Moog and Kurzweil at Berklee

Dr. Robert Moog and Dr. Raymond Kurzweil during a Kurzweil demostration at Berklee. From a 1991 Berklee College presentation book.


The very first music manuscript in the history of harmony in the Western tradition

Harley MS 3019, fol. 56v, detail

The above symbols, from a British Library's Harley manuscript, represent two separate voice parts - the upper part (shown with horizontal dashes) is the melody of an antiphon in honour of St Boniface, and the lower part (shown with circles) is a separate melody to be sung in harmony with the chant melody - a practice known as organum.
Giovanni Varelli, a doctoral student at Cambridge, discovered this music, which draws our knowledge of the practice of this tradition back from around 1000 (the Winchester Troper was the manuscript formerly considered to represent the beginnings of polyphonic music outside theoretical writings) to around 900. A chance discovery that has effectively changed the history of music.

Organum in modern notation, transcribed by Varelli
Harley MS 3019, fol. 56v, detail

Harley MS 3019, fol. 56v, full


Shruthi Adventures

A nice board

The first test: OK

The Analog Filter

Victory is near!

The Sound Test

LCD on

Final touch
It's alive! :-) [my very first 5 minutes with Shruthi]

Maker's Notes:
1. Pay close attention to the resistors' color codes, we are trapped once, (luckily) with the digital control board
2. Be careful not to cut too much or too little the pins to connect the two boards
3. Mounting LCD avoiding contacts with the digital board is the most complicated part, we put an insulation in between for safety (clipping of an anti-shock sachet)
4. To calibrate the analog filter I recommend using a spectrum analyzer (we used this one).
5. Pay attention to the choice of the power supply, ripple is your enemy.
6. To start the test tone and the internal sequencer push the dial knob for 1 second (and not the s1 button as written on the quick-start guide)

A very nice sounding & looking little box, and a lot of fun making it! :-)


Happy birthday Nintendo DS (2004-2014)

My glorious original Nintendo DS, released in North America 
on November 21, 2004 and in Europe on March 11, 2005. 
Bought immediately. It has overcome, with some ailment, 
the ravages of my newborn daughter (2009), 
who now plays with his grandson 3DS.
A forgotten song found on my Korg DS-10 cartridge (2008):

Import n.1: Toshio Iwai Electroplankton, japanese version. It
was a limited edition with blue headphones. I unfortunately
had (probably) lost the nice package and the headphones... 

Nice graphics from the japanese booklet.

Import n.2: Daigasso! Band-Brothers (2004)
There were three very nice posters i
n the box,
with the legendary Barbara The Bat! :-)

Single Play with Barbara. The game, mostly
incomprehensible to those who don't know
Japanese (like me), it's kind of Rock Band,
only 4 years before...

Barbara says something... but who
knows what! :-)

Yeah! You can edit the scores
(if you can find the function in the menu...)

Some cartridges. Great fun!
5 games that you absolutely must play on the Nintendo DS:
  1. New Super Mario Bros. [IMHO the best Mario ever]
  2. Polarium [it replaced Tetris in my heart]
  3. Advance Wars Dual Strike [the third chapters are always the best]
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass [when you have to close the DS to go forward... I still remember the "Wow!"]
  5. Mario Kart DS [the usual fun and the first in the franchise to go online]

"We believe that the Nintendo DS will change the way people play video games and our mission remains to expand the game play experience. Nintendo DS caters for the needs of all gamers whether for more dedicated gamers who want the real challenge they expect, or the more casual gamers who want quick, pick up and play fun." Satoru Iwata