January 15, 2010


Most earphones have one driver (speaker) per earphone, but as of late some headphone companies have started to produce in-ear headphones with two, or even three, drivers to improve audio performance. However, Ultimate Ears is definitely pushing the limits with its new custom fitted U18 Pro earphones that have six (6) – yes, SIX – drivers PER earbud! That’s a total of 12 drivers!

Talk about an eargasmic listening experience! I would absolutely love to own a pair of these, but the price tag of $1350 USD (plus custom fitting) is a little out of my price range for now. I’ll have to stick with my tried and true Etymotic ER4Ps and HF2s… 🙂


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Good call!

October 18, 2009

Pitchfork.com, an online music website that’s famous for giving great albums mediocre reviews, was recently mocked by The Onion News Network in an article – fictitious of course – stating that they had given “Music, a mode of creative expression consisting of sound and silence expressed through time…” a rating of just 6.8 out of 10. (See the hilarious article in its entirety here: theonion.com)

As funny as the article is, it must also be noted that Pitchfork is not always wrong as they recently named Radiohead’s Kid A as “the best album of the 2000s,” a damn good call indeed! Now I understand, or can at least justify with some sort of external certainty, why I’ve been listening to Morning Bell on repeat since February. (See here for the article: pitchfork.com)

Until next time…

YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp2d1Kbaw-o



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CD Conundrum

September 21, 2009

Everyone has a CD collection and therefore also own CD racks that are designed to hold standard CDs in a plastic or cardboard case. Big surprise. However, such storage devices, as useful as they may seem, turn into an OCD nightmare when CDs don’t fit into the slots! But maybe the problem isn’t with the shelving, perhaps it lies with the unnecessarily pretentious bands that get off on releasing CDs of bizarre shapes and sizes for no other reason than to be different! I mean, seriously… I can understand that this is necessary for box sets and some classical CDs with novella-like liner notes, but there is no reason, for example, that “Stars of The Lid – Tired Sounds” cannot fit in its proper alphabetical location next to all the other “normal” CDs on my CD shelf! What gives!?

Ok, so here’s the question, then… what does everyone else do with their CDs of obscure form? As you see here, I have set them on top of the shelf, but I feel as if it’s some sick (often undeserved) form of subliminal advertising. Furthermore, any hope of alphabetic harmony is permanently sacrificed. Perhaps this is simply a harsh lesson conveying the lack of hope for any real order in a world of chaos… *sigh*


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Music Featured on UCalgary Website

June 2, 2009

The University of Calgary Department of Fine Arts has recently added a new media section to their website to showcase student performances. I was pleased to discover this morning that one of the featured selections is a live rendition of Arvo Pärt’s “Spiegel Im Spiegel” featuring Jon Fisher on french horn, and myself playing piano from April 4, 2008.

If you are interested in having a listen, see here: http://finearts.ucalgary.ca/music/node/113


Playing The Pines of Rome With the CPO!

May 25, 2009

I will be performing Respighi’s “The Pines of Rome” with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra this Friday and Saturday (May 29 and 30, 2009). This is a WONDERFUL piece of music, and is, in my opinion, one of the best orchestral pieces ever written. It’s simply gorgeous.

If you are unfamiliar with this piece, be sure to check out the following video:

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oqasTguizM


I always forget how good this album is…

May 1, 2009

I always forget how great this album is until it comes on shuffle on my iTunes and I become totally transfixed…

It’s weird because the first few times I heard it I thought it was un-listenable noise, but in reality it’s probably the best album since Radiohead’s Kid A (which coming from me is saying a lot. Hah…)

It’s a shame that such a great studio band is so terrible live… I saw them in Vancouver… but with a great disc like this who cares.

Liars – Drum’s Not Dead

Playing with Diana Krall!

March 13, 2009

I am excited to share that I will be performing clarinet with Diana Krall at her two Calgary shows on April 14 and 15, 2009 at the Jubilee Auditorium! I’m not exactly sure what it will be like, but I was told it will be “a lot of fun,” so I imagine it will be something like this without all the New Year’s celebrations, haha: