Index of Articles
Einar's articles from the NWCA Newsletter.
Important Note: These articles are history, dude, and all references
to upcoming meetings and contact addresses and phone numbers and other
things that change with time should be ignored. I decided to leave them
in for readability.
So it's show & tell at the Northwest Cyberartists meeting. I was talking
to Steve - sort of feeling out how elaborate the evening will be. He
suggested bringing in a Dreaming Head, something that maybe a lot of
people haven't played with. We'll see. My problem is most of my stuff is
big on its own, and since they're mostly MIDI controllers, you have to
have sound modules, etc... Hmm. now I remember why I enjoyed portability
As an alternative, Steve suggested that I bring in some recent music
that I have been working on.
His fun suggestion caught me by surprise. Every Cyber thing that I've
done has grown out of my first love - electronic music - and now I
haven't even touched a keyboard, created a sound, or slapped out a
"killer" rhythm in over two months. I miss those late nights laying down
tracks of weird sounds and playing the fresh new songs for my family in
the morning. Before I go to bed.
Lately, to keep busy I have over-volunteered myself on some fun
projects. At Beyond Fast Forward I built the big keyboards to drive Mike
Storie's Wasserspieller (Musical water fountain). I also built an array
of twelve push buttons mounted on a piece of shiny black plastic that I
can't wait to use as a live controller at the next gig. My wife recorded
a segment of the King 5 Five O'clock news, in which there were a few
seconds of footage of kids and adults playing my "Einway" pianos and
push buttons and drum triggers to drive Mike's beautiful fountain. I
can't tell you how that made me feel. Building things for kids is very
rewarding - especially when I can show the footage to my Mother-In-Law.
On Friday Nov. 4th I'll be setting up the Speaking Orbs to help out at a
benefit for the Audubon Society. Bob will also be contributing. If you
haven't "done" CyberArt before, and you love nature, here's your chance.
The Orbs will be playing bird songs.
Anyway, not doing music really disturbs me. All my late nights have been
spent soldering and sawing and trimming and programming samples and
other very boring tasks. So I mentioned to my lovely wife, Juli, that I
was frustrated, and her answer was "You need to add something to the
studio to spark you again." Wow. To all you musicians out there, I wish
you a spouse with that kind of attitude! So I ran off to a local music
store and bought a new set of waveforms for my O1/W. It was the cheapest
way to get a whole new instrument that I already knew how to use.
And so this Saturday morning I am typing this article a day or so behind
schedule because I was up late working on music again.
I need a nap!
Enough! Back to einar.com!
Einar Ask / email@example.com