Approaching end of February with two photos of Tuna (our cat)

The last weekend of February is almost half over already, but we had a nice day and currently we’re having a nice sundown. Got a package with some stuff including – for me – John Goldsby’s Jazz bass book which is great. You only have to mention titles like “How high the moon”, and I have them in my ears…

Anyway, I took a few photos of Tuna, and here are two of them, in black & white, midtoned as usual, and with a white border (but I left them in the 4:3 format to represent (Micro-) Four Thirds):

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Tuna the cat, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019
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Tuna the cat, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

As always, thanks for viewing and reading.

Have you heard Lauren Pierce already?

I recently stumbled over a video in notreble, where one of the commenters said that she’s a rock star. Always eager to hear fellow bass players, I had to have a listen of course. And later I played it to Zuleikha & Mitchie on the TV set as well:

Sarasate – Zigeunerweisen for Double Bass and String Orchestra (arr. Lauren Pierce)

Impressive, hm? Here’s the original, played on the violin by the composer himself:

Sarasate Plays Sarasate Zigeunerweisen

So nice…

A Film About Kids And Music (English Subtitles)

Someone has uploaded Joan Chamorro’s and Roman Tort’s award-winning documentary on Youtube, including English subtitles (which you’ll have to allow in the Youtube player to see them):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mZ3JQEZVC8

I have reported about it before because it’s awesome, and I’ve bought it. And I’d recommend to do the same in case you like it, and can afford it – a project like this is just worth being “sponsored” a bit even if only with the price of a DVD. Find their stuff at the projects’s page or at the big shops like Amazon if you like.

Enjoy. I still love that movie.

Meet John Goldsby

Just a short blog note before I have to start work – and just because I was talking about John to my brother yesterday, and to a colleague today. So here’s a short portrait, an interview, and a free lesson as well as a link to a book John wrote:

JOHN GOLDSBY: Portrait – PERSONAL SOUNDS | WDR BIG BAND
John Goldsby Interview with Discover Double Bass
Killer Joe – Walking Bass Etude. Lesson by John Goldsby

And his book “Jazz Bass Book: Technique and Tradition” is on my personal wishlist, it’s also mentioned in the interview above.

Enjoy. And thanks for visiting.

Presents

Today was my 62nd, and these were my presents:

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Studio monitors, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019
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Das Kontrabass-Buch, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

This second one was interesting, because I could go and visit the author’s shop in Frankfurt to pick up my copy. And once I was there I couldn’t resist to lay my hands onto some of the instruments they had there, so I briefly played contrabasses ranging from 1500€ to about 12k€ or so. All of them were nice, some were really nice…

The two main brands in case you’re interested are Christopher (Chinese), and Gasparo (Romanian). And then there’s the stuff which is a bit more expensive, like the German Wilfer or Stoll ones… but like I wrote above, there are nice ones in each range.

Anyway – thanks for reading, as always.

Second snow

No, it’s not snowing here – in fact it almost looks like spring right now. But this is a track which I just uploaded back to the ‘loops:

This track is embedded with the friendly permission by the creatives on wikiloops.com.

List of musicians, so far:

Thanks for listening. Musicians, come and join us at Wikiloops; it’s fun!

Me again, from ten days ago

Here’s the photo which Zuleikha took of me ten days ago, this time in midtoned black & white film simulation, and cropped into a 3:2 format:

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Wolfgang, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

As always, thanks for viewing.

Olympus Workspace – New Free Image Post-Processing Software from Olympus

First, I found a video by Peter Forsgard about it. Then I searched and found Robin Wong’s article about it. And he also had a link to it:

This replaces the older Olympus Viewer 3 which itself replaced Olympus Viewer 2. And yes it’s free (as in cost) software in 32 and/or 64 bit for Windows and Mac computers, Linux users are still not considered worth the effort/cost.

So I downloaded it and tried it first on a virtual Windows 10 machine, and it didn’t destroy any previous software. After this I also installed it to my dual boot Windows 10 on bare metal and to Mitchie’s new notebook as well.

Tried a fast raw conversion of 3 older images, all from 2010, and all taken with my E-520 DSLR (two with the longer of its “kit” zooms, one with a manual OM Zuiko lens) – and yes, they look nicer than ever:

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Flamingos, Frankfurt 2010
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Butterfly, Malaysia 2010
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Tuna the cat, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2010

So thank you very much, Olympus – very nice of you that you’re still providing awesome software at no cost for your customers. Really appreciated!

Thanks for reading.

One from Snarky, and some from Cologne

And together they make my video of the day:

Bill Laurance feat. by WDR BIG BAND – RED SAND | Rehearsal

I like that piece from Bill anyway, also in his very good recording with Snarky Puppy and some guests (like strings). But the WDR Big Band is in my opinion one of the best in the world, and always worth a listen. Thanks for publishing this, guys!

Edit: … and here’s another one from that fabulous Big Band, with Lucy Woodward. Enjoy…

Lucy Woodward feat. by WDR BIG BAND: Money | PURE SOUNDS

That old line from Roger Waters (“the root of all evil”) just made my day… and so did the performers who are all awesome.

Wiki loves love 2019 – my submission

So during February you can submit photos to this “contest”: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Love_2019 – and my submisson is the photo which is also my current blog header photo on this site, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:7e2_7030583-sfx-020-city-of-love.jpg

See other entries is you wish: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Images_from_Wiki_Loves_Love_2019

And in case you have a photo, maybe contribute it as well?

Here’s mine, from Flickr:

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City of Love, Paris 2018

Thanks for reading.