Showing posts with label music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label music. Show all posts

July 29, 2011

Mind-Blowing Display Created Using 250 Canon DSLRs and Flash Units

the Japanese band androp created a "video"-wall for their video clip using 250 Canon DSLRs and Flash Units. A computer controlled all the flashes in real-time while they played their song in front of the wall. Check the video, which is ubercool, but there is also a making-of video... Way cooler.

November 17, 2010

Armin Only - Mirage

Last Saturday, I went to Armin van Buuren's show that celebrated the launch of his new album Mirage. It turned out that some of my friends were also going, instead of just me and a date, so it was even cooler to be there with Martin and Femke *and* Liedewij. It was Lied's first party after 5 years or so, and she was in for a treat.

We arrived at 23:30 hrs roughly and the party started up-tempo. Other Armin Only! parties have started a bit too mellow for my taste. And waiting until 1-2am for the music to pick up is not funny. But this year, he went straight for it! Tons of live artists. Of course, songs from his new album. Awesome performance and great light shows and lasers. I didn't bring a camera but the video below kinda says more than I could have captured anyway:

November 11, 2010

Life-size computer-animated hologram

In Japan they had a sold-out crowd to see a performance of a life-size computer animated hologram. A typical anime girl danced and moved to music by a live band. And the crowd went wild...

October 29, 2010

Armin van Buuren feat. Susana - If You Should Go

Isn't it ironic?
When I was at Armin Only! in Ahoy in December 2006, and Susana performed If You Should Go live on stage, I got chills and really enjoyed the song. I imagined what I would do if she really would go and leave me. Two years later, around the same time of the year as when I was at the party, she did just that. Isn't that ironic? Song still gives me chills though. Love it!

September 11, 2010

Somebody



R.I.P. Freddy Mercury

September 2, 2010

Photos Rockit and Dance Valley 2010

I have updated smugmug with photos from RockIt festival in Utrecht and Dance Valley 2010. Both events were a bit rainy, notably Dance Valley, but because this meant that newbies and pussy fans did not come, only the true party people and dedicated dance fans remained, it was even better! Yes we got wet, but on a hot day you sweat loads too, so what's the difference exactly...? :)

September 1, 2010

July 5, 2010

Jack Johnson in O2 Arena

I saw Jack Johnson in O2 Arena with Marianne. It was a lot of fun! The concert wasn't that good, though. He was a bit absentminded and unconcentrated, forgetting lyrics a lot of kinda messing up. But it was still funny enough. Sadly, he didn't talk a lot but just got thru the set and was done with it. Felt a bit disappointing. Oh well, guess everyone can have an off day and for us it was still good. :)

June 10, 2010

Spotify scrobbles to Last.fm

I've been raving about last.fm to many people over time. I am a paying customer for 2 years now. One disadvantage of last.fm is that they don't let you play all tracks, even if you pay your fee. Reason is that last.fm simply doesn't have the rights for all tracks in all countries. Political reason, not a technical one. Spotify, with an iPhone and Android client, has more rights to stream music to web browsers and mobile devices than last.fm. But Spotify has less added-value to an artist or a band than last.fm.
So I'm very pleased to learn that Spotify can integrate with last.fm and scrobble your track to last.fm. That way you can use the great value-adding of similar artists, artists' events and like-minded people of last.fm with the free music streaming of Spotify! Yeah! Everybody wins. Now if only last.fm would buy Spotify (or vice versa)...

April 22, 2010

The Daft Punk's Console

Rana Sobhany became widely known when she played a DJ set at an Apple gig using only 2 iPads as consoles. Not laptops, nor iPods nor CD players or anything. Pretty cool, sure. But it's just the same thing in a different flavor right?!

Then I spotted the iDaft app on her iPad and saw how she used Daft Punk's brilliant song "Harder Better Faster Stronger" in her sample set. Then I suddenly saw the potential of a platform like that were artists can produce original sound bytes and samples and loops, pack them into an App and get used by other artists in ways they never even dreamed of! Voila! A revolution is born!

But the best part is, you can use the same app right from your browser, to make your own special version of the Daft Punk song. It also comes in Flash and plays in any browser, anywhere! Brilliant!

December 28, 2009

Xiph.Org: QuickTime Components

was reading several threads about adding Ogg Vorbis support to the Mac. The open audio format is better than mp3 (twice the quality in the same space) but not widely supported because, uhm, I dunno. I guess it makes too much sense.

Anyway, while Windows is fairly easy with audio and codecs are abundant, Apple's OS X is a bit tighter and more anal difficult. However, Xiph.org has a bunch of QuickTime Components that work as an add-on to QuickTime (hence the name 'components'). This makes it ubiquitous for OS X, as almost anything can tie into that. It adds a simple library and then even iTunes can play back or rip to Ogg files. :) Brilliant!

see vorbis.com for more tools and GUIs, if needed.

November 30, 2009

Concerts from Paradiso

I have been to a couple of concerts in Paradiso in November. I uploaded the pictures last weekend: Music- powered by SmugMug. Check them out if you like.
I also edited lots of videos had clogged up my disk, exported mp4 movies using iMovie on my MacMini and uploaded those, after which I deleted the 500 MB+ avi files. Check out the concerts of de Dijk and Kraak 'n Smaak. Both are from The Hague Jazz in May this year.

Numark TTi unpacking

numark TTi USBI received and unpacked my Numark TTi USB phono aka record player last Saturday. I recorded a test LP but clicked a wrong button and deleted the file. :) LOL Need to get a female2headphone audio cable anyway so I can listen to the LPs while they digitize. Using Audacity (bundled), you can record at 45rpm and convert the track to normal speed. Cool

Wanted to test the iPod feature but sadly I think I have lost my iPod somewhere. I hope it at Square and that someone found it. Otherwise my bday present is gone and I have to get a new Ipod Nano. I kinda liked the old form factor better than the new.

Pogoplug - an easy NAS from your USB disks

pogoplug linux NAS device
Have a few external USB disks laying around you'd like to make them available to everyone in the house without leaving your computer on all the time? It's easy!

You need a NAS server, instead of abusing your computer as such, and give people rights to share files, place backups, create photo albums and so on. The NAS server manages your existing USB disks and handles access control. Pogoplug has a small cute (Pink! So the wife factor approves too) box for $130 with a 1 GB network port and room for 2 USB disks. It integrates with facebook, twitter and myspace too, so you can easily share photos or music if you like or choose not to. ;) Apple Mac users will also like the ability to backup iTunes and iPhoto libraries and get shared access to them. The whole thing is managed thru your browser. And, of course, Linux works too. The only thing I miss is some form of access control, security or encryption, but the specs don't mention anything. Personally, I'm gonna go with the QNAP TS-410. It costs 3x as much, is secure, room for 4 internal disks and runs Linux.

How Last.fm works

On Slashdot I read a brief about an interview that CNET did with the guys behind last.fm. The interview shows some of the ways that power last.fm, i.e. a 'behind the scenes' of last.fm.

They run Linux (yay!) and use MogileFS, a distributed file system much like a software RAID system for reliability and redundancy. (Which, BTW, Hyves and Marktplaats also use.) They also use SSD drives abundantly, for speed obviously.

November 22, 2009

Jason Mraz – Absolutely Zero

Jason Mraz – Absolutely Zero (Eagles Ballroom Live Version)

You. You were a friend. You were a friend of mine, I let you spend the night.
You see, it was my fault. Of course it was mine.
I'm too hard at work. Have you ever heard of anything so absurd, ever in your life.
I'm sorry for wasting your time.

Who am I to say that this situation isn't great when it's my job to make the most of it?
How could I ever know that it would happen to me. Not that easy.

Hey, what's that you say? You're not blaming me for anything, well that's great.
My heart don't break that easy. Does it fade away?
So that's why I'm apologizing now, for telling you I thought that we could make it,
I just don't get enough to believe that we've both changed.

Who am I to say this situation isn't great? It's my time to make the most of it,
How would I ever know that this would happen to me, not that easy, no, no, no

If all along the fault is up for grabs why can't you have it?
If it's for sale what is your offer, I'll sell it for no less than what I bought it for.
Pay no more than absolutely zero.

Well neither one of us deserves the blame, because opportunities moved us away.
And it's not an easy thing to learn to play a game that's made for two, that's you and me
The rules remain a mystery. See it was so easy.

Who am I to say this situation isn't great? It's our time to make the most of it
How could we ever know that this would happen to me, not that easy, no
All along the fault is up for grabs and there you have it
Well it's for sale go make your offer, well i sell it for no less than what I bought it for
Pay no more than absolutely zero.


I miss you so goddamn much. I hurts like hell, no matter what I say.

November 21, 2009

Numark TT USB

numark TT USBI bit the bullet! After years of swaying yes and no, I just ordered the Numark TT USB digital phono. An oldskool record player to digitize old LPs. My parents still have a ton that I can't find anywhere and would like to preserve. I have a few cool 12" extended versions that I'd like to share on piratebay and Marianne has a ton of rare, old LPs that are priceless. So there I go... :)

November 17, 2009

PS3 to integrate Facebook into next firmware update

With the PS3 heavily focused on gorgeous HD single player mayhem, the addition of Facebook to the PS3 may lift hard-core gamers out of their isolation. Now they can let everyone how long and what they've actually been playing. Great! No everyone has proof you have no life! :)
Of course, Sony had to do something after Microsoft stole the limelight with their Xbox360 announcements.

November 9, 2009

Digitally pimping a home network

While visiting Michiel in Singapore, I pimped their home network a bit. It was fine, but cumbersome and loosely tied together: 5 laptops, PS3, Wii. They have a cable modem, but didn't know their connection speed. WiFi was setup but not used because downloading over a fixed connection into the WiFi router was "going faster". Hehe, I told them their ISP limits the speed and after a bit of testing concluded that their 8 Mb down-link would scarcely fill the 54 Mb/s bandwidth of their 802.11g WiFi network. So no need for the fixed network hook-up not sitting near the router, freedom to sit around the house wherever they wanted to. I moved the Linksys WRT54G into a nook, out of the way, receiving thousands of thank-yous from the housekeeper who hated the nasty blue box on the floor in the livingroom. ;)

I then tied the PS3 and Wii to the WiFi network. This meant all devices were now on the same subnet. I installed PS3 media server on Molina's Vista Acer laptop. (It's free, open source and supports Windows, Mac and Linux!) Up until then, they'd had borrowed the HDMI cable from the PS3 if they wanted to watch downloaded TV series. Fine, but why swap cables?! :) Now, they hook up USB disks with movies, music and series to the Vista laptop, fire up ps3 media server, turn on the PS3 and watch or listen to anything from the Windows laptop. :)

linksys WRE54GNext, after seeing this digital revolution in his house, Michiel asked if he could somehow get WiFi on his 17 m2 roof terras, overlooking the Singapore skyline? I said sure, but he'd likely have to drill a cable up to the roof. The reinforced concrete would be unlikely to pass his WiFi signals. So did a little digging and after MrVanes suggested WiFi Range Extenders (I had been looking for that term), it all came quickly together:
* get a WRE54G Linksys Range Expander to get unobstructed full speed WiFi access outside on the roof
* pulling a cable up from the livingroom
* Connect a QNAP TS-410 NAS server to a free network port on the WRT54G and add some disks to taste.

QNAP NAS SOHOThe NAS supports Windows, Apple and Linux, has built-in everything and is expandable with hot-swap drive bays. The UPnP/DLNA media server supports their PS3 so the Windows laptop can be used as a workstation instead of doubling as a media server, the built-in bittorrent (BT) client let's them download directly to the NAS and the iTunes server let's them stream their music collection to their laptops, iPhones or iTouch devices. If only I could be there to install it and see it work!!! :)

November 2, 2009

USB turntables & Audacity

numark TTi turntable
My parents have a respectable LP collection and recently organized their attic, seeing how many they really have. I've always been planning on digitizing the collection - or at least a part of it - to guard them from disappearing and regain some of my childhood memories. USB-based turntables are perfect for this. There even some which have an iPod port built-in too.

A recent search for brands that make USB phono players aka turntables brought up the USB turntables - Audacity Wiki. Not only does it list decent brands that make the turntables, but it also lists how to record the LPs. Pay especially attention to their instruction on recording old 78 rpm records. If your recordings sound dull, chances are you need to post-process the recording to remove "RIAA playback equalization". :) Good to know!