New iPad: 32-bit Apps Lost

Well, the time has come. I’ve been holding off updating my iPad Air 2 to iOS 11 because I didn’t want to lose a number of 32-bit apps I still have on it. Some of these I even still use from time to time, most notably the mighty NanoStudio. Here’s a tally of what did […]

Production Log: Gnossienne 2

This is the second (and last for now) arrangement of a piece written by Erik Satie around 1890 as a solo piano piece. Here it is arranged for 3 Native American flutes, ukulele, and electronic drums and synth pads, Pre-production: As before, the first step was to analyze the structure and rearrange for my ensemble. […]

Instruments from around the world

I thought it would be neat to make a map of where my custom instruments came from. So far this is just the ukuleles, but I hope to add flutes and whistles soon. This was very easy to make in Google Maps. Just log in, click on “Your places” and then “Create Map”, then use […]

Production Log: Smooth Floot

Composition: The production this song involved a number of non-standard (for me) techniques. First of all, it started with a melody initially discovered on the flute. This was “transcribed” by playing it into NanoStudio to get the tempo and timing. The MIDI melody track was then imported into Cubasis where a combination of the Suggester […]

Production Log: Gnossienne 1

This piece was written by Erik Satie around 1890 as a solo piano piece. Here it is arranged for Native American flute, ukulele, percussion, and introducing the “NAFeridoo”. Pre-production The first step was to analyze the structure and rearrange for my ensemble. The original composition is in the key of F-minor with only four chords […]

Production Log: Maiden Glide

This tune is an adaptation of “Gliding Dance of the Maidens” from the Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin. I heard it one day on the classical music radio station and thought it would sound nice on the NAF. From my first hearing, I was getting a swing rhythm in my head, and for a jazz hound, […]

“Giant Steps” on Native American Style Flute

I understand for many people that this will fall into the category of “just because you can doesn’t mean you should”. To them, the idea of employing the NAF in a “real jazz” setting borders on the absurd. The NAF just doesn’t have enough notes or the response needed to get the job done. Or […]