How Did It Become 2018?

How Did It Become 2018?
Well at some point I took a bit of a break from this blog. Weird. Chalk it up to being a very busy musician, tech nerd, and handy husband. I got rid of two guitars, bought one, finished two CDs, saw some good music, and played a ton of gigs. On the tech front, I’ve ...

Tristan und Isolde 1

Tristan und Isolde
Most music majors will, at some point, find themselves studying Wagner’s monumental opera Tristan und Isolde. I happen to be a big fan of the German Romantic composers such as Beethoven, Liszt, Schubert, and Wagner. There are numerous recordings of this opera, but I really love the 1952  rendition, with the Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wilhelm ...

Rapid Development : Function Point Analysis

Rapid Development : Function Point Analysis
When I was studying Computer Science, one of my favorite CS Professors was a fan of Steve McConnell’s approach to system analysis and software design. I had read his book Code Complete, which is an industry standard for software design. When I was getting ready to go on the road for a brief tour, my professor suggested I take ...

Thoughts on the Dudley Manlove Quartet Halloween Performance 10/31/2015

Thoughts on the Dudley Manlove Quartet Halloween Performance 10/31/2015
Every year, the Dudley Manlove Quartet performs a big Halloween show. During one of the sets, we pay tribute to another band by dressing up as them and performing several of their songs. This year’s honored artist was Elvis Costello. He has written so many fantastic songs that it was difficult to select our favorites. ...

AxeFX Quantum Firmware

AxeFX Quantum Firmware
I recently updated the firmware in my Fractal Audio AxeFX to the latest version, called “Quantum”. New firmware releases are a regular occurrence with this system. When I first received my AxeFX, it came with version 13, and there were steady releases of new firmware every couple of months. We were up to fw19 this summer ...

Preparing for the 7/25 and 7/31 BowieVision Shows

Preparing for the 7/25 and 7/31 BowieVision Shows
In preparation for the next two weekends of BowieVision shows, I performed a full system update on my AxeFX. Firmware version 19 was released recently, and with each of the major firmware updates, all the amp models within presets need to be reinitialized to their factory default settings. This is necessary in order to pick ...

Like Falling Off A Log

Like Falling Off A Log
Last weekend, I finally bought a new bike. Back in the early 90s I wound up with a free Montlake Bike Shop mountain bike. It was a great mountain bike, but was probably 2″ too tall for me, and as much as I enjoyed riding it,  I always knew it was too big for my size.  A few ...

Thoughts on the 5/30 BowieVision Performances

Thoughts on the 5/30 BowieVision Performances
On Saturday, May 30, BowieVision performed two shows at The Triple Door in Seattle. We initially had planned to perform just one show that evening, but within a few days of putting tickets on sale, it was clear there was enough demand to justify adding a second show. We wound up with full houses for ...

Thoughts on the 4/26 1 Uppers Performance

Thoughts on the 4/26 1 Uppers Performance
On Sunday April 26, the 1 Uppers performed at The Little Red Hen in Greenlake. We’ve played there many times, and it’s always a lot of fun to have an audience that really knows country music, and knows how to dance to it. It makes our shows a lot of fun, and we always have ...

Thoughts on the 4/25 Dudley Manlove Quartet Performance

Thoughts on the 4/25 Dudley Manlove Quartet Performance
On Saturday April 25, the Dudley Manlove Quartet performed at a benefit event for a local agency called “Water First”, whose mission is to provide clean water to the world. The event was held at Hale’s Palladium in Fremont, which is a fantastic large room with a great stage. We’ve played there on a number ...