Kind of southern rock with some Detroit rock influence and a whole lot of what makes country, country! C: What musical influences do you pull from when you are performing or writing music? A: When writing and performing I think I reflect the music that most affected me. I was a country boy growing up listening to all those great country songs when I became a teen I got heavy in the big hair rock band movement of the 80’s and early 90’s. So I don’t think we ever escape our influences. I think they make us who we are. C: You are gaining quite a large following in Michigan, what was the process of coming up in the industry like? A: I’m always amazed at the support we have gained over a very short period of years. To have garnered such a large following throughout Michigan and around the country, for that matter, simply blows me away. I do believe in the old saying “if you work hard…” I’m part of one of the hardest working bands I’ve ever met. These guys know what is at stake and are willing to work hard to achieve it. You treat every show like it is the last you will ever perform and treat every fan with dignity and respect.
However, the music-making industry is, yet, to catch up with the mobile revolution. Most new instruments in the market are generally toy-like , foreign, and difficult to use, says Butera. INSTRUMENT 1 deliberately focuses on the creation niche for mobile music. Overcoming Limitations The transition from a simple idea to a workable prototype, however, took much longer. Specifically, it took four prototypes, five interfaces, and multiple firmware builds to get the INSTRUMENT 1 to its current state. In his efforts, Butera, who is the youngest member of his team, was helped by Nashville-based veterans from the recording and music industries. We could have released a workable product one-and-a-half-years ago, says Butera, who admits that notoriously perfectionist companies, such as Apple Apple and Bang and Olufsen are his inspirations. The original prototype for the instrument had twelve buttons and featured components, such as Arduino, that are standard to several hardware startup products. However, Butera says the resulting prototype was limited in variety and scale. They were nice for Western music scales but they were simply switches, he says. In other words, their resulting notes were binary, which toggled between on/off switches. It was bit like the piano that could only be played at a single volume, says Butera. To overcome these limitations, Butera introduced pressure sensitivity and a raft of other features, such as velocity and sensitivity in chords. These features enable tuning of the instrument in multiple modes.
Music Review: Timeless doom and gloom from Linda Thompson on latest, and it sounds lovely
By Associated Press, Linda Thompson, Wont Be Long Now (Pettifer Sounds) Linda Thompson briefly plays the role of proud parent on her new album, happily slipping into the background while her children sing Anna McGarrigles As Fast As My Feet. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Its a rousing rendition and a rare moment of peppy pop on Wont Be Long Now. With Thompson front and center, doom and gloom dominates the rest of the record no surprise to longtime fans of Thompson and her ex-husband, Richard. She sings of war, fear, domestic abuse, loneliness and death, and like the gray sky on the cover, theres a bleak beauty to the music. Thompsons bracing, unvarnished alto remains a wonder despite her history of career-curtailing voice trouble. She chooses her material wisely, mixing traditional British and Irish folk with songs she wrote that have the same timeless feel. The family provides plenty of help. Daughter Kami takes the lead on As Fast As My Feet, and son Teddy contributes as a composer on four songs, including the wry title cut. Even Richard lends a hand, with his acoustic guitar the only backing instrument on the lovely opener Loves for Babies and Fools. It sounds like something they might have performed together 40 years ago again, timeless. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The Music Of A Hardware Startup
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Comment Mark Humphrey/AP Taylor Swift speaks at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday. The singer opened the $4 million center in Nashville. It might as well be Taylor Swift weekend in Music City. The pop star opened her $4 million Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday morning, and will accept her record sixth songwriter-artist of the year award from Nashville Songwriters Association International on Sunday. RELATED: TAYLOR SWIFT SETS SONGWRITING RECORD Mark Humphrey/AP Swift posed with fans at the center. The facility will have classrooms, instrument rooms, and education opportunities for kids. Swift cut the ribbon on the new education center she donated to the museum as part of its expansion campaign and showed reporters and area high school students the new classroom and exhibit space before the museum opened. “I’m really excited about this music education center and the fact that right now they have three different classes going on today,” Swift said in an interview after the ceremony. “It’s really exciting that we can be here on a day when they’re not only unveiling it, but they’re starting to actively use it today.” RELATED: TAYLOR SWIFT MAKES 7-YEAR-OLD GRACE MARKELS DREAM COME TRUE AFTER YOUNG FAN WAS HIT BY SPEEDING MOTORIST Mark Humphrey/AP Swift cut the ribbon on the new education center she donated to the museum as part of its expansion campaign. The center will have classroom space, a hands-on instrument room and ongoing education opportunities. Museum officials say the new center will increase educational opportunities sevenfold going forward. And who knows? Maybe users will find the 23-year-old Swift hanging around some day.