Communicating with the audience

I wrote about master drummer and composer Lawrence Williams in my July 12th post.
This video was shot a few years ago while he was living in Portland. In this clip Lawrence talks about how a musician should relate to the audience, whether in a club, concert hall or studio. He also talks about his experiences working with Marcus Belgrave and Nancy King.

(click the 256Kb MPEG4 link on the left under Download. Try updating to the latest verion of Quick Time if you have problems watching the video)

1 comment:

Brian Berge said...

I watched the vid' clip but the latest version of QuickTime (7) HIJACKS file-playing: I just spent half an hour manually messing w/ QuickTime's MIME settings & file type associations in QuickTime & Windows, & no matter what I do QuickTime hijacks my IE browser & plays whatever media it feels like when I click on it. I find many other people online are also describing this problem w/out finding a solution.

I uninstalled QuickTime 7 & reinstalled quicktime 6.5.2. I just checked to see if it would play your video clip & found it wouldn't.

I used to work under Apple for years & have first-hand business experience with them creating unnecessary products & unnecesary changes just to force their customers to pay more money. Examples of this are inventing new kinds of connectors that have no advantages but require the user to buy an adapter just to use it. Around 2000 their OS forced users to buy new systems. Fine. The new systems forced users to switch from their previous serial connection to USB-only, with no other options. They probably cost their users millions of dollars as they made their existing printing & scanning peripherals obsolete. There were no USB adapters yet for Macs. At the time of the change there were no USB printers or scanners for Macs. Businesses running Macs were not only forced to spend a lot of money for little or no improvement in product, they had to pre-order products that weren't even released yet, & lose business waiting months for them to come out. True story!

Apple gets away with continuing these kinds of ridiculous business practices year after year because they don't have any competition on their own platform. Actually, I sold Apple systems when they allowed clones in the late '90s. The clones (made by companies like Umax & Power Computing) were so much cheaper & better that they quickly became more popular than Apple's systems. Did Apple face the competition & improve its product & its prices? Hell no. In order for Apple to survive they had to stop allowing the clones from being made.

A good friend of mine was head of international sales for Steinberg & talked his company into dealing with Apple. As far as I understand it Steinberg investing months of time & energy into a particular software-development agreement involving supporting Apple's platform. As soon as they released the fulfilment of their end of the agreement (to Apple's benefit) Apple burned my friend & Steinberg & my friend's reputation with Steinberg for putting his neck out for Apple & talking his company into dealing with them.

Remember those Apple posters & ad's that said "Think different."? Besides hijacking the glamour of artists who died before Apple computers even existed, "Think different" is incorrect English. "Different" is an adjective but when used to describe a verb it should be the adverb "differentLY". It should be "Think differentLY", as in "If you think the idiots at Apple regard substance as anywhere near as important as image, then THINK DIFFERENTLY".

DEATH TO APPLE & THEIR PRODUCTS! Feel the hate! Life is short & I choose to not waste my time or money.

David: Please don't ask me to reinstall & uninstall QuickTime every time I want to see one of your video clips. You've gotta have a way to make it available in more formats than one that belongs solely to a seriously unscrupulous company.