After reading this in the Feb 27 Business Week, I'll believe anything when
it comes to people's hearing.
"The familiar acoustic piano, with hammers that hit strings, seems almost
quaint. As a piece of furniture, it's still impressive. But unless you
spend big, it won't sound half as good as even a low-end portable keyboard
that stores digital samples of actual notes played on a grand piano."
Marcos (in his 30s)
--On Monday, March 13, 2006 11:06 AM -0600 Scott Phillips
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> I'm having much the same experience when interacting with the
> '30-something' engineering types. I'm 53. It does make me wonder if the
> older folks here on the list are having the same experiences.....
> Perhaps some of us should take up teaching.
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Quarter-inch splicing tabs
> On Sat, 11 Mar 2006, Marie Azile O'Connell wrote:
>> There was something comforting about editing the 'old' way. I used to
>> love moving both reels back and forth to get the exact position, mark
>> it, cut and splice, and have it as perfect as can be. But, I love a
>> challenge! The learning curve was digital, and it did take longer,
>> and at times I would despair! But, 'seeing' the waveform was so cool,
>> and after a while that came easy to do. I almost feel like I am
> cheating. Progress......
> As for nostalgia..."when I was a kid" my first semester of electronic
> music, c.1970, was devoted exclusively to the techniques of musique
> concrete. I still recall splicing blocks where the edit would be spread
> out over a foot...which was the only way to get a long attack on the
> initial envelope. Talk about needing sharp razor blades...and of course
> we used acetate tape...
> I have often wondered about all of those tapes that still probably
> reside in the electronic music labs...I am reminded of all of the
> different formats we used over the years...8 channel pieces on 1/2 inch
> tape, dbx encoded, etc. I wonder if anyone has been doing work with
> these artifacts.
> And speaking of nostalgia...at a wedding on Friday night I was seated
> next to some "kid" (probably in his early 30s) who had an interest in
> the history of electronic music. He quizzed me like I was some relic
> from the ancient past.
> I keep my 8 inch floppies (Fairlight), old reels (Music V) etc as a
> reminder of how quickly things change...well for me, it seems "like it
> was only yesterday..."
> Indeed, I do feel like I am cheating today. It also makes me appreciate
> all that much more the craft of those engineers of the past. At times I
> think that as the technology improved, the number of edits increased...
> Karl (feeling old at just 58)