This weekend I finally discovered how different the accordion sounds to the audience than to me. I did test recordings of each of my three Accordions of Gold with room mics (to simulate playing “unplugged”) and clamp-on accordion mics. It turns out the little “travel accordion” has the fullest, most balanced sound, and what appears to me to be a weak right hand doesn’t sound that way from the room at all. It also turned out to need very different placement of the clamp-on mics than I’d been using in order to capture the right hand correctly. Who knew??? Science!
On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the TMBG album Apollo 18, the People’s Republic of Interactive Fiction has released a “tribute album” of interactive games, one for each track on the original album at http://pr-if.org/event/apollo-18/.
My friends Jack Welch and Ben Collins-Sussman wrote “Narrow Your Eyes.” You’ll want an interpreter that handles both sound and graphics, such as Spatterlight for Mac, Glulxe for Windows, or Gargoyle for Linux. Make sure you have earphones on it you’re playing it stealthily at your cubicle.
Fri 03/16/12 WRHC-LP Acorn Theater open mic broadcast
I took the open mic tour to Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, MI this week and you could hear the results on Mike Cortson’s “Mike’s Open Mic!” program. I went third and played Captain Ambivalent, Pizza Girl, Are We There Yet, and The Thousand Mile Song.
The “open mic tour” continued in Louisville with Sunday night “Church on the Rocks” at The Monkey Wrench hosted by Troubadours of Divine Bliss and Monday night at the Corner Door (mere blocks from the house I grew up in) hosted by Alanna Fugate. There are so many welcoming, talented people in the world. Monkey wrench gets the award for the loudest appreciative response yet and I hope to return to Corner Door for a split bill performance later this year.
Both places I opened with the Captain Ambivalent theme song and closed with the Thousand Mile Song; at Monkey Wrench I also played “I Dreamed That Supermodel Adriana Lima Was An Amish Girl” and “Are We There Yet”; at Corner Door I played “Pizza Girl.” Extra special thanks to the Bard In Blue for buying CDs at both venues!
People had *much* bigger carry-ons. And boy is it easier to backpack an accordion than lug a hard case around!
The only problem was a stuck note on the right hand keyboard – one of the felt pads that keeps the note from sounding until you press the key came off, but was relatively easily glued back. From now on I’m always carrying tiny screwdrivers and glue tape.
I hit three very different venues within walking distance of each other and my hotel: