A couple weeks ago AT&T Internet services decided to globally eliminate all binary newsgroups from their newsserver. This was done with absolutely no advance warning (or any after-the-fact announcement either 1), and was ostensibly an effort to eliminate child pornography.  How that excuse justifies blocking access to audio files takes a stretch of imagination, but… Continue reading

palace museum

In November I got an invitation to teach a one-week workshop at the Palace Museum on two diverse subjects: solubility parameters and anoxia.  We decided that the Christmas holiday would be a good fit with Sean’s school and our other work schedules, and Fall is usually nice weather in Taiwan (and that turned out to be true enough: sitting around… Continue reading

audio test

Got a taste of my nephew Coleman’s latest composition “The Dopest” on his Crocigator myspace blog.  Kids nowadays — I’ve been running Live, Digital Performer, and Komplete (especially Kontakt!) for seems like ages now and these old grey cells are only humbled by the sysiphean transition from imagination to reality. Meanwhile, here are are few examples of… Continue reading

music to the heart

Heard a song entitled “Why I Do These Foolish Things” by the Magicians (Villa Records, 1964), a local Bay Area band, which strongly brought back the same exotic attraction I experienced when listening to the Miracles “Who’s Loving You” (the B-side of “Shop Around”) back in high school (or was it 8th grade). I listened… Continue reading