The Tragic Decline of Music Literacy (and Quality)

From intellectualtakeout.org, this article was very very good.

Throughout grade school and high school, I was fortunate to participate in quality music programs. Our high school had a top Illinois state jazz band; I also participated in symphonic band, which gave me a greater appreciation for classical music. It wasn’t enough to just read music. You would need to sight read, meaning you are given a difficult composition to play cold, without any prior practice. Sight reading would quickly reveal how fine-tuned playing “chops” really were. In college I continued in a jazz band and also took a music theory class. The experience gave me the ability to visualize music (If you play by ear only, you will never have that same depth of understanding music construct.)

EWI Tool Shutting Down

One of the best, maybe even better than the one that ships with it, patch editor for the AKAI EWI4000S is EWITool. Sadly, there was a post by it’s author, Stephen Merrony, saying he’s closing it down.

Hi Everyone,

After ten years(!) it’s time for me to consign EWItool to history.

The patch exchanged has been closed for a while now, and today I changed the project status to ‘Archived’ on GitHub.

In a couple of days I will delete this mailing list to ensure no-one hacks into it in the future.

Happy Playing,

Steve

Stephen Merrony

Sad really, as it was a GREAT tool, written in Java, that allowed you to manage and create patches on your EWI. Go grab a version and the source code for EWITool now.