They still do it

This is a queasy post. It should make you feel good, because you will hear fantastic music, but it should also make you feel bad, because you’ll see sexist comments. You can’t avoid the comments, really. They’re in deep. For this is a current fact of life: when a woman gives a technical, professional, or … More They still do it

To Carnegie Hall!

Recently a friend and I had a chat about music, and he asked me if I do any composition of my own. Unfortunately I do not. I suppose I could blame it on a lack of improvisation skill, which in turn originates from a desire to play pieces “as they were originally intended”, i.e. sticking … More To Carnegie Hall!

Electric Insanity

My piano is mentally ill. Now, you might be wondering how it is that a piano can be sick, but it’s an electronic piano (Korg SP250), and thus has a specialized electronic brain in charge of imitating the sound of tiny hammers hitting strings when I press its plastic keyboard. And like any brain, it … More Electric Insanity

Chaconne

Some people believe it means being happy. Some people find it in religion. Some people think it is in nature, all around us. Some people *know* it doesn’t exist, and we are doomed to spend our pitiful time in worthless agony and despair. But all those people are wrong. *I* have the true answer. I … More Chaconne

Two Bachs at a Time

I happen to have a radio receiver both in the living room and in my own room. Often both of these are turned on at the same time to the same station (the countrywide classical station, obviously), so they play exactly the same thing. I noticed a peculiar effect when the two radios were turned … More Two Bachs at a Time

Binary music

Overall, there is a lot of information stored on our computers. Take a new machine, straight from the box, and install an operating system on it. That might take several GB of space. That’s quite a vast quantity of bits. Why not do something productive with them (apart, of course, from having them run your … More Binary music