9 June 2009, jd2020 @ 12:16 pm

From a percussion standpoint, I thought this was hittin! Check out the gig on Dave Letterman.

Its not that I follow Mos Def closely, but I have watched the drummer in the video Chris Dave through the years. This performance was a creatively original approach. I would bet if I were able to ask these guys how they thought the gig went, they would say it went well. It also might be the first time I’ve watched someone play the kit with three snares and a floor tom. Very nice!

14 March 2009, jd2020 @ 1:07 am

Psychotic Dogs!

This audio track is an instrumental piece that my brother and I recorded at home about 20 years ago, using a Fostex 4-track. We pushed it to the limit, and some! Bro was a good guitar player (and bass player on this track). We named it “psychotic dogs” because of our dogs at the time, that didn’t like the neighbor’s dog. Between the three of them, they produced a very “psychotic” sound during their runs up and down the fence line. Long live their souls and many thanks to Folgers and…!

Fostex X-15 4 track recorder

Fostex X-15 4 track recorder

28 February 2009, jd2020 @ 1:45 am

Why reproduce in digital form something that’s worked perfectly fine for hundreds of years as an analog device? That’s the question for Yamaha about their new AvantGrand piano. The answer: So you can save five feet, 1,100 pounds, and $80,000!


Yamaha AvantGrand Digital Piano

save five feet, 1,100 pounds, and $80,000

Unlike, say, a digital SLR camera, the AvantGrand isn’t meant to perform better than the traditional analog device. It’s meant to perform exactly the same. But it makes that performance accessible to more people. Despite packing 16 amps and speakers, it’s still a lot smaller (four feet long) and lighter (480 pounds) than the nine-foot, 1,500-pound, $100,000 grand piano it’s meant to replace. And it’s a lot cheaper to make, retailing for $19,000 when it hits the market this summer. Read more here

8 June 2008, jd2020 @ 11:06 pm

Gibson ex Huberman
This is such a great read. It’s quite a real-time societal experiment. The article is a very well written summary of a bizarre controlled experiment in a bustling plaza in Washington D.C. I can’t imagine myself walking past this as if it weren’t there, but most folks did. Certainly read, but while you do, here is an audio recording of the event. I found it hard to believe.

5 June 2008, jd2020 @ 3:52 pm

Well, I’m back! Had to post this as a follow up to the previous ZZ post. The two videos are certainly coincidental as I had no idea that ZZ Top would be on American Idol. I thought it was pretty cool that David Cook won the competition. His musicianship was the real reason that I would tune in. I happened into the show the night that Cook did All Right Now by Free. To me, he stood apart from the others. Runner up for me would have been Carly Smithson. I’m glad musicianship and heart prevailed!

ZZ Top w/ David Cook – Sharp Dressed Man
(also, check out this 1983 live video of Under Pressure)

18 April 2008, jd2020 @ 6:02 pm

I really like this performance!

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