What does it for you? There are several points of Beethoven's Ninth that do it quite well for me, thank you.fris·son /friˈsõʊ̃; Fr. friˈsɔ̃/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[free-sohn; Fr. free-sawn]Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
a sudden, passing sensation of excitement; a shudder of emotion; thrill:[Origin: 1770–80; friçons (pl.) frictiōnem, acc. of frictiō shiver (taken as deriv. of frīgére to be cold), L: massage, friction]
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Something I've been meaning to do for a long time is to put Light strings on the LKSM-12 and tune it up to concert pitch. With the Winter finally closing in it seems like the time to do this - so it's done.
The LKSM-12 is a very nice sounding guitar at concert pitch. There is, obviously, a lot more jangle but it also seems more phasey sounding, more like the 12-string sound that everyone is familiar with.
I recorded about 10 minutes of comparisons with the Taylor 355 which is also at concert pitch and uses Light Elixir strings. The strings on the 355 are older than the LKSM-12 strings, but neither set is too new nor too old to make a substantial sound difference, I think.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
A single auditory neuron from humans showed an amazing sensitivity to distinguish between very subtle frequency differences, down to a tenth of an octave. This compared to a sensitivity of about one octave in the cat, about a third of an octave on average in rats, and half to one octave in the macaque.So that's why our cats like the way she plays the harmonica.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
I'm doing the tremolo with a rest stroke so I can get the high octave ringing out better on the third course. I'll post a bit soon.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
The right microphone is close to my right ear, pointed down at the high point of the lower bout. The left mic originally was near my right ear - the idea being that my head would be the center of a Jecklin array. But I soon found that putting the mic out in front of the fretboard, near the 7th fret, and as close as possible without interfering with normal guitar movement gave a brighter and more bell-like tone.
I like the results and re-recorded a couple of soundclick.com pieces with the new postion. You can hear them here:
Bach Prelude in C from Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1
Memories of the Fair
Monday, January 7, 2008
“This is a new song,” Natalie Merchant announced onstage at the Hiro Ballroom on Friday night, at her first full New York City concert in four years. “Try to absorb it here, now, ’cause I don’t know when I’ll make a record.”
Ms. Merchant, who sold millions of albums in the 1990s, has an adoring audience and no record label behind her. She’s not alone. As contracts end, more and more well-known musicians are trying to reinvent their careers for the era of mass downloading and plunging album sales.
NY Times - Jan.7th, '08
Meanwhile, with a Tuesday Christmas adding one more last-minute gift-shopping day than we had in the comparable frame of 2006, the last week of 2007 manages to be the only one of the year where album sales show an uptick over the same week of the prior year. Aside from gift shopping, the growth is fed by album downloads gobbled up by consumers who found MP3 players under their Christmas trees.
Under most circumstances, a 2.4 percent improvement in comparable-week sales would seem meager, but in the landscape of 2007, that bump looms as large as Mount Rushmore.
Compare that to this description of music listener's in the 60's and 70's, from Patrick Humphrey's biography of Nick Drake:
"Music was probably never more important than at that time, when pop was changing into rock and the single was being elbowed out by the LP. The liberating power of music was felt across the board, in folk, jazz, blues, and rock 'n' roll."
Ian MacDonald: 'Everyone took music much more seriously than we do these days. You'd gather together, sometimes people would be floating in and out of a particular room where people were smoking, they'd be playing records all day and people would come in and just sit, listening quite seriously all the way through The Beatles' White Album, and then drift off.'
I was there, and can attest that this is pretty much how it was.