Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Module – Remarkable Engines

March 10th, 2011 Comments off

Module is on amazingly prolific artist.

I accidentally found Module when looking for music by Jessica Chambers, since she features on the five track of his Remarkable Engines album a full seven years after it was released. Kiwis may find the thirteenth track What is Seems from the same album oddly familiar.

In 2009, he wrote the soundtrack for the video game Shatter, by local developer Sidhe.

I find it makes for excellent coding music.

All his music is on bandcamp in a DRM free format of your choice. Including FLAC.

Ultimate Music Source

March 6th, 2011 1 comment

Hi, my name is Edward, and I’m an audiophile.

I’m also cheap. I refuse to spend several thousand dollars on a CD player and fiddling around with swapping discs, when I’ve already gone to the trouble of ripping all my music to highly convenient FLAC files. Instead, I cheated. I did buy some nice speakers and an amp, but I’m not going to discuss those. Suffice to say that they are nice.

What I did buy, is a tiny silent computer made by NorhTec in Thailand, and a USB soundcard, made by Pro-Ject Audio, who reside in the Czech Republic. The computer is JrMX Microclient. It has a one gigahertz 586 compatible processor, 512 MB of ram, USB and ethernet ports, and in my version, internal space for a half-terabyte 2.5″ laptop hard drive. The delivered cost for this to New Zealand was USD$149 + USD$49 shipping, plus another hundred odd for the hard drive.

On to the computer, I loaded the latest version of the Debian* operating system, and the music playing software mpd. Onto my phone, I loaded MPDroid, which let’s me control said music software from my phone.

All my music is now on this computer, which I can control from my phone. This means I can come home, pull out my phone, and have all my music instantly available. I have no need to turn on my desktop, mess about with a laptop, external hard drives, insufficiently sized iPods, fumble with a poorly designed TV driven menu, sort through CDs, or any other such nonsense, it’s all just there.

It’s running. In a month or so, I might put up some technical details of the software, and how well it works in practice.

* Ubuntu doesn’t support the Ethernet module. Nobody seems to be quite sure why.

Albums I Like

January 5th, 2009 Comments off

I purchased a bunch of music in 2008. As in, actually purchased physical CDs. Here are some that I thought were quite good, along with the tracks that I liked. Some of these might be a bit different.

  • David Vandervelde – The Moonstation House Band
    • Jacket*
    • Moonlight (instrumental)
  • Anika Moa – Thinking Room
    • Good in My Head
    • Youthful
    • Harry & Leena’s Song
  • Nina Simone – Gold
    • I Put a Spell on You
    • Ne Me Quitte Pas
  • Cold War Kids – Robbers & Cowards
    • We Used to Vacation
    • Saint John

* I had this song set as my ring tone for my work phone when I was on call in my previous job. Now, every time I hear it, I think it’s 3am and the call center is ringing me to tell me a server is down.

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Don McGlashan has take up Residence in my Head

January 2nd, 2009 Comments off

This song has been in my head for four days now. Out!

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