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Web Posted - Monday November 13, 2017
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Revisited on the 9th Anniversary of his passing - Antiguan & Barbudan Cultural and Steelpan Icon Leroy “Jughead” Gordon
 

Antigua & Barbuda, WI - There are few - if any - steelpan music greats that can claim that a sitting Prime Minister spoke at their funeral.

On November 13, 2008 Antigua and Barbuda national cultural icon and Harmonites pan player Leroy “Jughead” Gordon made his transition and passed on. And exactly two weeks later on November 27, a defiantly beautiful and sunny afternoon served as the backdrop for the home-going service and celebration of his life.

....When Steel Talks had been in Antigua for the annual Moods of Pan concert. Leroy “Jughead” Gordon was one of the great steelband leaders of our time.
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Web Posted - Saturday November 11, 2017
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EBONITES.........Who?

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Global - Very few knew who they were or where they came from, but that J’Ouvert morning they claimed their place in Carnival history. The year was 1960 and the carnival music flavor, Pan, was ripe from diversity and discovery as the genius of the panist blossomed. The gladiators in this arena were Trinidad All Stars, Invaders, Desperadoes, Hilanders, Starlift, Guinness Cavaliers, Casablanca and Tokyo. As far as John Public was concerned, out of the aforementioned the champion of the J’Ouvert Bomb contest will emerge. Among those the Pan Science innovators resided, their egos fermenting, adorned as they were with accolades from their respective clans and envied by their competitors.
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Web Posted - Thursday November 9, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2018
‘We Cannot Take That’
sung by Simeon Superville

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Global - Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, Simeon Superville aka has been a composer, producer, songwriter and arranger from 2009 to present.

....For 2018 Simeon Superville delivers a vocal calypso commentary on the issues presently impacting the annual Panorama competition in Trinidad & Tobago with We Cannot Take That.
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Web Posted - Monday November 6, 2017
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Narell’s Wildly Experimental New Album Jives with his upcoming Induction into the Percussive Hall of Fame

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Global - On US National Public Radio (NPR), Andy Narell describes how pan has taken him from the traditional steel band sound to jazz and back again.

Narell has a sincere and deep conviction about the music he makes. In spite of his fame, he remains thoroughly unpretentious, pooh-poohing the idea that his score of albums bursts out to a paean of his pan and jazz music of his life stories.

Life stories? Narell claims that he’s simply doing his work, writing complicated forms and creating larger ones, each album, each piece of music that way and experimenting with different others.

Narell insists that there’s nothing about his life in the whole kit and caboodle here.
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Web Posted - Thursday November 2, 2017
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WST Tech Notes & Tips - Centiment - NYVR Expo 2017

Micah Brown, founder and CEO of Centiment, at NYVR Expo 2017

New York, USA - Micah Brown, founder and CEO of Centiment, is a brilliant young man who When Steel Talks (WST) got to meet up close and personal at the NYVR Expo 2017. In addition we got to hear him and his views as part of the Diversity seminar at the 2017 NYVR Expo.

Micah is a visionary technologist with an intersection of skills consisting of data and algorithm understanding, HCI-centric digital technologies, financial services, financial engineering and media services.
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Web Posted - Thursday November 2, 2017
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Diversity in VR - 2017 NYVR Expo

Ekaterina Prasolova-Førland, Michael A. McNair, Cinthya Mohr, Veronica Flint and Micah Brown - Diversity in VR panelists at the 2017 NYVR Expo

New York, USA - The tech industry famously has a diversity and gender problem. Hear from some of the VR industry’s leaders who spoke at the 2017 NYVR Expo on how this is being addressed and overcome. The panelists were selected from active members of the industry.
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Web Posted - Wednesday November 1, 2017
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WST Tech Notes & Tips - Kodak PIXPRO Orbit360 4K - 2017 NYVR Expo

KODAK’s Chris Koch discusses the finer points of the ORBIT360 4K at NYVR Expo 2017

New York, USA - KODAK’s Chris Koch discusses the finer points of the ORBIT360 4K with When Steel Talks (WST) at the 2017 New York Virtual Reality Expo. This was one of the new tech products that really caught our attention. Indeed the ORBIT360 4K is a tremendous tool to have in the pursuit of capturing, creating and bringing an authentic music and performing arts immersive experience to the public - such as in the panyard with a steel orchestra or on stage for a steelband Panorama competition.
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Web Posted - Tuesday October 31, 2017
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WST Tech Notes - PanoMoments - NYVR Expo 2017

Dustin Kerstein of PanoMoments demonstrates the software with an attendee at the NYVR 2017 Expo.

New York, USA - PanoMoments debuts at the NYVR 2017 Expo. Dustin Kerstein speaks to When Steel Talks (WST) about the benefits of VR software ‘PanoMoments.’

PanoMoments provides some awesome possibilities for an immersive experience with the steel orchestras and other performing art forms partial to immersive experiences and environments.
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Web Posted - Tuesday October 31, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2018
‘I Young’
sung by “Crazy”

Global - Edwin “Crazy” Ayoung is a veteran music composer and performing stalwart.

His latest track, I Young, adds to the increasing set of music works sung by “Crazy” for the 2018 steelband Panorama and carnival season; he also wrote this one. Already out for this period are Pan Break, Wind and Solar and Love of the Music.
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Web Posted - Sunday October 29, 2017
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Tech Notes - Ricoh THETA V - 2017 NYVR Expo

Kevin Camacho of Ricoh Imaging talks about the Theta V at NYVR Expo 2017

New York, USA - Kevin Camacho of RICOH Imaging talks about one of their latest products, the THETA V, at the 2017 New York Virtual Reality exhibition. The THETA V presents great possibilities for 360゜spatial audio recordings.

Additionally, the Theta V provides 4K/30 fps high-quality videos. Indeed, a great tool for capturing the steel orchestra.
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Web Posted - Friday October 27, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2018
‘This Is It’
sung by “Preacher”

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Global - ....With the current trend of the steel pan arrangers being attracted to popular soca songs with a catchy melody and uptempo rhythms, Alvin Daniell and Barnet “Preacher” Henry have composed with that in mind. The song ‘This Is It!’ says it all in one of the lines of the chorus – “this is what you asked for.”

Preacher, a former road march champion, plans to be in Trinidad for Carnival 2018 and is expected to perform at one of the local tents.
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Web Posted - Friday October 27, 2017
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Tech Notes & Tips - Palette - PhotoPlus Expo 2017

Ryan Van Stralen, VP Sales and Marketing at Palette Gear talks about the company's product at PDN Photoplus Expo 2017

New York, USA - At PhotoPlus Expo 2017 in New York, Ryan Van Stralen, VP Sales and Marketing at Palette Gear demonstrates the capabilities of “Palette” control modules to WST first-hand. This product allows the user maximum hands-on control over related & integrated software thereby increasing user productivity and enhancing creativity. Not to mention saving time.
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Web Posted - Thursday October 26, 2017
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Tech Notes - Tips: FotoOp platform for photographers & videographers - PhotoPlus Expo 2017

Leopold Auguste of FotoOp talks about the outfit's platform and network at PhotoPlus Expo 2017

New York, USA - FotoOp’s goal is “to create the largest network of photographers and videographers for hire, and make them accessible to the world.”

At PhotoPlus Expo 2017 in New York, Leopold Auguste gives some insight into FotoOp, talking about the benefits to and support system for photographers and videographers. Steelband photographers and videographers, et al, take note.
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Web Posted - Thursday October 26, 2017
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Tech Notes and Tips - Azden microphone products - PhotoPlus Expo 2017

Matthew Lott of Azden talks about products at PhotoPlus Expo 2017

New York, USA - At PhotoPlus Expo 2017 in New York, Matthew Lott of Azden talks about key products - the SMX-30 Stereo/Mono Switchable Video Microphone and the PRO-XD Digital Wireless Microphone System - which have related applications for steel orchestra documentation.
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Web Posted - Wednesday October 25, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2018
‘Love Of The Music’
sung by “Crazy” and Melly Rose

Melly Rose and Edwin “Crazy” Ayoung

Global - Edwin Ayoung or “Calypso Crazy” as he is known to many - is back.

“Crazy” is hard at work for the 2018 steelband Panorama season. This track ‘Love Of The Music’ which he vocalizes along with Melly Rose is one of a few already out.
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Web Posted - Wednesday October 25, 2017
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Mixing vs. Mastering -- ‘This Is a Mix, This Is a Master’ - 143rd AES Convention, New York

Panelists for the Mixing vs. Mastering - ‘This Is a Mix, This Is a Master’ session at the 2017 AES Show in New York

New York, USA - Titled “This Is a Mix, This Is a Master,” this session was indeed one of the more intriguing and high-value seminars at the recently-concluded 143rd AES convention in New York. The event brought together students from all over the country. And although labeled a student career event - and targeted towards students and upcoming engineers, the information disseminated was extremely informative with industry-wide benefits and applications.

....The panel, consisting of three practicing and renowned mastering engineers, led an enlightening, enthusiastic and engaging interactive learning session.

....Overall, great pointers that producers of large steel orchestra recordings could embrace as best practices to produce a superior product in future.
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Web Posted - Monday October 23, 2017
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NAB Tech Notes & Tips - Roland Audio/Video Products & the Steel Orchestra - 2017 NAB Show

Rob Read of Roland Corporation U.S. has a short chat with When Steel Talks (WST) at the 2017 NAB Show in New York

New York, USA - At the 2017 NAB Show in New York, Rob Read, Business Development Manager, Professional AV of Roland, talked to When Steel Talks about Roland’s new cutting-edge audio/video products.

The Roland products cover a wide range of professional audio video equipment including switchers, recorders, and display devices. As expected the possibilities in relation to reproduction of music of the steel orchestra are tremendous.
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Web Posted - Sunday October 22, 2017
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Pan and Parang Fundraiser with Trinidad & Tobago Chinese Steel Ensemble

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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - In its bid to offset expenses, the Trinidad & Tobago Chinese Steel Ensemble (TTCSE) will be hosting its first-ever “Pan and Parang” fundraiser.

The brunch fundraiser takes place at The Chaconia Hotel, Saddle Road, Maraval in Trinidad on Sunday November 5, 2017. Brunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

....“The funds go towards expenses for the band, maintenance of equipment, arrangements, uniforms,” says Ken Chang On, president of the band.
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Web Posted - Friday October 20, 2017
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Spatial Reproduction and Surround Sound & the Steel Orchestra - AES 143rd Convention

Fadi Hayek of Solid State Logic has a short chat with When Steel Talks (WST) at the 2017 AES Show in New York

New York, USA - Fadi Hayek, Vice President of Music Products of Solid State Logic talks to When Steel Talks about the reality and future of Spatial Reproduction in the home and in the theater. The possibilities for reproduction of music by the steel orchestra are tremendous.
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Web Posted - Thursday October 19, 2017
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Exploring Panasonic’s VariCam at the 2017 NAB Show and its Aptitude for Capturing Steelband-Related Footage

Panasonic Product engineer Yusuke Ota, has a short chat with When Steel Talks (WST), outlining the benefits of one of the company’s latest camera lines, The VariCam

New York, USA - Panasonic Product engineer (Broadcast, Cinema & Professional Video Systems) Yusuke Ota, has a short chat with When Steel Talks (WST), outlining the benefits of one of the company’s latest camera lines, VariCam, and how it is the ideal choice for filming in low-light settings i.e. some panyards where steel orchestras rehearse/perform, and similar settings. With its Dual Native ISOs, and in particular ISO 5000, the VariCam has already revolutionized the approach to professional filming in low-light settings.

....From command performances to interviews and documentaries with pioneers and legends, it is no secret that many steelband-related events take place in dimly-lit environments. And there lies the revolutionary impact this camera could have on the art form.
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Web Posted - Wednesday October 18, 2017
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Telefunken Elektroakustik Microphones & the Steel Orchestra - AES 143rd Convention

Jason Scheuner touches on the quality aspect of Telefunken Elektroakustik microphones at AES 2017

New York, USA - A confident Jason Scheuner talks with When Steel Talks (WST) about the quality aspect of why Telefunken Elektroakustik (“Electrical Acoustics”) microphones are ideally suited for capturing the family of instruments within a steel orchestra. He focuses on the range and texture of tone that he believes is key, along with the precision and warmth - all of which need to be captured.
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Web Posted - Wednesday October 18, 2017
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Sontronics Microphones - Pro Audio Design & the Steel Orchestra - AES 143rd Convention

Bruce Bartone talks about Sontronics microphones at AES 2017

New York, USA - Bruce Bartone is just one of the exhibitors at the 2017 AES show currently ongoing in New York, who explained to When Steel Talks (WST) why his company's microphones - in this case, those of Sontronics,  could be uniquely suited for capturing the family of instruments within a steel orchestra.

Sontronics microphones are British-designed, and the company is one of the leading manufacturers of the products.
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Web Posted - Monday October 16, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2018
‘Pan Break’
sung by “Crazy”

Global - Edwin Ayoung or “Calypso Crazy” as he is known to many - is hard at work - musically speaking, as always.

Vocals flow from “Crazy” each steelband Panorama season and 2018 is no different. He is heard here with  the track ‘Pan Break’ written by Dennis Smith & Gregory “GB” Ballantyne, joining ‘Wind and Solar,’ already released.
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Web Posted - Thursday 12 October, 2017
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D’Radoes Steel Orchestra - ‘Full Extreme’ - New York Panorama 2017 - Pan Yard Recording - VIDEO

 Radoes Steel Orchestra during their 2017 WST Panyard Panorama recording

New York, USA - Radoes Steel Orchestra -
Drill Master Dane Gulston had the orchestra in “Full Extreme” mode as they executed the arrangement of the reigning champion arranger Terrance “BJ” Marcelle.

Basement Recordings captured 100 Radoes players, ‘live’ in their Canarsie, Brooklyn panyard.
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Web Posted - Thursday October 12, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2018
‘Journey Of The Veterans’
sung by “The Original DeFosto Himself”

Winston Scarborough aka “The Original DeFosto Himself”

Global - Winston Scarborough aka “The Original DeFosto Himself” usually writes and records a few tracks each Panorama season, and the upcoming one is no different. 

For the 2018 steelband Panorama season “De Fosto” is on point with ‘Journey Of The Veterans.’
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Web Posted - Tuesday 10 September, 2017
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 ‘De Legacy’ - The October 14 Concert: Codrington Pan Family & more

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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  Following the success of their most recent concert in July 2017, the Codrington Pan Family is back with another dynamic night of entertainment for the entire family!

‘De Legacy’ the concert, will be held on Saturday October 14th, 2017 at TLC, UWI (University of The West Indies). The show, which begins at 7:00 p.m., will feature performances by the Soul Oasis Cultural Ambassadors (S.O.C.A.) and of course, hosts Codrington Pan Family.

It is the first concert to feature the Codringtons’ re-branded look, which is in keeping with the ensemble’s strong commitment to family and community.
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Web Posted - September, 2017
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The Ugly, The Uglier and The Ugliest - New York Panorama 2017
tag words for 2017 NY Panorama: Embarrassing, Shameful, Thoughtless, Bandits

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New York, USA - Well if you haven’t heard already, New York's 2017 Panorama Steel Orchestra competition was an epic failure for most. Unless you were the show’s promoters - who got away as bandits in the night - except it was a broad daylight-mugging with everyone watching. Calling the promoters “bandits” is really a description 'upgrade’ as they have been known as the original Evil Empire to the Brooklyn Steelband community for decades.

So in this regard, let’s cut the crap! And the fake news from those who are spreading alternative facts, about how great New York 2017 Panorama was. In reality it was jacked up.
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2017 Trinidad & Tobago Panorama Review - the Good, Bad and Ugly

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The 2017 Trinidad and Tobago Panorama season—and by extension the Carnival season—was a tumultuous one that was overflowing with enough drama, intrigue, passion and controversy to field a season of Scandal, Empire or Game of Thrones. But in the end there was the music. An abundance of great music created by the finest arrangers, and outstanding performances delivered by the best steel orchestras in the world.

Two songs captured the imagination of Trinidad and Tobago for this 2017 Panorama and Carnival season - “Full Extreme” by Ultimate Rejects and “Good Morning” by Peter Ram. In fact, “Good Morning” became sort of the de-facto “test piece” as no other tune of choice has endeared itself to the steel orchestras as much in recent times. However, on closer inspection Bunji Garlin & Machel Montano’s “Buss Head” or Crazy’s “Gee Gee Ree” would be apropos to telling the complete Panorama season’s story.
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Early Trinidad and Tobago Steelbands Names Associated with Hollywood Movies

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Global - Within the historical context, a look at the impact of American movies on the naming of early steelbands of Trinidad and Tobago.
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 Complete Summary of Results of all Conventional Steel Orchestras - 2017 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - At a glance and on a single page, access the comprehensive summary of results for the Small, Medium and Large conventional steel orchestras participating in their respective categories in the 2017 Panorama.

Follow the musical journey of respective bands through all three phases - preliminaries, semi-finals and finals through data on band info, scores, tunes of choice and arrangers.
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 Tunes of Choice - Trinidad & Tobago Steelband Panorama 2017

Tunes of Choice for Steelband Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - A unique playlist featuring only the music selected as Tunes of Choice for the Trinidad and Tobago 2017 Steelband Panorama and Carnival.
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Champion Panorama Tunes of Trinidad and Tobago

Panorama Champion TunesGlobal - A critical component to winning any panorama competition is the song the orchestras choose to use as the basis of their panorama arrangements. Over the years these songs have inspired classic panorama arrangements. When Steel Talks invites you to take a look at and listen to, these famed tunes which have played more than just a cursory part in the history of Pan, and the lives of the players and fans.
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