my (late life) student work, and an incredible experience. It is also the first time that I worked with a dancer (in this case, Katie Elliott from 3rd Law Dance), and was the start of a collaboration with the late, great Jim LaVita.

Kim was amazing to work with; her talents were different-but-compatible with mine, and we were both focused and hard-working. The end result was a wild piece where "who is leading, who is following" is constantly questioned, and the whole thing is quite an eyeful.

That was the kickoff of a lot of great things that I've done. Alas, Kim and I aren't in contact anymore (my fault...), and I've moved far away from 3rd Law, so I'm not working with them, either. But I still have my board:


It's on the shelf in my living room as a constant reminder of great things we do in collaboration that could never have been done by oneself.

[ddg]

Monday, September 10, 2018

A Tasty EBay Snag


For my 'mini' system, I like using miniature keyboards - things like the KeyStep, QuNexus and the like. But I also like keyboards that have real pitch and mod wheels. Most of those only have USB connection, and I'm not up for buying an old creaky Oxygen 8 or something. So it was time to do a little ebay dumpster dive for something to help.

And, alas, I found someone selling a bare MIDI host board for cheap-ish, and with a Make Offer option. Made a low (but fair...) offer and won it. Got it on Friday, and screwed it into the table this morning.

Works like a champ. Doesn't work with my Korg, because it has a built-in USB hub. But for my Worlde and MIDIPlus MIDI devices, no problemo. Winner, and no extra boxes sitting on the damned desk!

It's the guts out of this:

https://www.amazon.com/USB-MIDI-Host-Module-controllers/dp/B0752M869X

Available here:

https://www.serdashop.com/USBMIDIHost

Happy as a clam...

[ddg]

Monday, September 3, 2018

Oh Dear: Uncovered after all this time...

image: 20091105 Belfort (0013).jpg by Donar Reiskoffer

This is a nightmare scenario for me: I did a podcast interview, about a topic that was going to be timely, and with a person that I came to really like. It was in the middle of a storm of other interviews, and I dropped the ball - I forgot to properly name the file, so it was in a big stack of time-stamped file names. When it came time to edit for production, I couldn't find it anywhere and I assumed it had been lost.

Well, this weekend, I was cleaning up the drive on the system and came across a weird little folder with a few time-stamped files in it. A quick listen and - what do you know! - there's the missing file!

I'm hoping it isn't going to sound horribly out of date, but I'm on it, and am hoping to get this up very soon!

[ddg]