I went to a barbie/party thingy at Dan & Dave's place last night. My roomies belong to a baseball team that had their end-of-season bash... After fantastic burgers, we sat around and chewed the baseball fat.
Dan gave me a tour of the new basement at his place, part of which had been made into a bit of music room. There a couple of bass guitars, an electric, an acoustic, a keyboard, and wait for it... a drum kit.
Now, after having dabbled in the dark percussive arts whilst enjoying my teenage years, and a spate as the crash-cymbalist in our high-school concert band, it has been a while since i've hit the skins, so to speak.
Given that there were a number of musos amongst us, and that we were all feeling very relaxed, a jam ensued.
I had to push the nine year old protege from his perch at the kit, and snatch the sticks from his small, but rhythm-laden hands. Then, the group spent about 4 hours making sure everything was tuned... or so they thought... but! I know how annoying it is to play with out-of-tune things, so I was happy to wait.
Then! I couldn't hold back any longer, and started a little beat going. The kids joined in, and suddenly we were making beautiful music together.
Apparently i'm the talk of the town, as i'd neglected to mention that I can in fact play the drums, so friends were a little surprised.
I'm an Australian designer who specialises in digital and cultural work. Most of my career thus far has been on the web, but I'm excited that it's starting to creep out into the real world.
I am the founder of Museum in a Box, making interactive museum objects with simple, fun tech, for wide-as-possible distribution, and I own a company called Good, Form & Spectacle, making design in service to cultural heritage for clients like The British Museum, MoMA, and the Wellcome Trust.
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