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Comment: Re:Key is relevance, not interactivity... (Score 1) 166

by chocolatetrumpet (#43160331) Attached to: Live Tweeting the Symphony?

Who composes orchestral music today?

Many composers still compose music for orchestra! Perhaps not many do it professionally, but, many excellent composers are otherwise employed as university professors, or as bankers. I know some!

This is going to sound funny, but the problem is not a lack of composers; the problem is the orchestras. It is no one's job to review incoming scores. I'm serious! Any professional orchestra probably has a mountain of new compositions piled up on a desk somewhere, but it's no one's job to review them, so no one does. Money is always tight in the music industry, and these orchestras are not about to employ more people to do more stuff when they're already struggling.

That said, I'm with you- I think *I* *should* be in the prime demographic for my local orchestra, but they play a lot of old music. I'm interested in personal creativity, and there isn't much room for that in an orchestra, but there is always the creativity of the composer to enjoy. I wish my local orchestra would put a world premiere on every concert, or have one concert per year of all premieres. But the orchestra is a business, and they are not interested in experiments or undue risk. They will play new compositions, but only those that have already proven themselves.

There are organizations dedicated to premiering new orchestral repertoire, notably the American Composers Orchestra. They are not the neighborhood symphony, however.

I wish the local orchestra performed more new music. They do *some*, but not nearly as much as I'd like. The artistic director did bring the orchestra back from the brink of bankruptcy back into profitability, and I respect that. She has a mountain of honorary doctorates, and I respect that. But when I do go to orchestra concerts, the average age is "deceased," and I can't help but think that they need to do a lot more to stay relevant. It's a brilliantly talented group of performers, but they have no control over their orchestral careers. They just show up and play when they're told. They've been making recordings. They're going back to Carnegie Hall. But I have this nagging thought that I want so much more from my orchestra, and no one is going to give it to me.

I'd take this mission on myself, but I'm busy with other things, like writing rock songs. c'est la vie...

Comment: Linux support (Score 1) 569

by chocolatetrumpet (#43096551) Attached to: SimCity 5: How Not To Design a Single Player Game

re: Is Linux support a possibility?

"Yes it is, we originally wanted to list it as a launch platform, but we decided to wait to add it to make sure that we would really be able to support it at the same time as the other platforms, due to time constraints. We didnt want to promise it, and then not deliver. Us linux users get enough of that as it is. If it is not available on linux on release day, it will be very shortly after."

Comment: W. Edwards Deming (Score 1) 468

by chocolatetrumpet (#41509461) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Incentives For IT Workers?

Not one reference to W. Edwards Deming this entire thread!? You really, really need to investigate his work.

"Deming's teachings and philosophy are best illustrated by examining the results they produced after they were adopted by Japanese industry, as the following example shows: Ford Motor Company was simultaneously manufacturing a car model with transmissions made in Japan and the United States. Soon after the car model was on the market, Ford customers were requesting the model with Japanese transmission over the US-made transmission, and they were willing to wait for the Japanese model. As both transmissions were made to the same specifications, Ford engineers could not understand the customer preference for the model with Japanese transmission. Finally, Ford engineers decided to take apart the two different transmissions. The American-made car parts were all within specified tolerance levels. On the other hand, the Japanese car parts were virtually identical to each other, and much closer to the nominal values for the parts - e.g., if a part was supposed to be one foot long, plus or minus 1/8 of an inch - then the Japanese parts were all within 1/16 of an inch. This made the Japanese cars run more smoothly and customers experienced fewer problems. Engineers at Ford could not understand how this was done until they met Deming." -wikipedia

Read his books! You are asking the wrong questions!

Comment: parents are too busy working (Score 3, Interesting) 754

Parents are too busy working multiple minimum wage jobs, or tons of unpaid overtime at their job, to be home spending time with their children. Children simply do not have enough adults in their life. Children spend most of their time in a classroom with 29 of their same-aged peers, and a single adult instructor who is forced to march them around like soldiers just to keep order.

I think it's more of an economic problem; the social problem is a symptom.

Comment: Re:O RLY? (Score 0) 1201

by chocolatetrumpet (#40400493) Attached to: Why Bad Jobs (or No Jobs) Happen To Good Workers

"Whether they choose to do something about it or not (e.g. offer a better salary, benefits, etc) is their problem, not mine. "

You say this as if we are all independent of each other and the economy. We stuck in a cycle of workers have less money -> demand slows -> economy slows -> businesses cut jobs -> less workers have disposable income... etc. It might be to our mutual benefit if we can nudge things in the other direction.

p.s. what is your job/what did you major in/what sort of experience do you have? I think I need to do whatever you're doing.

Comment: Newegg: Two Products with Same Product ID (Score 1) 518

by chocolatetrumpet (#40298789) Attached to: NewEgg: Installing Linux Breaks Laptop

The only problem I've ever had with Newegg: there were two versions of the GPU I wanted; one with a fan, and one with a heatsink. The catch: they had the same Newegg product ID. Terrible, terrible decision on Newegg's part. After getting the one with the fan 3 times even though I talked to support, explained the situation with the product IDs, etc., I gave up and ordered from another vendor.

But it still annoys me to no end that they couldn't fix that problem.

I still order from them though... creature of habit I guess. It's always interesting to compare their reviews with Amazon.

Comment: Real Live Amp Sound (Score 1) 166

I feel almost ashamed to say that as a 30 year old man, music teacher, and classically trained musician, it wasn't until just last weekend that I heard REAL live guitar amps, performed in a hall by expert musicians, without any other sound reinforcement.

I had been to many, many rock concerts, but they all fed the sound through the PA system, and though it sounded good, it was nothing like I heard in the hall last weekend. Just two small floor guitar amps, one on each side of the hall. The stereo effect was amazing. The bass player had his own amp. Otherwise the drums were un-mic'd, and only the vocal mics were fed through the PA system.

Speaking about just the tone quality, I'd rate every other rock concert as being about 60%-80% of last weekend's tone. It absolutely blew my mind.

The only thing I can compare it to is standing in front of a really good drum corps.

Even recordings I thought sounded awesome can't touch the live sound I heard last weekend. I'm afraid I'm addicted, and I don't even know where I'm going to find more performances like that. Even in the smaller clubs here, most bands feed through a PA system.

It is something I think every person should experience. No PA; just the amps, live in a good hall, expertly performed. If anyone cares, it was the wonderful Christina Courtin and her band.

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