Sunday, July 26, 2020

Campfire Cameo Nov 4, 2016 Joel George Koller, Alison Young, Michelle J...

Were going back in time to 2016, when I had moved the Campfire Jam to the venerable Old Mill in Toronto. They wanted to bring a little blues into the Home Smith Bar, which was strictly legit jazz until then. I called upon some blues friends and we were packing the place and the jazz regulars were loving it. I decided to push the envelope and got Joel to bring his electronica rig and I had my MIDI guitar and we pulled out all this stuff for the last set. It took our regular guests, Alison Young, George Koller and Michelle Josef a bit by surprise and nobody knew what to expect (including me). The electronica adventures has been my "guilty pleasure" for almost as long as I've been playing country blues but I didn't take it out very often and had gotten a little discouraged in the last year or so as I was even touching on some elements of artificial intelligence and machine learing to create a "hyper-looper" and my computer just doesn't have the power to do these things. I have dumbed it down so that it doesn't crap out if I tell it what key I'm in and only use one MIDI channel at a time (I started out with a different channel for each of 6 strings). All this to say I fired it up last night and Joel and I had a (distanced) jam and I'm going to noodle away on after the Campfire Cameo for anyone who wants to stick around.