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DannyX, I saw what you did there...
:: Posted by pacealot on February 15, 2014

A bit late, but I did get it.  :)

The pedal steel community gets mightily riled up by the debate over just intonation versus equal temperament.  For myself, when I was trying (unsuccessfully) to play the instrument, I would try to tune as "straight up" (ET) as my ear could allow, which meant flattening the thirds slightly to taste, and then adjusting related intervals (mainly the 6ths) accordingly.  Again, my experience only served to reinforce my perception of the arbitrariness of it all.  The steelerís primary solution is, again, to heap a nice bit of bar vibrato on it, and then everything sounds "in tune" again - even when it actually isnít.

The hierarchy of intonating within an orchestral ensemble is also fascinating to me, as certain instruments are harder to adjust on the fly using playing techniques than others, and some instruments have timbral qualities which make the tuning issues stick out like a sore thumb (the pedal steel is one of them), while others naturally soften or blur pitch issues (the piano comes to mind).

These issues are, however, light-years away from the premise of assigning an (arbitrary in my opinion) reference value to a note for purposes of tuning, which begat this lively discussion....


KC
:: Posted by martin9 on February 15, 2014

I just turned 62, The 1st 2 in 70....I donít own 34 versions of LTIA...NO version of KC is better than another....I feel a twinge of guilt that I canít listen to a soundscape....Thats a lie...I have no guilt.


But of course...
:: Posted by Bakullama on February 15, 2014

Aaahh yes, intonation... So much to be said about intonation and itís ramifications... I could go on for hours... Yes sir, intonation. You betcha. Major 7ths and stuff. Zzzzzzzzz..


The Road to Red
:: Posted by DanAnderson on February 15, 2014

Just picked up my copy of The Road to Red. Guys!!! How in the hell do you go from a rambunctious Easy Money to a very relaxing and aesthetic Improv II? Stunning is all I can say.
(Veterans memorial Coliseum, Columbus, OH April 28, 1974)


the Andalusian Cadence
:: Posted by randolo on February 15, 2014

WNYCís David Garland has posted a fascinating blog article and audio podcast, The Worldís Most-Used Musical Sequence! , which explores many iterations of the descending i-bVII-bVI-V sequence.
Epitaph appears quite early in the program, just after Tennessee Ernie Fordís "16 Tons".


Andy Hendriksen
:: Posted by Annellsson on February 15, 2014

Is there anybody who had a direct involment in the recording of "Islands" that can confirm that the engineerer Andy Hendriksen is the same person that later worked on albums with Roxy Music, PFM, Pete Sinfield, Banco, ELP and Vangelis among others?

There is a discussion on Facebook were some people insists that Andy Hendriksen being a Swedish guy called Anders Henriksson who produced the first Quatermass album on Harvest 1970 and also a group called Ginhouse.

I have the information that Andy Hendriksen, together with his brother Ray, worked at Command Studios at the time of recording and that both of them are English.

Can anyone please clarify the situation?


432 - 440
:: Posted by zebanet1 on February 15, 2014

"In little more than a century average height increased by 11 cm"  (http://oep.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/08/29/oep.gpt030)  Not only in height, I guess, when I think of all the well burger-fed Americans...

So how does a bigger human body respond and resonate to music? Which pitch does him and her swing? And what does this mean to the size of instruments? Is it really my bad skills on the fretboard, or do I just need a bigger guitar?


Free Official DT download
:: Posted by becarmi on February 14, 2014

Talking about Dream Theater, I bet many guestbook participants do not know that DT posted on Christmas day on their web page a free live CD as download. The official torrent is still active.


Tim Bowness new solo album
:: Posted by unclejab on February 14, 2014

Tim Bowness announced his upcoming solo album yesterday. Check the news here: http://www.hotsdesign.co.uk/timbowness/news.html


Twitter - King Crimson Record Club
:: Posted by apisch on February 14, 2014

Many thanks to Sid for setting up yesterdayís first ever (and hopefully not last ever) King Crimson Record Club get-together on Twitter, during which the participants simultaneously listened to In the Court of the Crimson King and offered their talented tweets about the tunes. Canít wait for the next #KCRC extravaganza!

Tony


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