Holiday Gift Guide
Wishing you and your family a safe, healthy, and joyous new year. We appreciate all you do to make the world a better place for kids.
We hope to see you soon as we are planning more face-to-face events this upcoming year. Constructing Modern Knowledge will be July 10-14, 2023 in Manchester, NH. So, mark your calendar and register soon!
In the meantime, get some rest and take care of yourself!
Would you believe that kids can design and program their own video games using the block-based and Web-based MakeCode Arcade software and then carry those games in their pocket?
Essential Podcasting Mixer
Mix four microphones, audio sources, and even callers, plus independently control four sets of headphones, and record your productions to an SD card or directly to your computer! This puppy also includes sound pads for triggering pre-recorded clips or sound-effects and can run on batteries! The designers of the Zoom Livetrak L-8 thought of everything.
The power offered by this affordable portable sound studio is quite impressive. Anyone involved in podcasting or webinars with multiple audio sources needs one.
Blackmagic ATEM Mini
This is one of the best investments we’ve ever made. After weeks of reading web sites and watching YouTube videos, we finally understood why you just can’t connect your video camera to a laptop and “zoom” away. This small, insanely powerful hardware switcher allows you to plug-in four HDMI cameras (or even separate computers), and switch between them with the press of a button. Use the free software, and you can produce broadcast quality programming for a few hundred bucks with the cameras you may have lying around. This is a game-changer at a huge price drop!
Rode Microphone for Podcasting
At only $87, you can not beat the quality of the Rode NT-USB-Mini USB Microphone. It includes a detachable magnetic stand, built-in pop filter and headphone amplifier right in the mic. With the right dongle, you can record or broadcast directly into any computer or tablet. Plus, it’s built like a tank!
Ring Light with Tripod
Look mahvelous on Zoom with this adjustable light ring, 50″ tripod, phone mount, and remote control cannot be beat for less than $45!
We have one here at CMK Studios.
You will not believe the insanely cool high-quality action and 360 degree video you can shoot with this brilliant little camera and its magical invisible selfie-stick/tripod! Imagine if a GoPro came with cinematic talent. The Insta360 One RS Twin Edition is spectacular.
Of Course You NEED a Drone!
Sadly, the world lost the great Jimmy Heath in 2020. Jimmy was a CMK “guest speaker” twice.
His posthumous album, Love Letter, is his stunningly elegant last testament, a take on seminal ballads. Love Letter includes songs written by Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and Kenny Dorham in addition to original material. Recorded in New York in the days preceding his 93rd birthday, Jimmy presided over a brilliant cast of colleagues and friends. The result is pure Heath: polished, inventive, candid, beautiful. Guest artists include Wynton Marsalis, Gregory Porter, and more. Love Letter »
Emmet Cohen’s New Record
Emmet Cohen has become quite a musical sensation since he performed with Jimmy Heath at Constructing Modern Knowledge 2013. Few of those present will ever forget the musical interactions and love displayed by these two musicians separated by nearly 70 years. Since then, Emmet’s professional career has exploded internationally. He won the American Pianist’s Association competition and since the start of the pandemic has been broadcasting insanely popular concerts from his Harlem apartment every Monday night.
CMK 2019 guest speaker, composer and trumpeter Brian Lynch, earned the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album earlier this year. This exciting and evocative literary tribute features legendary guest artists. Get the CD or MP3 files »
Brian Lynch has released two more fantastic albums since winning the Grammy. Check them out too!
Zaccai Curtis accompanied Brian Lynch on the piano at Constructing Modern Knowledge 2019. This recent all-star recording is co-led by his brother, bassist Luques Curtis, and features Brian Lynch on trumpet. Listen to the Curtis Brothers »
One of our great friends, pianist, bandleader, and composer John Beasley just released a streaming album of holiday classics played by a very fine piano trio. Check out Holidaze on Amazon or wherever you stream/download music.
Learn to play or sing jazz, Brazilian music, & the blues with music legends online.
Constructing Modern Knowledge 2022 featured pianist Peter Martin who talked about his revolutionary online school for musicians of all ages and ability levels. Some of the finest living musicians are available 24/7 to be your teacher!
Open Studio is the gold-standard for online teaching. Check out the amazing work they’re doing and develop your musical ability, regardless of whether you are a novice or expert. Even if you’re not interested in music, their technical and pedagogical innovations are worthy of your attention.
This is a great post. Happy Holidays to you and Sylvia. I have marked CMK on my calendar.