Thursday, July 23, 2009

FingerBeat - Make Pocket Music! ( iPhone/ iPod )

Check out this video on YouTube:

I paid for this app, it's gr8. That's three out of 45 apps i've
downloaded (the first two weeks of having the phone) that were NOT

Sent from my iPhone
Love, Blessings & Peace,
PS: had a great meeting this morning with John & Rainelle RE VMI
artists showcases. I feel a team brewing once again giving me hope behind my faith that my life and passion for CCafe has not been lived in vein.

PPS: went to dentist DDS Brath who XRay'd and saved #20 that a certain Kahului dentis insisted she kill & fill (for $2100.00 including post & crown) twice! Once before I had it filled by someone willing to not kill it, and again after she saw "decay" and put that on top of her treatment plan. Dr. Barth says no decay in *his* 2nd X-Ray (to verify that his $170 filling fills the bill). That saved me a bunch of money.

Its interesting to note the the Kahului dentist showed me a rather unclear xray taken digitally, while Brath's was film. Brath says he'd forward a digital copy of film copy of the XRay if I requested a second opinion. But when I called the Kahului dentist's office to follow up on my paying $50 for X-Rays that were included in their "Welcome Back Package," now, since asking they be forwarded for a second opinion, tell me they can't send the digital copies because their Email system has been down for days (hard to believe that one).

I suggested I would bring a flash drive in to copy and send them myself. They refused again, this time saying their X-Ray system was down also. That was the last straw. I am going to cancel my appointment for deep cleaning on Aug 18, (expecially for $250 a quadrant). Rather, I will go to one of the oldest and IMHO finest dentists in Lahaina, who can do the same work for $150 a quadrant and save me $400!!

The refusal to give my second opinion dentist digital copies of digital X-Ray data was the end of Kahului DDS U for me. From the very beginning I sensed a quiet desperation, no doubt forced by economics. The very first chit-chat was obviously to detect, in leu of the fact I did not have insurance, that I would be able to pay my bills. The ruse of interest in me (do you travel?) was her first question before moving after my affirmative. I guess anyone who can afford to travel is a safe bet. She never did get personal. It was all about the economics. She couldn't wait to tear into the tooth she said would need to be killed and filled, even after me saying (or specifically because of it would prove her wrong) that I had it repaired by someone else.

It fast became fairly obvious... the stress of this office's economic overhead was
palpable from day one! I was infuriated when office REFUSED to send digital copies of
X-Rays to my DDS BUDDY back East who is a master dental technologist. There was no attempt to be of service and deliver higher quality reproductions.

After visiting Brath (who didn't charge me for a confirmation X-Ray on tooth 20, I went to visit George who was on my Akaku TV production team in 2000 during Maui Artists Showcase production days, Pizza in hand. I stayed just long enough to eat, play a bit of guitar, dwnld a new drum Mach app 4 iPhone, before dashing off to hear the concert at MACC with Peter Kater and Dominic Miller. I want to shoot the cover of their next CD I would call, "Blazing by FLYING FINGERS!"

I got home to two DVDs frm Netflix and two packages from APPLE COMPUTER. They appeased me this time with a copy of their Leopard OS and iWork09 production package. Last week I'd received the iLife09 DVD. I must say, despite the occasional challenge with my Macbook Pro, I am quite happy with customer support as well as their technical support. Just make sure if you are not a computer novice, to immediately ask for a supervisor (if your needs are beyond script readers).

I was glad that I have a tapioca left to enjoy w the Netflix movies. It's been one of the most full days I've had in ages. Apple self spelling correction tech works remarkably well on the iPhone. I was texting on it to twitter before walking into my place after the long day. When I got off the chair I keep outside my front door, I noticed SOFTWARE APPLE HAD PROMISED!! What a caper!

I now have a copy of Leopard thanks to last weeks torment with iPhone syncing -- that I probably caused by trying to sync movie files I had copied from the iTunes folder into a new folder on the Desktop. I think somehow they were tagged invisibly as they would not process when dragged back into iTunes: even though the set of movies in the original source folder was removed.

If you've followed this post (even if you didn't understand it where my grammar goes off) I must thank you, for surely you have an interest in me and my world. Now if you'd only let me know it by leaving a comment and say hi!?

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Fwd: POPCORN BLIZZARD. The Story of Peter Rosen, Map City Records audio engineer.

Check out this flash from the past! Someone named Nils, just contacted me and has opened some major doors to my story! What a Valentines Day gift from the cyber universe!

The memories are flooding in! Not only do I remember the songs he sent, but I remember sitting at the console for some of them as I was the engineer! Check here for stories of the Popcorn Blizzard and links to their music (the music I recorded in 1969):

The tracks are from an album called POPCORN BLIZZARD. I recorded the album when I was 1 year into my recording engineer career in NYC at Map City Records (22 yrs old). A band member (Nils) just found me on the Internet (40 years later) and made contact. These are the only samples of my work from those days that I have. AS you might imagine they are precious to me. I can even remember sitting at the console for some of them!! Enjoy the songs.

Below is the "console" they were recorded with. zoom in and cross your eyes and maybe you will see the stereo effect (cross eye viewing technique:

Notice there are only 3 meters on the console. I brought the studio from 3 to 4 tracks just before this recording was made. The world's first 16 track recorder was getting its feet wet around the corner at Eventide Clockworks studio (famous in the recording business). When recording this album, I had also been working with people such as Jay and the American's and Bobby Bloom who's record (I had nothing to do with) Montego Bay went to #1. I was to meet and hang with Bobby in Jamaica BWI, my first of 3 trips there in 1970 -- just before he accidently shot and killed himself (age 24) while cleaning his gun in front of his wife and my boss, recording artist Peter Anders who later married Bobby's widow. Take My Love Forever was written by Anders. I had recorded him doing the demo just before the Blizzard covered it. I believe somewhere I have a cassette with that demo recording if the iron oxide is still magnetized. Until now, that was the only representation of my work from those days I have.

NOTE: Now that my curiosity was piqued, I've been poking around the Net and found this link that pre-dates my history with Anders and Poncia. In 1975 I left cab driving in NYC and moved to LA. I stayed in North Hollywood with Jimmy Calvert and Norman Marzano, whom I'd met in NY while engineering at Map City. We later moved to Norman's Laurel Canyon pad. It was a happy reunion.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Frightening fun with sensors, projectors, and Max/MSP | Crave - CNET

Frightening fun with sensors, projectors, and Max/MSP | Crave - CNET

This will probably be my destiny.. using the MAX-MSP toolset for my own public performances and edutainments.

When I was in SF (1994-1999) to make my last (not yet!) attempt to ground Creativity Cafe after 15 years already trying, I was led to experience Joe Lambert's Edutainment Center featuring digital storytelling pioneer Dana Atchly. We later produced several Creativity Cafe Edutainment events that incorporated video conferencing and artists using technology for humanity at their venue.

Like Dana and his "fireside" chat (a video screen with burning fireplace logs, I hope to present in a similarly colloquial fashion, an interactive experience where depending on my mood and whim, I could tell stories from my life and sing my songs - while projecting multimedia. He used to do it via a remote controlled copy of Macromedia's Director (which became shockwave/flash). I would use my Mac and MAX/MSP, Livid Union VJ software and other tools of the digital storytelling trade.

His show started with the highway of his life with branches numbered by years. It had other side "branches" marked by suitcases. A click on each suitcase opened to an expanded interface that he could use to display his photos & movies depending on what sparked he storytelling spirit at the moment.

The audience feedback and interactions he invited would often affect his storytelling flow and direction. I loved the flexibility and functionality of what he was doing... since my spirit is very much like his. I have great command of art and technology, and like most artists, have my issues maintaining focus on marketing long enough to pierce the noise floor of the world of sales to the masses or licensing my work.

Of course one should not forget that my own creativity and ego investment for most of my life was firmly focused to establish Creativity Cafe; to answer the needs all creative people. What all share the same need, i.e. someone to market and agent our talents - and how to harness their VARIOUS other forms of self expression beyond their primary gift. After all, if you are talented in on medium, I dare say you are expressive in others as well. A fine artist is often also a musician and visa versa.

Anyway. I just wanted to remember this link and thought to share it with you. When my life next turns toward public display of my persona (I am recertifying for the community access TV studio where I hope to produce the Maui Artists Showcase again), I might be ready to harness the technology to help clarify and communicate my thoughts, visions, experiences, desires and needs to an audience interactively - not to mention mentoring others to use the same digital storytelling tools to liberate their spirit. That would bring me the most joy! Stay tuned!

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