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Rob Birdwell
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Attended University of Idaho
Lives in Corvallis, OR
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Just an FYI, my Virtual Trumpet software is no longer available (either the legacy Windows App or the RIA Web version).  Sorry folks!  Virtual Trumpet has always been one of my most popular attractions - most of my web metrics indicate that it was a big draw but the "audience" for Virtual Trumpet is a different one from the world of songwriting, composing, arranging and producing.  Making and performing real music is my passion.  I'm a techie in many ways, but the Virtual Trumpet software had a good run and I don't want it to be a distraction to my other musical pursuits.  Maybe someday I'll revisit this concept (I've written many incarnations of the Virtual Trumpet) but for now I'm concentrating on "real" musical projects, however unpopular that may be in this day and age!  Happy music making everyone!  Keepin' it real... RB
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I have found copy.com's free cloud storage very useful for music projects, music scores and sharing files.  Check it out - 15gb free - plus (shameless self-interest here) you can get an extra 5gb free if you sign up with my referral link:  https://copy.com?r=l0Y7aA  
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My new tune: Peaceful Valley...recorded with +Mixcraft - I'm playing all the parts:  keys, electronica, trumpet, flugelhorn, tenor sax, trombone, percussion...inspired by Frank Zappa's Blessed Relief...
Rob Birdwell | Jazz | Corvallis, OR
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I love Iggy's last quote:  “When it comes to art, money is an unimportant detail. It just happens to be a huge unimportant detail.”

There has got to be a balance to this music-art-commerce stuff.  I've come to the conclusion that we must practice our respective crafts passionately and dream big; and at the same time we must not only hold on to that day gig, but rock out on it as best we can so as to be wildly successful at both!
‘When it comes to art, money is an unimportant detail. It just happens to be a huge unimportant detail’
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The Svens perform a brand new Viking-penned original show this Friday (10/17) at Imagine Coffee. It's FREE! Come hear a great story and listen to some fine music. The band is sounding great and it should be a lot of fun! I'll be handling the cowboy-surf horn parts (as required by the strict surf law statutes) on Tenor Sax, Flugelhorn and Trumpet...and who knows, maybe even a vocal! All that, a cup of coffee & a muffin...what more could anyone want?  Hope to see you there! -Saxy
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Here's "Nobody's Business" from my latest CD (Blue Macabre) - featuring Nick Rivard on rhythm and slide guitars!
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Here's a new one, "Partly Cloudy" - an instrumental techno-jazz-jam...just cutting loose musically and having some fun here - enjoy!
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Bug fixes and new build available for the JamMan Looper Manager:

https://bitbucket.org/birdwellmusic/jammanloopermanager/src

Reports were coming in (over several months - sorry, I've been busy thinking about music!) about crashes when trying to create a library and/or other "directory" related functions.  There is a known bug/issue in the Mono framework that seems to be the culprit.  Rather than wait for that fix, I simply implemented a work-around so you'll notice a new way to select directories.

I still need to do testing on Linux/Ubuntu.  Any Max users out there?  In theory, this tool runs on Mac too (with the latest Mono framework installed)

Thanks for your interest everyone.  Here's to keeping our little JamMan pedals working and transferring our little loops reliably!

Rob Birdwell
JamManLooperManager - Open Source Project! originally coded by Rob Birdwell birdwellmusic.com =========================================================================== Tools Required: Xamarin Studio, version 5.8.2 > (formerly MonoDevelop) BitBucket Repo: ...
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Here's a link to the bugzilla issue related to Mono: https://bugzilla.xamarin.com/show_bug.cgi?id=27577 I've submitted my own (private) crash report and hopefully someday we'll know what happened. 
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The Svens will be putting on their annual Christmas show at Bombs Away Cafe this Saturday at 8pm.  There's a $5 cover.  Arrive early to get your seat as this show is going to be great!  A new Viking original cowboy-surf-poetry story, many brand new tunes, special guests, gifts and prizes - wow!

For those of you who don't know my alter ego, I'm "Saxy Sven" in The Svens - it's an honor to have such a handle because originally everyone in The Svens was named, well, "Sven".  And like my Svens name suggests, I will be honking on the Tenor Sax (not really my main instrument, but a heck of a lot of fun!) - and of course I'll also be blowing liberals blasts of Trumpet and Flugelhorn sounds throughout.  And who knows, maybe I'll get lucky and sing a tune...ya never know...anything is possible at a Svens show! 

Hope to see you there. -Saxy
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Lights, camera...My Muse video!
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Musician, composer, teacher
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musical, organizational, technical
Employment
  • ProWorks
    Software developer, present
    I work with an incredibly talented team developing web sites and services.
  • BirdwellMusic.com
    Musician, composer, teacher, present
    I started BirdwellMusic.com as a showcase for my musical works and creative collaborations.
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Corvallis, OR
Previously
Los Angeles, CA - Moscow, ID - Bellevue, Washington
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Rob Birdwell is a musician living in Corvallis, Oregon.  Rob plays trumpet/flugelhorn, some tenor sax, piano, bass, percussion and vocals. He performs with a wide range of groups and artists:  Dave Storrs, The Lubians, Sandbox, The Svens, 5th & B, Sideways Portal, and many others. He's a frequent guest-conductor for the Corvallis-OSU Symphony and has composed/arranged music for them as well.
Education
  • University of Idaho
  • Grove School of Music
  • Oregon State University
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