Become a fan of the NAMM Oddities on facebook and see occasional audio-related strangeness all year long. You'll also be the first to hear when the Oddities go online each year.
This year it only took me six months to carve out enough time to get the Oddities done. After the last couple of years I'd call that progress. If the Oddities were a person they've be of an age that they could legally consume alcohol in the US. I think I'll have one in their honor to celebrate (not that a fair amount of alcohol wasn't consumed already in the process of writing them.)
After attending the Winter NAMM show for a number of years, I'd noticed that the exhibitors seem to fall into two categories: the established company showing its new (and sometimes vaporous) products and the independent start-up company looking to be noticed by distributors, music stores, potential investors and the music press.
It seemed that every year I spent more of my NAMM time checking out the various small companies that got stashed in some dark corner of the show. Many of the products from these companies were never seen the by the average visitor, sometimes because they only appealed to a small market, or because most people simply couldn't figure out what the hell they were supposed to do.
That isn't to say that these products are ill-conceived or poorly executed. It's just that sometimes they're, well, a little odd. This situation made me think that there ought to be a place for people to come to marvel and wonder at all of these products. Thus, the NAMM Oddities were born.
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