When I first posted my initial “transcription-arrangement” (The famous Soprano Solo from 1991 by the inimitable Larry Shane posted for bugle in G and trumpet in Bb- though imitate they did…anyone with an earthworm shooter *ahem*) There was an option to “create a YouTube video” and post it there. The procedure was buggy and did not work (at least on my end) NOW Musescore added a link that claims to generate a YT vid, simply by allowing the site (which I trust) to access my channel. I haven’t posted a YT vid in a looong time so to let viewers know the channel is on life support I’m creating vids for my two most popular arrangements, “Adagio for Strings version X” and “Killing in the Name of Rhythm.” Over 3000 people have downloaded those arrangements from me and scores more thousand have heard it; especially the Rage cover (as a local band, a cover band that mainly does booze-cruises; has been using it “note-for-note” …copying the chord stacks and original structure, composed by Zach De La Rocha, but inherently changed SO MUCH by yours truly, I post it as IP. I’ll take it as a compliment that its “good enough to steal,” I just want one of the bands performing it to say, “see the sad, bespectacled man at the bar? he arranged this…yeah, that guy right there …” Is that too much to ask? Perhaps. Ok lets test it. IF YT vids exist of these two scores; I’ll be able to embedd them below. Note that these are MIDI files – they sound good on decent sound cards (your new-ish desktop/laptop & or iPad have one)…BAD on anything w/o. Old computers and Android phones are most likely to “not jive” well with MIDI. Ok so w/o further adeiu….
result–> free account allows one YT vid to be made at a time; so for now “Adagio” is posted. Still fiddling with the chords after subito piano (immediately following the dynamic climax). Think I have a wrong note in there too. I create these by singing into a tuner (shown)
so if you can help me with that one chord get at me on FB, @chris_welke or firstname.lastname@example.org; while im on the subject of how to contact the pulisher; note that chris@Tapper7.com is not currently supported so use the methods listed or leave a comment. Also open to requests. I’m considering an original arrangement of “Concierto” [de Aranjuez] that is both original, fun, complex and with a nod to the fan-versions played by the Madison Scouts and The Velvet Knights. The piece is composed by Rodrigo but perected in arrangements by Scouts leader Stewart and VK Brass Caption Head (and bass tbn. bad-ass for the LBSU Basketball Band)…Mr. [dispensa…] Sr. Greg Flores.
Note – featured image made in Adobe Sketch using an iPad Pro. The stylus is great for graphics but I’ve yet to find an adequate touch-screen music notation app to use with this new user-interface, which we truly prefer to keyboards, mice and touchpads because a “pen” is more object-oriented. Think — we’ve been writing on walls and then parchment for millenia. The “mouse” interface is younger than most of those reading this post. Which interface is more natural, more REAL…more abstract; that is; closer to how a human being would ACTUALLY feel at home using to communicate and create? If you said “pen” — you win. Btw do not be taken in by 3rd-party manufacturers claiming their “stylus works with any touchscreen” the only stylus that jives with the iOS products is the one that is sold at the Mac store. Same for the Surface; the only “pen” you can use effectively with the Surface Pro is the one sold by Microsoft. …buyer beware. So to wrap this test; let’s tack on an advert along the bottom. We’re very close to getting another check from Google so – know that your viewership/listenership/readership is going to a good cause and that we appreciate you. Not YOU…but everyone else, I’m sure you understand. We are also testing a new ad-format; if it seems invasive no worries ill wipe it-t
So in order to promote my new podcast, so far I can only give search terms on SM….which is way lame, but lots are listening to my prototype level content either organically or because they YOU are reader and have a twisted sense of what qualifies as entertainment (actually you are likely to have a higher education and IQ than 90 % of the public per my analytics analysis aggregation)
SO!force you to search for “Tapcast” on iTunes or 1 mouse click? as software engineer I go with latter. Fast, ez & SIMPLE. No work should be involved to be informed and entertained by the madhouse that is Self-Similarity Studios. TESTING…..take 1: Apple’s iTunes “Linkmaker”
Below should feature a button so you can “get some” I mean “get it on iTunes” ….
I’ll even allow the Apple branding if it works….
Here are the some of the new transcription arrangements NOT included in the cast….
Testing…”Salvation is Created” adapted from an arrangement by Greg Flores…. Salvation is Created arr. Tapper by Tapper7
*EDIT – Aerith’s theme removed from embedding due to Musescore’s limit of 5 scores, I will repost it on iTunes as “music only” and perhaps a pdf or two here.
Relm and Aerith’s Theme were composed by Nobuo Uematsu on behalf of SquareSoft for FF3 on the SNES and FFVII on the PS1, respectively. You can currently order FFVII via Steam if you can’t wait for the remake. As for FF3 (FF6 in Japan), sans a cartridge and console, I recommend snes9x provided you DID purchase the game legitimately when you were a kid. As for Hayes I love that track but f-him na…I thought that guy was cool.
Throw “4chan raids on twitch” into a search if you are bored and in need of laughter. Join up, but after my first, EPIC “Ramoning” of a creepy cosplay guy to entertain the 4channers, 9gaggers, myself and make they annoying anime guy lose his mind…I’m suspended for 24 hours. Next time I’ll record so I can resurrect “Steve from Yellowstone” I wish I’d been recording the livestream. I honestly think Jim and Op wouldve given me an atta boy. Last nights raid on The guest host of Black Ops 3 was beyond epic. Caution; cringe-humor is not for everyone. The running gag was “Bush did 9/11” simply because it made the host lose his mind. Full-blown mental breakdown on camera. Never realized we had FULL CONTROL of his livestream and that none of the donations were real.
Infotainment you won’t hear anywhere else dear reader: The SoCal Picayune.
BB King to play The Great Stage in the Sky from here on out
In a coincidental twist of fate in the life of myself and that of the best guitar player I’ve ever heard play live…the same weekend I’m dreadfully disappointed by The Doheny Blues Festival follows just a day after God upgrade ol BB from a Las Vegas Casino Stage to one in heaven.
Knowing BB, AND God – I’d have to say God wanted a better seat. Lucille – his axe, unfortunately, can’t make the trip, but I like to think a soulful, soaring, lamenting, glorious, velvety voice such as his is something you Can take with you.
If there is no music in heaven; then I don’t want to go there. This begs the iconic Metaphor of “The Crossroads,” … to keep from getting OT I’ll discuss this unique in an upcoming post.
So upsetting to me…not his death…King lived a long life, loved his music, his guitar and most of all – performing live. I’d heard him play The Doheny Blues Festival three times over the course of my life and the festival’s tenure.
As good as Los Lobos was (I nearly missed them, three no-name bands followed)…and instead of paying tribute or even mentioning that the most influential blues singer/songwriter, guitarist of all time had recently passed away, they proceeded to play butchered hacky “blues” like “All Right Now,” literally, pop music 101 – a 12 bar blues in Bb. It was amateur night- all night. “You could Tell,” as Ace Rothstein would say. I heard pitch and ensemble problems to go with what amounted to cheesy cover bands that are technically NOT BLUES ENSEMBLES – weak rock/pop cover bands is what they were.
It busted my spirit for the whole affair. I did not return Sunday for Boz Scaggs. who’d been rescheduled due to weather (I think; that statement is not verified; they WERE INITIALLY SCHEDULED TO PERFORM SATURDAY NIGHT – THAT IS A FACT) I wanted to see them but could not drag myself back to the fest.
My bad. Sorry ’bout that.
Poor King’s body is still warm, and the bands standing in for him ON HIS OWN TURF – proceed to “phone in” weaksauce versions of music that was bad the FIRST TIME it was written.
An insult to his memory – I just couldn’t bring myself to come back – even for Boz Scaggs, whom now I’ve STILL never seen live.
To write an accurate obit for King is difficult; he led a generally private life, secluded from fame ROUGHLY more than half his life.
Steering clear of racist implications, according to his lawyer, King literally began his life a cotton-pickin ….errr…cotton picker! seriously. Though said to be 89 years old, I don’t think King was ever issued a birth-certificate. I could not verify when he was born OR his real name…leading me to believe he was born into indentured servitude on the Mississippi River Delta in the mid to late 20s.
His parents were most likely slaves in all but name.
“BB King” does not appear to be a stage name, but… born a “cotton-picker” in the Antebellum South; he may have chose his own name, or it was perhaps conferred by friends, family or fellow musicians in his youth.
BB King, according to medical sources, said he’d been in and out of a Vegas hospital for “mini-strokes.”
Thus the circumstances of his birth and death are foggy at best…but for a life well-lived and a towering musical legacy rivaling Louis Armstrong or John Lennon, with longevity and performance talent to rival “Mick n Keef” COMBINED…who cares how King was born? Who cares how he died?
In that vein, does it matter at all? To any of us? How we enter and exit these little lives of ours. Methinks it May NOT SO dear reader.
You never saw me come in, you won’t see me leave—-it is what I do at The Party that counts, #amirite?
For all the gloomy laments in the lyrical aspects of the Blues…there is no sadness to report in this here Obit. Just the love of his music:
Here’s to you, BB ….thanks for all the tunes, for going out to the Crossroads 50 years before me…for never “phoning in” a performance. I saw you enough times to know you were legit. Straight up. Legit. I’ll miss you. So will millions of other musicians and fans you entertained and inspired.
John Q. Public, I implore you see that Lucille makes her way either to The Smithsonian or at WORST, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Somewhere where she will be safe and publicly viewable, though she should never be played again; in THIS writer’s humble opinion….unless he bequeathed his axe to another player. What musicians want to do with their weapons after they can’t swing ’em any longer is for them and them alone to decide.
No one will miss you more than her, old friend.
According to whomever posted the above vid to YouTube, “It was one of his all-time favorite performances.” That’s as hard verify as his DOB, but it fits the narrative. Another poster, uploaded the same video saying “he performed in New York City – at a jail” THIS DOES NOT QUITE FIT THE NARRATIVE.
a) The background, foreground, set & setting look nothing like a city jail or state prison…it looks like a regular ol’ stage
b) There are lots of women in the audience
c) Very few Law Enforcement visible, no one appears to be armed
d) Had King ever been allowed to donate his time and perform at a New York State Penitentiary …. it would not be in The City Proper, but Upstate. Again, one look at the audience tells you this was filmed in New York City; far from The hills and forests of Syracuse, Albany and Buffalo.
e) It is likely a copycat urban legend. Live music performances are OUTRAGEOUSLY rare for all state correctional facilities. The Man in Black was allowed to perform at Fulsom State Prison one of the oldest prisons in the nation – a crown jewel of The California Department of Corrections (an historic site-legendary and infamous), Cash did a bit there himself before making his come up. The show had to’ve been one for the ages. There are a million stories about Fulsom for every prisoner and CO who ever did time there. Cash’s live performance was part marketing stunt and part reward for long-term good behavior on behalf of the employees and inmates of Fulsom. Riots broke out immediately following the show, Fulsom went back on lockdown.
Today, music is a strikingly precious thing inside the CDC. Some institutions do not allow inmates to buy or listen to radios. There are no musical instruments because they can be used as weapons. Visit a prison cell-block on any Friday Night where music is banned; and you will here them take-turns singing to their block, in groups or solo. It is lovingly called “American Idol Night” at CJX in Orange County and is the highlight of the week for many of the inmates.
f) the vid is a re-upload of a re-upload…reducing the credibility of the “creator” geometrically. (The oldest upload is embedded above for your listening pleasure – Pure, elegant, sonorous tones from King’s pipes and Lucy’s strings. Transcendent talent)
To the CDC – to all institutions – Take my money, my freedom, starve me, freeze me out, deprive me of sleep, force me to drink awful tap water. Violate my rights, railroad me in court, hit me with antisemitic, homophobic, racist and sexist comments on my way to the Chapel, Put me in constant danger….but please, please please oh please…don’t ever take away my music again. Air, water, food + music and I’m all good. You can keep your bogus “rights” if I can tap a drum pad in my cell and listen to awful top 40 radio…it beats NOTHING. Anything trumps nothing. QED.
Getting “The Blues” is usually misinterpreted as “being sad” or “depressed” or “whining about being underpriviledged or lonely” – through song. INCORRECT. That’s called “Mainstream Country Music.” Blues can express a wide range of emotion; particularly love.
As Rancid reminds us “When I got The Music, I got a place to go.” Nothing sad about that.
RIP B.B. King 1925 (est.) – 2015.
Side note: a work of historical fiction that takes place in the US during WWII starring Bill Feynman will publish soon. I’ve completed the first six chapters. It is my first attempt at such a form of writing; I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I’m enjoying writing it.
Let’s just let this vid stand on it’s own two feet sans my absurd commentary (I injected plenty into the captions anyway….)
I hope these are getting better, they take about 1hr in post. They used to take 5-6…so at least I’m improving. Your patronage, visits, listens, views are as always; deeply appreciated. Much love and ttys. -Tap
In the confusion that ensued as WWIII went up and off all around me, A cop car barrelled through my rare, collectible, fast-as-f— Townie Electra. I love that bike, when that cop nailed it, sending it endover-end, things got pretty “heated” to say the least. In all their were miscommunications on both sides so although I went ahead and filed Case # 15-073858 against the OCSD and the careless officer…I don’t blame him.
I WANT (DESPERATELY) TO BELIEVE HE DID NOT MEAN TO DO IT.
I’ve chosen to give him the benefit of the doubt…it looks like some Turtle Wax and a little elbow grease will get the scratches out….it’s just a bummer cuz as of this time 24 hours ago, the Townie had ZERO SCRATCHES.
I also respect that man-to-man, he apologized and accepted responsibility…that’s all we really need to do when the s— goes down; keep your word, admit when you’re wrong and take some f—ing responsibility for your actions.
That…and a little integrity, perseverance, tradition and honor will see us through if and when WWIII really DOES break out. (Or some alternate Armageddon B-movie script event – Meteors, Nuclear Winter, California Sinking, Flesh-eating Zombies, Ebola Zaire, 1984, Brave New World, Bladerunner, Total Recall, AI…you get the idea).
Stay tuned for Fallout Part II…with a comment about the above topics in the video commentary.
Thanks for the crazy bump in traffic over the past few weeks. I can’t do it w/o you, dear reader. Much Love, Tap. 
Ahh the advantages of having a fast bike to get to the scene of breaking news fast and the equipment to document it….what more could a freelance journalist ask for? If you like action, explosions, mayhem, bedlam and fiery columns of gasoline-accelerated brush-fires, then this amazing clip is for you. #NSFW – Mature themes and language.
To my Californian readers: Get ready for lots more where this came from…. “Tick. Tick. BOOM!” –Tektor from “Falling Skies”
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Next time— part II; Fallout – the after effects of exploding Cox Cable Vans; sociological and technical. No one was injured in this accident. The driver is ok…so no te preocupes…it’s all in good fun. I’m sure the van was insured.
I shortened it, added a title scroll, sepia tone effect, credits, remastered the audio mainly to remove an egregious frack…and appended a credit page with a movie quote from Tombstone …”don’t you know any Camptown Races?”
Doc Holliday: “Its a Nocturne, … You know…” heheh. Dedicated to music lovers, technophiles and movie aficionados.
More music. math and other travesties coming soon. -t
Before I go down to the only bar left in North SC…I ought to provide the information and updates due to my beloved readers. Whenever I go out locally…I am flooded with questions about the property that used to be Zona’s…a constantly failing and money-hemorrhaging Italian restaurant/bar which [as predicted]…is no more as of recently. This was mainly a bummer; not for me, or for the management who could’ve done 100 things to keep that joint on life-support for another quarter or two. It was a bummer for the brilliant chef, outstanding bar captain and bartender who worked there.
Hell…they even could’ve turned a profit if MGMT had been less obsessed with Web Security an more interested in Web Marketing.
Marketing period for that matter. The Captain is the best in the city by a wide margin, as is the cook. The barkeep is a youngster who worked his way up from washing dishes in the period of about one yr. We respect that around here, we respect all of them. What we do not respect is mismanagement, careless management, failure to MKT. and opportunities not taken…”nothing ventured nothing gained,” …yes this is cliche’ and a violation of AP style, but it is so apropos I must include it …think about that for a moment in your own life…then read the rest of my nonsense….
For some reason everyone thinks I have some sort of inside knowledge of what goes on at all these local businesses ….the truth is that I DO. How and why I have this knowledge is none of anyone’s concern but my own. Still I divulge facts here on this site and in person.
If you are reading this you are a regular reader so you are aware that:
I do not dispel rumor.
This is NOT a conspiracy theory-related site nor is this writer a conspiracy theorist
This writer is a reporter/investigator/commentator who abides by an ethical code
Fact: Zona’s was liquidated recently because they were, as stated, hemorrhaging $. Fact: A “family business” showed interest in turning the property into a “family oriented restaurant.” Fact: That deal fell through. Fact: Salespersons working for the owner of the property were showing it daily to potential buyers, renters and leasers. Fact: This sign was posted to the front door a few nights ago (click the image to rotate & read):
I haven’t dialed the number yet but you can read it clearly. I WILL be calling that number if the sign is still posted and making an inquiry on behalf of the people of south OC who want to know. That’s one of the things I do. You know that … which leads me to the next part of the discussion.
There are two teams which interest me and I will discuss the teams and games briefly…for detail…goto ESPN.com like everyone else, you know how to use a Web browser.
I just want to give my take, make a few picks and move on.
Team one. The Kansas State University at Wichita. I like this team because they blew out Big K (not Kentucky…Kansas and it’s weird bird thing) “Shockers” have something to do with corn as the logo and mascot imply (in Kansas; EVERYTHING has SOMETHING to do with CORN; one look at the State in person will tell you that)… to the West Coast, “The Shocker” is a half-joke sexual move…”Two in the pink and one in the stink,” or… “Two in the Mound; One in the Brown,” get it stupid? You can make up your own and yell them out tonight as The Shockers take on The Catholic Church…I mean #3 seed Notre Dame at 4:20 Western Time. Pictured: two “Shockers” The standard (as quoted above and the advanced version): pic seen at left is a “reverse shocker” – pro’s only.
In The Big Dance…there exists one and only one Cinderella Story: The University of California at Los Angeles; commonly known as UCLA. This writer will be rooting for them when they take on #2 seeded Gonzaga. UCLA entered the tourney as an 11-seed, barely making it past SMU or SMC or whatever you call them on a goal-tend call that pretty much pissed everyone off. In classic all-class fashion, the Cinderella team proved they deserved to be there by trashing the University of Alabama (not the “Crimson Tide”-Birmingham….yes Birmingham…let’s not get OT). by vente puntos maricohn…or by “20 points, bitch!!!” UCLA is the lowest seeded team still at The Dance. I root for them because my family has close ties; in fact my father, grandfather and myself all attended classes AND served UCLA in one form or another throughout our careers…again I don’t want to get to OT. So…
North Carolina is going to the Final Four
The Shockers by 3.5 tonite
Xavier to upset AZ by 2.5 but lose to NC by 6.5 (as above)
UCLA takes out Gonzaga in the final minutes by 1.5
UCLA v. Duke..tossup with Duke a HEAVY favorite; what will become of Cinderella? IDK
OK will create destruction and slide into the Final Four no problemo
Shockers to lose to BIG K (Kentucky) by 6.5
K still my pick to win it all
I got a notification on my new-fangled LG3 that two YT channels I subscribe to made important updates; this is not the best work I’ve seen from these artists; but overall they are the s#!t and get plug-love nonetheless. Check out other episodes and uploads from these artists and stations…some are found elsewhere on THIS site. you will never be disappointed by Mondo Media or MelodySheep:
I would have added “half-man’s” best quote from the Battle of Blackwater: “Those are Hard Men outside our walls…Let’s go kill them!”
*Our featured image today is one of full moon taken with my LG3 camera-phone err…phone-camera-mp3player…thingy. I just think it came out looking cool-randomly. It has nothing other than minor artistic relevancy; none to the post itself. Apologies.