I’ve owned this back breakingly heavy midi master keyboard since the dawn of time itself but I’m about to sell it on and have taken the opportunity to scan the original manual. Crumar keyboards were only around for a short period and this one boasts a very solid all steel construction. A 72 note weighted keyboard, 3 way keyboard split with overlap and a nostalgic 4000 note 4 track sequencer built in ( I mostly used external sequencers myself).
As I mentioned I’ve just laboriously scanned the original manual which I’ve placed on scribd for others who may find themselves in possession of this keyboard whether badged as a Chase or as was the case in the US as the Unique DBM.
A smaller sized but equally high quality AAC+ encoded* version is available here
(*AAC+ audio files require this Plugin(Win) or a compatible player such as Songbird (Win,Mac,Linux), VLC(Win,Mac,Linux)or Winamp(Win) however Quicktime and i-Tunes will play file at half the audio bandwidth and in mono only) Songbird Music Player Recommended
Every artistic form has its golden age, and unfortunately I think the golden age for whatever I do probably ended about 1990.
In the post-golden age, I think we have gone from a non-ironic time to an ironic time. And now I think we’re evolving past irony into parody. I see a lot of artists who are parodying artists and they’re getting across.
I hear a lot of people singing in funny voices, and singing like they’re stupid. Singing in a deliberately fey and dumb and childish way. And I find it to be a disturbing trend.
I read with interest a get together of the creators of the venerable BBC micro computer at the science museum. My first forays into computer network support would have been a part time job in a school which had a room of networked computers that all booted off a 10 MB hard drive (oh the sheer size of it).
The same BBC computer was the front end of the Domesday project which many school contributed content to and on completion and publication the school used to hire an appropriate laser disk and computer set-up which was placed in the library for all to access. Via the laser disk we had full motion video and interactivity long before any of us had clapped eyes on or heard about the Internet.
In many ways I.T. support was easier then as we didn’t have virus and worm headaches to worry about although we certainly did have teenage boy hackers even back then who soon learned how to disrupt planned classes with networked messages and other malicious activity.
And What You See Is What You Get
I was never very interested in computers per se. I was more interested in what you could do with them. I was slowly building a business working with video and was fascinated by early crude attempt to capture video stills and even sections of video onto disc for further manipulation and although I never owned a BBC Micro I certainly remember what writing in wordstar was like before the days of wysiwyg word processors and it was a good learning experience.
I was given a pretty free hand to explore the then capabilities and enjoyed the level of creative and technical freedom at a time when computing was in its relative infancy and I was not bogged down with user problems as we only had one dedicated computer room of 27 or so micros and so the main job was essentially to develop uses which was certainly very rewarding and empowering.
Belief in I.T.
The Beeb certainly didn’t have the power of today’s computers but without the distraction of endless upgrade cycles and the Internet it was perhaps easier to stay focussed on the positive aspects of computer aided learning than the belief that would later infect many educational institutions that spending large on computers would automatically push of school exam statistics.