Interview with Scott Farquhar

Today's installment in the interview series is Scott Farquhar. Rather than spend a long time blathering about it, let me just get on with it. Shall we?

  • Who are you? What do you?

    Who are any of us, really? Right now I don't seem to be doing much but working at my old house and getting it ready to rent. But what I hope to go back to doing after I'm done is the main project of my Royalty Free Music podcast. The break away has been good in some ways. Once I get enough music to produce a commercial CD, I will probably lay that project aside and move on to the next shiny object.

  • Jet Packs or Hovercars?

    As exciting and thrilling as the Jet Pack might be, I think I'd have to go with the Hovercar so I could carry more stuff with me.

  • Lets talk about technology: What kind of technology do you use, and what's the coolest thing that technology enables for you? What about your technology do you find frustrating?

    I think I have to hold up my digital orchestra package as the niftiest piece of technology that I have in my personal arsenal. It essentially let's me have access to creating music with actual sampled orchestral instruments. If I want to write something for 5 violas, timpani, bass trombone, and english horn, I can... and relatively quickly have an accurate idea of what it will sound like without having to look for and pay those 8 musicians and get them all together to record. The frustrating aspect is that the music created is grounded in equal temperament, so it's got that flat, slightly out-of-tune sound that just doesn't sound quite right. Perhaps it is a good frustration, since it's clear that no matter how good technology will get, live musicians (and by extension into other areas of technology... people in general) just can't be replaced.

  • Favorite Star Trek Series?

    The original series. As neat and slick as the newer stuff has been, there's just something about the original.

  • The single scariest thing about the future?

    At the risk of sounding like a complete bastard... It seems like it's mostly the stupid (rude/inconsiderate/narrow-minded) people who are breeding. |soapbox| Humans are overpopulating this planet, with an ever increasing percentage of the overall population also contributing less and less. I honestly feel like my lifetime will see the beginnings of major strains on more basic resources like water and food, much less the fossil fuels more people are worried about right now. |/soapbox|

  • Favorite Website?

    Working with the idea of "favorite" being some nifty thing to share with other people (like favorite ice cream, etc.) then I'll have to pick NetFlix. I may visit other sites more often right now, but this is one I think other folks should check out, even though I think most people have probably already heard about it.

  • What do you think was the most important event of the last 15 years?

    In a world context, I'll have to say what I will call "The Rise of the Internet"... Sure, one can trace origins back as early as the 60s even, but it really was about 15 years ago that it started to become what it is today. In a personal context, it was buying a home... 'cause it started to make me feel like I'd finally grown up.

  • One thing that you wish you could learn?

    I've always wanted to learn how to tap dance. Perhaps, one day...

  • Cats vs. Dogs

    I do like dogs, and live with one. But I am really very much a cat person. They suit my personality much better.

  • Where can we find more about you/your projects?

    Oh, and I am "composerscott" on facebook, livejournal, and twitter.

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