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Guess you feel about midi instruments the way I feel about text littered with crappy animated smileys. We're all luddites in one way or another....

 

Simon (tongue planted firmly in cheek)

 

"(tongue planted firmly in cheek)" ... now I just wish I could find a Smiley one of those? ;)

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The problem with techno-psuedo-"musicianship" (Wii concertina, guitar hero, et al.) is that it lulls the masses away from more...legitimate...creative pursuits. Ah well, consumer beware. Like everything else, it's the degeneration of society.

 

The only threat to "actual" concertina-ists, i believe, is that we will become more rareified...and thus, more valued! ( :unsure: ) Technological experimentation isn't all bad in the arts, of course--some of this is the contemporary form of the Harry Partch aesthetic.

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The problem with techno-psuedo-"musicianship" (Wii concertina, guitar hero, et al.) is that it lulls those who could be applying their energies toward more...legitimate...creative pursuits. Ah well, consumer beware. Like everything else, it's the degeneration of society. The only threat to "actual" concertina-ists, i believe, is that we will become more rareified...and thus, more valued! :unsure:

 

or ................... just a bunch of unwanted & unloved Old Farts! :o

 

 

 

 

:P

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Dick, pop culture will eventually destroy the planet and possibly the universe. At least we can gather our families and friends and play hammered dulcimers, fiddles and concertinas while we're here. I, too, will be glad to leave the planet, and all its foibles, behind.. :rolleyes:

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Don't these vile objects just make you want to weep? 6.gif

 

Midi Concertina 2.gif

 

Midi Bagpipes 2.gif

 

Midi Saxophone 2.gif

 

Midi Violin 2.gif

 

I'm sure the likes of Stradivari, Wheatstone & all other creators of wonderful, natural musical instruments, will be weeping buckets in their graves now!

 

Granted, the Concertina still looks like a Concertina, but how long before that lovely old box shape we all know & love, becomes a shinny, gaudy coloured plastic or metal mockery of the original? 16.gif

 

Can you honestly picture those Midi Pipes being played at a Burns Night?

Let's be honest, if Burns came back, I think we all know where he'd stick that Pipers plastic Midi Chanter! 3.gif

 

Quite frankly, I really don't care how close they come to sounding like the real thing they are just WRONG for me, on oh so many levels!

 

Take a look at this wonderful photo of a Mongolian Orchestra

Look at all these fascinating instruments, which took thousands of years of development, thanks to the efforts of countless musicians & master craftsmen instrument makers, to reach their stage of perfection. Is this how we are going to treat all art forms in the future?

 

Now picture that same orchestra, standing there, each with some vile looking modern, high tech Midi equivalent of their ancient & traditional instrument in their hands! 4.gif

 

If that's the future of music, all I can say is ................... I'm glad I won't be around to see it! 1.gif

 

Is this how we are going to treat all art forms in the future?

Maybe we should just paint a Smiley face on the Mona Lisa while we're at it! 2.gif

 

Here are a couple more options you might like to consider: A modern Midi Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But seriously, are the Dippers of this World, really just wasting their time? ............................................

Hi Dick

 

Just to quote you from a previous thread about baritone anglo:

 

''That's one meaty sound you've got there Graham, although I must confess, I have absolutely no idea what a Wakker midi anglo actually looks like!

 

For starters, how many sides does it have?

 

Cheers

Dick''

 

The answer is 6.

 

Cheers Graham

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Dick, pop culture will eventually destroy the planet and possibly the universe. At least we can gather our families and friends and play hammered dulcimers, fiddles and concertinas while we're here. I, too, will be glad to leave the planet, and all its foibles, behind.. :rolleyes:

 

Hey Catty, I hope you are planning to stick around for a wee { or hopefully a large! { while longer? ;)

 

After all, we haven't had a chance to meet up & swop any tunes yet! :)

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Hi Dick

 

Just to quote you from a previous thread about baritone anglo:

 

''That's one meaty sound you've got there Graham, although I must confess, I have absolutely no idea what a Wakker midi anglo actually looks like!

 

For starters, how many sides does it have?

 

Cheers

Dick''

 

The answer is 6.

 

Cheers Graham

Hmmmmmmm So, does the end justify the means, Graham? ;)

 

Reminds me of the shipwrecked sailor, who said he had enjoyed eating a bowl of Cannibal Stew, having been tricked into thinking it was mutton! :blink:

 

Graham, would you take out your Midi Anglo in a Session, in West Clare ..................... without an armed escort at your side? :P

 

Cheers

Dick

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Here are a couple more options you might like to consider: A modern Midi Lisa

 

What a shame, messing up the Mona Lisa like that!

The original is much more - well - folksy ... And that's definitely not a midi banjo. Old Leonardo could have invented it if he'd wanted to, but had the good taste not to :P

 

Cheers,

John

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Here are a couple more options you might like to consider: A modern Midi Lisa

 

What a shame, messing up the Mona Lisa like that!

The original is much more - well - folksy ... And that's definitely not a midi banjo. Old Leonardo could have invented it if he'd wanted to, but had the good taste not to :P

 

Cheers,

John

 

Ha Ha John, that's a plucking great image! ;)

 

Aye, quite right, the true Gentleman Inventor is the one who knows how to invent a Midi Musical Instrument ... but doesn't! :lol:

 

Cheers

Dick

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Honestly, I don't get the point of all this bussiness. I myself don't like midi instruments, but is ok if anyone else wants to play.

 

I wouldn't pay 1500 quid for a midi concertina because I prefer a real one for that price ( and because is english system, too :P ). But, seriously, I pray for the fact that these 'instruments' become popular in the hope that the Jeffries, Dippers and Suttners prices will drop down. :lol:

 

I've got two wonderful old fiddles and I would't exchange any of them for one of those plastic toys, but there's people who fancies them :blink: Right, but they're not my cup of tea...

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Hi Dick

 

Just to quote you from a previous thread about baritone anglo:

 

''That's one meaty sound you've got there Graham, although I must confess, I have absolutely no idea what a Wakker midi anglo actually looks like!

 

For starters, how many sides does it have?

 

Cheers

Dick''

 

The answer is 6.

 

Cheers Graham

Hmmmmmmm So, does the end justify the means, Graham? ;)

 

Reminds me of the shipwrecked sailor, who said he had enjoyed eating a bowl of Cannibal Stew, having been tricked into thinking it was mutton! :blink:

 

Graham, would you take out your Midi Anglo in a Session, in West Clare ..................... without an armed escort at your side? :P

 

Cheers

Dick

 

I don't believe I need to justify anything, but I would never consider any midi instrument to be vile.

 

I was not trying to trick anybody.

 

No, but I would take my G/D.

 

Cheers, Graham

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Honestly, I don't get the point of all this bussiness. I myself don't like midi instruments, but is ok if anyone else wants to play.

 

I wouldn't pay 1500 quid for a midi concertina because I prefer a real one for that price ( and because is english system, too :P ). But, seriously, I pray for the fact that these 'instruments' become popular in the hope that the Jeffries, Dippers and Suttners prices will drop down. :lol:

 

I've got two wonderful old fiddles and I would't exchange any of them for one of those plastic toys, but there's people who fancies them :blink: Right, but they're not my cup of tea...

 

Fergus, I like to be able to call a Spade a Spade, but nowadays, it seems you just can't tell what's what any more!

 

Check

out ........ Harp, Lute, Guitar, Harpsichord .... whatever it is, it certainly doesn't sound like a Concertina.

 

Or

Is it supposed to be a Violin, Viola, a Cello or a Double Bass? The notes say Cello & Bassoon, otherwise we would never really know, would we!

 

that's pretending to be an Accordion!

 

Wooopeee

that's actually trying to be a Concertina :blink:

 

In the good old days, at least you knew by looking at an instrument, what it was going to sound like, but now ???????????

 

I sometimes hear Fiddlers trying very, very hard to make their Fiddles sound like Bagpipes & I ask .......... WHY?

 

Cheers

Dick

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Reminds me of the shipwrecked sailor, who said he had enjoyed eating a bowl of Cannibal Stew...

 

They would be unsuccessful cannibals, then, if they were in the stew?

 

 

I know it's a bit off topic but I couldn't resist sharing a few cannibal jokes with you.

 

Two cannibals were eating a clown. One said to the other:"Does this taste funny to you?"

 

Two cannibals were sitting beside the fire after a sumptuous meal. One turned to the other and siad:"Your wife sure makes a good roast."

"Yeah, I'm really going to miss her."

 

What is the title of the best-selling cannibal book?

"How To Serve Your Fellow Man."

 

What did the cannibal get when he was late for dinner?

The cold shoulder.

 

A cannibal is a guy who goes into a restaurant and orders the waiter.

 

Did you hear about the cannibal student who was suspended from school for buttering up his teacher?

 

Have you heard about the cannibal restaurant where dinner costs an arm and a leg?

 

Two cannibals were eating dinner. One said:"I really hate my sister."

The other said:"Well, just eat the noodles."

 

What do cannibals do at a wedding?

They toast the bride and groom.

 

Chris

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In the good old days, at least you knew by looking at an instrument, what it was going to sound like, but now ???????????

 

I sometimes hear Fiddlers trying very, very hard to make their Fiddles sound like Bagpipes & I ask .......... WHY?

 

Cheers

Dick

 

I don't know, Ptarmigan... I agree mostly with you, and I like very much the sound of the old instruments. I supose it begun with people who only knew to play a keyboard but they couldn't or didn't wanted to learn to play more instruments, but, despite this, wanted to sound like them.

 

I don't like the sound of the appeareance of such gadgets, but I don't have bad feelings about them either... One of the few things I learnt is that the only constant thing in life is change.

 

And things do change faster everyday :rolleyes:

 

pd: When you say fiddles sounding like bagpipes, what do you mean: a midi fiddle or to use piping rolls and crans on fiddle?

 

Cheers

Fer

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