Computers and Music
Saturday, April 23, 2005
The book that I mentioned that I am reading right now is Sinclair Ross, As for Me and My House. I highly recommend it, and I think it's some of the best Canadian writing about life in the Prairies in the depression era. It's written in diary form. The main character whose diary we are reading is the preacher's wife in the small town called Horizon. The book really brings to life that period of time, with extremely vivid descriptions and you can feel the tensions and emotions that run through this small town.

Click here to find out more about this book at
Friday, April 22, 2005
Mark Miller of the Globe and Mail writes a glowing review of the Kate Hammett-Vaughan Quintet's performance at Top o' The Senator in Toronto (click here).

I just happen to be listening to Kate's 2001 CD release, entitled Devil May Care, which features the same musicians as her current touring band, with Tom Foster on drums, Chris Gestrin on piano, Andre Lachance on bass, and Jim Pinchin on saxophone. On the CD cover of Devil May Care, Kate is dressed seductively in an almost mermaid-esque pose on the rocks at the Stanley Park seawall. Her CD shows off very well her versatile vocal ability, where she uses her voice like a true instrument with a wide range of techniques and colours. And I'm also entranced by Chris Gestrin's piano interpretations of these tunes, where he tastefully supports the other musicians and occasionally shows off his marvellous speed with scintillatingly clear lines. If you live in Burnaby, you can borrow a copy of this CD from the McGill Branch of the Burnaby Public Library. Or better yet, order one from Kate herself at her web site (click here).
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Gordon Laird writes about the interesting idea that your personal web page could possibly outlive yourself! As long as you have some family around to pay your server bills, then your ideas can be immortalized and your pages can continue interacting with visitors, even long after your own death.

Of course, it is my hope that some of my web sites, such as Googleduel and the Gender Guesser can outlive me. Maybe I should even write it into my will! Not to worry, I plan on creating many more websites before I kick the bucket.
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Found an interview with Italian jazz bassist Massimo Moriconi (click here). From the interview:
AA: so touch is the most important thing. In fact I saw that you stress this topic a lot in your teaching.

MM: yes, because it would be like reducing music to notes only, or speaking to words only. Because if I [adopts a computer-like voice] startototalklikethiswithnopausesordynamicsfromdawntosunset, I could tell wonderful things but… it would be like playing and thinking exclusively about the notes. Notes are the last thing to worry about… I mean, they are just seven… it’s dynamics that count, your intention, the ideas, the sound and most of all how you follow the tempo.
Friday, April 15, 2005
I put together a little tutorial page on how to make recordings using Minidisc and transfer them to your computer. From the tutorial:
Thanks to Sony's Minidisc (MD) technology, the ability to make good quality recordings of live music is available to anyone with a total cost of under $500.

In addition, the cost of Internet web space is decreasing. I think this will revolutionize how music is created and shared.

My prediction is that in 10 years, all musicians will have the capability to record every performance they make, and post it on the Internet to share with anyone else. This is already starting to happen (just check out which has recordings of live concerts from hundreds of bands). The major problem currently is that the steps needed to record, transfer the recording to a computer, and then publish on the Internet are quite involved, unless you are very patient and have some friends who can help you with the tricky computer bits.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
From an article in the Ames Tribune about jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter:
So what is jazz these days?
"I would imagine people would say that's what Winton Marsalis is. He's great, but that's just one small part of the music that's going on," Hunter said.
The trouble, he said, is the limited view of those mainstream forces that try to force everything into a neat box and only look for music that sells easily.
"But you can't really stop music. The business is horrible, but what are you going to do?" he said.
Incidentally, Charlie Hunter has jumped on the Internet bandwagon and has posted a full live concert on his website, that is available to download (at a price). He also posts a variety of free MP3's (click here).
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
South African jazz saxophonist Robbie Jansen is in the news unfortunately for the fact that he is very ill. You can listen to some of his music at The track I listened to, Hotnotstee Party, combines traditional African rhythms with North American smooth jazz and modern jazz idioms. The web site notes that:
- South-African sax- and flute player Robbie Jansen, nich-named the bad boy of Cape jazz, played with bands like Spirits rejoice and Sabenza. Solo he is influenced by the music from the Capetown area, like the traditional sounds of the Khoi, the vastrap.
For some photos and a nice bio, check out Robbie Jansen's artist page at, and at his page at Mountain Records. You'll also find excerpts of recordings from two live shows, as well as an audio interview, here.
Monday, April 11, 2005
Visiting Vancouver, BC, Canada? Check out a new restaurant review I wrote of Cafe Crepe, which has many locations in the downtown area.
Listen online (click here) to NPR's David Was's review of saxophonist Charles Lloyd's new album, "Jumping the Creek".
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Check out the very creative and hip indie music videos directed by Keith Schofield. Refreshing and enjoyable, after seeing what's on MTV these days. [Via]
Friday, April 08, 2005
Some advice for anyone who would like to learn how to make web pages:

1. Get a copy of the most excellent Microsoft Frontpage software.

2. Follow this tutorial (which written for kids so it's fun and easy to understand.)

I should mention that if you're a musician, making a web page can be one of the most useful skills (outside of music) that you can learn. It's really worth taking the time and effort, because it will give you the ability to share your musical ideas with the world.
Found some free online sites to listen to music from India. - Contains streaming audio of almost all Tamil and Hindi songs. - A great repository of Carnatic music. - Lots of recorded Carnatic concerts

Now you may be asking, what is Carnatic music? Well, here's a description from a web site devoted to this style of music:
What is Carnatic Music? : It is the classical music of Southern India. The basic form is a monophonic song with improvised variations. There are 72 basic scales on the octave, and a rich variety of melodic motion. Both melodic and rhythmic structures are varied and compelling. This is one of the world's oldest & richest musical traditions.
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
If you've got a moment, check out the web site of Cuban pianist and composer Hilario Duran. He is the winner of the 2005 Canadian Juno Music Awards for Canadian Jazz Album of the Year for his album New Danzon (Alma*Universal).

It is easy to hear why his album won this award - for example, check out a sample from the second track on his CD, entitled Yemaya Olodo (click here). Hilario Duran describes this track in an interview with the Latin Jazz Network:
"Yemayá Olodó" is a prayer derived from Afro-Cuban Folklore. Back in 1994 I had the chance to work on a "Santeria" recording for a Folkloric Music Label in Germany. Thanks to that project I became familiar with many of the melodies that belong to the "Oro Seco" of Afro-Cuban Santeria. Yemayá is the Goddess of the Sea and Nature in the Yoruba religion. Also, "Yemayá Olodó" is one the most beautiful prayers. As with "The Manicero,” I respected the Afro-Cuban tradition. "El Negro" plays batá drums patterns on the traps and there's a great deal of interaction between the drums and the piano. The batá drums follow poly rhythmic patterns which are constructed on 6/8 compasses, but they can go easily from 6/8 to 4/4, and we were successful in achieving that with this arrangement.
The complete interview is here.

Incidentally, Duran is coming to Vancouver on May 26 - he is performing at the University of B.C. with Andy Schloss.
Monday, April 04, 2005
I just composed a new song which I call "Piece of Quiet". You can listen to my solo piano version of it here.

It's repetitive and soft like a lullaby, but it has some cool harmonic elements going on. Rather jokingly I will say that if you are a producer and would like to make it into the next big hit pop song, send me an email and we'll talk. Otherwise, just enjoy!!
Thoughts of an aspiring jazz musician and computer programmer.

View Today's Blog Entry
Atom XML Feed for this Blog
Geoff's Home Page
Geoff's Youtube
Geoff Peters Trio on Imeem
Geoff on Twitter
Mood Music
Compositions and Arrangements - Discover cool chords
Musical Sketchbook
Notes on Learning Jazz Piano
Other Jazz-related Articles
Listen To Me Perform
Jazz Piano Cafe
Listen To Me Practice
My Band's Myspace Account

How Happy is everyone today? Click to find out.

Geoff Peters Trio
Sybaritic String Band
The Smokes
Fat Jazz
Leisure Lab

Song Search by Tapping
JAM Tech at SFU

Alan Wong Moon (Blog)
Arc2 Intertainment
Nbeat Music
Renegade Productions

Making your own recordings using Minidisc
Vancouver Jazz Calendar
Latest Jazz News
Jazz and Funk News
Piano Jazz on NPR
Piano Forum
Sax Talk
Music on Paper
Minidisc Place
Online Session Guitarist

DJ Martian's Incredible Site!!!
Jazz and Blues Music Reviews
Band Weblogs
I Was Doing All Right
Paul Lamere

08/01/2003 - 09/01/2003 / 09/01/2003 - 10/01/2003 / 10/01/2003 - 11/01/2003 / 11/01/2003 - 12/01/2003 / 12/01/2003 - 01/01/2004 / 01/01/2004 - 02/01/2004 / 02/01/2004 - 03/01/2004 / 03/01/2004 - 04/01/2004 / 04/01/2004 - 05/01/2004 / 05/01/2004 - 06/01/2004 / 06/01/2004 - 07/01/2004 / 07/01/2004 - 08/01/2004 / 08/01/2004 - 09/01/2004 / 09/01/2004 - 10/01/2004 / 10/01/2004 - 11/01/2004 / 11/01/2004 - 12/01/2004 / 12/01/2004 - 01/01/2005 / 01/01/2005 - 02/01/2005 / 02/01/2005 - 03/01/2005 / 03/01/2005 - 04/01/2005 / 04/01/2005 - 05/01/2005 / 05/01/2005 - 06/01/2005 / 06/01/2005 - 07/01/2005 / 07/01/2005 - 08/01/2005 / 08/01/2005 - 09/01/2005 / 09/01/2005 - 10/01/2005 / 10/01/2005 - 11/01/2005 / 11/01/2005 - 12/01/2005 / 12/01/2005 - 01/01/2006 / 02/01/2006 - 03/01/2006 / 03/01/2006 - 04/01/2006 / 04/01/2006 - 05/01/2006 / 05/01/2006 - 06/01/2006 / 06/01/2006 - 07/01/2006 / 07/01/2006 - 08/01/2006 / 08/01/2006 - 09/01/2006 / 09/01/2006 - 10/01/2006 / 10/01/2006 - 11/01/2006 / 11/01/2006 - 12/01/2006 / 12/01/2006 - 01/01/2007 / 01/01/2007 - 02/01/2007 / 02/01/2007 - 03/01/2007 / 03/01/2007 - 04/01/2007 / 05/01/2007 - 06/01/2007 / 06/01/2007 - 07/01/2007 / 07/01/2007 - 08/01/2007 / 08/01/2007 - 09/01/2007 / 09/01/2007 - 10/01/2007 / 10/01/2007 - 11/01/2007 / 11/01/2007 - 12/01/2007 / 12/01/2007 - 01/01/2008 / 01/01/2008 - 02/01/2008 / 02/01/2008 - 03/01/2008 / 03/01/2008 - 04/01/2008 / 04/01/2008 - 05/01/2008 / 05/01/2008 - 06/01/2008 / 06/01/2008 - 07/01/2008 / 07/01/2008 - 08/01/2008 / 08/01/2008 - 09/01/2008 / 09/01/2008 - 10/01/2008 / 10/01/2008 - 11/01/2008 / 11/01/2008 - 12/01/2008 / 12/01/2008 - 01/01/2009 / 01/01/2009 - 02/01/2009 / 02/01/2009 - 03/01/2009 / 03/01/2009 - 04/01/2009 / 04/01/2009 - 05/01/2009 /

Kenny Barron
Michael Brecker
Michael Buble
Fredrik Carno
Nicola Conte
Jamie Cullum
Herbie Hancock
Roy Hargrove
Keith Jarrett
Norah Jones
William Joseph
Kid Koala
Branford Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis
Parker's Mood
Aaron Parks
Lori Paul
Tim Posgate
David Priest
Dennis Rollins
Renee Rosnes
Jennifer Scott
Chris Sigerson
Denzal Sinclaire
Tyler Summers
Amanda Tosoff
Judy Wexler

Surfing Jazz Quartet

Steffan Andrews
Don Davis
Steve Reich

Eighteenth Street Lounge Music
Maxwell Records

Vancouver computer tutor
Weddings Vancouver
Vancouver wedding
Vancouver Jazz
Jazz Vancouver
Vancouver Jazz festival