Conquest of the Useless

This eye catching title is from a book by renowned film director Werner Herzog and it is the result of his notes during the making of his seminal film Fitzcarraldo shot in the Amazonia of Peru (Iquitos). Here’s an interesting article about it in the New Yorker. There isn’t a more useless activity than that […]

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How not to talk about soccer

We recorder players are always delighted to find someone who knows about the mere existence of our instrument outside the scope of our small world of connoisseurs. The most famous “outsider” ever was Umberto Eco. A professor of semiotics that became very popular when his best-selling fiction book “The name of the Rose” was made […]

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ADSA / Amplificación Digital de Señales Acústicas En este post quiero ofrecer una guía rápida para aquellos que quieran introducirse en los principios del procesamiento del sonido de origen acústico por medios electrónicos digitales. Procuraré dejar claros una serie de conceptos básicos preliminares (probablemente muchos de ellos conocidos por los lectores) y seguir con los […]

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The key issue

The addition of keys on wind instruments is a practice that has a long historical tradition and its variables are almost countless. My post will deal with just one key: the one that covers the bell hole (BH) of a recorder. In recorder original repertoire the call for the use of BH closing is scarce […]

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Back from Banff

A couple of weeks before starting my residence program in The Banff Centre I wrote a short post about some ideas I wanted to work on. My goal was to implement a binaural listening system that could be both effective and inexpensive. Broadcasting the sound using radio frequency could be the best way to avoid […]

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Going binaural at Banff

The Banff Centre • inspiring creativity The Banff Centre is one of the world’s leading institutions for the development of creative projects. The following is a summary of the research proposal that I submitted. As a result of this proposal I obtained a grant as a musician in residence.   Following a recent conversation with […]

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