This is from yesterday after work (between about 1700 to 1900 CEST), and what I wrote in Wikiloops about the song is this:
“Fell in love with this beautiful piece from Phil and from SilverOne at first hearing, so I decided to add a bit of a bottom end with my fretless to it. Also doubled the main melody. Thanks for this cool jam my friends, that was fun! Hope you like it…”
So thanks to Filo974 and to SilverOne for the incredible music, and thanks to you for listening. Hope you liked it as much as I did when playing onto it.
As always, thanks for reading, and for listening. Come and join us at Wikiloops to make some more nice music.
I was just congratulating another fellow Wikiloops musician for another one of his nice template tracks when I saw this little box beside his track:
And when clicking that blue hyperlink in it, it took me to the Wikiloops Knowledge base where this is explained in a bit more detailed way:
So yes, besides really contributing to the project as a whole (and as such, to us all), this what’s asked here is cost-free and still means a lot to some of us – so please if you like something, give the musicians kind of a nod, and a thumbs up. Kindness doesn’t cost you anything else than that 🙂
And if you can, then please supportWikiloops. It’s all which some of us have in these times of being locked to our homes…
I was looking for some free kanji-like vector graphics to make an album cover with just using one Chinese character, namely 詩.
Copied one out of a Youtube video, but then I stopped and thought “hmmm, cannot do this, at least not without asking…” – so I asked.
To just have something to do I decided to make a template for Wikiloops album cover images (size 465×456) in The Gimp, and once inside that program I looked into the fonts, and bingo! – there was everything (and more) which I wanted and needed for my next project. Have a look:
Awesome, isn’t it? Who knew that I had all the vector graphics I needed! So I wrote another email to the friendly calligrapher on Youtube and told him/them that he/they could ignore my last message, but feel free to be invited to Wikiloops in case they also make music like we do… oh, and their character was in simplified Chinese, while this one here is traditional.
Well I can hardly give any tips of what best to do in a “lockdown” kind of situation, when you can’t or at least shouldn’t really leave the house. I can only tell you what we’re doing:
we went shopping of Friday after my work already, so we were through with that early on. It also helps if you enter the supermarkets as a single person, not with a whole family. Better for the distances we should keep…
reading is always good – my current favourite fiction author is Haruki Murakami as you might know if you’re reading this blog once in a while
listening to music and/or watching TV is what I’ll guess what most people would do, and of course we’re also doing that. Long running series like “Doctor Who” are good tips if you like that
If you’re a computer geek, get involved into some free and open source project – write some code or documentation, or share some tips via an own blog or Youtube or whatever
We’re the lucky ones, at least Zuleikha and me – we play instruments. Plus we are both members of Wikiloops where you can play with other musicians from all around the globe for free if you like. All you need is some way to get your instrument or voice into a computer, which is usually done with some kind of audio interface – see here for some examples. And Wikiloops just lifted its time restrictions, so even as a new user you can now start down- and uploading at once, without having to wait (or to pay).
If you are creative in another field – I consider myself a portrait photographer for instance – then do this at home as well. Take photos of your family, or in case you’re alone, take self portraits. There’s always something new to learn, and if it’s only about lighting.
Other than that I haven’t done much this weekend, in fact I wasn’t even out of the house except to feed the birds:
As I’ve read, the rate of new infections with SARS-CV2 aka the Corona virus is slowing down here in Germany. So maybe (and hopefully) it helps if everyone is staying at home or at least keeping a safe distance. And while it’s still way too early to speak of or to hope for a trend, we can still carry on and wait this out, shall we?
I’m sitting at our dining room table with my notebook from work, preparing for the last day of the first week of working at home. Still a bit early (as usual), so I’ve turned on the Wikiloops One World Radio, which looks like this:
As you can probably see you don’t have to have an account or being logged in to listen to this, so go and have a listen if you like – it’s nice and it’s free.
I was productive this week, without having all of the colleagues around me, so as I thought (or knew) I can concentrate on work much better in silence and in solitude – but it’s still something else, this. Unreal somehow, the thought that this might go on for weeks or even months.
And holidays? Hm. Strange thought.
Ok, off to work right now. Take care, be safe, and stay healthy everyone. Thanks for reading.