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! 🙂

I had a short look at…

Manjaro Linux, and also Pianoteq.

In the LinuxMusicians forum there was a thread about Manjaro lately, so I thought why not try it? Manjaro, for those who don’t know it, is based on Arch Linux and as such has a “rolling release” strategy instead of publishing more or less fixed versions and updates. This means that your software will always be fresh and up to date, a bit like if you would use the Debian unstable repository aka “Sid”.

Manjaro also uses XFCE as their default desktop environment, so I wanted to see its status as well – and as I’ve learnt from the forum post mentioned above it also comes with packages for almost everything including trial versions of Pianoteq, Reaper, and Bitwig. I have tried Reaper on Windows already (and really, it looks very similar on Linux), not so much interested in Bitwig (tho I did have a short look), but Pianoteq was of interest to me, and after trying their standard version first, I also had a look at the lesser (and with 99$/€ cheaper) “Stage” variant of the software. Looks like this on a standard Manjaro (in a VirtualBox VM):

Pianoteq “Stage” on Manjaro Linux

Of course I could only dream of having realtime, being in a VM, but for a first look it was good enough – and those piano models really sound wonderful. I’d really like to hear some of Zuleikha’s tracks with these sounds, so I could compare them with the (also commercial) Addictive Keys xln audio “Studio Grand”, and with the free “Salamander Grand” which is a nicely sampled Yamaha C5. Maybe I’ll come back to that at a later point, let’s see.

As for Manjaro, yes it looks and performs good, so for anyone who wants to try something new and fresh, go and give it a try. I don’t really need it because Debian already provides everything I need (ok, together with the KXStudio repositories for music-related stuff), but in case you’re interested, why not? From what I saw I liked it.

As always, thanks for reading.

Statistics at year’s end

For whatever it might be worth, here are my website stats over this year (with today not being over, so this last day of the year is missing):

Usage statistics for wolfgang.lonien.de

I don’t know if my joining of Wikiloops had anything to do with the increase you are seeing, but since I joined in February and returned from my first members’ meeting in September, I guess that yes, some came and looked (and listened) because of the music.

And all in all it’s pretty impressive. Over 400,000 visits a year with an average of over 1,000 a day means that more than each one and a half minute someone from somewhere is looking at my website. I haven’t checked how many bots (like the infamous Google search) are part of this, and yes, it would be easy to do with simply “drilling in” and following the links, but I’m not really that interested in all that stuff.

Anyway, year’s end is the time to say thanks – so I thank all readers for their interest. Have a good new year 2019, and thanks again for visiting, reading, listening, and whatever.

Cheers, and to a happy 2019!