Just because this stuff isn’t obvious: I have my M-Audio KeyStudio 25 keyboard working as an input device for MuseScore under Ubuntu 16.04. Steps I used: Plugged in the keyboard. Started MuseScore. I had version 2.0.2 installed because that’s what Ubuntu Software Center finds and installs. Edit > Preferences > I/O. Checked PortAudio. Nothing obvious … More USB Midi keyboard, MuseScore, and Linux
Last night Salt City Ukulele held its second Open House. Last year I was hoping for half a dozen or so newcomers and we got 22. Partly that was because the paper featured it in their local events coverage, and they did so again this year so I figured we’d probably get a healthy turnout … More And then there were eight
I’d seen a video or two of Linsey Pollak playing a carrot-based cylisax before, but this new one mentions where he got the idea, something called the Venova from Yamaha. Seems they figured out how to make a cylindrical bore instrument overblow at the octave, by use of a branched tube. That right there’s interesting … More Spanish for “ve doesn’t go”
Because it’s made from a ginger ale bottle and it’s like a very low pitch ocarina and it only plays lower and lower notes.
Part 3 of the Land’s End trilogy.
Part 2 of the Land’s End trilogy, because they sent me three (different) (equally useless) catalogs. They can’t all be winners.
“Land’s End” because it’s made out of an otherwise useless catalog Land’s End sent me, and “monotonic” in the sense of one-directional, because it can only play increasingly high notes, never lower.
I got a wider straw (from Subway) and a new approach, and made a new, larger, more bassoony (shut up, spell check) reed.Looked good, but would it work? OH YES. Vastly better! Also, two notes.
Another twofer make day.
Fan of bass instruments that I am, I figured I should make a rackett. But renaissance or baroque? One difference is that a renaissance rackett has a bore of constant diameter, whereas in a baroque racket each vertical tube is wider than the last. And since I didn’t have nine different diameters of PVC tubing, … More #makevember 7: PVC one note rackett