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Posted Monday, May 12, 2008 4:36 PM
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Posted Wednesday, May 14, 2008 11:52 PM
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Never really thought about it that way.

I occasionally play guitar & enjoy the break from using technology i.e PC's, games, TV, microwaves (:D) etc...

But deep down I probably aproach it the same methodical way as developing/working.

Then again, there's about 20 other IT professionals where I work & don't think any one of them play musical instuments other than air guitar...
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Posted Thursday, May 15, 2008 1:52 AM
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I have to agree... even back at University my course was absolutely full with musicians, and it was a BSc Computing degree. We asked around all our friends in different courses totally non IT related and there were far less in any other.

After reading your article I think for most it would be the problem solving and logical thinking that makes an IT person sway towards learning an instrument.

I can't really give my personal opinion due to having started playing instruments when I was 6 or 7, but I did however develop my interest in IT after this point, maybe it inevitably works the same the other way round!
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Posted Thursday, May 15, 2008 2:07 AM
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I've found something quite interresting.. me myself I like Metal music, and much higher % of people working with it seams to do the same then what I am used to be common in a population. Maybe it's because Metal is quite complex and in some way very similar to classic (I like that too actually). And if you are an IT person you need to be able to handle more complex issues then some other jobs. Now, this my personal experience and not a report but it's what I've come to belive, that some people with some interrests likes more complex music etc.
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Posted Thursday, May 15, 2008 3:12 AM


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I hadn't thought about it that way either. I play the blues harp, but I wouldn't have thought there's anything particularly mathematical about my playing.

If I'm honest, the real attraction is the contrast; the ability to exercise my creativity and give the hard logic a break for a while.


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Posted Thursday, May 15, 2008 4:03 AM


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As you know, Steve, I'm a 60's blues (and folk) guitar player, though now I tend to specialise in playing the Uke. Perhaps I ought to record some backing tracks for your podcasts. I wonder what an electric band of DBAs would sound like? Would they all be good team players or might they be a bunch of prima-donnas? Would they sing from the same song-sheet? Would they stick to the standards?


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Posted Thursday, May 15, 2008 4:09 AM


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I wonder what an electric band of DBAs would sound like? Would they all be good team players or might they be a bunch of prima-donnas? Would they sing from the same song-sheet? Would they stick to the standards?


We'd all probably just sit around making lots of notes, then debate compatibility issues between different versions ;)


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Posted Thursday, May 15, 2008 4:18 AM


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Over the years I've made the same observation.

I play the bass guitar, and have IT friends who are guitarists, drummers and keyboard playerz. Kinda funny how that works out...

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Posted Thursday, May 15, 2008 4:34 AM
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Yeah, I'm a musician (keyboards), composer, and member of ASCAP -- my soundtracks have aired on major TV networks including A&E. So why am I doing IT? I have a wife and two kids -- my job in IT provide benefits (it was pretty flippin' expensive to provide my own insurance for a family of four as a self employed composer). Plus, my wife really didn't like the ups and downs that go along with making a living in the music biz (feast or famine). So, it's either string together little black dots on a page (music) or string together little black dots (well, ANSI characters) on a page (code). It's really the same kind of skill set -- the ability to imagine a finished work and then construct all the minutely detailed components acting together in concert to make it happen. The ability to remember patterns doesn't hurt either. I've known many others in IT with similar stories. There's an IT guy who lives in my home town -- when you walk into his living room you see the gold records on his wall.
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Posted Thursday, May 15, 2008 5:07 AM


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Just maybe ... it has to do with sheet music being a form of a programming language.

Have played guitar (folk, 12-string, bass = favorite), as well as accordion, piano, keyboards, and even helped rebuild ad tune an 1863 Chickering square grand.

Lost use of my left hand about 28 years ago, so now I play MP3s

(... and occasionally hack around with MIDI)


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