Tuesday, August 25, 2015


So I made this video a while ago, but I finally got around to editing it together.  It compares my MS-20 mini with an original MS-20 from the late 1970's

Thursday, August 20, 2015

a random thought

I have something to say to other artists and musicians.  I am constantly baffled when I listen to new records and words are squeezed into a phrase for the sake of rhyming.

Not everything that you do has to rhyme
and if you don't, it is more sublime
It is not that rhyming is a crime,
but not everything has to rhyme.

Monday, July 27, 2015

A Video Lull

It has been a while since I have posted any videos.  There is a good reason for this - the camera that I was using was borrowed and no longer available and I don't particularly like the videos that my cell phone or iPad take (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFFe7Zor3f0  or the link directly below is a good example).     
 Well guess what!?!

I just got another camera a few weeks ago and am working on some new video demonstrations to post.  Please stay tuned and check back soon!   In the meantime, here are a couple of videos that I have done in the past.  These videos can always be found with the Youtube links on the right side of this page.


Friday, July 10, 2015

Aside DIY

I have been asked about this by a couple people so I thought that I would post this here.  If you feel the inspiration to do so, record audio or video of your version of this and send me a link (please don’t send the raw file) to my email address found in the contact info on this site.

Guitar Chords and Lyrics to ‘Aside’. (capo 2)

G                      Em
Hey   now,        don’t be sad   just

C                      Em 
hold  my          hand.     I

C                       Em 
won’t   let       go.    It’s a

G                      Em      
new day    a -  nother  chance to        

C                      Em
dry   your        eyes

C                      Em
We’ll be  al -    right.     So

C                      Em    
clear your       mind and

C                      Em    
brush it            all    aside

G          D          Em   C              D

G          D          Em   C              D

G                      Em 
Sometimes      things are sad and

C                      Em  
Life just           seems so

C                      Em  
out   of             hand.    You can

G                      Em 
find me… I’ll   be right here   to      

C                      Em 
un - der        stand.    We’ll

C                      Em     
give  it             time to    

C                      Em 
heal  our         wounds    and

C                      Em   
brush it           all   aside

G          D          Em   C              D  (repeat until end)

(G         D          Em   C              D )


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Studio Session "Death of Conversation"

I made the video clip of me recording a part to the title track of my new album, "Death of Conversation".  I am playing a Synergy I digital synthesizer which is borrowed from my friend Ben.  Even though the Synergy has very little editing capability and only a handful number of presets, there is a sample-and-hold feature that can modulate the pitch and is independent per voice.  I LOVE this feature - especially when used in a subtle way, it gives bland sounds a little more animation and momentum, as shown in this video.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Theremin AND Musical Saw?.... am I dreaming?

So my friend Jacob sent me this link and I loved it so much that I HAD to repost it. This is so beautiful and awesome!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Jupiter-8 DCB

I have been asked to give more details about the DCB connector in my Jupiter-8, which was written about in my last post here: http://artoftravelogue.blogspot.com/2015/03/roland-msq-700-sequencer.html

The above photo shows the typical style of DCB connectors that are found on the Roland Juno-60, later versions of the Roland Jupiter-8, the MSQ-700, OP-8, MD-8, etc, etc.  The photo below shows that style of DCB that my version of the Jupiter-8 has.

I cannot find my notes on the pinout for this homemade cable, as it has been more than 17 years and 3 moves (one across the country) since I made it.  The following link, however, shows the pinout for both versions of the cable.