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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.
It had to happen. My favorite piece of equipment has been discontinued.
The Yamaha QY-10 portable 8 track sequencer, composer, and awesome
pocket sized drum machine, has been replaced by the QY-8. Its big
brother, the far more sophisticated QY-20 remains on the market, and I
will probably someday have one, but I will never part with my own QY-10.
So, after hearing the news (I think read it in Keyboard) I decided to
spend my birthday money on something that would upgrade my extinct
sequencer. It's a Novation MM10 two octave keyboard with full size keys
and a slot for my QY-10. It has a one watt amp in it to drive my
headphones loud enough to hear what I'm doing, even in the back of a bus
or in a crowded room.
Having full size, velocity sensitive keys on your lap while you're
capatalizing on some otherwise wasted time is liberating. I used to
enjoy punching those little QY buttons, but this controller has spoiled
Because of my experience with my QY-10, I see portable technology as a
great thing. I'm a shy person, and being able to alienate myself from
someone sitting next to me on a bus is wonderful. I know that might seem
a sad statement, but it's no worse than the use of a Walkman and
headphones. It's convenient that what I do with portable technology
requires headphones. I suppose if I was doing graphic art on a laptop
computer people would be tempted to say hello and ask questions about
the work - or more likely the equipment. I use my portable technology to
build walls around my "personal space", and just focus inward. I build a
virtual office in my head.
Besides using this great portable MIDI studio in the urban jungle, I
very often find myself using it in a relaxing setting, like on my deck,
in my living room, or out in the woods. Inspiration comes at the
darndest times. I would love to hear from someone who does electronic
graphic art with a pen based input device and a notebook computer. Do
you find working outside of an office to be more rewarding?
Mr. Turnidge himself once told me, just after he got back from the
famous CyberArts conference, that the invention of the metal tube for
holding oil paints spawned impressionism. It allowed the artists the
freedom to create somewhere other than in their studios. A whole new
style of art was launched just by getting outside.
I'm looking forward to the day when I'll have a more powerfull
workstation on my lap, able to save far more data, with sound editing
functions and maybe even a sampler on board. I'm not going to stop what
I'm doing now to wait for this, but maybe there's a market for such a
thing that will get more of us outdoors and into the sunshine. I'm sure
it will happen sooner than I think. The QY-10 was something I could
never have imagined ten years ago, and although it's discontinued and a
couple years old, it still gives me a the willies when I walk down the
street tapping in a rhythm. The box strikes me as something that fell
off the Enterprise.
Then again, you should see me when I have a headset mike, a QY-10 in my
pocket playing backup, a ZOOM 9002 strapped to my belt, a guitar hanging
in front of me and a pair of headphones as I walk through my
neighborhood. I'm usually oblivious to my surroundings as I do this, but
I have a hunch that parents are grabbing children, running inside and
locking doors as everyone hides from me--CyberNeighbor. Maybe portable
technology isn't such a good thing. Maybe some people should just stay
in their dark basements, tapping away.
Enough! Back to einar.com!
Einar Ask / email@example.com