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New 2 THUMBS UP flash drive from Dr. Cornelius Pianeer

What's On Your 2 THUMBS UP! Thumbs Drive?

4 CDs — More Than 40 Tracks — All Original Thumb Piano Music

by Dr. Cornelius "Thumbs" Pianeer

More Karimba Cover ImageDisk 1: More Karimba! Dr. Cornelius Pianeer Plays Karimba Thumb Piano

You asked for it, he played it! Dr. Cornelius "Thumbs" Pianeer's second all-Karimba recording features the fiery Hugh Tracey Karimba from South Africa, a thumb piano with rattles attached. On this recording, Dr. Pianeer introduces an exciting new sound, the Sandbox Karimba, on the super-jangly, extra-blingy barn-burner, Nashville.

  • Beginning (2:06)
  • Nashville (5:38)
  • Royal Oak Roundabout (11:40)
  • Special K (2:48)
  • Stockley Gardens (3:14)
  • Lewis Creek (5:29)
  • Day Avenue (3:40)
  • Thumb Is My Drum (4:41)
  • B Roll (1:49)
  • Courtyard (5:38)
  • Savannah (1:44)

Thumbin' Round the Mountain Cover Image

Disk 2: Thumbin' Round the Mountain: Dr. Cornelius Pianeer Plays Mountain Melodies

On this delightful recording, Dr. Cornelius "Thumbs" Pianeer plays the simplest of thumb pianos, including the 8-note Mountain Melodies Kalimba. Made in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this sweet thumb piano is ideal for students, beginners, or as a memorable gift for a child. Also included are the 8-note Hugh Tracey "Shield" kalimba and a rustic 8-note home-made thumb piano on Suzie.

  • I Met Her on the Quay (2:20)
  • Wren I Call Your Name (8:24)
  • Marasa (3:16)
  • Eights (4:02)
  • Crazy 8 (4:14)
  • Suzie (2:41)
  • Eight Bird (4:43)
  • The Appalachia Song (2:09)
  • Why Fi (3:24)
  • More Why Fi (2:49)
  • Shield (3:15)
  • Sandy Thumper (1:08)

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Disk 3: Sand Dance: Dr. Cornelius Pianeer Plays Sandbox Thumb Piano

The "sandbox" is a gadget Dr. Cornelius "Thumbs" Pianeer straps onto his thumb pianos to make 'em shake. It's a small box of "seeds and such" attached to the back of the kalimba that adds depth and rhythm to the dancing ditties debuted here.

  • Shufflebox (1:43)
  • Sand Dance (2:28)
  • Belimba (3:40)
  • Sandman Shake (0:23)
  • Watauga (10:09)
  • The Ledges (1:48)
  • Bird Seed (4:45)
  • Sonar (4:10)
  • Rattler (1:02)
  • Soft Surf (5:46)
  • Island Breeze (8:21)

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Disk 4: New Friend: Dr. Cornelius Pianeer Plays Thumb Piano

Dr. Cornelius "Thumbs" Pianeer says there are few things as wonderful in life as welcoming a new thumb piano into the family. "New Friend" refers to a vintage hollow-body treble Kalimba made by Hugh Tracey in South Africa some 50 years ago. Other new friends on this recording are "Blue Steel," a vintage Hugh Tracey treble Kalimba in a different key, and the Irin hollow-body treble Kalimba, Dr. Pianeer's first thumb piano from China.

  • First Impression (1:17)
  • Mowbray Arch (7:36)
  • Irin Bridge (7:24)
  • Blue Steel (1:36)
  • Red Wings (6:23)
  • New Friend (9:33)
  • Hipnosis (3:47)
  • Bird Walk (4:42)
  • Tango de Pato (5:59)
  • Cloud Dance (5:07)

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To order your copy of 2 Thumbs Up: Dr. Cornelius Pianeer Plays Thumb Piano, send check or money order for $29 plus $3 shipping to Staunton Media Lab, 644 Greenville Ave. Suite 234, Staunton, VA 24401. CDs are $15 each plus $3 per order for shipping. Track lists are available at StauntonMediaLab.com. Sample tracks are available at the website and at Soundcloud. For more information, contact Steve O'Keefe at 540-324-7023. Thank you!

William Illsey Atkinson

- About the Book

Nanotechnology and the Big Changes coming fromthe Inconceivably Small

by William Illsey Atkinson
Published by Amacom Books

Since the beginning of the industrial age, most machines have grown steadily smaller, more powerful, and more complex. Now nanotechnology, based on the science of the infinitesimally small, takes technology beyond most popular definitions of reality, to a realm of molecular machines, cell-sized computers, and other astounding possibilities.

NANOCOSM is like a debriefing of the major players in nanotechnology -- scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, venture capitalists, and government officials. Atkinson probes for their best ideas, converts the answers to common English, then tabulates the results. His quest for the biggest concepts in super-miniature technology leads him all over the globe, from Tsukuba, Japan -- home to the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology -- to the Nanotech Planet conference in San Jose, California -- with contributions from Canada, Brussels, Switzerland, Australia, the U.K., New York, and North Carolina.

In NANOCOSM, Atkinson reveals a spectacular view of the immediate future of nanotechnology and its applications in:

  • Medicine -- precision-delivery drugs that assemble themselves and have minimal side effects
  • Computing -- quantum processors triggered by a single particle of light
  • Engineering -- megastructures made of hollow nanotubes boasting exceptional strength and stability
  • And countless other inventions that will redefine how we work, play, and live.

As with any phenomenon, nanotechnology has both its naysayers and its zealots, by turns clouding scientific truth with dismissals, prophecies, and pipe dreams. But nanotech is real: The U.S. President recently announced a $500 million National Nanotechnology Initiative, and "Business Week" named nanotechnology one of the Ten Technologies That Will Change Our Lives. NANOCOSM shows why.

In describing his journey, Atkinson brings personality and voice to the hype that surrounds nanotechnology, and successfully makes it approachable for both the hardened scientist and the inquisitive lay person.
-- Randall C. Willis, Senior Associate Editor,
Today's Chemist at Work (American Chemical Society)

...clearly written, lucidly explained, humorous, and even whimsical book.
-- Richard Worzel, Futurist,
author of The Next 20 Years of Your Life

Nanocosm is the nanotechnology book we have all been waiting for: accurate, realistic and oh so readable.
-- F. Mark Modzelewski, Executive Director,
NanoBusiness Alliance

...a scientific travelogue that describes the new nano-frontier in clear everyday language.
-- Dr. David Akin, Business and Technology Correspondent,
CTV News, Toronto

Copyright ©2003 by William Illsey Atkinson. All rights reserved. Printed here with permission of the publisher, Amacom Books, http://www.amacombooks.org. Please feel free to duplicate or distribute this file, as long as the contents are not changed and this copyright notice is intact. Thank you.

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