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Can you tell us something about your background and how you got into the field of music technology? When I was a kid, I was fascinated with anything related akia musical instruments or anything that made sound. My family was very musical so I started playing guitar and messing around building amps, trying not to kill myself!
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At University I studied acoustics and that gave me a very solid background in the physics of audio, as well as engineering and performing skills. That was really enjoyable to work on, but I also really wanted to have guitars be able to control synthesis and I started that research back in Zeta was purchased by Gibson guitars. I was VP and chief scientist for about five years and did some work with Harmon, all the while continuing my experiments with networked musicians.
I started another audio company insold it and was able to play music freely for about three years off the proceeds. I had a trio and we travelled around with a lot of equipment to show how networked musicians would sound. You listen like never before when the sound of one instrument will actually change the nature and sound of your own instrument. And how does that actually happen, in terms of the equipment and the technology? I was able top produce accurate MIDI output from each of the instruments: The score could modify us and we akau modify the score, and it added a whole new layer to the performance.
So even if the technology used amai the original score moves on, the essentials of what the composer intends and the methodologies on how to accomplish this are still alive.
I started KMI in to produce smaller instruments and to improve the mpx8220 between acoustic generating instruments and electronic music and synthesis control. I just kept building the things I needed and wanted! Being in the Bay Area there are so many people who have both technical and musical skills and I hired some great people, and that just continued to grow.
Now we have about 30 people and we keep continuing to create instruments that we find necessary and interesting, the mp820 interesting being the K-Mix. That looks really interesting—the multi-functional nature of it and the fact that it operates without a computer. When I travelled making music, the only ones who made money were aksi airlines and the chiropractors!
Everything has to fit on a carry-on because musicians hardly get paid at all.
Especially in the guitar world, that seemed not to have happened. Guitarists seemed to be happy with a couple of stompboxes but aai styles of music you can make with that stuff was pretty much codified in the ’60s and ’70s.
So I wanted stringed instruments to be more modern in terms of what they can achieve sonically. It seemed like back in the early ’80s it would have been a good time to have a MIDI 2.
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Akxi struck me watching videos of the K-Board Pro was that the way the user interacts with it is a little bit like playing a Hammond organ.
Your analogy is perfect: I have ,px820 that there will be more instruments that will support these kinds of things. Historically, the technology has always preceded the new music. What do you think might be the next big thing in music technology?
Do you have any predictions about the wider music technology world?
And so their demands are not challenging. One good thing that seems to be a theme is convenience. I hope that musicians will come to embrace equipment that is more innovative and powerful. The cost of multi-dimensional controllers is coming down as well which will help. The technology is ahead of our tastes! It will change but not very quickly. Read our review of the K-Mix: More articles by this author. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys.
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