Some photos from September, so far

Beginning of September, Zuleikha and her friend Nikoleta wanted to sell some old toys and stuff on a local flea market. Here are two photos I took on that day:



Other than that, I used my wide angle lens a lot. 14mm on a ยต43rds camera is like 28mm used to be on film, and that’s commonly considered good for landscapes or cloudscapes like in the following example:


But you can even take portraits with a wide angle lens, like this one of Tuna:


A wide angle lens is also good to get some “perspective” on smaller things, like for instance this bird feeder:


The wind always throws (and blows) away that bird feeder from the wall, so I took it back in. This photo is from today, but with a 45mm lens instead of the wide angle:


Oh, and I’ve got a haircut this month. Here’s a photo – or rather two, mounted together as one – which Zuleikha took with the E-PL5 camera and the 14-42mm “kit” zoom lens:


Thanks kiddo, for the nice portrait!

And that’s all for the moment. But the month isn’t over yet…

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Another one from today – Tuna the cat, dozing in the twilight:


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R.I.P. Walter

Walter Becker, thanks for everything.

Walter Becker, with bass red

And this – this is the most talk I’ve ever heard from him. It’s called “The Making of Aja”, and it has Japanese subtitles:

You are missed, Walter. But still, rest in peace.

Walter Becker, Feb. 20 1950 โ€” Sept. 03 2017

Edit: Just found this – and I think Walter would have laughed about it like I did:

Quote of the day, August 26th, 2017

“A well focused 12 megapixel camera trumps a poorly focused 24 megapixel camera any day of the week. A photograph of a captivating subject taken with a camera that’s mediocre at high ISOs still beats another noise free image of a coffee cup in a coffee shot every time. Waiting for the perfect camera is a fool’s errand.”

by Kirk Tuck, professional photographer in Austin, Texas, U.S.A., in a blog post of his.

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Mr. 335 in concert

Just saw a recent concert of the Larry Carlton Quartet from Spain. Wow, still laying down a good groove after all these years. You might know the last piece in this video…

Larry Carlton

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WDR Big Band and Richard Bona

For me personally, a bass has to have 4 strings. Don’t know whether I could deal with more ๐Ÿ˜‰

But there are of course musicians who can handle more than 4 strings with ease. So take one of the best living bass players and put him together with one of the best (Grammy awarded) Jazz Big Bands I’ve ever heard, let them play in Leverkusen and you’ll have a great evening.

So watch them on Youtube – it’s worth it!

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A virtual bass amplifier on Linux

I’ve had an Ampeg SVT when I was younger, together with not one but even two of its “fridges” – loudpeaker cabinets the size of a good fridge, but way heavier (about 75kg each; the (all tube) amp alone was about 40kg or so).

That was wonderful of course – except when you had to transport it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now something which sounds almost like the real thing exists for the guitarix project – it’s called gxsvt, and it’s part of the gxplugins which you can load into the DAW (digital audio workstation) of your choice – in my case, into Ardour.

I’ve first read about it in the LinuxMusicians forum, and its github page is here. It’s part of the extra plugins package which you can get here (or in your repositories, like in the ones from KXStudio which I’m using).

It doesn’t look like an Ampeg SVT:

– but it does indeed come close in its sound. I didn’t make any recordings yet, but here it is on my screen:

Screenshot from 2017-08-11 20-28-35

I’m very glad to have it. You will hear something as soon as I have something recorded with it.

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Two of my currently favourite Jazz Standards

Recently I sent some music links to a colleague (who also makes music), and her remark about Jazz was that she only likes very few selected pieces.

So do I. Ok, I can deal with hot fusion stuff like Snarky Puppy, because I could also (at least partially) dig people like Frank Zappa when I was younger. Plus what Snarky still have are melodies. Search Christian McBride’s documentary (also on my blog) about them for this.

So it’s melodies, but it’s also rhythm – as long as you can sing (or at least remember) the melodies, and/or even dance to the rhythm, it’s a good song. And so two of my currently favourite Jazz Standards are both Bossa Nova tunes, can you believe it?

The first one is from Horace Silver, and it’s called “Song for my father”:

And the cover photo indeed shows his father John, who was from the Capverdian islands. Horace wrote this in the house of Flora Purim, and so he combined a Brazilian Bossa rhythm with an old Capverdian folk meldody to write this masterpiece.

What totatlly got me was not only the theme and rhythm, but also the sax solo from an (at the time) young man called Joe Henderson.

And so the second tune I want to recommend today is on Joe’s first album under his own name. It was written by (the trumpet player on this) Kenny Dorham, who was also kind of a mentor for Joe and other, younger musicians. Kenny’s most well know song is also a Jazz Standard, and it’s called “Blue Bossa”:

Time- and priceless, don’t you think? The soli, and the slightly different melody when it comes back after those soli (and the bass solo is really cool!); wonderful. Sunshine music, both of these tunes. Love them.

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A picture of me, taking a picture

During yesterday’s lunch break, Arno and I walked around the houses a bit. I had my camera with me, taking some photos, and he captured me doing it:


This was taken with his mobile phone. And what I took is this:


More photos of me, taken by Arno can be seen in his Google Photos folder.

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