Plugging my other blog and new podcast…

I wanted to mention that I recently co-published a new podcast episode featuring an innovative micro tonal composer. A blog about the show and where to hear it is posted on another WordPress blog of mine, this one about my music activities at Woodandwiremusic.Wordpress.com. If you follow me on Wood and Wire Ware please consider following me at the music blog. Thanks and have a great weekend!

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Wood and Wire Land

Funny I began this blog totally as a marketing effort for my launch into mobile app development back in the fall. Though my app and those energies, growth of the ‘ware’ division of the child company Wood and Wire Ware are all still on the radar, with the last few entries and clearly this one no less, there is on the surface a shift in focus but on another level it’s all related.

The Ware effort as explained in an earlier writing grew from my self published music ventures under the moniker of Wood and Wire Music. I have a 30 year history as a composer/acoustic guitarist/multi-instrumentalist in a sound that has ranged from what was known as New Age to the more homogeneous World to the more current New Music. Some of my early material, solo acoustic guitar stuff you can find in iTunes and my newer more experimental material can be heard on SoundCloud at http://soundcloud.com/jimgoodinmusic.

This last couple of weekends in preparation for my son to inherit a room in our apartment that I have occupied I have been downsizing and moving. This room I’ve occupied for 17 years recording and performing my music and working on projects of various kinds. As I have gone through everything, recordings, various mediums, images, photos from years spent doing photography when I lived in Arkansas, letters my now deceased father wrote to me, so many memories have occurred in this room. Many tears have flowed as I’ve mead e the process to exit. Yesterday I sat down and recorded this spontaneous reflection. http://soundcloud.com/jimgoodinmusic/17-years-countless-memories-at.

So this entry as disjointed as I. It was my plan to release a new update to Tips this month as I’ve worked out several new features but in end believe it will have to be next month, all things in time. I can tell you I’m including some extended fields that will be helpful in restaurants and some recommended tip practices and a couple other things. My challenge on it other than time right now, is as with the release getting the rotation right.

Okay time to publish….

Long Overdue and Happy New Year

I’m long overdue for an entry and will do it quickly over morning coffee a cappuccino that I have grown fond of at a local spot in Brooklyn dubbed Crespella.

For starters Happy New Year to all and wishing the very best to everyone who sees my blog.

Several thoughts my launch app for Apple mobile devices, a currency converter and tip calculator I released in October dubbed Tips Across The Waters is alive and well in the Apple store for .99. I have made several modifications to the app and am planning the first update release this month. If you haven’t already, thank you for buying. On its release you will get an update notification in your App Store icon and the update is free. Stay tuned for news on that.

Though this blog is ideally about my software ventures, in addition to this muse I am also a musician and frequent contributor to the new muisc community ImprovFriday. Along with fellow host Paul Muller I’m part of a podcast series for the community. We are on the edge of posting our first episode for the new year which will be a feature on the work of microtonal/polytempic composer/musician Peter Thoegersen. We are in final production stages and should have the episode out this month. The show is accessible in iTunes or on Podomatic at http://improvfridayradio.podomatic.com. Mor news on that release soon.

On a sad note regarding that community, composer, synthesist, new music pioneer Richard Lainhart passed away on December 30, 2011. Richard was based in New York and a major voice in the experimental and new music scene here and was a contributing member to ImproFriday. This news was so sad and shocking when I learned of it last weekend as I knew Richard, worked with him producing a live webcast for Goodbye Blue Monday in Brooklyn and heard him perform several times over the last year. His passing is a tremendous loss to the local and Internet music world. ImprovFriday’s regular weekend recorded music event is inviting member musicians to post work this weekend in Richard’s memory. Visit the community this weekend at ImprovFriday.

On the music front as well I have begun some recent work with composer/trombonist/synthesis artist Paul Bailey. As with many musicians around the world that I have collaborated with the last few years, it’s all made possible by an open source software called NinJam which is just amazing. Paul and I recorded live via NinJam 3,000 miles a part earlier this week. I’m planning to post some of that session on this weekends ImprovFriday as well as on Soundcloud.

Among several resolutions for 2012 I’m trying to promote more artists I’m associated with around the world. Please visit the worlds of Daryl Shawn, Chris Blais, Rainer Straschill, Steven Moyes, Jeffrey Duke, Catherine Todd and by all means as his flame is now burned out but his spirit lives on please get to know the work of Richard Lainhart.

Memory from New Years Eve fireworks in Brooklyn…

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays from Wood and Wire Ware. I hope it’s been a good year for all in my audience. I wish everyone a joyous holiday season and a great new year to to come.

If you or someone you know is traveling this holiday season please consider getting my app Tips Across the Waters, an 11 world currency converter and tip calculator. It’s available in the Apple store for .99 USD at http://iTunes.apple.com/us/app/tips-across-the-waters/id474128076?=mt8.

Should you already have purchased Tips I would like to let you know that I’m working on the first update that will include several new features, some gained from your feedback which I thank you for your input. The iTunes upload area will be down for maintenance during the holidays and I he to get this update out prior to that time otherwise it will be released in January. Updates to Tips Across the Waters are free once you have purchased the app one time.

I’m implementing additional UI fields to support showing the tip amount which should make it handier in restaurants and I’m including localization customary tip amounts for the various included currencies. Additionally there will be some design enhance and currency rate updates.

Time to get on with the day so wishing you well again this season and thank you for your interest and support in Wood and Wire Ware.

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