This takes the cake: To the audiophile, this $10,000 Ethernet cable apparently makes sense

Wow. This is some seriously messed up language used to describe ‘premium-grade’ Audio Ethernet cables – yes, you read that right, Ethernet cables for the Audiophile market. My word…

All insulation slows down the signal on the conductor inside. When insulation is unbiased, it slows down parts of the signal differently, a big problem for very time-sensitive multi-octave audio. AudioQuest’s DBS creates a strong, stable electrostatic field which saturates and polarizes (organizes) the molecules of the insulation. This minimizes both energy storage in the insulation and the multiple nonlinear time-delays that occur.

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Lesson One: Major Scale


Ok, this may seem a bit weird to regular readers of my blog, but I’m going to be archiving my coursework in my Berklee/Coursera programs on this blog.

Perhaps someone else will get some value out of it, or offer hints or suggestions for improvements. Either way, it’ll make it a very easy reference to me and my growth through this course


Coursera – Developing your musicianship – Peer Assignment 1 – Lesson One: Major Scale

Write in your own words the definitions of harmony, ear training, and interval.

Harmony – the relationship between notes played at the same time, or chords. Notes played together that create a generally pleasing sound is often called harmonious, and notes that don’t sound good together are often described as disharmonious. Harmonious notes are used to build a chord or chord progression.

Ear Training – The activity that teaches you to consistently, correctly identify a particular sound and associate it to a musical tone or equivalent sound from an instrument. Ear training will enable you to identify when a singer is singing off key, or on key.

Interval – The difference in pitch or tone between two notes. Using the 12 note scale, the interval can be expressed as either a WHOLE interval or HALF interval depending on which notes are used to make up the scale.

There is a specific pattern to the interval between notes in the 12 note scale: W-W-H-W-W-W-H.

In the key of C, a half interval exists between C and C#, and a whole interval exists between C and D. Wheras in the key of E, a half interval exists between E and F, and a whole interval exists between E and F#.

Find three recordings of songs in the key of C and post links to performances of them that you find on YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, or a similar public video site.

Some resources I found helpful to determine song key:

Write the C major scale on the staff by hand.

(TYPE A OR B) WeeklyBeats9

WeeklyBeats submission for week 9. I may have gone over the top on this one. Intro is very heavy handed. Experimented with the new Z3TA+ synth for iPad, as well as the current stable; Thor, SunrizerXS, Nave, and a little Magellan. Lots of pans. Some compression. A big experiment in many ways…. I hope you enjoy!

Album Art a shot from Artwick’s original Flight Simulator for the Apple ][.

Update: Love the comment I received on it over at WeeklyBeats:

Nice! Soundtrack for the birth of a new galaxy! Sounds great in my ATH-M50s!

WeeklyBeats7 – Cold Night

Cover for my latest submission to WeeklyBeats 2014. Wanted to go for an atmospheric sound again, something more ambient. Maybe this worked. Maybe not, but it came out as a complete unit. Also tried sticking to a small ‘band’. In this case used instruments from SampleTank: Blue Phaser electric piano, Xpander Phat synth pad, Cosmic Pad synth pad, and Minimoog echo 2 synth lead.

Also brought in some Abstract Atmosphere 50 from Garageband — which I used as my DAW.

Image is from something I took out the window a bunch of years ago. Loved the light pillars in the minus 40 weather.

WeeklyBeats5 – The Conversation

My latest submission to WeeklyBeats 2014. Had a lot of technical challenges with this one. Slower beat required more consideration of instrument selection and placement. Also had to get various samples to sound ‘good’ at this beat and discovered the muddiness that can be introduced by tweaking the sample frequency. Not a great tune, but a great learning experience.

Novation Launchpad, Thor, GarageBand provided the tech and zing. Cafe.mp3 sample courtesy of moson on FreeSound.org

Gadget and Claire


This week’s WeeklyBeats creation – I had no idea what I’d be doing this week. Then Korg went and released the cool Gadget app for the iPad and I knew I’d be using it.

A few hours later, some futzing around in GarageBand for the drumkit, guitars and mix, and it’s done. Thanks to my drummer ‘Ian’ — though I think he kinda steals the show in a couple of places.

Now, I have to learn how to make something longer than a minute and a bit…

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