I've had that line from The Thin Man going through my head for
reports that Korg has recently sold its 20 millionth electronic
tuner. Doesn't surprise me a bit. Every musician I know has at least one
Korg tuner, usually something like the CA-30.
They're small and cheap, they work well, and they last forever on a pair
of AAAs. Cockroaches of the music world.
- This is probably one of those things that you should never bring up
on the Internet, plus it's very old, but author
David Brin's commentary on the fascism of Star Wars is pretty
great, in a very nerdy kind of way.
- Also from Salon, but much more recent, I thought that this
article on Guitar Hero as a gateway drug to real instruments
was interesting. In my limited experience, musicians react in all kinds
of ways to the game--some with disdain, others with amusement. I think
it's a fantastic stress reliever, myself, and one that does (to some
extent) use the same reflexes as the real thing. I'm sure that much of
my GH skills are owed to my real-life bass playing. And I do
think that it can serve as a goad toward learning to play the real
instrument--as well as a buffer against frustration, because learning to
play a real guitar can be a slow and painful process.
- In other musical news, the Tenori-On was released a couple of days
ago. Designed by Toshio Iwai, the man behind Electroplankton, and
manufactured by Yamaha, it's a pretty cool little groovebox. CDM put up
a great set of pictures, videos and impressions. In turn, I have a
journal post up at Ars about it here.
- Television site TiFaux has been
doing profiles of their most personable commenters. One of them is John
Walker, whom gamers probably know better from Eurogamer and the newly-launched Rock, Paper, Shotgun. I am
really uncomfortable with different parts of my blogroll mingling
this way. What's next? Music Thing contributes political commentary to
First Draft? Brad Delong starts leaving troll comments about the Wii on
Joystiq? Members of the bass forum appear in Warren Ellis's infamous
don't-look-my-eyes-they-bleed links? If the latter, I may weep openly.
- For the last week or so, I've been reading from Raymond Chen's blog
The Old New Thing. Chen
is a programmer for Microsoft who specializes in
backwards-compatibility. It's really kind of fascinating. Very few
companies do as much as the Redmond giant to make old software work on
new hardware. New software on old hardware, not always so much. But it's