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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 18 Nov 2010 7:56 AM

Today in the roundup: FWSO musicians agree to pay cut, local music bits and the professor with a camera in his head.


FWSO MUSICIANS AGREE TO CONTRACT: The musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra have ratified a new two-year contract that cuts their base pay by 13.5 percent. “Our next paycheck will drop significantly,” Ray Hair, president of Local 72-147 of the American Federation of Musicians, tells “The orchestra is going to undergo a lot of hardships in the next 11/2 years.”

MUSIC BITS: Have you noticed an instrument missing when you head out to see a show around town lately? Local musicians talk about why they don’t see the bass guitar as essential anymore. ( … Cleburne roots-rock outfit Igneous Grimm talks about why they’re “still in 1972.” ( … Jason Bonham talks all things Led Zeppelin ahead of Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience’s stop in Fair Park tonight. (

ROLL CAMERA: An NYU professor is going to have a camera surgically implanted in his head. (I know, I had to rub my eyes after just typing that sentence.) The still camera will snap an image a minute, which will be transported to a museum in Qatar. Can’t wait to see the 480 photos the camera shoots in the dark while he sleeps. The Wall Street Journal reports that the project is causing quite a stir on campus as some students are raising privacy issues.