(Originally posted on April 16, 2010) Today’s Dave’s birthday. Thought I’d write about Dave, my oldest friend in the States I’m still very close to. He now lives in a town in Kentucky across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. Ever since he left Philadelphia for Cincinnati about 10 years ago, we had been far away… Read More My buddy Dave
(Originally posted on April 14, 2010) If something, a tool, an instrument or a machine, fails to work, I always try to make it work by fixing it or by finding a work-around. It can be a challenge, but usually the process is fun. You gather the information, and you diagnose the problem. You see… Read More Car Talk
(Originally posted on April 4, 2010) A few hours ago my buddy Dave from Cincinnati called me with the news that Donovan McNabb just got traded to the Washington Redskins. At 9:30 PM the Eagles head coach Andy Reid held a press conference to publicly announce the trade. You’ve got to be kidding me. There… Read More Donovan McNabb, my quarterback
(Originally posted in March, 2010) US House of Representatives has passed the US Senate version of the healthcare reform bill, and the President has signed the bill into law. If you are happy about it, I’m happy about it too! If you are unhappy about it because it isn’t good enough — I don’t know… Read More Dare I talk about politics?
(Originally posted in March, 2010) By now we hopefully understand that the Pythagorean temperament is really a stack of pure perfect 5ths (Pythagorean 5ths) and can bring out melodic beauty, and the temperament based on the narrow 5ths, each tampered by a quarter of a syntonic comma (mean-tone 5ths), can bring out chordal beauty. Then… Read More Appreciating 1/6-comma — Temperament Part III
(Originally posted in March, 2010) In the previous blog entry, I mentioned that you can characterize those temperament systems as either harmonic systems or melodic systems. The Pythagorean tuning is suited for monophonic lines because of the sharper mediants and leading tones, and thus it is a typical example of a melodic system. Not great… Read More Hating and loving 1/6-comma — Temperament Part II
(Originally posted in March, 2010) If you just thought this title didn’t make sense, no, it does not make sense, at least to you and me. Perhaps some of you can help me understand this stuff better — I don’t have a mathematical mind and I can only go so far as to understand the… Read More 1/6-Pythagorean-comma mean-tone?? — Temperament Part I