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Jody Kruskal

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  1. Hi Klaus, Thanks for sharing those files. That Breton tune is so beautiful and your haunting harmony seemed just right in its simplicity, reminiscent of hurdy gurdies... I have a soft spot for those revolving bows. Bravo on your slow tempo for “3 ships” I think that you made it work well. Those that play it faster get something very different out of the tune than you did. By taking it slow, I heard a stately grace, gravitas and an introspective private version of what I think of as a bouncy jig. Nice!
  2. I was thinking of just that when I read Chris's post. It's going to be important to Jody. Recall my post from 2003 describing a scene from the Squeeze-In that year (particularly the last paragraph). Hi David, That's an interesting thread you linked you. If I had more time I would revive it. As for the the "holding down one button while everything else is going on around it" thing I was talking about, yes, that is a big part of how my sound works. I don't know if anyone else does that, but it sure is cool. If had a midi though, I might not use that so much. It would all depend on how it sounded. A midi concertina is not a concertina "instrument" rather a concertina interface for whatever midi instrument you select. Jody
  3. Thanks Chris for your detailed reply. I live in New York City. I assume that Roy lives somewhere near you. Do you think that we could work together long distance? I guess that were I to seriously pursue this I would ask him myself. Well, my Anglo style uses that technique (holding down a button and changing bellows direction) quite a bit, so off the bat, that would have to be working for me to be satisfied. Although... playing midi patches would require changes and simplifications of my technique, I'm sure. Whatever sounds good is the way it should be. It is "a gas to occasionally radically vary the sound you make" and that's what I use the guitar processor for. With it I can dynamically add tremolo, vibrato, chorus or up the volume for a solo, all with the press of a pressure pedal. Plus, I have foot control over several user defined concertina timbers that I have constructed on my processor for various kinds of musical situations. All of this stuff is pretty subtle. My band mates all think it still sounds like a concertina, whatever effects I use. Most important is that it's easy to use. The midi would be an extension of that idea, at least I hope it would. Here are some more questions that I'm loosing sleep over: How definable are your keys? Can you have any key you want (all 12)? How do you change them? What controls are on the concertina itself? Can you tune to an out of tune piano? How fast can you change between patches? I assume that you have midi out, so I could plug it into any synth or sampler unit I want? Did Roy supply you with a midi module? I don't know... What I love about playing with my bands (Grand Picnic, Squeezology, Dressed Ship) is that high level of nonverbal communication. Even solo, the immediacy of music making is all important. Being in the moment without having to think too much is essential. The simpler the operation of my equipment at a gig the better. But... having lots of options is so much fun! This is a very interesting discussion. Thanks for taking the time. I guess, having a midi (yours, others) in my hands (lucky you, Henk!) would make things clearer. I'm asking myself if this is just a cool toy, or would it actually be a useful tool? Jody
  4. Well thanks to the indomitable Henk, I was able to post a couple of files. Glad you enjoyed listening. If you want to hear more, sans band go to http://cdbaby.com/cd/jodykruskal Jody
  5. ... gubbinses... The point I was making above is not that it would be impossible to get a MIDI concertina to sound like a conventional concertina, just that it seemed to me that Jody Kruskal's objective of carrying around fewer boxes would be frustrated. The MIDI concertina has a deal of baggage of its own. Chris "gubbinses" ?!?!? Are they like contrendlements? Well, the natural world is rich and real and a Jefferies is my concertina of choice for a few reasons, but they all come down to dynamics. I love that buttery ease with which the notes speak. They jump from whisper soft to a shout with perfect control and very little effort. Or come straight out like bullets if I want. This gives the music life and zing, rhythm and bounce, heart and emotion, yet it is a single factor of bellows pressure that controls it. Aside from note choice, off or on and for how long... dynamics are it! Seems like a perfect fit for a digital system, midi or whatever. There is a slight change in tone that goes with the dynamics. At the soft end, the tone has a warm hummy sound and at the loud end there is a kind of growl. Nothing that a synth or sampler couldn’t simulate (I think). Of course I would love the functionality of midi... all those strings and horns and flutes and keys! But I would want a convincing concertina sound to be a part of the package. How much stuff would I be willing to lug around? I already have a bunch of gear that I take to a contra dance gig. My G/D (plays 95% of the time) and C/G (for Dm, C, and high squeaky G tunes). I have my velcro mics and a guitar processor (AX30G Korg ToneWorks) that I plug into for all kinds of tonal control and effects. Oh yeah, my drum and sticks and the clip that lets me attach it to a mic stand. If I could leave the C instrument at home and use the midi with a little black box that was a sound module or sample player or whatever, that would be about the same amount of stuff. My venues always supply monitors so I wouldn’t have to worry about an amp. Or perhaps I would bring a little monitor of my own. But, the thing is Chris, how does the thing feel? Does it respond to your touch dynamically? Does it feel like an Anglo, even though it does not sound like one yet? Jody
  6. Bluegrass concertina will knock their socks off. The cool thing about an audition is that at least you know someone is really listening. I’ve tried playing bluegrass a few times and found that I’m happier with the old time rep. Certainly the two have a wide overlap. Yeah, Golden Slippers works very well. How about Year of Jubilo, Spotted Pony, Lisa Jane, Grasshopper Sitting on a Sweet Potato Vine, Needlecase? Good luck at your audition Rhomylly. Jody
  7. As your contribution has already an address and is inserted in the Recorded Tunes Link Page, you could edit your original mail and delete the attachment. In this way you get enough Global space to upload Hurdy Gurdy file There! Thanks for the discussion forum tutorial and for hosting my recordings. I have to say that trying to figure out how to do this sort of thing has kept me from participating. To blunder about so publicly is somewhat embarrassing. Your helping hand makes me feel welcome. So... here is another tune for you all. I made this Hurdy Gurdy file as good a compromise as I could between size and quality.
  8. Oops, no attachment! I would send you another tune, but it seems that I’ve run out of Global space, only 428.82k left. Oh well, I guess I better get myself a web site to link to.
  9. Listening to my (poor) notebook speakers I do not hear a big difference between the original and the 64kbps version. B.T.W: In order to show these files, I placed them (for the time being) on my website. I hope you don't mind Jody Henk, that's fine. The reductions you made sound OK on my laptop speakers too, right down to 757 kb. However, if you listen to the original download on headphones... all of the reductions are clearly inferior. Headphones are a quick and cheap way to dramatically improve the fidelity of your listening experience. What conclusion should I draw? Probably, when offering downloads, there might be a hi and low fidelity version so folks with dial-up or slow equipment don’t have to wait forever, and those who want to take advantage of higher quality can get it. Baring that, here is another tune for you all. I made this Hurdy Gurdy file as good a compromise as I could between size and quality. Jody
  10. ... How do I convert it? I could not figure out how to get itunes to do that. Any suggestions? ... Jody Hi, Jody - Some more folks could maybe find this useful: Using iTunes for conversion to MP3, both Mac and Win Looking up the page, this seems a lot, but give it a try, it makes sense. /Henrik Thanks Henrik, Thanks for that detailed answer. I think my files were way too large. I'll try attaching one. I don't really have a web site to call my own... yet, though I can see that a link is the most efficient way.
  11. So, Spectecled Warbler, did you get your midi concertina from Roy? How do you like it? Inquiring minds want to know. I'm also thinking about midi. What would be cool for me would be a midi anglo that sounded like a "real" concertina but would alow me to tranpose into various keys. Being a harmonic player, I have to bring 4 'tinas to some gigs to get around. Also fun would be exploring various tunings and microtunings. Yes, a sampler would have to be part of the system. The variety of timbers in the band situation would be fun too. Reports from other midi players would be most helpful to hear about. Jody
  12. So.. who's next Would that be me? I just recorded an Em Hambo that came to me from the muse last night. But how do I submit it to you? The recording is sitting on my mac desktop as an aif file. When I tried attaching it, the Add Reply button became grayed out. Does it have to be an Mp3? How do I convert it? I could not figure out how to get itunes to do that. Any suggestions? Bravo on your link page. Very enjoyable to hear what everyone is up to. Jody
  13. Yup, seems to be. If you go to: http://users.tinyonline.co.uk/fizgig-tom/bill-dave.htm you can read all about these guys, including: Dave Fletcher & Bill Whaley are Lincolnshire singers of songs rather than singers of Lincolnshire songs. They have developed a rich, full sound, laced with fine harmonies. "They draw their songs from all over and then make them their own. Their singing has a very traditional feel, though actually many of the songs are written by contemporary songwriters, including Lincolnshire's own John Conolly, Martyn Wyndham-Read who is a keen advocate of Bill & Dave's work, Bob Dylan and Iris DeMent. This traditional sound is enhanced by Bill's concertina and harmonium playing. He also plays a modern midi concertina, though he seems to have misplaced some purple bellows for this unusual instrument!" Who do you think makes that wild looking thing? Jody
  14. Al, Thanks for your endorsement and thanks for helping to put Anglo International together... what a fine collection it is! Naked Concertina is another kettle of fish for me, in that there is no band to support the concertina, or cover it up, depending on how you see it. That’s why the cd is naked. In this truly solo recording, I picked the tunes that could sustain an exposed view. What I mean is that I’m playing melody, high harmony, bass notes and full accompaniment all at once... all elements that the rest of the band usually supplies. The link I provided previously for my tune book seems to be defective, perhaps this will work better: http://www.cdss.org/sales/american_dance
  15. Dan and CaryK, Thanks for your kind words about my Naked Concertina cd. Yes, it is brand new. I just got it back from the manufacturer two weeks ago and it's only been up on cdbaby a few days. The tunes on the cd are all published in my book Feet in the Clouds (available from me or http://www.cdss.org/sales/american_dance.html). A number of folks got the book at the Button Box Northeast Concertina Workshop last April. Comments from them, along the lines of “The tunes are fine but what I really want is to hear them...” spurred me on to make this recording. So really, the book and the cd go hand in hand.
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