Just voices

The human voice is the ultimate instrument. Not only do you have it with you wherever you go, but its expressive capabilities seem to be just endless.

This was recorded some time ago, but listen to the young women and men of this choir:

The Parting Glass

I like this one even more. Gets me each time:

Black is the Colour of my True Love’s Hair

“And I love the ground whereon she stands”

Wow.

That Pen-F look

Olympus has had this special camera, the Pen-F (talking/writing about the digital one here, not the original half frame film version from days long ago). And that digital Pen-F was special because no other camera did black & white as good as that one, in my humble opinion. They really should consider their decision not to continue it, it was simply brilliant, and lots of people loved it (at least those who bought and owned it).

Now a fellow photographer who has both the Pen-F as well as the OM-D E-M10 Mk2 (which I also have) has managed to get pretty close to the look of black and white images from the Pen-F when using his E-M10 Mk2. So here’s Rob explaining how he did that:

How to Get That Olympus PenF Monochrome Look On your OM-D ep.210

Of course I immediately had to try that, and I used the Mono-2 without grain settings to try. I also noticed that indeed applying a -0.3EV compensation helps with keeping a bit more infos in the highlights. Look:

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Zuleikha, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2020

That’s really very close to Kodak Tri-X if you ask me. And although this was at ISO 1250 it’s still much cleaner than film ever was – if you want to apply grain you can still do so with a few mouse clicks.

Cool. Thanks Rob, your tips help a lot. Really appreciated!

Vitamin, remixed

A remix job I just did for friends of mine from Wikiloops:

Lovely track, hm? I didn’t play a single note here myself since this one had a bass in its “blue part” already, I guess that was Trilian (a sampled double bass).

As always, thanks for listening.

False positives at GMX

I have a friend from the UK who – like me – uses a GMX mail account or two. The only difference is that her domain is gmx.com while I’m using gmx.net.

And twice already some mail of hers landed in the internal gmx “assumed spam” folders which you only see via their web interface if you look – so my advice: don’t ignore their regular messages about that assumed spam folder, and go and check it – you might have missed someone who clearly didn’t send spam (in my friend’s case, not even a link was inside her mails, so it’s not clear why the gmx algorithms assumed that to be spam…)

I’ve told their web interface to not classify her mail addresses as senders of spam, still have to check if that works.

Otherwise they’re very good – and they really keep out lots of spam. Not bad for a cost-free provider at all – and if you’re using them with an email program like I do, you won’t even see all the ads which they need to finance it all.

Just a hint to go and check…

R.I.P. Lyle Mays (1953-2020)

Read it from some of my friends and fellow musicians at Wikiloops first, then in other media: Lyle Mays, genius keyboarder and musician as well as a genius in maths and other sciences died two days ago. See the German and English Wikipedia pages about him, and the sad news also from Pat Metheny’s site.

It’s quasi impossible to give you a short overview over his works, but this for example is from him:

Lyle Mays & Bonnie Herman – Moses The Lawgiver

Awesome, isn’t it? And what’s less well known is that he and Pat also wrote a hit like this one:

David Bowie & Pat Metheny Group – This Is Not America (official video reworked)

So rest in peace, Lyle, and thanks for everything.

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

Speaking about awards…

… which I actually don’t like that much, really – because how could you award arts? But in my last post I congratulated Esperanza Spalding, and at the moment it’s the time of the 2020 BAFTA Awards, and that in turn reminded me of a series which I’m currently watching (we’ll have season/episode 2.4 later today), namely “Keeping Faith”, starring Eve Myles (also known from Torchwood and other series).

That series won 3 BAFTA Awards, for best story, best actress, and best music, and each of these is well deserved in my opinion. Listen to Amy Wadge and to Laurence Love Greed in these ones for instance:

The series is fully packed with music of that caliber from start to finish – quite the hit factory. So here’s the honour they received for it in 2018:

I’m glad that I can watch that. Thanks to everyone.

And as always, thanks to you for reading, watching, and listening.

Congratulations, Ms. Spalding!

Found this article today about Esperanza Spalding winning her 4th grammy, this time in the vocal category, for this album release of last October:

And I’ll have to say that this one was well deserved. If you make it through the list of her 19 videos I’m sure you will agree – pieces of art, all of them.

So this one’s for the singers. Needless to say that Ms Spalding is also a killer bass player both on upright as well as on electric bass. In fact she’s teaching both vocals and bass at Berklee…

As always, thanks for reading, and for listening. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Dalek, still in training

Today I tried something new. Played around with a ring modulator on my voice a bit to join ‘bluvation’ (Gerry) on his awesome ‘Dancing with Daleks’ track:

Musicians, until now: just him (all music) and me (words/vocals):

As always, thanks for reading, and for listening. And thanks to Gerry for all the fun 🙂

Update, Monday during my office hours:

Got a first remix from & with Brian on bass, very cool:

That makes three of us by now:

As always, thanks for listening. And now come and join the fun 🙂 If not, and in a Dalek voice: “EXPLAIN!” 😀