Filed Under (blog, for the sake of the song, general, Midland, Ontario, podcast) by Sean on October-13-2007

Linux Caffe

Last weekend I went to Toronto to the Linux Caffe for a workshop on how to use the free, Open Source, Ardour Digital Audio Workstation software. I had high hopes for the workshop which would be attended by linux geek musicians, and I was not disappointed. The facilitator for the workshop, Ben Powers wrote much of the documentation for the ardour project and he knows the program inside and out. One of the other attendees, who introduced himself as Greg, posed many insightful questions which led be to believe that he was likely a very experienced musician. On my way out the building he led me across the road on the corner of Harbord street to see a Bass he had made— out of a light standard. This really has to be seen and heard to be believed so have a listen to this special podcast episode. In the interview, Greg mentioned that he has made and maintains 2 more streetlamp basses: in Kensington Market, and on the Philosophers walk near to the Faculty of Music at the U of T.

My guest next episode is Olivia Duck. As some of you may know, I have several months of For the Sake of the Song scheduled ahead of time in WordPress. I move them around a bit, and for some reason the Olivia Duck show automatically released on October 10 instead of October 20. If you got it early, I hope you enjoyed the episode. Otherwise, look for it to arrive on October 20.

Toronto Street Bass

3 Comments posted on "Podcast Special: Toronto Streetlight Bass"
chris on October 16th, 2007 at 4:18 pm #

That’s just way too cool man!

Russ Clayton on November 2nd, 2007 at 4:22 pm #

I hope a car doesn’t run into that pole, or it might become a Fender Bass, which wouldn’t be a bad thing normally.
Very cool instrument! And you were the first ever to record this instrument, Sean! Yet another strip of ductape in your cap!

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