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Patch In 16: The One About Feet

This month, Ben and Nate talk with Chris Biggs and Keith Kirchoff about the SPLICE institute, their music, teaching performers to run Max and DAWs, helping composers to go to the next level. Then Nate explains microcontrollers.

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Notes:
  • More news from from NAMM:
    • The Jamstik a guitar controller for your iPad
    • From the always great Synthopia – Darwin Art’s Trilobyte synth. A synth that evolves!
    • Korg has a demo of their remake of the ARP Odyssey.
    • Propellerhead’s Discover platform lets you make music between applications and with users all over the world!
  • Want to know what the sounds removed from an mp3 sound like?
  • Our guests Christopher Biggs (Digital Composition professor at Western Michigan University) and Keith Kirchoff (pianist/composer) talk about the new SPLICE Institute – Awesome summer program at Western Michigan University for composers/performers of electro-acoustic music.
  • Nate’s 2-minute challenge is all about microcontrollers in music.
  • Keith and Chris share some of their favorite gear too.
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Music is Hard 56: Compliments

This week:
As musicians, we both love and loathe going to performances by our friends and colleagues. What do you say to performers and composers after a performance? How do you take compliments and criticism from your audience?

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Music is Hard 48: Repeat Performances

This week:
All too often, composers spend months (years?) writing a new work, performers spend months (years?) preparing them, all for only one performance? Why do we have this problem? What can we do to help new works receive subsequent performances?

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Music is Hard 42: Encore

This week:
Chloe Veltman got us thinking about the nature of the encore. Why do people give encores? What is the value to the audience? What does it take to get a standing ovation? (hint: not much)

Link:
Veltman: “Boo to Encores”

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Music is Hard 38: Scale

This week:
Tim provides anecdotal evidence of composers writing an increasing number of short works. Is this a trend that should concern us? What is the importance of scale to our perception of new works?

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