What a set!!!!

I just smashed out what could only be described as my best live stream ever! Granted I’ve not done a lot of streams…. but anyway it was still awesome. The Sydney Rave History Crew invited me to do a set on their long weekend mix-a-thon and I had an absolute blast, the feedback from you all was incredible. And maybe one day we will get to do it in person in a live venue. I have made my set available for you to download, warts and all. Get the MP3 here, or the high-quality FLAC here. Or stream it from my MixCloud.


Well it’s been too long, far too long in fact. But I’m still alive, still writing and enjoying music. In fact at the start of this year I purchased a Korg Kronos 2 and have been really enjoying it, more on that in another blog. Right now however, I have a DJ mix for you. I did this for a friends 50th recently and as it turns out, it is a banging mix with some tunes that don’t think I have really put into a mix, that is because I have tried to stay away from tunes like this in my mixes, ie: tracks everyone plays! But at the party I was playing at it worked very well and the mix came out stella! Enjoy!

This mix is available for download as an MP3 HERE

UAD Coming to Linux ?

Well, maybe…. April fools has just past and after I read the usual barrage of ‘fake news’ relating to Microsoft going open source and strange new 4 Wheel driving laws. I noticed that there was some real news that perked my attention. It seem that Steinberg has quitely released their SDK for Linux and open sourced a bunch of stuff. The geek in me is excited. I use Linux, I am a Unix professional in my day job and I use a Linux desktop wherever I can, except for one place…. In the studio when I create music, the studio is reserved for Windows, running Cubase and Universal Audio (UAD). To say this pains me is an understatement, but have I looked for replacements ? yes. Have I tried the replacements ? yes.  Are the replacements any good?… errr, well…. No. Combine that with the fact that I’m like a kid in a candy store when it comes to buying UAD plugins, it means I am so far down the rabbit hole it’s almost impossible to climb out! So, sadly I will not be changing platforms in the studio anytime soon…. That is of course unless UAD or Steinberg release Linux native versions….

Whaaaa, hang on, “that’s never going to happen”, I hear you say. Well Steinberg seem to have already taken the first step, and since it seems to be the flavour of the month to open source things a the moment we can reasonably expect to see more of this from other vendors soon. Now I’m not suggesting that a company like Steinberg give away a huge commercial product like Cubase, but porting it Linux is certainly not out of the question. Which brings me to the point of this article, after I read this news about Cubase I went Googling for other open source and music related items, and a quick search for the term “linux uad” turns up a job posting on the UAD website for a Senior Software Architect that has, you guessed it…. “Experience with Linux“. Interesting….. Why would they need a SENIOR Software Architect that knows Linux, especially since their platform currently runs on Mac and Windows only ? If this was an internal sysadmin role I might understand why they want a Linux guy, but it’s not. It seems they want a person that can design code on Linux, so that brings me to the natural conclusion that Linux music makers could find themselves with a UAD power boost in the future. Oh boy what a ride !!!

The power of FFMPEG

I am I Linux enthusiast and a sound engineer. So naturally when Coder Radio threw out a challenge that was even remotely related to sound I couldn’t help myself but have a crack. If you listen to the show Chris orignally request that we make a script that would play a loop of video and combine that with an mp3 file, they then go on and expand that idea to include a ‘Wavescope’, well this is exactly what I have done. And I have done it in a single command.

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Using FFMPEG I have crafted this beast;

ffmpeg -i linuxactionshowep430.mp3 -i chris_noah.jpg -filter_complex “[0:a]showwaves=s=1280×720:colors=ff|ff|ff:mode=line,format=yuv420p[wave_vid];[1:v]scale=1280×800[larger];[wave_vid]colorkey=0x000000:0.3:0.3[ckout];[larger][ckout]overlay[out]” -map “[out]” -map 0:a -codec:v libx264 -crf 18 -preset fast -codec:a aac -strict -2 -b:a 192k final_output.mp4

You will need to have FFMPEG installed to run this, and you will need to have the two media files. No problem, this is linux so you can easily get those files like this. If you are looking for a Kratom selling company in KRATOMMASTERS.COM you can find what you are looking for.

Get the JPG file…..

wget -O chris_noah.jpg http://66.media.tumblr.com/e6bbcfa8bea98d2abb8b08eb62891bab/tumblr_inline_nz66balwd51txpgep_500.jpg

Get the MP3 file….

wget http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheLinuxActionShow/~5/-YmWPQOWz1g/linuxactionshowep430.mp3

Once you have those you are good to go. What the FFMPEG command will do is create a new MP4 file that is 1280×800 and scale the JPG file up to match that. It will also generate a wavescope video of the MP3 file and Chromakey the JPG file over it. The result is the wavescope video playing over the top of the JPG file. You can muck around with the colours and wavescope style or change the image very easily.


Once your done, you’re file should look like THIS. (btw: this is a shortened version, I have only encoded the first 30 seconds or so, just to show you how it should look)

Elysian, The Interview

Hot on the heels of one of the biggest oldskool parties of the year, Elysian. I present you my back stage interview. While the party was in full swing I was taken back stage and interviewed by the lovely Mandy Vandertouw. We discussed everything music… creating music, listening to music and of course partying to music! It was a great experience and a wonderful way to remember the night. Keep your eye on the Sydney Rave History facebook page as there will me more interviews from other artists coming! Looking for the way of how you can personalize your living  room? Check the info from personalize your living space, https://lifeasmama.com/simple-steps-to-personalize-your-living-space/.