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Book review: Musical Instrument Design by Bart Hopkin

Over the Christmas period I’ve been reading the excellent book by Bart Hopkin, Musical Instrument Design. It contains a wealth of information, ranging from the theoretical foundations to the most practical instructions for building your own inventive instruments. The book … Continue reading

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Paul Motian dies, aged 80

Paul Motian, whose CD “Lost in a Dream” I voted best release of 2010, died on November 22nd, aged 80. He was a great and influential drummer, earning fame with the Bill Evans trio and later as a leader of … Continue reading

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Playing wind controller in a pit orchestra – revisited

Last year I wrote about playing wind controller in a pit orchestra (part 1, part 2). I’ve just finished playing in a production of Children of Eden. This was the 15th production of the musical group, and this year we … Continue reading

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CD releases in 2010

Best new release Paul Motian – “Lost in a Dream” Three musicians at the peak of their game: Paul Motian on drums, Jason Moran on piano, and Chris Potter on tenor saxophone. Recorded live at the Village Vanguard with pristine … Continue reading

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Playing wind controller in a pit orchestra (part 2 of 2)

In the previous post I told you about how I got involved playing wind controller (a Yamaha WX5 in my case) in a pit orchestra for a production of Seussical the Musical. This post talks about some of the lessons … Continue reading

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Playing wind controller in a pit orchestra (part 1 of 2)

Recently, I played in a pit orchestra in a production of Seussical the Musical (based on the children’s books by Dr. Seuss). Seussical is composed through, so it is a lot of music: the orchestral score runs to about 400 … Continue reading

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