Bone of Contention
Rodney Oakes currently teaches college, composes, and performs in Los Angeles. He has pioneered the use of the MIDI trombone, using a tenor trombone for controlling various MIDI devices. Oakes has performed throughout Europe. He also performs with a number of Los Angeles area jazz ensembles, and is frequently heard with OGOGO. Oakes has recorded on the and iii Records, innova, and Living Music labels. The MIDI trombone is the term Oakes uses for his controlling of software synthesizers using a pitch-to-MIDI converter. For this project, the tenor trombone controlled a MX4 synthesizer by Digital Performer. A Yamaha G50 MIDI converter was used, along with a Yamaha MFC foot pedal board. Krystyna Rogowiec Oakes, narrator for Greco-Roman Songs teaches college in Los Angeles. She also works as a translator and has worked on a number of major films as a language consultant, including the Harry Potter series.