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[#] Tue Dec 12 2006 11:58:26 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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[#] Sat Dec 16 2006 21:44:48 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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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.

[#] Sun Dec 17 2006 00:37:41 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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"It must be true -- I read it on the Internet."

[#] Sun Dec 17 2006 08:45:52 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Heh heh heh.. exactly.

Interestingly, very shortly after we noticed it, someone fixed it.

[#] Thu Dec 21 2006 09:26:21 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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That sucks.

[#] Fri Dec 22 2006 09:14:31 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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If your A# key is broken, just play a B-flat instead. It'll sound just as good.

<< wry grin >>

[#] Sun Oct 15 2006 01:01:44 EDT from harry @ Haven BBS

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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.

[#] Tue Oct 17 2006 01:02:01 EDT from harry @ Haven BBS

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Nadia - I don't know. I haven't tried it yet. My computer is nowhere hear my stereo.

[#] Thu Oct 19 2006 23:32:51 EDT from harry @ Haven BBS

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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.

[#] Sat Dec 30 2006 20:17:36 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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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. 

[#] Sun Dec 31 2006 14:22:55 EST from mightbme @ Haven BBS

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fleeb: I've read somewhere that those diatonic accordians are harder to play than the keyboard ones.

[#] Mon Jan 01 2007 00:04:30 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I wonder what the instrument's advantage is, then.. or if it's just historical.

[#] Tue Jan 02 2007 20:28:26 EST from the8088er @ Uncensored

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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.

[#] Tue Jan 02 2007 23:41:42 EST from Dirk Stanley @ Uncensored

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I broke down and traded in my flaming red Roland FP-8 digital piano (from "bachelor Dirk" days) for a Clavinova (from the "married Dirk" days), mostly, well, because it fits the furniture better.

(I miss my Roland... How many people have a flaming red digital piano?)

Want a cool instrument? The Hurlygurly. :)

[#] Wed Jan 03 2007 00:36:46 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Not to worry, Dirk: there is always someone who is playing a cheezier keyboard than you are. I play a Yamaha E303 -- cheap and sleazy but it gets the job done.

[#] Wed Jan 03 2007 01:00:55 EST from Dirk Stanley @ Uncensored

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I just feel like a Clavinova is a small step away from putting on a lounge suit and playing in vegas... :)

[#] Wed Jan 03 2007 03:15:14 EST from harry @ PixelBBS

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And give up being a doctor ??? ;-)

[#] Wed Jan 03 2007 15:42:42 EST from Dirk Stanley @ Uncensored

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LOL - I guess the point is, the Clavinova is the Oldsmobile of digital pianos - Everyone has one. Doesn't have the coolness factor of an obscure flaming red digital Roland. :)

[#] Thu Jan 04 2007 16:35:37 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I reazlize now youtube is actually BETTER than the internet.

[#] Thu Jan 04 2007 16:40:08 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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"What's the difference between the Internet and the Web? The Web is bigger!"

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