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Einar's articles from the NWCA Newsletter.
Important Note: These articles are history 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.
Hi! This month I went to a show at the "Ditto" that one of our members
put on with his band "Shallow Head". I was so impressed that I mention
it here. I had a wonderful time and felt inspired to get off my duff and
do things. Thanks guys. So often I get wrapped up in what I'm tinkering
with in my basement that I forget how much fun it can be to just get up
and play. Their approach to blending the sequences and live music was
basic, simple, obvious, and something that I wouldn't have thought would
sound so clean, full and LIVE!!! Now when I talk to Paul, I picture him
in front of his stack, doing his rock star thing, not sitting in the
studio, slaving over a mixer or a sequencer.
The main reason I went was because I had the luxury of getting their
demo tape in advance, and after listening to it about 20 times, I was
excited to see them pull off the live gig.
Last month we got to see Craig Rosenberg's computer animation which
impressed me very much as well. From now on when I hear him say he does
computer animation I will have these flowing surrealistic images to
remember and to associate with his name and face.
Of course some of the people at our meetings actually have their work
released and you can go to the store and buy it to check them out. Sky
Cries Mary, for example, have CDs out that you can pick up just about
I've been thinking, wouldn't it be nice if we all had a sample of each
other's talents? I realize that we have a Tech Check at the beginning
of the meeting each month, but I am timid when it comes to talking
about myself and my music. Shyness aside, I have a hell of a time
describing what I do. I assume that many of us are busy with something
that is difficult to describe in a few seconds to a group of people. I
also realize that at this point we are probably too large a group to
play tapes of our music at the end of each meeting -- which was a
favorite part for me.
I would like to see us circulate samples of our own work so that we can
all get familiar with what everyone is doing with this technology that
we keep talking about. For starters, I went to Costco and bought a dozen
cheap tapes onto which I'll throw a couple of pieces, and I will have
them at the next meeting for anyone who wants to take one home and
listen to a few seconds -- or the whole thing if you're a brave sort! I
bought cheap tape, because I realize that I may not get them back, and
that's OK with me.
I would like to hear anything that anyone is doing, especially at home
where I can just sit back and listen, so I hope someone would like to
just swap tapes with me. Look for me during the Networking time if
Since we are CYBERartists, there are those in our midst who don't do
work that can be swapped on an audio tape. If you are a video sort,
maybe we can borrow your VHS tapes? Maybe we can buy them? If you
program cool things for computers, maybe you have disks you would like
to have people check out. Photographers? Poets? I would think that it
might be nice to marry together people whose artistic directions might
be similar, but whose mediums are different. It would make networking
easier, more fun and personal.
So, see you at the March meeting!
P.S. In April I'm going to bring in as much portable MIDI equipment as I
can with the intention of demonstrating the wonders of being a modern
musician on the go. If you have or have access to such things, join the
party! Yamaha's QY20 would be a great score for that night, if anyone
has one by that time. I probably won't. If you would like to show off
any other devices that you walk around with while doing your art, bring
it in. CZ101? Rockman? Zoom? Video camera? 4-track recorder? Midi
controllers? Pignose/portable amps? Effects? Notebook computer? DAT
Please talk to me if you think you have an idea!
Enough! Back to einar.com!
Einar Ask / firstname.lastname@example.org