Ten Words You Don’t Want to Hear From A Flight Attendant About Her Last Landing At Your Upcoming Destination

“I’d never had a flight where so many people vomited.” I finally got on a plane Friday morning and was talking with the flight attendant, who was on the Montreal-La Guardia flight that actually landed Thursday before the cancelled the rest. The above quote sums up her description of the turbulence. My flight was fine …

Analog vs. Digital (Part MCM)

The other night, <a href=”http://www.quadrantcrossing.org/blog/” target=”_blank”>Tobias</a> treated me to a demonstration of <a href=”http://www.native-instruments.com/index.php?id=traktorscratch” target=”_blank”>Traktor Scratch</a>, a digital DJ setup.  Basically, it involves the usual two turntables and a mixer, plus a digital interface and a laptop.  The DJ uses special records striped with timecode, special needles and a digital interface reads the timecode off …

Q&A on Being a Scholar and Musician

This is one of those blog entries from an email exchange. Someone asked: Someday I’d love to hear anything you have to say about being a musician/scholar. I’m probably the wrong person to ask since I’ve been doing serious admin for the last 2.5 years and at the same time I’ve been playing the jet-setting …

Things that start with M: More Radiohead + Maastricht

So it took me this long to actually listen to the new Radiohead CD since downloading it. Well, I started listening to it about a day ago and haven’t really stoppped since then. It’s excellent. So all I have to say is this: anyone who is complaining about the sound quality simply isn’t listening to …

Surprise rule, part II

Okay, I know I’m probably the only person who reads this blog who likes anything approaching heavy metal (well, except for Carrie, except she doesn’t often read this blog). But hey, Steven always writes about TV even though half his readers don’t watch any, so I guess it’s fair play in blogland. Anyway:the best rock …

Report on the Music Industry in Canada + Radiohead

Here’s an interesting report from Shelley Stein-Sacks on the future of the Canadian Music Industry. Like all such reports, it relies too heavily on technology as a causal factor (it’s not) and doesn’t cite sources for some of its important claims (ie, don’t expect an academic paper), but the report is based on a bunch …