Friday, November 12, 2010

Accoustic jam session

A few days ago I met up with the crew from 3D Music Box - Ali, Nima and Maneli to have a listen to some samples they are preparing for an accoustic guitar version of the Sound Selecta app based on Maneli Jamal's music.

They had a MIDI keyboard hooked up such that each key triggered one of 20 samples such as riffs, harmonics and percussion hits they had recorded in a session with Maneli.  They let me go to town on the keyboard while they played a set of 4 bar loops from one of Maneli's songs.

The result was better than expected... it pretty much hit the mark...everything I played sounded awesome.

Who is the guitar hero now?

High tech classics

It sure was fun to facilitate a collaboration between a classically trained musician and someone knee deep in the latest technology for sound production.

In this video, Nima Shams of 3D Music Box  is showing Alex Dyck how his MIDI keyboard can be sent through Apple Logic Studio to generate a sound that in real life would require an entire orchestra. Check out Alex's look of bewilderment and slight discomfort as he realizes the possibilities.

The two are working on using this technology to recreate music from some famous ballets to incorporate into the a Sound Selecta app to be marketed by the National Ballet School of Canada.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Pumpkin Olympics

While Halloween is over the after effects of our annual party still linger as cobwebs on the edges of my mind.  Unfortunately we did not get to perform our ritual pumpkin massacre due to a special visit from Toronto's finest at 1:00 AM.  But we did get to hold our yearly pumpkin Olympics, a competitive event involving the orange gourds. 

In  case you want some inspiration for fun and games at future Halloween parties here are pumpkin sports that we have done at past parties.  Each year gets a different event:
  • bobbing for pumpkins
  • pumpkin bocci
  • darts - throwing darts at pumpkins marked with differing point values
  • pumpkin bowling - knock over tin cans with small pumpkins
  • pumpkin stacking - 8 pumpkins high was the recrod
  • pumpkin skee-ball - roll pumpkins up a ramp and try to get it to land in the box with the highest point value
  • pumpkin croquet - this year's latest addition!