Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Ask RI

Askri.org was only able to find a death notice, not a full obituary.

The following was printed in the Providence Journal from March 15, 1915, page 3:

JACOBS-- In East Providence, on the 14th inst. Mabelle L. wife of H. L. Jacobs.
Funeral private. Interment at Worcester, Mass.
Worcester papers please copy.

To me, that sounds like the Worcester papers would only print a death notice, as well.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Chatauquan

Mabelle Lynn Childs is included in the 1898 vol 27 edition of The Chautauquan in a list of "successful and widely known American harpists".

Friday, November 16, 2018

Crazy cat lady!

I found an article about Mabelle Lynn Childs/Jacobs that is more on the cat side of things.

The article link was broken, but the cached version still works. The article is in the Providence Journal (where she married Jacobs in 1909 after moving from Worcester) and titled "Midweek Time Lapse: Pampered cats of 1913 lived like royalty in East Providence" by Sheila Lennon on Sep 2, 2014 at 2:48 PM.

She started the Rhode Island Cat Club, built a bungalow to house either her cats, or the chickens and rabbits to feed her cats, (or both?), and sold them for a lot of money.

I can't find the link in the article that's reference by "As our Jan. 19, 1913 story above (click it to read a full-size page)", but I bet I can find it!

ATL'd original article
Emailed askri.orgfor obit

Monday, August 27, 2018

Harold Budd notes

AMS digital delay, an Eventide Harmonizer, an EMT 250 plate reverb, a Yamaha DX7 keyboard and a Casio CT-200.

  • Bel Canto CD2 with onboard DAC (CD player with Digital to Analog Converter)
  • Transcriptors Hydraulic Reference TT w/ Grado Gold (TurnTable)
  • Garrard 401 w/ custom aluminum block plinth with (TT)
  • Thomas Schick Arm w/ Benz Ace S Cartridge (TT)
  • Bottlehead Seduction Phono Preamp w/ C4S Upgrade (TT)
  • Yamaha CT-7000 FM Tuner
  • Manley Jumbo Shrimp Preamplifier
  • Manley Mahi Mono Amps
  • ADS L-910 Studio Monitors
Mirror canon 

Lexicon PCM 60
16-bit mono in/"stereo" out digital reverbration unit), PCM 70 (reverb), PCM 42 (digital delay), Yamaha SPX 90 (basic multi-effects including all sorts of reverbs, echoes, chorus, flanger, phaser, compression, and pitch shifting. Effects cannot be used simultaneously) and REV7 (digital reverb unit).

his concerts usually consist of him improvising on piano against a CD containing some of the electronic backdrops he has conjured in the studio.

“soft pedal” piano style, achingly slow and drenched in sustain, and Eno’s discreet processing, which transforms the instrument’s natural resonance into gentle swirls of snow and sheets of melting, cracking ice.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Opus 28


pay attention to hands together, the usual buzzes and pedal changes, and play it more slowly - it doesn't really make a difference. Hand fall off strings at same point for some reason.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Sonatina Prodigio is more done. I have the 3rd mvt almost memorized. It just happened on its own!

I am now working on memorizing Satie and Revrie.

I was sad to learn while watching the Oscars that Jóhann Jóhannsson passed away very recently.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Sonatina Prodigio

I started Sonatina Prodigio on June 18, 2017. It was a piece I had "learned" before. As in, I could play it slowly and badly, and just the first movement "Gagliarda". I worked pretty steadily on it through July and August.

It took me 11 days of focused learning in "Week 1" of "30 Days to Done" to get it to a passable level, in my opinion. Or a level where I could continue to work on it and actually progress.

I got bogged down at the end of August/beginning of September, or "Week 2", trying to improve the small sections again. I ended up stopping because I just couldn't focus that hard anymore after 15 days. I picked it back up in mid-October.

Then I worked steadily through to today, January 12, 2018, excepting Christmas holiday. I picked it right back up after that, surprisingly.

Gagliarda is definitely in much better shape than when I originally "learned" it. It's very wobbly, though.

Calzone haha! Canzone is fine. Maybe needs a little work on the harmonics.

Toccata needs to be memorized in order to flow. It goes so quickly that I can't find my place on the music when I need a reminder. It's pretty repetitive and I do have most of it memorized. The glisses need to be in time, as well.

Now I just need to play it a whole bunch, then set it aside for a while.