Posts Tagged ‘music’

White Christmas

It’s been 10 years since I did a guitar arrangement of this song, and it’s been a while since I last recorded anything. So finally here’s the “official” recording done by yours truly, 32Kbps low bitrate version since I want to save bandwidth. This is played on my electric, which I still can’t get the hang of (I very much prefer the feel of nylon strings). I recorded this to minidisk first, then recorded in Ubuntu, using Kristal over Wine, but there are some skips due to buffer underruns. I remember there are some tweaks I’m supposed to do but I think they were lost with the last OS upgrade. This is the one thing I missed from Windows. Anyway, enjoy and merry christmas!

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chordcalc.py – initial release

I finally wrote that program to generate chord fingerings for any fretted instrument. It’s written in Python and meant to be run at the command-line. It’s quite a pleasure writing this in Python – I was surprised to finish writing the core algorithm in just one morning.

Why another chord generation program when there are so many of them on the web already? Well, a variety of reasons: there doesn’t seem to one in Python yet, I want a command-line version (it’s more efficient in some ways), and I want to be able to fine-tune the algorithms. I can slap on a GUI later. Python’s list manipulation capabilities means that I can support instruments of any number of strings, and in any tuning.

I wrote it on my Ubuntu box, but it should work for any platform that Python runs on. It’s written in Python 2.5. I’m still unsure about moving on to Python 3.0.

Interested folks can download the initial release here: chordcalc.py

Let me know if you find any errors e.g. in the chord definitions.

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Scores from Japan

Just received the music scores I ordered from Amazon Japan. First time I tried ordering stuff from Japan. Amazon Japan has an English interface, but knowing Japanese helps a lot. The delivery was fast, very fast actually. I was used to waiting for almost a month for stuff from Amazon US to get to this part of world, I thought it would take at least a couple of weeks for Japan. In fact, I only got the shipping email yesterday. It apparently came by air. I guess going by sea is probably not worth it considering the distance.

I got 2 ukulele scores (fun!) and Andrew York’s Best collection. The Andrew York collection as far as I know is only available in this Japanese edition. It comes wth tab, which is useful, although the purist in me would’ve preferred staff notation only. The print is a little small though – the Japanese must have really good eyesight! Anyway, I hope they can compile another collection in future, as this doesn’t have all the pieces I wanted though. The cost of collecting individual scores are a tad too much for me.

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Woohoo! Another toy!

Added another Irish whistle to my current collection of ah…just one. My friend currently studying in Dublin brought back a Generation C brass whistle for me (made in Britain, and he bought it in Ireland, haha). ^_^ Nice mellow sound, and I actually find it a bit easier to play than my Feadog D (nickel). Haven’t verified the tuning though, but it seems to my ears some notes are a bit out, or more likely I haven’t figured out the breath control yet. I think the brass does make the whistle sound more mellow. It should also get me fewer complaints from my brothers when I play. 😛

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New songs

I just uploaded two more songs to my “band” page. They’ve been sitting in my hard drive for the past week.

I’ve been working on a number of transcriptions of Bach and Carulli pieces lately. Given my tendency to get distracted by other side projects (I did say I was working a number of pieces, yes?), it will probably take a while longer.

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Format files for abcm2ps

I never thought I would pick up Postscript programming, but that was just I did for the past couple of weeks, so that I can extend the abcm2ps music notation software. I wrote 3 format files in a row (interspersed with lots of fumbling around and googling for answers to my Postscript problems – I still haven’t figured out the font encoding stuff) – one for classical guitar notation, one for jazz charts, and one for adding guitar chord diagrams (much easier way than the examples provided with abcm2ps). They can be found in my software section.

Postscript is an interesting language. It’s quite low-level – to write programs in it you must think like a stack. Brings back memories of when I was teaching assembly language during college. It’s quite an educational experience.

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My band page

Created a soundclick web page today for my “band” i.e. moi, haha. The site had some “site-wide issue” today, so I was unable to upload my music until now. I’ve been experimenting with recording using Kristal Audio Engine last weekend and today. Did a couple of short improv pieces and decided to post them online.

Actually, I have an even earlier recording. Me on my electric guitar and a blues backing midi. It’s too horrible to put up. 😛

I also found out today that my Spymac account, where I uploaded my previous recording experiments, was deleted some time back, either due neglect on my part, or perhaps because they were doing some fancy revamp the last time I checked and I forgot to renew or something. Anyway, I thought they were pretty bad recordings…haha…

Got two “songs” on my soundclick page for now. Go to http://www.soundclick.com/idlemoments for a listen. ^_^

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