Recommendations: Music

Alchemy Open Drawing/Sound Software  

Sound + Chaos = Inspiring Visual Seeds
Image by Andrew Jones using Alchemy and
Painter X software

At first, I thought this was a silly novelty, but after inspecting a little further, I see this as a fantastic creative tool for the generation of form and pattern.

My work is pretty stodgy- figurative sculpture - but I can envision this tool thoroughly entiching my conception of gesture, fabric flow, and composition. 

I can also see this tool as having fantastic power to unstall someone who has white canvas block. 

All this, not to mention that this tool is free - the code is open -  it's designed and implemented to make the world a better place. It's Mac/Windows?Linux compatible.  Take a gander: al.chemy.org

Posted on 07/07/11 _________________________________________________________________________________________________

Winifred Atwell  

Pianist and Personality
Winifred Atwell at
her upright piano.

Born Una Winifred Atwell in 1910 or 1914 in Trinidad and Tobago, she showed much promise in her early years. She was challenged to perform Boogie-Woogie by American Servicemen according to the Wikipedia.

In the 1946 she was inducted in to the Royal Academy of Music, being the first woman to be awarded the highest marks for musicianship.

She developed her own style of Honky-Tonk piano, preferring her familiar slightly out-of tune upright to concert grands.

Posted on 04/13/11 _________________________________________________________________________________________________

NPR  

It's a sad day.

My Government's Senate no longer supports public radio. I made a donation and will make more. Support your local NPR station. http://www.npr.org/stations/donate/

Posted on 03/17/11 _________________________________________________________________________________________________

Gerald Self, Harpsichord Maker  

Custom built Harpsichords and also a radio show about harpsichord music
Flemish Single Harpsichord
by Gerald Self.

When in negotiations to purchase a harpsichord kit from Gerald Self, it rapidly became apparent that Mr. Self knows not only about building instruments, but also about the music that they make. He works with materials and parts from of Marc Ducornet and The Paris Workshop. He imports kits, and also sells finished instruments. If you have any questions about harpsichords of are thinking about building one, an adventure I strongly recommend, Gerald can get you set off in the right direction.

Posted on 03/17/11 _________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Button Box  

The NE US Premiere Concertina Makers and Accordion Shop, Sunderland, MA

I have two handmade concertinas from the Button box. The sound is great, perfectly tuned. The bellows are so carefully made it's a joy to work them. The Cherry ends are perfectly finished with a rich transparent lacquer that shows all the beauty of the wood.

The Button Box also has carefully selected sheet music and recordings, sells and repairs accordions, and accessories. Their website is great with photos and descriptions of all the current inventory. You can learn a lot just from browsing their site. If you're in the market for a squeezbox of any sort, you ought to check out what they have to offer. The Button Box.

Posted on 03/15/11 _________________________________________________________________________________________________