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Denny's Non-kite Hobbies.

Posted: Mon, Oct 30 2006, 10:11 AM
by Invis
I belong to The Kankakee Area StarGazers, a group of 65 local Astronomy buffs that do public outreach programs for NASA and ourselves. I have a 12 in. Mead LX200 telescope which is computer driven and has a collection of over 145,000 celestial objects in it's database.

I shoot competition at a local gun range. It involves highly modified firearms with lots of high tek components added for accuracy and speed.

I play and make Didjerodoos and conduct a program on Aboriginal religion and Dreamtime stories for schools and park districts. I have a collection of primitive musical instruments.

When the wind is not on the field I fly boomerangs. I have a large collection (about 28 boomerangs) from various artists and some of my own design. Years ago I hosted Rusty Hardin (Australia's top rang thrower) here in the states and was lucky to be tutored by him.

I like to camp and practice survival and primitive skills.

If any IKE members would like to partake in my other fun hobbies please let me know.

Re: Denny's Non-kite Hobbies.

Posted: Mon, Oct 30 2006, 04:27 PM
by Babbman
Invis wrote:If any IKE members would like to partake in my other fun hobbies please let me know.


My hobbies wilt in the manliness of yours...

I'm married to Jenny and we have a 4yo named Elie (who is interested in kites.... come hell or high water). We've been married since 1999.

I am an industrial controls engineer for an integrator out of Downers Grove. Been doing it for 21 years now. Basically, I program the equipment and processes that make things that we all use and eat.

I obviously use computers to do my work but they are also my hobby. I build my own computers (except laptops) and currently have 8 spread around my house if you don't count my Tivo's and other computerized things.

I do video editing for a variety of functions at my church and Drumshow, a yearly production put on by Naperville Central High School. I also do website design and am very versed on computer communications and the internet, having worked with an ISP on and off since the BBS days in 1988. I got my start in computers in 1972 (I was in 6th grade) and was fascinated from that point on.

I play Bass guitar and have been doing so for almost 30 years now. I've been in a variety of bands from heavy metal to rock and roll to alternative and currently play for my church band as well as several other small groups. I was lucky enough to become involved with a drummer who has been an incredible influence in music for me and it has allowed me to play in various bands and functions with absolutely the very best musicians I have ever has the opportunity to play with. I also play the Chapman Stick and regular guitar as well as a variety of percussion instruments.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Re: Denny's Non-kite Hobbies.

Posted: Mon, Oct 30 2006, 05:19 PM
by Chris
That Chapman Stick is friggin cool!!! How did you come across this insturment?

Re: Denny's Non-kite Hobbies.

Posted: Mon, Oct 30 2006, 05:48 PM
by Babbman
Chris wrote:That Chapman Stick is friggin cool!!! How did you come across this insturment?


The Chapman Stick was used by Tony Levin of Peter Gabriel & King Crimson fame... Remember, I'm 44 so those were my influences...lol

Anyway, It looked incredibly cool and sounded incredible... I've wanted one since the 80's but could never afford one.

In 2002, I said scarew it and called Stick up and asked them to make me one. They go for about $2K so it was a pretty big deal for me. I got it and was not happy with the way it looked. The workmanship was rather crummy IMHO and when I sent it back and they looked at it, they were pretty embarassed. In fact, they were so dissapointed in what happened that they took a show piece from the NAMM show that just got over that same week and sent it to me.

This is my baby...

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Re: Denny's Non-kite Hobbies.

Posted: Fri, Nov 03 2006, 01:20 AM
by Invis
Babbman , how blue of you! I never saw a Chapman until I went to see Blue Man Group. What a cool sound. I too play drums. I have a set of pearls and several primitive african drums. We need to drum circle some time! I got hooked on didjeridoo/yadaki when someone brought one to our drum circle.
I must hear you play your stick sometime!

Re: Denny's Non-kite Hobbies.

Posted: Fri, Nov 03 2006, 05:09 AM
by Babbman
Invis wrote:Babbman , how blue of you! I never saw a Chapman until I went to see Blue Man Group.


I love Blueman... I've seen them twice and I have to say that the Vegas show is the best. My favorite part of the shows are when they black light the place and all the back up musicians look like stick figures...

hmmm, now wouldn't that be untimately cool... a night fly with a black lit field and all of us duded up to look like stick figures, flying stick figure kites... Even better, how about a strobe lit field... could you imagine the confusion in our own minds? We used to attempt to play pool under a strobe... rather bizzare....

I also have a didjeridoo but I cannot play it at all... Recirc breathing just didn't come to me... I do have a friend who can recirc breath though... He's an excellent trumpet/fluglehorn player and can hold a note for almost ever....

As for hearing the stick, when I get some time, I'll post a bunch of stick music that I have... some really great players out there..

Our church is putting on a production called Candlelight & Carols at the beginning of December. It's more secular than religious and the musicianship/song selection is top notch. This years theme is 1940's big band and we have a 40 piece big band playing with us... anyone interested in music is invited to come... I'll post more details later.

Re: Denny's Non-kite Hobbies.

Posted: Sat, Nov 04 2006, 12:39 AM
by Frodos Majik
Please keep me posted on details. Love big band!!

Ken

Re: Denny's Non-kite Hobbies.

Posted: Sat, Nov 04 2006, 05:34 AM
by Babbman
Frodos Majik wrote:Please keep me posted on details. Love big band!!

Ken


I will.. if you come, you will have the ultimately rare opportunity to see me play in a Tux. :kid:

Re: Denny's Non-kite Hobbies.

Posted: Sat, Nov 04 2006, 09:16 AM
by Mike
That sounds like fun, let us know the date. Can we fly kites on the church grounds early in the day and then attend the concert in the evening? :P

Re: Denny's Non-kite Hobbies.

Posted: Wed, Nov 08 2006, 09:18 AM
by Hector Herrera
Babbman wrote:
Invis wrote:If any IKE members would like to partake in my other fun hobbies please let me know.


My hobbies wilt in the manliness of yours...

I'm married to Jenny and we have a 4yo named Elie (who is interested in kites.... come hell or high water). We've been married since 1999.

I am an industrial controls engineer
I obviously use computers to do my work but they are also my hobby. I build my own computers (except laptops) and currently have 8 spread around my house if you don't count my Tivo's and other computerized things.

I do video editing for a variety of functions at my church and Drumshow.
I play Bass guitar and have been doing so for almost 30 years now. Chapman Stick and regular guitar as well as a variety of percussion instruments.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Hi Babbman!! That Chapman Stick is very Awsomely interesting!!! I used to do some tapping with my regular Fender Jaguar in my younger years, (17ns 19ns) I played for a couple of bands then, but not anymore. Do you have any recordings of your own? lately I have been looking for special music, for coreoghrapy, to fly my flat kites, and after watching the sticks been played, I tought it would make a good sound for kite flyieng. any suggestion about a CD for Flying kites with Chapman Sticks music? Thanks that is good stuff. Hector

Re: Denny's Non-kite Hobbies.

Posted: Fri, Nov 17 2006, 11:52 PM
by denverberry
Stick music isn't the only tapping out there, My all time favorite musician is Kaki King. She does some amazing things with an Ovation acoustic.

Re: Denny's Non-kite Hobbies.

Posted: Mon, Nov 20 2006, 09:25 PM
by Grant L
Lots of musicians here :up: I have played drums for 37 years :shock: ( man does that make me feel old.) Played lots of styles and even quit college my senior year to go on the road with a group for nine months. :-D

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Posted: Mon, Nov 20 2006, 09:30 PM
by denverberry
Right on Grant... Mike can do you up a snazy club logo for your kick... J/K Glad you joined us.

Re: Denny's Non-kite Hobbies.

Posted: Wed, Nov 22 2006, 10:09 AM
by Draftnik
Justin Roth does some tapping if I'm thinking of the same thing.

http://www.justinroth.com/discography.html

Weaver of Avoca is a song with tapping as is one inspired by the "Hobbit". Can't remember the name of the last one, but I think the title indicates the book somehow.

ttfn,
Draftnik

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Posted: Thu, Nov 23 2006, 12:47 AM
by denverberry
Yip, that is a form of tapping, not quite the same as on a Stick, but still cool none the less.

Re: Denny's Non-kite Hobbies.

Posted: Sat, Dec 09 2006, 06:58 AM
by Babbman
denverberry wrote:I'll bring my Martin, you pull out the Stick and give Ken and Mike :chef: duty...


Speaking of Stick, I about to change my tuning from a Deep Matched Reciprocal to a Dual Bass Reciprocal... Basically turns it into a 6 string bass tuned in 4ths from the middle out away from me and a 5 string bass tuned in 5ths from the middle towards me.... should be most interesting and a hell of a lot more useful for me....

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Did you see that they came out with an Alto Stick?

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Re: Denny's Non-kite Hobbies.

Posted: Sat, Dec 09 2006, 11:35 PM
by Knoted4ever
i used to play synthesizers and the accordion. i used to compose my own music. At one point a record company wanted to cut an album of my playing... rock/jazz type stuff. However, it took over a year for the requisite copyright of the music... and, by then, they lost interest. i got tired of practicing... and gave it up... which i hope never happens with the kites! It won't!

Denny, i wish you could bring your 12 in. Mead LX200 telescope to one of the flys when warm nice weather returns! That Mead that that one fellow had at the kite festival (in DeKalb or thereabouts) was totally fantastic! i couldn't believe those craters on the moon! i hope that the Perry Farm kite fest nights will be clear this time!

Your Didjerodoos are really cool!... very relaxing and tranquil sounds from the ancients!

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Posted: Sun, Dec 10 2006, 02:06 AM
by denverberry
Reciprocal tuning would be 4ths or 5ths on both the bass and melody, or at least matched octave tuning if using custom tuning. I still like trying to tap on my Guild M-75 Bluesbird, right now that's about the only thing that sounds halfway OK. (other than my hammered dulcimers...)

Re: Denny's Non-kite Hobbies.

Posted: Sun, Dec 10 2006, 05:22 AM
by Babbman
I'm also looking into buying one of these...

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http://www.nedsteinberger.com/wav/index.html

Re: Denny's Non-kite Hobbies.

Posted: Sun, Dec 10 2006, 11:47 AM
by denverberry
But of course... I play acoustic double bass. I have a Kay model D-1. (played by The Sons Of The Pioneers, although there is no documentation authenticating this claim)