Links to Jason, for colleagues, friends, and family

At LinuxMusicians, we have some really good producers (like for instance user ‘singforme’ and/or ‘bluebell’). And in this thread on LM, one of them pointed me to an article written by Jason Evangelho for Forbes, here.

That article is about UbuntuStudio, which Zuleikha was using until recently (she’s now running the KXStudio stuff on a ‘normal’ Ubuntu on what used to be Mitchie’s Dell notebook, now hers). The article also covers the Jack Audio Connection Kit, and Ubuntu Studio Controls, which together bring a bit of nice automation into the game, taking out some complex steps of setting up a productive audio environment on a PC. As Jason concludes in his article:

I tried Ubuntu Studio 18.04 last year in a short-lived attempt to see if it could replace my macOS + Logic Pro workflow (my last hurdle to using Linux full time), and I honestly walked away a bit disappointed. But 19.04 is shaping up to worthy of a second chance. You’ll have my thoughts when the final version releases this Spring.

But so far this is interesting for musicians and/or creative people only (which covers some of my own family, but not many other people). So if you’re in this ‘other people’ group, stay with me just a little bit longer, because the other interesting finding in his article on Forbes were links to Jason’s own site Linux For Everyone, and to his music on Soundcloud.

And while Jason’s music might be interesting to you or not, I’ve read just one article on his site called “Ditch Dropbox: Create A Personal Home Backup Server With Raspberry Pi 3” which made me write this link collection, and recommending it to colleagues and friends (who aren’t musicians or other creatives) as well.

What Jason is describing there is simply how to set up a small and low cost home server based on Linux which everyone could use, together with some useful stuff like apps for your desktop, and your Android or iOS device to make use of it all – without having to touch a command line even once. He shows how to sync your PC and your phone with that small server automatically using NextCloud, so you have basically replaced Dropbox or any other commercial service provider (you have to read some additional stuff on how to open ports on your router, or to connect to your home from outside via DynDNS-like services if you haven’t done so, but that’s stuff for another article).

So at this point, Jason concludes:

Wait A Minute….
Did we just setup a Linux-based file server without using the command line once? Yes. Yes we did.

Thanks for reading.

I know I have some colleagues who are interested in just this. And I don’t know about you, but I am interested in something like this myself. And besides, I’ll go on reading Jason’s other stuff as well, so I have set up an RSS-bookmark to his site, so that I can see new headlines when he comes up with new articles. So, in a nutshell, I consider this recommended reading for everyone who’s an admin of their own home network. You. Me. Everyone.

P.S.: Jason’s articles on Forbes are good reads as well. I’ve short-scanned only the last 2 months or so, and found these three very interesting ones:

I Can’t Believe I’m Writing This Linux Article About Loving The Xfce Desktop Environment

Warning: Internet Explorer Just Became A Silent But Serious Threat To Every Windows User

Here’s The Shocking Reality Of Completely Blocking Google From Your Life

Like I said/wrote: interesting (tho he still is new to the Linux desktop experience, but this might apply to you as well, right?). As always, thanks for your interest, and for reading.

Story…

Played on a nice song from RobM, mpointon, jamlady, and ROBJOL (all Wikiloops usernames) yesterday, and since we’re not done with embedding the new Wikiloops player into WordPress, please consider listening to the song “Story…” at its source. This will also show you the list of musicians who participated so far, and some comments from other Wikiloopers.

Thanks for reading, and for listening.

Blooming the flowers

I’ve got a really cool remix on my first bass noodling upload on Wikiloops – josepssv took it and turned it into something else.

Just tried, but I think I still cannot embed a Wikiloops track into WordPress, so please go to the official remix to listen to it if you want to.

Thanks.

Edit, from Sunday afternoon: … and I’ve got a remix on that last remix. Listen to it here if you like to.

And again, thanks fro reading, and for listening.

My album of the month, May 2019

I’m late to the party, I know, and that’s because I’m still relatively new in Wikiloops. But when I listened to a track on an album there lately and started to congratulate all participating musicians for their work, one of them – my friend Monsieur OliVBee from Paris, France, told me that he had the same track on an album of his, and pointed me to it.

And wow, what a discovery that was! First, he has Shi on all of his tracks of that album. Second, he has bass players who are really good – and so are all other musicians as well. I knew some of his tracks because I had used his template(s) (and Shi’s remixes) as well for my own albums, but still, OliVBee’s “Raspberry Charm” album is sooo good. I even like its cover:

Raspberry Charm by OliVBee

So when I asked Oliv about the cover picture, he said that Shi took the photo – and I’m wowed again. Creative with a camera as well…

Some instant favs are tracks with Dick (Richard) on double bass, or with Haddock on his fretless. But listen to all of them, and then consider to download and pay for this to support us a bit. I paid for that download myself, and it’s so totally worth it in my opinion.

Your taste might differ of course, but there are lots of albums on the ‘loops – so browse the collection and see if there’s something you like. I just happen to love this one. Published on Christmas 2015 by OliVBee.

As always, thanks for reading, and for listening.

Girl power

After posting Chelsea’s story about her build of a Rickman motorcycle lately, I thought that I had seen more videos of girls and women doing great things lately, so here are a few more. First, it’s about motorcycles again, and about two friends from Australia having a good time with their Yamahas:

Stories of Bike | Sister (A ’94 Yamaha SRV250 Story)

But back to music. Also from down under I found a great guitar player lately, Stephanie Jones. And this is about as perfect as it can be:

Latin Fingerstyle On A Classical Guitar

And here’s a singer from UK, performing a classic here in Germany ca. 2 years ago. And yes I know – Joss Stone has the same song also with Jeff Beck and others, but I prefer this one – which simply took my breath away. This lady really got the Blues:

Joss Stone – I Put A Spell On You (Jazzwoche, 2017)

In Wikiloops we also have great singers of course, and I was surprised to find one of us doing a cover in the ‘tubes from some 4 or more years ago – but what a lovely one it is. So listen to our Ms Shi in this one:

CLASSIC POP COVER SONGS- “Walk On By” (Alan Curtis Cover)

Oh, and before I forget it: 3 days ago it was Audrey Hepburn’s birthday, she would have turned 90 by now. So let’s celebrate and remember her a bit as well:

Happy Birthday Audrey Hepburn!!! (Culture Code – Make Me Move ft. Karra)

As always, thanks for reading, listening, and watching.

Blues Know No Colour

What a cool and lovely remix from Brian on one of my latest ones:

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

Hm, the player embedding doesn’t seem to work (yet) in the new v11 of Wikiloops, just opened a bug report, we’re working on it… until then, please listen to the songs at their source, which is (and will stay) Wikiloops of course. Brian’s latest is here

Thanks.

Eight photos I took in February

Zuleikha’s school has a short article which features some of the winners of their musical competition from last semester. I was using my 25mm lens because I had given the 14mm to Zuleikha who was also filming the event, so we have a video as well.

Here’s a small preview of the photos the school chose:

On the school’s article page you can click the images to see them a bit bigger. These are very talented young people, and I’m really looking forward to documenting them a bit more coming June.

As always, thanks for reading.

Above the clouds

Just a short chill with Niklas (Peter’s son), Mark, and Olivier who celebrates his birthday today:

Musicians:

As always, thanks for listening.