My Tribute to Dad

October 8, 2011 Off

This is the tribute I presented with my sister Gaye at my father, Peter John Smith’s funeral: I’d like to talk about Dad’s life through some of our personal experiences and recollections of him.

By leigh

The passing of Peter Smith (8/4/1943 – 29/9/2011)

September 29, 2011 Off

My father Peter Smith passed away this morning at 10:37am at Kalamunda hospital. Thankfully I was able to be with him, my sister Gaye, and mother Dorothy at the time of his passing, which was peaceful. His condition had deteriorated very rapidly and thankfully this kept his suffering to a minimum. Thank you all for…

By leigh

Yèkèrmo Sèw

February 7, 2011 Off

I had the wonderful opportunity to work with some really talented and funny guys while at IRCAM. One outcome of this was some jamming and recording in a small jazz group with Juan Jose Burred, Gilles Degottex and Pierre Lanchantin. Here is our recording of Yèkèrmo Sèw, a piece written by the Ethiopian composer Mulatu…

By leigh

Restoring a Micromoog

December 13, 2010 Off

Some time back, I acquired a Micromoog analog, monophonic synth. These little beasts are a single oscillator synth, but include a sub-oscillator, 24dB/Oct filter, good modulation, ribbon pitch bend and CV interfacing. The clincher was one appeared cheap on Ebay advertised as requiring “Tender Loving Care”: the wooden base needed replacing, but that it did…

By leigh

Resurrecting a PowerMac G4

November 10, 2010 Off

A friend who has returned to studies, and therefore low on cash, had bought a second hand PowerMac G4 Mirror Drive Door model. After a good many years of service with the previous owner, and a year with him, the G4’s power supply died, as that model is inclined to do. Repairing the powersupply is…

By leigh