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The Basement  >> Issue 16 >> Fall, 2004

OK it's me again. It's September and I'm looking out the window on beautiful days.

The playing is heating up as the days are cooling off. Along with extra drum boy duties in the SLSO
I'm composing a piece for the United Arts Festival in St. Louis. It's another relentessly diatonic number with marimba, guitar, drums, bass, etc. Instead of the usual cello we're using barry sax. Hmm, I wonder how that will work? Guess I'll find out! The sax player is Hamiet Bluiett who was a founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet and is a heavy jazz guy. If he can't make it sound good, then there's not much we can do about it!

Practice Tool

I bought an Akai DPS-12 on eBay. Originally it was going to be for recording pieces but it's ended up being a practice buddy. I set up a pair of Okatava mics over the marimba (or whatever I'm working on) and run them through a Behringer preamp. A momentary footswitch puts the Akai in record mode so I can punch in and out on the fly. It sounds great and is very effective which is good since I don't have as much time as I used to!

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