Hmm.. Wikipedia claims David Crosby (of Crosby Stills & Nash fame) died today.
However, there's no news to corroborate the information. I think someone has been fooling aroundon Wikipedia.
Heh heh heh.. exactly.
Interestingly, very shortly after we noticed it, someone fixed it.
<< wry grin >>
Interesting. Does CME have a gadget that would allow me to pipe the output of a stereo line-out, for example, and patch it into my computer in stereo capture, like capture it as an MP3 or somesuch audio file ??
I've been wanting to transfer some various audio formats, like old audio tapes and record albums and similar old stuff and bring it into my computer so that I can archive it digitally.
Maybe even burn audio CD's in NERO, for example.
That would be cool.
Nadia - I don't know. I haven't tried it yet. My computer is nowhere hear my stereo.
Made progress today on moving the stereo. I'm glad the final amplifier supports both and A set and a B set of speakers, as well as my old Pioneer headphones. :-)
Now I need to "stretch" some speaker cables to the B set that I cut a few feet too short.
Hooking up the stereo to the computer will come later.
I started out searching for any klezmer music that I could listen to online, and I stumbled into an instrument that, for some reason, fascinated me.
In the video, you'll notice that it features someone playing an accordion, but the accordion is not quite like the ones I've seen. It doesn't have the piano-style keyboard with the white and black keys. Instead, it has a plain set of round keys, three rows, and a small set of keys on the other half.
Perusing Youtube, I found this instrument is called a 'diatonic accordion'. It provides some kind of mechanism for changing keys, so you can switch to another key in the middle of a song... that's why it doesn't have 'black keys'... because it doesn't need them. The keys are in a diatonic order... once you know how they're ordered, you can simply play them as a person might sing along a diatonic scale, and when you need to change to another key, you press whatever it is that you press to make that happen (I didn't see what that was).
I watched a lot of videos with this instrument in it, but this video really captured my attention. It's very ethnic, but it combines some modern touches to it to make it very palatable to our cultural ears. It also features a couple of guys banging out a rhythm track using some pair of bamboo-like tubes against wooden blocks, which makes a pretty cool sound (and these guys performed marvelously in the video). Someone is also playing one of those traditional flat drums (a rather large one, probably about like the one I have, although I haven't played mine in a long time).
Some of the extra stuff in there makes me wonder what culture is represented in the video. I see people playing something that looks kind of like lacrosse, some very amusing dancers (especially if you took it out of the context of the video... in the context of the video, they seem like soldiers, but outside the context, they could be insane people), someone dancing on a box, as if he was dancing on a coffin, and some colorful women.
Looked like a very cool video, at any rate. I hope you like it as well as I did.
A few quick advantages I can think of:
It would be easier to play for musicians unskilled on the keyboard.
You could improvise with it in a way, without actually thinking much.
If you messed up you would still play a note in the key of whatever it was you were doing ... perhaps it wouldn't stick out as much...
Accidentals could be tricky,
Couldn't play in a dorian, blues, or minor scale, or anything like that.
The layout is different from the familiar keyboard.
(I miss my Roland... How many people have a flaming red digital piano?)
Want a cool instrument? The Hurlygurly. :)
And give up being a doctor ??? ;-)