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The Pleasure Programmes at the Theatre for the New City

(Folks That Live On The Hill, by Jerome Kern)

iZotope acquires Imagine Research

The company I have been working with for about 18 months now, Imagine Research has now been acquired by iZotope Inc. based in Boston. This is a great opportunity for us to continue to develop our MediaMined technology, to broaden it's reach and incorporate it into iZotope's future products. For my local friends, I'll continue to be based in NYC.

Jill's video interview with Peter

Jill produced a beautiful interview that we made with my Dad, Peter, first shot after his diagnosis, and Jill rapidly edited it ready for playing at his wake. It was a deeply moving way for Dad to be there for all of the people that loved him.

Mediamined

Mediamined is a project I've been working on together with the great folks at Imagine Research for about a year now. With some help from the U.S. National Science Foundation, we're now making public some of our technology.

My Tribute to Dad

This is the tribute I presented with my sister Gaye at my father, Peter John Smith's funeral:

I'd like to talk about Dad's life through some of our personal experiences and recollections of him.

The passing of Peter Smith (8/4/1943 - 29/9/2011)

My father Peter Smith passed away this morning at 10:37am at Kalamunda hospital. Thankfully I was able to be with him, my sister Gaye, and mother Dorothy at the time of his passing, which was peaceful. His condition had deteriorated very rapidly and thankfully this kept his suffering to a minimum. Thank you all for your kind wishes.

Createasphere conference

A heads up that I will be on a panel at the Createasphere Digital Asset Management Conference entitled Is Your DAM REALLY Ready for Audio & Video Files? This will be a great opportunity to discuss some of the work that Imagine Research has been working on over the last year.

Beat Tracking References

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Here are a set of references that I cite in my CCRMA MIR workshop presentation at Stanford University this week.

Authors: 
Leigh Smith

CCRMA MIR Workshop notes

Yèkèrmo Sèw

I had the wonderful opportunity to work with some really talented and funny guys while at IRCAM. One outcome of this was some jamming and recording in a small jazz group with Juan Jose Burred, Gilles Degottex and Pierre Lanchantin. Here is our recording of Yèkèrmo Sèw, a piece written by the Ethiopian composer Mulatu Astatqé.

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Fixing a Roland PC-200 MIDI keyboard controller

Continuing in my series of keyboard repair blogs, I recently bailed an old Roland PC-200 keyboard out of storage. This old guy is just a 4 octave MIDI controller (no sound generator), but it fit the bill for having a reasonably sized polyphonic keyboard for a NYC apartment. Unfortunately it had long ago developed a problem with an F# key no longer working.

While there are newer controllers with many more buttons and polyphonic aftertouch, it seemed such a waste to replace it just because one key didn't work. After a little net research, a problem with many keyboards is that the carbon contact pads glued onto the rubber deteriorates. Replacements for these are available, but this was not a solution to the problem in this case.

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