Category Archives: Never meta-category like you

Radio Shack Store Closing List

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Opinionoids.

Like Factoids, but not….

 

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Audio technology is different than any other type of engineering I know of. In normal engineering, we start with a certain problem, and then try to invent a solution to this problem. But, in audio, most of the time, we start with an invention. Then we try to discover what it might be good for. However, just because one has a cool invention does not mean that the invention is useful or any improvement to the art.

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Finally Beginning To Understand Women.

 

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Lars, I Love You.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niO_xtIEFAM&feature=player_embedded#!

TIT FOR TAT

Stuperhero

And Now For A Change of Pace….

http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/the_eyes_of_tammy_faye

Kids these days….

Dear Ken,

The thread at Senior Haus at MIT which is my daughter’s dorm for a few years had this on it recently:

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From: daniel e mcanulty
Date: 2011/12/3
Subject: Re: Because this was too good not to share.
To: xxxxxx;
Cc: xxxxxx;

Oh hey, this reminds me that I was surprised and pleased to find that a haus resident from the 70s works upstairs from me, the founder and main-brains behind ZT amps, through which you can see wilco playing here:

http://www.npr.org/2011/10/13/141331825/wilco-tiny-desk-concert

They’re these tiny but great sounding amps. Ken’s site can be found here:
http://www.kenkantor.com/

To get a chance to hang out, he took me to (yet another!) old bay area senior house resident’s show at SFMOMA, http://www.jimcampbell.tv/

and it was awesome. Not only was campbell’s work great, but being driven around by a cantankerous old Ken who would curse out anything and everything he thought was wrong with the world under his breath really took me back, except kind of back to the future, seeing him and Jim (and yet another old house resident whose name I forget) interact at sfmoma, it was like seeing all of my friends cast forward into the future, where we are all exactly the same, only older and slightly more authoritatively foul-mouthed.

It really made my heart explode a little, I’m not kidding.

Here, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitarist can be seen jamming backstage through one of Ken’s tiny little amps, playing effectively against a bassist and drummer with something the size of a lunch box:

Nobody knows how to advertise anymore, least of all cantankerous old senior housers who would rather not interact with the world as-it-is, so if you’re into playing music with a small and very-loud amp and want to support a haus company, check out zt amplifiers:
http://www.ztamplifiers.com/

They’re about to come out with a newer larger one as well, I can literally hear them upstairs putting the new design through the paces.

Anyway, it makes me smile to remember my heart exploding. It’s good, and is good, and is, daily daily,

Dan

ps jim campbell’s installation is really quite nice:
http://www.sfmoma.org/exhib_events/exhibitions/436

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OK.

#1.  Old?

#2.  The other ancient compatriot was the renowned artist, Alan Rath.

#3.  So, my company is barely three, has negligible marketing budget; Wilco, ZZ Top, Sonic Youth, The Bunnymen, MGMT, The Chili Peppers, Merle Haggard, Andy Summers, Brian Wilson, Jason Newsted, Leon Russell, Cirque Du Soliel, John Oates, Jim Messina, Robert Poss, Oliver Leiber, John Platania, Yuka Honda, Geza X, etc, etc, are doing gigs and TV shows with the amps.  Not to mention print features from Rolling Stone to Wired. But, thanks for any advertising pointers you may have for me.

#4. Old??

Seriously… nice to meet you, Dan!

Welcome.

Thanks for visiting kenkantor.wordpress.com

I think it is safe to assume that the majority of people visiting this site know of me from my association with the audio business.  This career spans more than 35 years, and includes research, product design, writing and management, as well as the founding of several consumer brands.  My particular expertise falls under the heading of, “Loudspeakers and Acoustics,” although I have worked in almost all facets of modern audio technology.

However, there is another side to my life that I take very seriously. That is my creative work in music, writing and the visual arts.  Although I cannot claim to be a professional artist or musician, my work has been included in a number of exhibitions, festivals and publications worldwide over the years.  My Master’s degree from the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies is in, “Arts and Media Technology,” and I had a Post-Grad Fellowship there.  It remains interesting to me to study the intersection synergies between newly emerging arts and the technological landscape that exists and is evolving around them.

This site is very much a work in progress, with far to go.  My main intent is to share a sampling of my music and art, along with mementos of my career and personal life.  I plan to include some of my undeveloped ideas, silly sketches and midnight thoughts.  I certainly don’t expect that most of it will be of interest to many readers.  Still, these glimpses give a more honest and complete picture of my life and my personality, for what that is worth.

I hope that every reader can find at least one small thing that is useful or amusing within…. hidden amongst the mundane, the opinions and achievements, among failures and contradictions, regrettable decisions and insomniac reveries.  Oh, and thanks for having a look! I really couldn’t ask for more.

Sincerely,

 

-k

 

NOTE: Since the discontinuance of kenkantor.com, there are a number of document links here that are now dead. I’m working on restoring an equivalent library within WordPress.