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Machine talk, Human Play

November 2, 2010


All my life, I’ve played music. Everywhere. If something looks like it has a ring or a ding or a twang and no one is really looking, I try it.

One instrument that always eluded me is the Piano/keyboard (actually I lie, the violin is another supreme challenge).

It’s linearity always beat my non-linear mind to pulp.

Then, I was gifted an old Casio Keyboard. I plugged it in, ported it to a set of Altec-Lansing Computer Speakers and started fiddling with all the tones and beats.

All of a sudden, I was channeling the machine and this is what it sounded like.



12 Comments leave one →
  1. Cheri permalink
    November 8, 2010 5:27 pm

    It sounds like a flute, V. Divine.

  2. Bruce permalink
    November 13, 2010 9:55 pm

    Very nice. So infinitly superior to anything I’ve ever heard coming from commercialized music.
    I’m a dinger too. Fences boards bottles cans glass, anything that makes a noise when rapped n tapped. Beautiful

    • November 14, 2010 4:07 am

      Greetings Bruce, glad to meet a fellow thumper. 🙂
      Really appreciate the sentiment in your comment.
      I especially look for resonant spaces/things.

  3. Bruce permalink
    November 14, 2010 4:32 am

    Had a friend a couple decades ago who talked at length of Don Juan and Carlos. We used to go hang out in a crawlspace underneath the dam at Campbell River B.C.
    The echos and sounds in that space were unreal. They’ve since plugged off access but those memories are for life. Cool Blog here a serendipitous find. Cheers!

    • November 14, 2010 5:49 am

      I have just such a place near me now. Amazing feeling.

      I can imagine the dam though. Cool, fecund and resonant!

      Serendipity is an awesome thing, eh?

  4. Bruce permalink
    November 14, 2010 6:39 am

    Absolutely! My same friend came to pick me up one nite, he had a raffle ticket for a draw at Canadian Tire. All the way there he kept saying “Serendipity, it brings good luck just saying the word. Serendipity, Serendipity”… We waited around for the draw… and finally,,, Awwww! he was one digit off. lol
    I’m now 52, living in Victoria. Heres a photo summary of What I’ve been up to; Making Raccoon friends, and laying carpet.

    Serendipity.. lol

    • November 14, 2010 1:10 pm

      🙂 Thanks for the pictures. I shook hands with a wild racoon once, in NorCal. An experience I’ll never forget.

  5. Bruce permalink
    November 14, 2010 9:36 pm

    Raccoons are incredible. The sweetest politest personalities. Have held hands with a couple of them now. They don’t do much damage and don’t eat much more than the average housecat . I rescued the mama of these four babies from being pecked by about 50 Crows, They are such buddies. I see them when I close my eyes to sleep. When they come they’ll kinda tap on the widow, and I’ll come and fill their little water tub, which thay play in for a couple hours before wandering off. Never see them in the daytime, dont know where they go. Four grinning masked faces pressed tightly together at the window, Priceless. I call them Boogoo’s.

  6. Bruce permalink
    November 19, 2010 7:03 am

    Genre Krautrock, Interesting ..

    • November 19, 2010 8:12 am

      Weird name and sound. Not quite into techno-funk-rock. Or whatever Kraut Rock fits in/under.
      Do you play any instruments Bruce?

  7. Bruce permalink
    November 19, 2010 9:01 am

    Took piano lessons 2 years, Trumpet grades 8,9 A short spell on Tuba. Was living as an airforce brat in Germany at the time, we did several school trips to various places. One concert in particular at a place called Max Plankk auditorium in Lahr was astonishingly cool. Experienced the wildest rush of incredible oneness as a group. Never any rocknroll, however I had lots of friends who did rock and used to sit in on their jams. I generally go for something that fits with driving alone, Iron action a good specimen.

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