Archive for the ‘music’ Category

N.A.S.A.-The Spirit of Apollo

January 26, 2009

Today I stumbled upon this upcoming(February 17th) album:

For more info and to hear some tracks, check their myspace

Picard – automatic mp3 tagging

January 8, 2009

You probably know the problem. You’ve got mp3’s from all kind of sources, some are tagged nicely some terribly. There are some good programs to do it by hand or semi-automatic, but it’s quite a laborious process.

Musicbrainz has a far bether solution though: Picard. You can either use the tags you have to search in their database or create a fingerprint and look it up in their database. This means that even if you have no tags at all you can still retreive the correct ID3 tags. It’s semi-automatic, so if your results are not correct, you can easily correct it (like if there are 3 different versions of the same cd, you can easily choose the version you have). And it has a huge database. It even found several of my more obscure albums.

It’s available both for linux, mac and windows. So you m$-fanboys and apple-fans can use it too.

boom sha laka laka

December 18, 2008

A couple of days ago I happened to stumble upon this song, downloaded it and put it in my playlist. And it’s kind of catchy. So I decided to share it:  Go check out Anjulie on Blender and download the mp3.

23 Seconds – a Netlabel

December 17, 2008

The internet is just great. You can legally check out music, and download it. If you are open to new music, and don’t mind if it sometimes is a bit experimental, 23 seconds is there for you. It’s a netlabel, presenting their music for downloading under a version of the creative commons license. They have different genres, but it’s mainly electronical. And if you don’t like it, you can always delete it after listening to it. One thing you can be quite sure of, is that none of your friends will have it ;-). So surprise them if they come by or if you don’t like them and are affraid to tell them, there is also some music on there, which can definately be used to chase off almost everybody.

iTunes doesn’t like me

December 17, 2008

I have this weird notion of computers that I want them to perform the tasks I have in mind. I’m reasonable,  I know what they can and can’t do. I mean, I don’t want them to drink coffee.  It’s not good for them, so I can handle that. But when they can do it, they should or I get pissed off. That’s the main reason I don’t use xp, xp doesn’t like me either.

But yesterday I had to do the unavoidable. I had to boot the one computer that’s normally never used, the one running xp. Because I wanted to buy something on iTunes and I just couldn’t get it to run under wine. Probably because I messed to much with it. Since it ought to work with certain versions of iTunes if you patch wine. Anyhow I installed it and turned of the virusscanner, since iTunes needs all the resources it can get to run on windows. And virusscanners are for noobs. I used to run a virusscanner once a year when I still had windows installed and I never had a virus. Just once I’ve had a virus on it, when I did something really really stupid, but that’s a different story. And I never needed a virusscanner to clean it. I did it myself.

The installation went like a charm. I logged into iTunes and the credits I got for my birthday from a good friend of mine, were still there. I had tried iTunes in februar when I got the credits, but I just couldn’t decide what to buy. But now I knew. I wanted blueprint from Suphala, since I haven’t found a place to download it from the internet. I bought the album, downloaded it and that’s when the fun began.

I wanted to be able to listen to the album on my laptop, with xubuntu installed. It has windows networking. So I opened the network and copied the album to my laptop. But alas it has no support for m4p. No problem, I thought, let’s find a program to convert it. I used my friend google and it told me that apple had banned these programs from existence on the public internet. Everybody who mentioned where to find them, was threatened with a lawsuit. I know this is a bit oversimplified, but after hours and hours of trying to be able to listen to the album I bought, I just feel a bit simple. And I don’t think it’s that far from the truth.

I also know that if I would have read a bit more before I installed iTunes and I would have downloaded an older version, there would have been working solutions. But I didn’t because that’s not how I work on my own computer. I just start, try something, get frustrated, do some stupid radical actions, break the system, then I stop, calm myself down, think and I fix the problem. And in the end every computer almost always does what I want. I just prefer it to do it immediately. He is my humble servant and should obey my commands.

But I still had the windows computer, with the music on it. Then google showed me a windows solution, a virtual burner. That’s fine, the windows pc has the files on it anyway. Download, install and burn the iTunes-songs to the virtual burner, which in it’s turn would convert the audio to mp3. O joy, it seemed to work like a charm. I copied the files and they played, O happy me. That was, until I saw, that all the songs where 3 minutes long, hmmm that couldn’t be right, could it now. Ah, it’s a trial version. It just doesn’t show it anywhere when installing, neither was it posted in the how-to on the internet, which was probably posted by the people of tuneclone themselves. Maybe I should have checked that before, me stupid.

Ok different solution, just burn it to a cd. We happen to have a whole pile of them, just standing there. Wait 15 minutes, for iTunes to burn the CD. And then I can just pop the CD in my linux PC and rip the CD. That should work. I put the CD in the stereo, and yes, it played. Perfect. Let’s just listen. Electronics with tabla-drums, lovely combination. The only thing missing is Suphala herself,  I mean she’s jummy. But suddenly I woke from my dream. Hey, that’s a strange sound. That shouldn’t be in it, and again … and again. Just great, the burner is broken.

Let’s try tuneclone again and find me a serial. Bit hard to find, but found one, just one. But one’s enough. It should be for the version I have installed, but it doesn’t work. But I just happened to have downloaded an older version, which should be a full version, according to the description. But it’s a trial too. Let’s try the serial there and yes, yes yes! After hours and hours of trying this and that and this again in a bit different way, it works. Right now I am finally listening to the music I bought and I love it.

I could say that iTunes sucks, which is actually what I still think, but that’s personal. But that’s not really fair. iTunes is great if you have a mac, it integrates seamlessly in the OS and no huge extra systemload there. Or if you’ve got a standalone PC which you want to use for the sole purpose of playing music, while not using it for anything else at the same time. You can also burn a CD or buy an iPod. iTunes presents plenty of solutions for you to listen to your music and it offers it for a pretty fair price. It just hasn’t got the solutions I want. Or maybe it does, it can also burn a mp3-cd’s. I could probably listen to those, I haven’t tried it though, not much use with a broken burner. And while downloading I agreed with their terms, which I haven’t read and probably have broken now, by doing what I did. But I don’t care I can listen to it, and that’s the most important part. Me happy 🙂

Infected Mushroom

December 17, 2008

One of the best psychedelic trance duo’s around. I could dance on this all night without taking any drugs. What’s more to tell about it. Just go visit their official website or their myspace account, their youtube channel and listen to it. And if you like it, you can always buy it. Don’t forget to take your pills. 😉

Paris DJ’s – Let’s get funky

December 17, 2008

It you like funk, and other groovy music, like jazz,  African or Latin-American, dancehall etc, go check out this site and the mp3-podcasts. Every podcast is a mix of about half an hour with a playlist and usually some extra info and even album covers  (like if anybody would burn a CD to listen to nowadays). There are some rare pearls in the list. Anyway, nothing left to say, just go there, download a mix and get into the groove.

Paris DJ’s

Songbird

December 15, 2008

Take the firefox source, add a music player and you’ve got songbird. So what’s so special about it ?

To begin with, it uses various sources on the internet to show information about the artist which is currently playing. It’s open source which is alway great and since it’s build on the  Firefox-source it’s ultimately extensible. You could actually use it instead of your current browser and have a browser with a built in music player. And a major plus of course is that it natively runs in linux. 🙂

Its basic skin has a I-tunes feel to it without the slow reaction time an huge resources.  (That is if you try to run I-tunes on anything but a mac.) The basic skin is quite okay, it gives you a good overview and did I already mention that I love the artist information shown in the bottom, I did, didn’t I. You can also show artist pictures there (taken from flickr.com), view concert info and watch video’s from the selected artist. If you want, you can add lastfm support to give you suggestions for other artists you might like. The media library is also good, just let it scan your music directory and you can just select any combination of ID3-tags to filter the list. (like genre, artist, album, bpm just name it)

I really think it brings something new to your music listening experience. It’s not completely bugfree at the moment. I have it running almost constantly and at random times, after being on for hours and hours it starts to stutter and if I don’t skip to the next song, it hangs completely. It’s not depending on the song, a song which normally plays perfectly can suddenly start to give problems. But killing the application with a maximum of once a day, is not a huge downer for me.

update: I just found out the crashes (not playing sound anymore) are a problem of my soundcard driver. Yesterday I experienced the same thing in firefox, while I was watching youtube. It’s probably just because I use songbird all the time, that I noticed this problem.

Go give it a try:http://getsongbird.com/