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Dave Weiser is one of those players who makes the difference between a show going ahead or otherwise. Dave’s main gig is ensuring a smooth keyboard sound experience for some of the world’s biggest stage musical productions. On top of that, Dave is a Kurzweil subject matter expert and children’s book author.
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Discussion topics covered during the show (links will open in new tab):
The Boy Who Wanted To Rock (and The Girl Who Wanted To Rock) books
Partnering with Stuart Andrews to work in musicals
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hands-on approach to sounds
Stage musicals and evolving entities in relation to sounds
Worldwide transition from Kurzweil PC3K to K2700
How the Kurzweil PC3K was essentially created for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals
Rod Argent’s role in Phantom of the Opera and Cats
The end-to-end process from planning to opening night, including the Sitzprobe
Dave’s favourite musical
Experiences of first job in stage musicals and programming circa 2100 patches for 3 players.
Working with David Bowie
Working with Jon Carin (Roger Waters / Pink Floyd)
Working at Kurzweil
Is Kurzweil’s VAST architecture actually that hard to use?
Dave’s start in music
Dave’s train wreck story, and it’s the most unique one yet.
Tips for those wanting to get into the industry
Working with Darian Sahanaja on Brian Wilson’s Smile album
NBC 2018 Production of Jesus Christ Superstar
Desert Island Discs: Stage – David Bowie, Man-Child – Herbie Hancock, Never For Ever – Kate Bush, Stop Making Sense – Talking Heads, Drama – Yes.
Thanks to our supporters for this episode: Brother Paul Brown , Musicplayer.com forums, Tammy Katchur’s Musical Stew and Radio Grande
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