As I also wrote on the ‘loops, I wasn’t entirely happy with my previous upload and remix of Erwan’s sweet little music box theme – so I decided to spend a bit more time with it. So here it is again, with a different take on my bass:
Yesterday I uploaded two tracks to Wikiloops. The first one was something which wasn’t really finished, in fact it was just me noodling around with my bass playing over a track of – my bass. Nothing special, just what came to mind. But someone asked, so I decided to upload it:
And the second one was an add over three tracks from Erwan on musical box, keys (with some artificial voice), and cello:
Then this morning about half past 11am, I was just answering a nice email I had gotten a bit earlier, our internet went out. And it stayed off for most of the day, all in all for some 9 hours or so.
So not much activity in that direction today, just sent a short thank you answer email, and also said thanks to 8 thumbs on my first and 9 on my second tracks so far, and that was mostly it.
And as always, thanks for reading, and for listening.
I wish everyone who reads this a happy new year 2020.
Ours started with a bit of concern – Mitchie had let our cat out in the night of January 1st after most of the fireworks were done – and then we waited. And waited. And waited. And after 2200 (10pm) and at temperatures below freezing point I was really worried.
But then, about 10 past 10 she finally showed up, smooched us all a bit, ate, and then fell asleep on a carpet right in front of our TV set. I took her photo hand-held using my small Panasonic 35-100mm zoom lens, and converted it to black & white with Silver Efex (on Windows):
And by now she’s had breakfast, and is sleeping again – this time on my bed.
Just listening to an awesome live recording (22 tracks in the mixer/DAW) from our fellow Wikiloops drummer mpointon who also plays in a Pink Floyd tribute band – so I suggest a listen, it’s really cool… Echoes Live – fits this article somehow 🙂
Speaking of the ‘loops, Shi mentioned that she was going out for a walk, and looking out of the window myself I thought yeah, that winter light is so cool with the sun so low, I should take my camera and go for a walk as well. So here are a few impressions of my walk, mostly close-ups of ice crystals:
So as you can see, that walk was chilly but nice, and so was the light. Martin’s music is over while I’m writing this, and Mitchie – who’s an even bigger fan of Pink Floyd than I am – just agreed that this sounds like the original.
As always, thanks for viewing, reading, and/or listening.
Today 15 years ago, just one day after the Tsunami in Indonesia, Zuleikha was born in a hospital in Bremen. Not even a month later, she was resting on me a bit after I came home from work:
Later we moved from Bremen to Freising (near Munich) and then again from Freising to here (Mörfelden-Walldorf, district of Groß-Gerau but close to Frankfurt as well). And early on Zuleikha discovered her love for music, or at least for my guitar in this photo when she was 5:
But my hobby was mostly photography during that time, so I took a few nice photos of her, like this one from short before she turned 10:
Musically, she decided to play the French horn in school, and took piano lessons for herself. Here she is on a solo gig when she was just 13:
And by now she is a member of Wikiloops like me, and we already have an album which contains three of her solo piano pieces:
You can find a link to it on the right, so go and have a listen if you wish.
And today, she’s fifteen:
And since I talk German with her: herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag, Schätzchen!
As always, thanks for viewing, reading, and listening.
To all those who celebrate it, we wish a Merry Christmas 2019.
I don’t have any new music (yet), just a few photos:
This is an in-camera black & white photo (also simulating an orange filter) of Tuna from early Sunday morning. She doesn’t eat much since then, so at the moment we’re a bit concerned about her.
We’ve also got a nice Christmas and season’s greetings card from Shi – and I had nothing similar to send as a reply (I’m really not that good in the graphic arts as she is), so I took a photo of an old Welsh song which I’ve played with the orchestra this season. Also uploaded it to Wikiloops to greet all other musicians as well:
This is more a New Year’s than a Christmas song, and you can read more about it or hear it if you wish. I took this and the following photo using Mitchie’s nice little 20mm f/1.7 Panasonic Lumix G lens.
The next photo is of Tuna again, close up and with Mitchie’s lens wide open at f/1.7, so just one eye is sharp – and everything else more or less blurry. I also used a black & white conversion in software this time, and simulated an Ilford HP5+ film in RawTherapee. Midtoned as usual, which means the whites are white, the blacks are black, but those middle tones are more brownish than grey:
Two different light colours in this one, natural daylight from outside, and artificial light in our living room. And I liked that high contrast effect from the film simulation in this case.
Edit: here’s another photo from today. In this one I simulated a colour film, Fuji Astia – and also cropped it into a 3:2 format like from the time we were still using film:
Hope that our cat is better soon.
As always, thanks for reading, and for viewing. Nice holidays to you all.