Monday, November 27, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
I have been lusting after one of these after hearing about it after last year's NAMM show.
The Presonus Faderport looks to be the coolest solution for home studios with limited desk space. A 100mm motorized fader that can be assigned to each channel as needed!
Monday, November 20, 2006
I have been using portableapps on a 1 gig USB Flash Drive from CFGear for a few months now. I am totally hooked. John Haller has created one of the coolest things ever. I think I could probably ditch my laptop all together and just carry the thumb drive loaded with PortableApps Suite. (The only thing I would add is Portable Skype which is essential.) And the best part? It is free.
Friday, November 17, 2006
If you were born during the Johnson or Nixon administrations you might recognize the kids clothes in this spot from my friends at www.cfgear.com. This is their Christmas Promotion for USB sticks, Flash Drives and MP3 players:
Thursday, November 16, 2006
I read the most rational, reasoned analysis of the state of the music industry on Save The Music Fan. Terry McBride, CEO of the Nettwerk Music Group, shares his insights on the current state of the record business, file sharing, piracy and the whiny idiocy that illegal downloads are ruining the industry.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
There is an interesting interview with famed Rock photographer Robert M. Knight on FPE TV.
He discusses being onstage with Hendrix, taking photos during his last show in the U.S.
Always tune in to FPE for the latest news on guitars and guitar equipment.
Monday, November 06, 2006
A few years ago I read "The Sun, The Internet and the Genome" by Freeman Dyson. It is short, insightful look at how current technological developments will shape our short-term future. He is not making wild sci-fi type predictions but looking at realistic developments that are already in the works. Here is a WIRED article about some new manufacturing techniques for solar cells. It looks like some of Dyson's thoughts on Solar power are coming to fruition.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
I was reading over the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Seems to be an easy bunch to sort through with the exception of Patti Smith. I have to admit that I have never really dug her. I tried but in the end I couldn't even fake it to seem hip. I mean the Springsteen cover was OK but other than that...
But I am sure the die hard music critic nerds will cry foul if she is passed over.
Here are my picks:
R.E.M. - Hard to believe they are eligible already (25 years since Chronic Town?!) but they deserve a place in the Hall of fame for Automatic for the People alone.
Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five - Everyone overlook what a ground breaking DJ this guy was, sure we have come to appreciate turntablists now but this guy was a pioneer. He did mindblowing stuff. The key was that he did it behind great rappers and good songs. A shoe-in.
Iggy and The Stooges - Lester Bangs said everything that ever needed to be said in praise of the Stooges.
Chic - Chic should be included more for their collective and individual influence than for their body of work. (Though the bass break on "Freak Out" ensures Bernard Edwards a place in Funky Valhalla.) They inadvertently laid the ground work for Rap when the Sugarhill Gang used the "Good Times" groove for Rapper's Delight. Nile Roger's production on Madonna and Steve Winwood and Tony Thomson's drums on Bowie's "Let's Dance" album set the pace for the 80's.
Van Halen - Van Halen I, Eruption, You Really Got Me. This is bombastic rock at its best and that goes without any mention of Eddie Van Halen's groundbreaking fret work.