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Recording multiple audio input streams on Linux

I guess one of the important things for me dabbling with music, is the ability to perform using only a guitar and my voice. Piano and vocal is another thing I'd like to do, but maybe a bit later. So when I'm able to play the guitar and sing at the same time, why not record both at the same time.

So, I was looking at the possibility of recording the guitar and the vocal microphone at the same time, using Audacity.

I also googled a bit and it was a lot of yada yada expensive sound cards.

Now I have a built-in soundcard on the motherboard of my desktop computer, I also had a USB stick soundcard lying around.

So why not plug in the USB card and see if I can setup a system where I record guitar and vocal using two separate sound cards?

The sound system on my Fedora desktop is ALSA:

[morphex@localhost ~]$ ps uaxww|grep alsa
root 874 0.0 0.0 17160 2892 ? SNs nov.26 0:00 /usr/sbin/alsactl -s -n 19 -c -E ALSA_CONFIG_PATH=/etc/alsa/alsactl.conf --initfile=/lib/alsa/init/00main rdaemon
morphex 23598 0.0 0.0 119468 960 pts/5 S+ 19:00 0:00 grep --color=auto alsa
[morphex@localhost ~]$

And to get a list of recording devices, I used

[morphex@localhost ~]$ arecord -l
**** List of CAPTURE Hardware Devices ****
card 0: Megalodon [Razer Megalodon], device 0: USB Audio [USB Audio]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 0: ALC1150 Analog [ALC1150 Analog]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 2: ALC1150 Alt Analog [ALC1150 Alt Analog]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 3: Device [USB PnP Sound Device], device 0: USB Audio [USB Audio]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
[morphex@localhost ~]$

I guess the most complicated part of getting this multi-source recording to work was getting the arecord commands right. But here's the recording script:

[morphex@localhost ~]$ cat rec.sh
#!/bin/sh
arecord -D hw:1,0 -f S16_LE -d 360 -c2 -r 44100 voice.wav &> voice.wav.log&
arecord -D hw:3,0 -f S16_LE -d 360 -c1 -r 44100 guitar.wav &> guitar.wav.log&
[morphex@localhost ~]$

arecord gave an obscure message which led me to try -c2 as an argument on the first command, and there was also some sampling rate issues so I set both sampling rates to 44100.

I was worried about syncing issues on a setup like this, but importing both wav files into Audacity and working on them from there, there were no issues with one track lagging behind the other. I can't notice any guitar echo on the vocal mic on the recording below.

So there you have it, fairly simple and cheap to setup a multi-input-source recording system on Linux.

You can hear the result here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z48VlFBHhhA&feature=yout...

I also created that video using kdenlive, which is about the simplest and best video editor I've found on Linux. I'm not an advanced video editor, and it was fairly easy to get results using kdenlive.

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [27 Nov 18:58 Europe/Oslo]

Talking about my music on the internet (freak.no forum)

So, I've been on different forums talking about my music, and I'm having some issues on the freak.no music forum.

Long story short, I think a lot of the feedback on the forum has been laced with unecessary negative remarks, and I've talked up against that.

So it seems that if other posters on the forum talk shit in threads I start, the threads get dropped. Which seems unfair.

There is also a very loose rule in the forum which says that the admins can do whatever they want, which is a bad rule as it gives too much power to the administrators and as such, is of course abused or misused.

Here's the discussion I had privately with one of the admins:

http://blogologue.com/dialog_med_administrator_freak.no.pdf

And yes he/she did OK that I posted this to my blog.

And the last thread I started which got deleted:

http://blogologue.com/feedback_self_made_and_produced_demo.p...

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [07 Feb 16:21 Europe/Oslo]

An alternative to SoundCloud, MixCloud and similar services

I'm a software developer, that has pretty much loved music my entire life, and I've at times listened to music almost all my waking hours.

I'm now in the middle of my thirties, and these last couple of years I've also been playing the guitar, singing and doing some piano and drumming as well.

Now, to me it seems natural that one learns to play instruments, by playing songs one has grown up with and know, it's a natural place to start. So for some time I created simple cover versions of songs, and uploaded them to SoundCloud.

Around this last Christmas (...) I got a notice from SoundCloud that my account had "two strikes" with a dire warning of my account being "terminated", where they had taken down my track "Summer (original by Calvin Harris) Simple Mic". Now it is funny that I get a notice like that on the 1st day of Christmas (25th of December). Another funny thing is that I asked to get a copy of my track, but they denied that request and said that

"This was reported to us by an anti-piracy agency on behalf of Sony. We won't be able to reinstate this, not even privately, unless you have permission from Sony to have it on SoundCloud."

Now, luckily I had a copy of the track on my computer, but it would have been a bit more sticky situtation if I didn't. Now this track is 01:19 long, that is just under 80 seconds and recorded on a simple microphone, but they still saw it necessary to take it down. If it was because I made a remark somewhere that you could just put that snippet on repeat and there you had pretty much the entire song I don't know.

Anyway, because of this, I got somewhat stressed and decided to move my cover songs to MixCloud, because there you can tag the artist and the song in uploaded tracks, and the artists (and MixCloud) get some revenue, and that seemed like the best thing I could do.

However, I recently reviewed the terms on the MixCloud site, and it basically says that they can do whatever they want with what I upload, forever. This wasn't what I expected; what I expected was that I could put things up there as a temporary solution, and take things down if necessary, or take things down if something I create has potential to make money. Now, I guess I could leave everything I have up there as the recordings aren't high quality, but it would be nice to have a reasonable amount of control of what I've created.

So my expectations of MixCloud and what is in their terms of service didn't match up, and I sent an email to MixCloud asking about this, but the reply I got was

"For licensing reasons we don't host individual tracks (even if it's your own track), so unfortunately we've had to disable your single track upload."

Which wasn't close to what I emailed them about

"
Expected Behaviour
------------------------
My impression of the site was that one could upload things, and take them down and that was pretty much it, you and the original content owners got a cut through radio-style fees.


Actual Behaviour
------------------------
However, I've read the terms you have, and found that for example having others create derivates, that I'm liable for being in the middle, that you can use my content perpetually etc. is not something I expected.
"

So now I'm in a situation where I have created content which I'm unsure about who has the rights to do what with, and I also can't continue doing podcasts and cover songs because I don't have a place to share these things.

Does anyone know of alternatives to these services that work like I want them to? Comments or emails to morphex@gmail.com are much appreciated.

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [12 Apr 10:08 Europe/Oslo]

Finding a way to share cover songs

OK, so a little while ago I had problems with SoundCloud ( http://blogologue.com/blog_entry?id=1420246529X05 ), they took down a simple remix I made and gave me a dire warning that they would "terminate" my account.

Now I've got got a notice from MixCloud that they've taken down a song, even though it's my understanding that they pay licensing fees to the original creators so even though I make my own cover variant song of their song and all the income for that song goes to MixCloud and the content creators, they still take it down.

I think it's natural that people interpret popular culture and make works with popular culture. Popular music is also where a lot of people start, so there must be many, many people out there who want to share whatever they're working on, if just for fun (but also for feedback, a chance at getting noticed, making it big and so on). For me this music thing is a hobby so I'm not giving much thought to making money off it and all that entails, and to me it seems just wrong that it isn't possible to participate in a cultural exchange without getting hammered down like this.

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [22 Jan 19:33 Europe/Oslo]

Some Hydrogen, EDM-like beats

So, this weekend I was feeling restless and nothing really fancied me, so I decided to play around with Hydrogen.

Hydrogen is an open source drum machine that runs on Linux, I've previously posted ( http://blogologue.com/blog_entry?id=1406401445X72 ) about a VirtualBox image that contains Linux and Hydrogen - which means you can run it on Windows and Macs as well.

Anyway, one of the things I've noticed with some (most?) EDM music is that it contains a "drumstick peak" where the beat gets more intensive in a song.

So I decided to create a drum track in Hydrogen that gives this peak in the song and I was able to do so just using the standard samples in Hydrogen.

The hydrogen file as well as an ogg file is available here:

http://blogologue.com/music/

Just thought I'd share this, if anything it can show how one creates a track in Hydrogen. I like Hydrogen for its simplicity, but now I yearn for something where I can edit the drum track as well as the synth/ambient sounds at the same time. So I'm looking at different apps that run on Linux that could do that.

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [12 Jan 08:04 Europe/Oslo]

A journey into music

OK, so been a while since I blogged the last time. Lots of things have happened, but the most important part is that I've gotten a lot better at relaxing and taking it easy.

I thought I had something to say about music, and what can I say.

Up until maybe a couple of weeks ago I was cranking out music and getting into the groove of creating music, creating demos & songs. And I'm not the one to blow my own horn but in my opinion I was creating some good stuff that would suit some audience.

Anyway, these last couple of weeks I've spent at the family hut. Some days after I arrived, a violin also came in the mail. Prior to going to the hut I was listening to a cover of Viva la vida made by the Dallas String Quartet if I remember correctly, and I was deeply moved by the violin in that piece.

A picture of the violin is here:

http://instagram.com/p/r7sBWrKKpD/?modal=true

So yeah, a violin arrived last week, but it's these last couple of days I've been getting to play on it. It's really just posture, grip and open strings now, but it is good fun. I guess I'm that grown up that I can just STFU and do whatever the instructor says.

I found the lessons by this lady

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLLxyaKSNav9f9Vqvp99npQ

To be nice, easy and simple to follow. Now, to be honest and as a side note I'm on a very limited internet connection, so instead of replaying the lessons in a browser, I used a Python tool called youtube-dl to download the videos and play them locally.

It's here: http://rg3.github.io/youtube-dl/

This means I get video files that can be played locally, without the advertisements. Not exactly sure what to do about the ads, but Youtube should create some app that can store videos locally with ads so everything is in order.

Funny thing is, I bought a harmonica about a year ago, at the local rock museum, but haven't played it much up until now. But some travelling, broken violin strings etc. kinda forced my hand with regard to what I could use and the harmonica (picture here http://instagram.com/p/sTI8PXKKp9/?modal=true) was the obvious choice.

I guess to sum it up, these last couple of weeks I haven't really been creating or pushing myself to do much creative work, just playing with new instruments, relaxing and winding down. Not sure when I'll get back to creating new music but I think that new music will involve some harmonica and violin playing. :)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [30 Aug 00:33 Europe/Oslo]

Mac / Windows / Linux + Linux & VirtualBox & Hydrogen = True

OK, so I've been dabbling a bit with Hydrogen again, the IMO very good drum machine kit for Lunix..

I've been a user of Linux for a long time both on the desktop and server side, but lately I've been running Windows a lot because that's where Battlefield 4 runs, an FPS-strategical-tactical war game.

And every now and then I fire up Audacity to record something. Now, I've also got myself a set of digital drums to learn how to play the drums, but it's also nice to just be able to plot something into a program and have a nice, perfect drumtrack to go.

Now, Hydrogen doesn't run on Windows, so I figured I could have a copy of Hydrogen running in a virtual machine on Windows. I tried setting something up using QEMU, but after a while I just gave up because of many different bugs.

So, I ended up using VirtualBox and created an appliance which you can download here:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/77290387/Hydrogen%20Debi...

If you don't have VirtualBox installed, get it installed and then import this (via the File menu in the VirtualBox main panel) and start it up and you'll have Hydrogen readily available.

This appliance has today's export (26th of July) of Hydrogen from Github running, so it's the latest and maybe even greatest version of Hydrogen available.

Give it a try why dontcha?

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [26 Jul 21:04 Europe/Oslo]

Chandelier, hydrogen and audacity

So I've been playing around with Sia's Chandelier this weekend, first finding the beat and then adding onto that.

I also started playing around a bit with Audacity (audio editing) and Hydrogen, a drum machine software kit for Linux. Audacity has some features line tone generation, which is nice for creating these deep tones, and it is possible to create custom drum kits for Hydrogen..

So here's a kit that has the lowest notes and cross-fades them out over 2.5 seconds: http://blogologue.com/c0-b0%20crossfade%20out%202.5s.h2drumk... - it gives the long punch to this thing: https://soundcloud.com/morten-w-petersen/chandelier-part-2

I know the chorus vocals could be a bit better but I have to draw the line somewhere, this is a hobby after all and something I do when I have the energy and the "lust". :)


[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [25 May 16:08 Europe/Oslo]

Some more improvisation :)

http://blogologue.com/fourth-improv.mp3

Enjoy.

More music posts are on this link: http://blogologue.com/search?category=1088844297X43 - simple recordings and thoughts about music

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [28 Jul 23:17 Europe/Oslo]

A little improv jammin'

I've been playing different songs the last couple of days, nice to finally jam a bit and have som fun. :)

http://www.blogologue.com/improv-2013-07-16.mp3

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [16 Jul 14:07 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Loreen - Euphoria

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [10 Aug 19:52 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Bruce Springsteen - Hungry heart

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [05 Aug 16:54 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Queen, David Bowie - Under pressure

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [31 Jul 08:45 Europe/Oslo]

Audacity test 2

So, another test with Audacity exporting to MP3, now with a gain on the "solo" track so that it's easier to hear it:

http://blogologue.com/audacity-test-2-solo-track-gain.mp3

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [21 Jul 17:21 Europe/Oslo]

Testing out Audacity

http://blogologue.com/audacity-test.mp3

Like it? :)


[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [25 Jun 20:51 Europe/Oslo]

WiMP - first impressions

So I downloaded WiMP yesterday, a streaming music service. The cable/broadbrand provided sent me a letter where I got an offer for 1 instance of WiMP streaming on my computer.

First thing I noticed is that it uses Adobe AIR. So it runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. I've seen some Adobe AIR apps before without being impressed, but I like this application. It's responsive, and it has something Spotify doesn't have: autocomplete on searches.

The focus on music is a bit different than Spotify. In WiMP playlists are in focus, and I see that it is easier to go outside of the mainstream and find different kinds of interesting music.

Right now I'm listening to the latest Foo Fighters, and it sounds good.


[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [28 May 07:47 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

The Manic Street Preachers - A design for life

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [21 Apr 15:08 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Jonas Fjeld - Engler i snøen

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [11 Nov 19:39 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Talking Heads - Once in a lifetime

Bonus link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1wg1DNHbNU

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [18 Aug 18:01 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

The XX - Intro

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [05 Aug 19:27 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Eddy Grant - Give me hope Jo'Anna

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [14 Jul 20:15 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Eurythmics - I Saved The World Today

Bonus link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vueJNE3y0iA

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [11 Jul 18:11 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Eurythmics - There must be an angel

Bonus link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B8Y8seX7IU

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [10 Jul 19:20 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Eurythmics - Here comes the rain again

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [09 Jul 21:26 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Depeche mode - Enjoy the silence

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [18 Jun 11:14 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Superchunk - Say my name

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [07 Jun 17:11 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Jamiriquai - Virtual Insanity

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [23 Apr 17:07 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Seal - Crazy

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [18 Apr 20:29 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Mary J. Blige, U2 - One

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [10 Apr 16:36 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Abba - The winner takes it all

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [08 Apr 19:13 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Chamillionaire - Good morning

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [06 Apr 20:10 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day (2)

Motorpsycho - Nothing to say

Bonus link: http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/motorpsycho/nothing_to_sa...

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [02 Apr 22:41 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

R.E.M. - It's the end of the world as we know it

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [02 Apr 17:46 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Queen - We are the champions

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [01 Apr 14:30 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Dire Straits - Walk of life

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [29 Mar 00:23 Europe/Oslo]

Culture remixed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLkOYHYQ2tc

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [27 Mar 19:15 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Pink Floyd - Another brick in the wall

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [26 Mar 20:51 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day (2)

Motorpsycho - Feel

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [26 Mar 20:45 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Pink Floyd - Coming back to life

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [26 Mar 19:58 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Paul Simon - You can call me Al

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [18 Mar 13:06 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day (2)

Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton - Islands in the stream

There's another good cover of that song:

Bertine Zetlitz - Islands in the stream

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [15 Mar 17:27 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [15 Mar 14:48 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Art Garfunkel - Bright eyes

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [12 Mar 15:23 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet with butterfly wings

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [11 Mar 17:59 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Pink Floyd - Learning to fly

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [09 Mar 19:40 Europe/Oslo]

Pink Floyd

I haven't found (original) Pink Floyd yet on Spotify, so I thought I'd give iTunes a try. And yes, there they were.. Pulse album and everything.

I bought the album and have been listening a bit to it today. I don't know, but I think Pink Floyd are truly some of the greatest ones.. great tones and interesting song names and lyrics. Some great puns in there too.

Some day I'll have to get a biig screen, good surround system and a high-res version of those concerts. Oh, I'd give a bit to get to go on a concert like that. There's a concept.. well-produced recordings of concerts with kick-ass sound. In movie teatres. And, the Dutch could RAKE in money. ;)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [09 Mar 18:59 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Foo Fighters - Times like these

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [08 Mar 19:34 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Donkeyboy - Ambitions

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [07 Mar 17:28 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Donkeyboy - Sometimes

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [05 Mar 14:37 Europe/Oslo]

New (old) song of the day

Townes Van Zandt - Waitin' around to die

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [23 Feb 22:50 Europe/Oslo]

Hm

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/02/12/1323248/Warner-To-End...

Well.. when you idly sit by or whatever you do and let people get financially steamrolled I kinda question your ability to judge what a fair deal is. Although I don't know how exactly those financial things work in the US.

When the US went after a shuttle spy to set an example, they had the heart and brains to choose a guy who has lived a life.

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [12 Feb 15:40 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

New Radicals - You get what you give

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [23 Jan 21:49 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day x 2

After hearing a wonderful version of Time after time, I found another song with the same title accidentally on Spotify.

So here you are:

  Eva Cassidy - Time after time

and

  Tiff Lacey, Alexander Popov & Feel - Time after time - Chris Reece Main Mix

the latter is a nice one.

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [04 Nov 01:50 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Morcheeba - Rome Wasn't Built In A Day

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [12 Oct 22:39 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Coldplay - Fix you

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [12 Oct 13:15 Europe/Oslo]

Two freebies

I've long had a dream of starting a band or two to ... I guess, to be a part of the expression.

I've got two band names so far:

Clowns with Downs

and

Tools for Fools

I thought these were unique, but googling for both of these turned up results. So I guess I'm a little too late and will have to find new names, if I get to start a band.

:)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [06 Oct 19:49 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

John Farnham - You're the voice

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [04 Oct 23:17 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Nine Inch Nails - We're in this together

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [01 Oct 22:08 Europe/Oslo]

Tres cool

http://filter.start.no/?id=4496

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [18 Sep 21:03 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Des'ree - You gotta be

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [17 Sep 22:39 Europe/Oslo]

New toys

Saturday I bought myself some new toys. A Fender Stratocaster and an UX1 from Line 6. Some other things were bought as well, cables, adapters, a guitar-stand and other items.

I haven't bought myself something nice in quite a while, and thought it was time to make a splash now.

The guitar is good to play, and the UX1 has got some accompanying software which enables mixing and matching guitar sound effects.

Music has always been a big part of my life, and after clunking away on a spanish guitar for many years, it will be interesting to experiment with an electrical guitar. Not to mention all the effects available in the UX1 PodFarm software.

When I get this thing hooked up properly for recording I'll share some riffs. :)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [12 Aug 21:56 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Jay Z - 99 problems

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [30 Jul 14:16 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Mike & The Mechanics - Over my shoulder

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [20 Jul 22:36 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Billy Ocean - When the going gets tough the tough gets going

;)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [07 Jul 23:37 Europe/Oslo]

Spotify bump

http://www.spotify.com/blog/archives/2009/06/25/bumping-up-t...

(I'm a Spotify subscriber now, paid my dues)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [04 Jul 14:18 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

John Farnham - You're the Voice

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [02 May 21:00 Europe/Oslo]

Phew

I spent about 4 weeks in Spain now, and during my stay Spotify said I could only be outside of Norway for 2 weeks (or update to my current location).

So update the location on my profile was what I did, and a bunch of songs disappeared (first they turned red, then they went goner).

Luckily, now, after being in Norway for a day or two the songs are back! Saves me the trouble of adding them again (something I started on, but didn't complete).

Spotify lads, get your cross-country licensing in gear, I want to go to Spain again soon! :)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [27 Apr 23:55 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Alanis Morisette - Hands Clean

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [23 Apr 21:52 Europe/Oslo]

Spot on, cont'd

So now I've gotten Spotify to work on Linux, using Wine. Was easy enough.. the only trick to the whole deal is specifying the OSS option in the winecfg option tab.

Now my only gripe is that Spotify doesn't work in the air. :-)

But maybe that'll change?

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [13 Mar 23:11 Europe/Oslo]

My spotify playlist

http://tiny.cc/mspot

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [02 Mar 17:38 Europe/Oslo]

Some news is good news

http://www.fnm.com/news/

(thanks Eirik)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [01 Mar 00:16 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Everything but the Girl - Missing

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [15 Feb 01:24 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Richard Clayderman, James Last and His Orchestra - Streets of Philadelphia

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [30 Jan 01:53 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [25 Dec 04:43 Europe/Oslo]

Spot on

Lately I've been playing with Spotify, a new app/service which makes music available through a player:

http://www.spotify.com/en/

It doesn't have a lot of Pink Floyd or Metallica originals, but lots of other good obscure music. I think I've found a new favourite app.. it's snappy and music loads straight away.

A Linux port isn't available yet, but I've heard rumours of people getting it running with Wine. So there's hope.


[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [18 Dec 13:28 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

David Bowie - Let's dance

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [08 Dec 22:59 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Ziggy Marley - Tomorrow people

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [02 Dec 22:01 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Public Enemy - Fuck the police

;)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [25 Nov 22:41 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Madonna - Express yourself

;)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [21 Nov 16:26 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Pearl Jam - Jeremy

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [17 Nov 14:08 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Radiohead - Creep

Bonus link, wonderful alternate version: http://takingtigermountain.com/archives/113

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [12 Nov 00:32 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Fine young cannibals - She drives me crazy

;)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [30 Oct 16:51 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Kelly Rowland - Work (The Freemasons radio edit)

;)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [21 Oct 00:55 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Metallica - Cyanide (compressed version ;))

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [12 Oct 02:04 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody

;)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [28 Sep 13:40 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Aphex Twin - On

Bonus link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toS-QvUtbfY

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [23 Sep 12:45 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Bruce Hornsby - The way it is

Bonus link: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1tn79_bruce-hornsby-the-wa...

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [17 Sep 02:14 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Tina Turner - We don't need another hero

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [09 Sep 18:53 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Salt-N-Pepa - Push it

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [29 Aug 14:16 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

George Harrison - I've got my mind set on you


[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [27 Aug 00:52 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Kool & the gang - Celebration

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [26 Aug 00:45 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

ABBA - Dancing queen

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [21 Aug 11:04 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Johnny Nash - I can see clearly now

:)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [20 Aug 20:27 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Bob Marley - Three little birds

Bonus link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtwGyxzxBDg

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [08 Aug 21:14 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Weezer - Pork and beans

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [07 Aug 14:04 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Lupe Fiasco - Superstar

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [30 Jul 22:48 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Snoop Dogg - Gin & Juice

Bonus link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6TUhx2wX0M

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [11 Jul 19:18 Europe/Oslo]

Wrap up

So, this Norwegian Wood thing was cool. Went there Thursday, Friday and Sunday (Saturday I attended a bad taste party, dressed as a gangsta).

Today Hellbillies (a Norwegian band) and Alanis Morisette played. Overall they were good performances, but the best had to be Foo Fighters on Thursday.

Oh well, another festival notch in the belt. :)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Norwegian Wood (Atom feed)] [16 Jun 00:09 Europe/Oslo]

Norwegian Wood

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Yesterday was the first day at the Norwegian Wood, where we saw Dinosaur Jr and Foo Fighters.

The Foos were great live, and during the concert we found a sweet spot on the left hand of the scene where we got a great view of the whole thing.

Music + (one too many) beers + kebab pretty much sums it up.  Good fun, hope Queens of the stone age are as good as Foo were.


[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [13 Jun 16:23 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Guns'n'Roses - Civil war

Bonus link: http://video.aol.com/video-detail/civil-war-by-guns-n-roses-...

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [28 May 14:12 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Kelly Rowland - Work (Put it in)

;)

Bonus linkage: http://youtube.com/watch?v=pjw9XTqMe6A

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [23 May 13:37 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Wyclef Jean - Gone til' November

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [09 Apr 12:19 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Kanye West - Good life

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [26 Mar 13:45 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Pearl Jam - Jeremy

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [06 Feb 22:51 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love

:*

:)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [20 Jan 17:18 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Michael Jackson - Black or white

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI9OYMRwN1Q

;)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [09 Jan 11:17 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Soul II Soul - Back To Life

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvC1ijiyv1c

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [02 Jan 23:11 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Coldplay - Fix you

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [20 Dec 10:53 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Ozzy Osbourne - Dreamer

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [18 Dec 20:25 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Marc Cohn - Walking in Memphis

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [13 Dec 18:06 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Warren G - Regulate

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [12 Dec 16:38 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Elvis - Teddy Bear

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [01 Dec 22:36 Europe/Oslo]

Can't touch this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JomHWt7p6-c

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [30 Nov 19:47 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Rage Against the Machine - Fistful of Steel

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [30 Nov 18:52 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Frank Sinatra - Strangers in the night

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [23 Nov 20:09 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Snap - I've got the power

;)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [15 Nov 18:37 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Propellerheads - History Repeating

Bonus link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnZiPhaBqF8

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [11 Nov 21:22 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Katharine McPhee - Love story

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [17 Oct 23:03 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

The Cranberries - Linger

:)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [16 Oct 08:12 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Elton John - I'm still standing

;)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [13 Oct 03:13 Europe/Oslo]

Good service

So, my Bose headset broke. On both sides, a crack in the plastic over each headphone. Called them today, told them the model and when I bought it and they just said "that was a bad batch" - send it in, you'll get a new one.

Good service.

Looking forward to good sound. :)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Bose (Atom feed)] [03 Oct 22:53 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Mariah Carey - Anytime you need a friend

;)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [28 Sep 07:02 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Amerie - 1 thing

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [24 Sep 17:11 Europe/Oslo]

Wonderful

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oxTy7KIAaA

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [17 Aug 13:46 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Shop boyz - Party like a rockstar

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [15 Aug 17:01 Europe/Oslo]

Lidl Rebel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B79N23pSro

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [10 Aug 12:22 Europe/Oslo]

Rockin' @ sixty+

I got a bit of a surprise yesterday. Went to see the Rolling Stones and wow.. those guys rocked.

Some of their music I've listened to and it's OK, but seeing them perform the songs live and kick has made me into a fan I think.

I was meeting someone before the concert, to .. arrange something. But this dude didn't show up and I was waiting, so I tok a cab to the concert.

Just as I walked in on the left hand side of the stadium, fireworks went off and the Stones started playing. It's a shame I missed the warm-up, Dandy Warholes.

Bought some beers, found my brother and we were standing there, chilling, drinking beer, smoking Lucky Strike and listening to the Stones.

We saw some cute chicks too and had an opportunity, but we were like.. let's chill, drink beer and just enjoy the concert.

So there we were enjoying the show and time whizzed by and it was over.

Great band. I hope I'm as energetic when I'm 60+.

Here's some pics, for those of you who are on facebook:

  http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=17035&id=740301083

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [09 Aug 15:26 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Tori Amos - Caught a lite sneeze

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [05 Aug 15:36 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Terry Jacks - Seasons in the sun

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [28 Jul 14:55 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Blind Melon - No rain

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [25 Jul 16:14 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Enigma - Return to innocence

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [03 Jul 19:33 Europe/Oslo]

Dance with me (love can be like bondage)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekQZPozjCX8

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [14 Jun 12:56 Europe/Oslo]

Give a little love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfhZfSVuup4

(not that I drink a lot of Coke)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [09 May 23:26 Europe/Oslo]

Treat your mother right

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_rBidCkJxo

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [05 Apr 10:57 Europe/Oslo]

My humps (alternative version)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=W91sqAs-_-g

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [05 Apr 10:43 Europe/Oslo]

Hearing well again

A couple of weeks ago I misplaced my battery charger and couldn't find it, so I started using non-rechargeable batteries instead. When those ran out, I figured using the old headset was the thing to do. No use in spending money on batteries if you have rechargeable batteries, right?

Well, today the charger popped up again, turns out it was hiding in a box with some external drive components (which was also needed).

So now I'm back to using the Bose headset again, and it feels goood. :)


[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [04 Apr 19:47 Europe/Oslo]

Give it to me

Funky stuff:

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJJ6P_81nno

Video is kinda youtube-ish, social web 2.0 etc etc.

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [14 Mar 15:20 Europe/Oslo]

Watskeburt

This is art (probably only makes sense if you know Norwegian):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSgZQ_zEjmQ

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [11 Mar 13:56 Europe/Oslo]

High energy

http://img106.exs.cx/img106/1191/e4xsuperwaha.swf

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [07 Mar 11:46 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Amy Grant - Baby baby ;)

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [04 Mar 07:41 Europe/Oslo]

Ska Cubano live

Went on a date yesterday, where we had food first and then went to see Ska Cubano live. They were good. :)

Here's their homepage

  http://www.skacubano.com/

Had a good time on the date itself as well, we chatted and time went by. Not sure if it is something to build on though, maybe we'll just be friends or whatever.

First we ate, then we went for drinks, then the concert, then to a night club and then another night club were we danced for close to 45 minutes and finally we went home.

Tired today, and soon there's a long lunch/dinner, beer & rugby and probably another night out. Oh well - gotta keep going.


[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [24 Feb 12:04 Europe/Oslo]

I do need

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[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [20 Feb 15:24 Europe/Oslo]

Copy-that-cat

This guy does an amazing impression of Snoop Dogg, DMX, and more:
 
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP3qL4UG1TI

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [19 Feb 21:31 Europe/Oslo]

Kinda like a Google for music

http://www.pandora.com/

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Music (Atom feed)] [25 Jan 11:36 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Johnny Cash - Bridge over troubled water

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [21 Jan 06:59 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Aphex Twin - Ageispolis

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [18 Jan 06:05 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Therapy? - Jude the obscene

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [09 Jan 01:47 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Foo Fighters - My hero

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [04 Jan 00:18 Europe/Oslo]

Song of the day

Queen - Radio Ga Ga

[Permalink] [By morphex] [Favorite songs (Atom feed)] [29 Dec 16:14 Europe/Oslo]