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:

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List of musicians, so far:

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

Must dash (with daddy’s cash)

Found an awesome track with percussion, drums, and vocals – and even a nice story, and who could resist that? So I added some simple low notes to it:

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Left the door wide open for additional musicians, and played it simple in G major. Oh, and I added a BassFX track with that nice TAP EQ and Flanger/Chorus (all of which come included for free with Linux music stuff). List of musicians, so far:

Thanks for listening.

white by jjdf

I’m happy and proud to be included into another album, this time from João. He called it “white”:

white by jjdf

I’m on the first track of it, with this one:

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Obrigado João, both for your nice album, and also for including me. 🙂

A baby’s voice / Find my way

Oliv’s new “baby” was a Guitalele, and he played it so nicely. And with Shi singing on it, who could resist the temptation to also add something? So I did just that:

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And the list of musicians, so far, is:

As always, thanks for listening. And to my friends: thanks for another wonderful jam! 🙂

Edit, one day later:

Oliv just remixed my bass into the track – and it sounds like this:

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Merci beaucoup Olivier! C’est magnifique! 🙂

Cuttin Thru Da Haze

Cool Reggae/Ska feel on this; couldn’t resist to play around with it a bit:

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List of musicians (so far):

As always, thanks for listening. And as always to other musicians: come and jam with us – it’s fun 🙂

My trip to the Wikiloops member meeting in Steinfeld, 2017 by navota Krull

Wikiloops member and fellow musician sister navota Krull has made a nice video documentation about her 2017 trip to the Wikiloops members’ meeting in Steinfeld.

I’ve met her and some of the musicians you’ll see here in 2018, and I sure hope to see her and lots of other Wikiloops friends again there this year – so much looking forward to this.

My trip to the Wikiloops member meeting in Steinfeld bynavota Krull

Thanks for that nice documentation to our NAF (Native American Flute) playing sister!

Without strings

My friend and Wikiloops member OliVBee pointed me to a track yesterday which I fell in love with right away. So I couldn’t resist to add some low notes to it – and here it is:

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The list of musicians on this one is:

Thanks for listening. And thanks to my friends there for a killer track.

Edit: here’s a new mix of this, made by OliVBee:

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Thanks again to Oliv for another one of his fabulous mix jobs! 🙂

How to use free instruments in free software

Just a small example here:

I had integrated the XLN Audio Addictive Keys (windows version) “Studio Grand” piano into Ardour on Linux – but Windows VSTs (virtual instruments) on Linux need something like Wine, and are more resource-hungry than they’d need to be. Meaning that yes, I can play nice sounds from that awesome Steinberg D grand piano somewhere in Sweden, but the cost is that I’ll get lots of xruns (basically buffer overflows) in my software if I need more than one of these tracks.

The solution? Free samples of course – and yes, they exist like free software does exist. So I just set up my latest key presses (on my 49-key MIDI keyboard) to use the free “Salamander” grand piano which is a nicely sampled Yamaha C5.

And there’s an article on LibreMusicProduction on how to do just that, using Ardour, LinuxSampler, QSampler plus whichever soundfonts you’d need.

Maybe I’ll still buy PianoTeq for Zuleikha one day – first, the basic stuff isn’t that expensive, second, it’s a modeled piano, not a resource-hungry sampled one, and third, it even comes in a version for Linux. And this alone should be honoured. It also should sound much better than Zuleikha’s Yamaha Arius piano which she uses to record stuff (that one has a MIDI out of course).

So – let’s make some music… 🙂

Thanks for reading.

The Christmas Album MMXVIII

This morning I published my 5th Wikiloops album of collaborations with friends from all over the world, some of whom I’ve never even met in real life until now. And because I published this on the 2nd day of Christmas, it got the title like in the headline. Looks like this:

the-christmas-album-mmxviii

You can listen to it and/or download it from Wikiloops as usual.

Thanks to all participants, and to Richard without whom Wikiloops wouldn’t even exist.

Thanks to you for reading, and for listening, downloading and/or even supporting us there.

Merry Christmas 2019.