John Williams is a living national (world) treasure.
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.)
Now this looks VERY interesting…..seems to be a kickstarter for a midi sax (bluetooth).
Good video as there seems to be a resurgence of getting jazz on vinyl.
Yet another wind controller out there.
Yet more great Wind Controller instruments coming out. This one is called WARBL. Very cool.
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.
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.
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.
MIDI has been around for longer than most of the readers of Hackaday, and you can get off my lawn. In spite of this, MIDI is still commonly used in nearly every single aspect of musical performance, and there are a host of tools and applications to give MIDI control to a live performance. That said, if you want a MIDI foot controller, your best bet is probably something used from the late 90s, although Behringer makes an acceptable foot controller that doesn’t have a whole bunch of features. There is obviously a need for a feature packed, Open Source MIDI foot controller. That’s where the Pedalino comes in. It’s a winner of the Musical Instrument Challenge in this year’s Hackaday Prize, and if you want a MIDI foot controller, this is the first place you should look.
Check it out. Pedalino.
Engineers, hackers, and makers can most certainly build a musical gadget of some kind. They’ll build synths, they’ll build aerophones, and they’ll take the idea of mercury delay line memory, two hydrophones, and a really long tube filled with water to build the most absurd delay in existence. One thing they can’t seem to do is build a woodwind MIDI controller. That’s where [J.M.] comes in. He’s created the Open Woodwind Project as an open and extensible interface that can play sax and clarinet while connected to a computer.
One of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while. Believe it grew out of this project. Can’t wait to see what is created with this.
Steve Neff has a great article about Michael Brecker’s addition to the Living Jazz Archive.
Dr. David Demsey at William Paterson University contacted me a few years ago to tell me about the “Living Jazz Archives” that the University was building and how they were adding a Michael Brecker Archive to the already existing archives that they already had. The Living Jazz Archives are:
A TEACHING TOOL for William Paterson University Jazz Studies majors, for classes in other academic areas across campus, and for visiting groups of students of all ages from public schools, from other colleges and universities, and the general public.
A RESEARCH CENTER for professional scholars, authors and researchers and for faculty from other institutions.
A MINI-MUSEUM honoring the lives and careers of these great jazz artists and their important contribution to the history of jazz, by displaying their music, artifacts and memorabilia using audio, video and multi-media.
AN ARCHIVE, containing the archived collections of Clark Terry, Thad Jones, James Williams, Michael Brecker, Mulgrew Miller and other collections, maintaining and preserving those materials in perpetuity.
Probably the most interesting thing for EWI players is this:
The latest big news: equipment! THREE EWI’s, including the original prototype, a second model that is new to me, and the final model that places hands side by side.”