So nice to see pros at work.
So nice to see pros at work.
Haven’t written much here lately.
Since I’ve identified what I’m actually after with my photography earlier this year, I’m taking mostly family photos – not of any interest to the general public.
And since Mitchie (and also Zuleikha) is/are more into video, I’ve concentrated a bit more onto the audio aspect of that – having been in professional studios not only as a musician but also as a technician, I try to “give back” some of the gathered knowledge from these areas to my family, my colleagues, and so on.
For some colleagues, I’ve made a (company-internal) video already about how to get the OCDC (Open Client for the Debian Community) IBM layers on top of a more or less “naked” Ubuntu 16.04.2, and I’ll make some more about the tools – both hardware and free and open source software – that I use, and about how I use all that stuff. De-Essers, compressors, LUFS sound leveling, something like this. Plus some microphone techniques.
I also tried to help someone in this thread of the LinuxMusicians forum, for whom/which I uploaded some screenshots to Flickr lately:
Ubuntu Studio 16.04.2 LTS, running from a USB stick on my machine, with running QJackctl and the Hydrogen drum computer
Focusrite Control software, running on Windows 10
Other than that, I’ll cover some tools like Audacity, Ardour and the Calf Studio Gear plugins, Openshot and whatever I’m using. Since most of these tools are cross-platform, the colleagues might want to use them even on their Windows machines; let’s see.
These will be company-internal screencasts and/or videos, just for those people who want to / have to publish some public stuff on the companies’ official Youtube stream(s). Lots of stuff like that exists already, just look at the streams of people like Curtis Judd for instance. No need for me to add anything public here, since there are so many of these technical tips channels already.
Anyway; I’m quite busy most of the time, and just wanted to explain why you see fewer entries here, or on my Flickr stream.
Soon we’ll also visit some family members in Cologne; it’s about time for that as well. Plus both my brother, Mitchie, Zuleikha, and me want to see/visit the Music Store there – can’t wait for that…
Like always, thanks for reading.
Imagine something like the great trio of the late Esbjörn Svensson, together with a bit of Keith Jarrett and Jean-Luc Ponty goodness, some of the horns (and drums & bass) from Snarky Puppy, and strings and horns from an orchestra. All that together with a truly good British pianist – et voilà, you’ll get Bill Laurance.
First heard some pieces of his live concert at the Union Chapel in London, of which my favourite piece was his “Ready Wednesday”. And here’s the studio version of it, from his “Flint” album:
Can’t listen to the radio anymore, since years. Why? Well either because a) all of our radio stations suck, or b) I’m that far off any mainstream that this all doesn’t speak to me anymore. My opinion tho is that those who truly want to understand don’t need any words…
And this here, at least for me, is highly addictive. Dope, to use a slang word.
Anyway, as always thanks for reading. And now enjoy…
Today Mitchie’s hard drive – the one in her notebook computer – started to show lots of errors even after several runs of fsck. She has backups from yesterday, except of her pictures folder, which we are saving now.
Meanwhile, I ordered her this:
It has the same size like her old spinning platter disk – 1TB – but this is a Samsung 850 EVO SSD drive.
I’m also very happy with the 240GB Crucial SSD which is the boot drive of my own machine.
Thanks for reading.
Almost two years ago, I “discovered” (with a little help from a Debian developer) the truly awesome Youn Sun Nah, together with a few of her fellow musicians, like Vincent Peirani and/or Lars Danielsson.
Since then, not so much. I was busy with other things until I decided to get some audio interface and microphone for my computer, and started to learn using Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software like Ardour, and the likes. I also started scanning Youtube for howto videos on these topics, which inevitably also lead to the discovery of other musicians.
And last Sunday I stumbled upon what is in my opinion the most advanced and exciting band currently existing on this planet – and they call themselves “Snarky Puppy“.
And here’s a New York Times article about them, from a year ago. From that article, let me cite David Crosby on his Twitter account:
“quite possibly the most advanced band in the world … certainly the best I’ve heard/seen.”
So I’m not alone in realizing that this is some new and fresh kind of music – and certainly and without any doubt, it’s also highly entertaining.
I don’t know about your taste in music of course. If you like songs for instance, maybe you should listen to Snarky Puppy feat. Becca Stevens & Väsen – I Asked (Family Dinner – Volume Two), or to the wonderful Snarky Puppy feat. Laura Mvula & Michelle Willis – “Sing to the Moon” (Family Dinner Volume Two), both from their Snarky Puppy – Family Dinner Vol 2 stream on Youtube.
If you’re an “advanced” listener (which is what I’d call myself), who needs something for both brain & booty, like Christian titled it, I suggest their Snarky Puppy – We Like It Here stream, in which they just blew me away. This is unbelievable, and awesome, and inspiring – it’s hard to find words for this level of art. Consider me a “fanboy” from now on – with some of their stuff being on my wishlist (of a big store in the interweb) already.
For those living around here, they’ll be in Frankfurt in May. And since I’m still waiting for a Youn Sun Nah concert around here, maybe I should go and see them first.
As always, thanks for reading. And now enjoy the music!
P.S.: about this “don’t know about *your* taste – I recommended this to two of my colleagues yesterday. And while one of them replied that this wasn’t to his taste at all, the other one came back with this concert of Thelonius Monk (and some others). Thanks for the link again, mate! 😉
Look at this – these guys are really good. And if you or your kids have a Nintendo Wii console, you might know the tune:
You can even download the scores for the instruments; just printed the piano sheets for Zuleikha.
Update: at Live at Grillby’s – UNDERTALE Jazz Album – Album Stream you can listen to a complete album of these guys, and they’re *really* good. Plus you can also download the musical sheets, and support them if you wish.
Cool stuff – congratulation to these talented young people.
Update 2: still listening – still being blown away. Much better than I thought it would be – gotta buy this…
Listen to this if you want to see an incredible musician:
I knew Victor from the SMV album already (Stanley, Marcus, Victor). Still this is more than impressive.
Today is my birthday, and it’s a round one – wow, I’m 60 already. Reminds me of the “Seven years” song we’ve heard during our summer holidays…
The most wonderful present I’ve got – beside a really nice cake – was this new birthday card made by Zuleikha:
And I’ve got some new gear. This time less photo-related, tho we could use it for some of the videos which Mitchie and Zuleikha make:
Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 2nd gen audio interface
Røde NT-1a large diaphragm studio condenser microphone
And no, I don’t intend to become one more of those Youtube video podcasters, or “vloggers” as they sometimes call themselves. But with this I can do some voice-overs for videos and screencasts – also for the company – and I can record the acoustic guitar or Zuleikha when she plays the horn or countless other things. I already recorded a “Hurz!”:
Oh, and the sound quality from that Focusrite interface is really nice. The onboard sound can’t even think of competing. Plus it’s plug & play under Linux, while on Windows you need some drivers (from Focusrite *and* from Avid if you want to use the included cost-free version of Pro Tools. But Ardour on Linux is better than that of course).
Thanks for reading.
Listen to Herbie Hancock explaining how and why he wrote his “Watermelon Man” like he did:
Incredible. With one of my favourite bass players, Christian McBride, and Karriem Riggins on drums. Now listen to this one from the Live under the sky festival in Yomiuriland, Japan in 1991. You might know Herbie’s melody from about 20 years later, when someone said “funky, funky”, and made it a hit again. But this version with its original title “Cantaloupe Island” is far better:
Zuleikha had her first solo piano performance today at the Jugend- und Kulturzentrum (JuKuZ) Mörfelden:
Zuleikha in concert, February 2017
It wasn’t her first gig this year – there was an earlier one where she played the horn in the school’s “Brass & Co” Jazz band, but the first one for this year where she was alone on stage.
And it was a good one. Congratulations again, Schätzchen!
Thanks for reading & viewing.