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See See Rider - The Pleasures Programmes Live at the Theatre for the New City

Reprising the show we did a couple of years back, a "leaner" Pleasure Programmes, consisting of Elizabeth Soychak and myself, play a couple of tunes at the Theatre for the New City as part of the Lower East Side Festival on May 23rd. We did a couple of tunes in a packed programme of different performers, this is our version of See See Rider by Ma Rainey, made famous by Ella Fitzgerald.

Corcovado - The Pleasure Programmes Live at the Theatre For the New City

Reprising the show we did a couple of years back, a "leaner" Pleasure Programmes, consisting of Elizabeth Soychak and myself, play a couple of tunes at the Theatre for the New City as part of the Lower East Side Festival on May 23rd. We did a couple of tunes in a packed programme of different performers, this is our version of Corcovado by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

BreakTweaker released using MediaMined Discover

iZotope today announced BreakTweaker a drum machine and synth DAW plugin incorporating MediaMined Discover for content based searching of its sample libraries. The video demo does not discuss the feature, but you'll see the "Discover" button on the Sample window at 1:40 in the video.

Building a Roland 24 pin guitar synth cable

DIY Connector with GR synths: View of DIY connector, GR-300 and GR-100 in the background.DIY Connector with GR synths: View of DIY connector, GR-300 and GR-100 in the background.

Setting up an Ibanez IMG-2010 Guitar Synth controller

I have the joy of owning an Ibanez IMG-2010 Guitar Synth, which can be had quite cheap on Ebay, yet are excellent quality Steinberger style guitars, and originally sold for quite a princely sum. Wayne Joness' very informative GR-300 site extolls the qualities of this beast in great detail. I'm yet to do the conversion to a DB-25 pin connector and fit the G-202 hex fuzz circuit, but it's planned.

iZotope hiring MediaMined interns!

If you are a budding music or audio engineering undergraduate student, iZotope is hiring paid interns. The work mostly consists of auditioning our systems.

iZotope hiring MediaMined developers!

The MediaMined team at iZotope is expanding! We're hiring software developers with a background in web application development. If you are a LAMP rockstar and care deeply about music, we'd love to hear from you!

The Pleasure Programmes at the Theatre for the New City

(Folks That Live On The Hill, by Jerome Kern)

Yèkèrmo Sèw

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 Astatqé.

Fixing a Roland PC-200 MIDI keyboard controller

Continuing in my series of keyboard repair blogs, I recently bailed an old Roland PC-200 keyboard out of storage. This old guy is just a 4 octave MIDI controller (no sound generator), but it fit the bill for having a reasonably sized polyphonic keyboard for a NYC apartment. Unfortunately it had long ago developed a problem with an F# key no longer working.

While there are newer controllers with many more buttons and polyphonic aftertouch, it seemed such a waste to replace it just because one key didn't work. After a little net research, a problem with many keyboards is that the carbon contact pads glued onto the rubber deteriorates. Replacements for these are available, but this was not a solution to the problem in this case.

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