Archive for the ‘music’ Category


Thursday, November 29th, 2007

The other day I discovered that Amazon would conveniently sell me an MP3 of the “Three Stripped Gears” 1931 rendition of “Black Bottom Strut” for $0.89. What a find! I’d been inspired by Mike Seeger’s version for nearly forty years but only knew of the T.S.G. version through Seeger’s liner notes. (I attempted my own recording for the soundtrack for Jack Moore‘s Sandscript in 1975.)


Gibson finally realizes Jerry's idea

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

When Jerry Barnett & I were contemplating forming the band that became the 1970 Hub City Movers, Jerry was also wanting to build a self-tuning guitar. As a drummer, he was sick of waiting for all of us guitarists to get in tune.

I’ve heard of other attempts since then, but it looks like the first successful realization is available from Gibson. Mechanically, it “sounds” much like what Jerry had in mind in 1969.

Update 2007/11/26: c|net has photos, says there was another realization in 1998, says “The Robot Guitar”, a Gibson Les Paul with self-tuning isn’t really available until December 7. Article at

I ain’t never heard you play no blues

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Many would say that Ledward Kaapana is the best living slack key guitarist. Led is my favorite guitarist, period.


Humbling musical software

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

20+ years ago I started sporadically trying various MIDI software, even considered trying to write my own. I assumed for so long that MIDI would be superseded by something different. I was so wrong.


Finally, a good enough multi-track recorder?

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

For years, working as a musician and sound engineer, a good enough multi-track recorder seemed prohibitively expensive. My band-mates and I would make do with what we could afford, i.e., two-track 1/4″ tape recorders, bouncing tracks.