Hello, fellow GPO-users.
Earlier this afternoon, I was summarily tossed out of the twice-weekly GPO Chat (Fridays and Sundays, 1 PM Pacific time). Apparently, I had the audacity to stand up to Gary Garritan and make public the thrust of his private comments to me that I should no longer participate in the chat. As far as I am aware, no one else had put forth such a remedy, nor had anyone communicated any suggestion of the sort to me.
Apparently, I am a “squeaky wheel” or “whistle blower” because I had raised the question of what can only be called very premature “product” announcements, to wit: Announcing at the January, 2005 NAMM that there were three products on the way: “Garritan Solo Stradivarius”, “Garritan Jazz and Big Band” and “GPO-Advanced”. Apparently, one should NOT ask “where are these?” even we are eleven months following the initial announcement. At least, that’s Gary’s objection to me.
I am tempted to say that I’ve been thrown out of better places that the GPO Chat, but in truth, I’ve not been. I do not believe that my general behavior ever warranted such treatment. When I put the question to the general populace in the chat at the time, the next thing was “poof” and the Moderator (Mr. G) had apparently bounced me out. I have no argument with Gary beyond the general wisdom of announcing a product in what is the sampling equivalent to a “fighting machine” (when IBM used to “announce” new versions of their computers in order to forestall potential customers going with Honeywell, Control Data or other computer manufacturer).
Gee! See any similarities here? My point remains that although there is no “legislation” from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission which currently restricts such “announcements” in the sampling software arena, it is valid to ask whether a product announced in Month 1 should not be available within a “reasonable time” after such announcement.
No doubt this thread will summarily disappear shortly. (I’ll take a snapshot of it and post it elsewhere) and I might also be bounced out of the NorthernSounds access. Apparently there are things you can do when you are the ultimate dictator.
Although I said earlier in this potentially final post in the GPO area that I “have no argument with Gary”, I should probably amend that. Perhaps I do NOW have an argument with Garritan about fair play and common courtesy, but when a person is predisposed to be a dictator and be rude, what can you do?
I wish all my fellow GPO buds well in what they do. The discourse on composition and creativity was why I was there. Those who want to know how to stay in touch!
(Kevin Fletcher Tweedy, Kauai, Hawaii, USA)