Ones and Zeros

I work a lot with digital samples.

Wonder when there will be a Margaret Atwood  or  Salmon Rushdie Filter for writing? A Scorsese filter or Lina Wertmuller plug-in for film treatments? Probably around the corner. There was a 10 – 15 year span of  heated arguments about this stuff but it’s history now and the digitaligentsia won.


I’ve met more than one film director who’s happy to use music that came with software as themes for their film, it’s impressive, tons of loops credit and copyright free. Downside is they sound like loops. Most people don’t care about  the difference  between Tom Cruise vs. Benicio Del Torro.

Instead of bending over backwards to please the tastes of people who I don’t share taste with or competing with the next composer who has a connected manager or is insider cousin or whatever,  I thought – make something of quality that isn’t imitated so easily. Maybe bigger players will notice things that stands out for quality.

Or perhaps I should go back to school and try to get a better teaching job, a more secure situation with benefits; massages, dental and hopefully a vegetable tempura discount.



Piano Lessons: Slowing down

Sometimes when learning something new one reaches a saturation point. People just have to slow down, “do it at the speed you actually can do it without mistakes”, said the best teacher I had. Don’t practice mistakes instead practice playing it right, if that’s very slow so be it, it’ll change tempo later.

In this exercise Mr. B. is trying to play both in 3/4 and 2/4. Using the phrase “not difficult” to remember the feel of the rhythm.

These four jugglers have an imaginary piano between them.

Cissy Houston

In the 70s I had a favourite record Surprises by Herbie Mann featuring Cissy Houston

and ever since Whitney Houston emerged and she was Cissy’s daughter I compared her to her mother and I like Cissy more


what a total master