Monday, April 30, 2018

Synclavier Studio 1 Complete

Took a little sorting out - doesn't it always? - but I now have my first Synclavier 3 Studio set up.

I decided on an older 24" monitor for the larger size at any given resolution, and the fact that it gives me more space on the keyboard for a music/document stand. I will be transcribing a lot of music into the Synclavier!

I use both a Magic Trackpad 2 and an old optical trackball because the trackball is better for entering music notation.

I have a 63" Panasonic plasma TV for monitor two. Having the button panel very large is a huge help.

The virtual control knob is far superior to the physical one with the +/- 1, 10, 100 buttons

It also doubles as my home theater now. The Turbosound live sound monitors and Bryston amp sound killer.

The GEO is George Clinton of Parliament/Funkadelic. It's a Synclavier monitor case.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Synclavier 3: A Thirty Year Dream Comes True!

You may have noticed I haven't been posting much about music the past year or so. Problem was, I was stuck trying to interface 80's technology into my twenty-first century workflow, and it just was't happening. Too many things go wrong with the old hardware, and I can't get into a groove with recording if I'm constantly interrupted by gear failures. Well, all of that has been addressed by the Synclavier 3 interface and hardware. It completely eliminates all the original Synclavier computer, memory, drive, and monitor hardware, and allows for the original voices - very reliable and I have spares - to be directly controlled by a Thunderbolt Mac! This means no more floppy drives, no more Winchester hard drives, and no more VT-640 or Pericom dumb monitors! Even the Synclavier keyboard and Digital Guitar Interface are optional now!

Not only that, but all of my Encore scores can be transferred into the Synclavier sequencer directly within Mac OS! At long last my workflow will be completely integrated within my Macs! This changes everything, and I'm seriously psyched.

My old friend Mitch set me up. We hadn't seen each other for thirty years!

So, I have one album in the can which I'll release within a few weeks, and that's nine tracks from the 80's I did, and then I have an album of synth guitar music all scored up in Encore that I'll begin working on. That's classical guitar music I'm going to realize with the Virtual Synclavier Guitar I developed with Encore. The Synclavier version of Fuga Electronica and the second album of guitar music will have to wait, as the first Synclavier 3 system is 32 stereo voices, and I'll need the 64 voice system to do those - Sonata Two is for two guitars - but I'm off and running finally. Very wound up!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Remodern Review Interview

Remodernism is a back-to-basics movement among libertarian and conservative artists in the fine arts realm. I've been following it for quite a while, and have voiced my support to Richard Bledsoe, even though I'm not in fine arts and even though I'm not a conservative (Small-l libertarian, maybe). So, he did an email interview with me.

MUSIC: Remodernism Resonates with Composer George Pepper

EDIT: Linked at Instapundit! I'm infamous! lol

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Haight: Love, Rock and Revolution

The Photography of Jim Marshall

Jim Marshall, who died in 2010.

With last summer being the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967 Summer of Love in San Fransisco, I decided to get a retrospective from this astonishing coffee table book about the topic. I have read other takes in Rolling Stone magazine and the like, but this photo essay with minimalist storytelling is very engrossing. You can go through the book in a dedicated evening of reading. The historic photos are amazing: Jerry Garcia, David Crosby, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, and The Who, to name but a few.

I was much too young to participate in the Summer of Love - only nine years old that summer - but the twenty-somethings of the time were very swept up in it, and of course, the music revolution of the mid sixties continues to reverberate today. Jimi Hendrix was and always will be my all time favorite rock guitarist, and The Who my favorite "British Invasion" band - I listened to Quadrophenia just about every day when I was in high school - so these early and very candid photos astonished me. I had seen a few of them before, but most were entirely new to me.

So, if you are interested in the music of the sixties, this is a great place to learn the background of how it all came to be.

An interesting bit of trivia is that Marshall was the inspiration for Dennis Hopper's photographer character in Apocalypse Now.

Now I have to watch that again!

Saturday, December 16, 2017


Do I look sixty? I don't feel sixty! Music must keep you young.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Continuo Playing According to Handel

I'm still slugging it out with Sanguinetti, but I just put this in my cart to get next.

There is also a book about Mozart's lessons for Thomas Attwood, but it seems to be out of print. Pity!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Art of Partimento - Georgio Sanguinetti

This is the most ambitious book about partimenti yet, and once I've been through it, I'll order the books logically and go through them again.

Only about half way, so it will be a bit.