Hammond organ history
There is a movie coming out about the B3 organ. In the meantime here's a short doco on the Hammond tonewheel organ.
Hammond tone generators
This video shows the tonewheels quite well.
Dumb Ways to Die
This video went up on Youtube last week and has reached 17 million views (so far). Yes, it has gone viral. So why would a Melbourne Metro safety announcement do that? First, it is done with some cute graphics (which are also rather, er, graphic), secondly, it uses black humour to get the message across, and thirdly, it has a very catchy tune. Lot's of clips go on Youtube that have one or more of these elements, but this one rises above them because of the perfect integration of the message, the pictures, and the music. The prosody between the music and the lyric is inverted, which works well as an attention-getter. This is further reinforced in the cartoon characters who keep happily singing along, even after they have been hacked to pieces.
The song is performed by Melbourne duo "Tangerine Kitty". Tangerine Kitty is Ollie McGill from The Cat Empire and Emily Lubitz of Tinpan Orange.
The illustrations are done by Julian Frost (who is one half of Barrel of Donkeys)
The Beatles on vinyl again
EMI has just released the entire Beatles album collection on 180 gm vinyl. This is the same material as the CD box set, and also includes a book. The pressing is limited to 50,000 copies.
They are also available as individual albums, and the early ones will also be released in mono on vinyl next year.
William Herschel was an 18 century composer, and among other works he composed 20 symphonies. He also made several important astronomy discoveries, not the least of which was Uranus.
a Key issue
Major band, major concert... and this is what happens when the guitar and the backing track get out of tune with each other...
I put a spell on you
Ok, let's just get right to the point - young people cannot spell. Does it really matter? Yes, and here are some words it is best to spell correctly:
New Zealand music funding grants
Formed this year, the NZ Music Foundation has been set up to financially assist musicians. They provide funding to non-profit organisations who support music, and musicians in hardship.
Other avenues of funding are:
NZ On Air. Funding for broadcasting. The Making Tracks programme has changed and now funds singles and music videos (either suitable for commercial or alternative broadcast).
Creative NZ. Arts funding. For music, it is mainly focused on live performance.
NZ Music Commission. Mainly focused on Outward Sound programme (to get international recognition for NZ music).
Te Mangai Paho. Funding for Maori broadcasting. Music projects must contain at least 70% Te Reo.
Most of these funds are grants and most are contestable. One thing is for sure - if you don't apply you will not get one.
"If you want to get into this game it is a really good idea not to actually have a life, because you can forget having too many weekends off. And forget about having a wife or girlfriend because when she realises what your job is all about there's a good chance she won't hang around very long. Unless that is, she prefers a guy who is not around very much and she hates taking holidays. The Technical Institutes churn out young people who think that its all about sitting behind a mixing console and that's what we do all day. Well, I've got news for these guys and it's all bad. Mixing sound is probably around 2% of what we do and that's being generous."
Paul Johansen, Stage Sound Ent. Ltd.
TC Electronic digital delay
I am repairing one of these for a studio. There is an intermittent fault where the unit doesn't power up at times. The power supply is linear so it should be easy to solve, but so far has eluded myself and Guy (another tech.). It suddenly comes to life with the slightest provocation, but there are no dry joints, or loose connectors to be found. Puzzling - I'll keep on the case.
The TC 2290 is no longer made (they started in the 1980s) but they are still considered by many to be the pinnacle of digital delays - both for the sound quality, and all the features. I think this was the first delay to have 'tap tempo'. It is named Learn, and samples the delay between two pushes of the Learn button.
There is a website dedicated to the 2290 here.