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Hmm… great club. bad music. nuff said.
Nero just released a free MPEG-4/3GPP encoder/decoder software package for Windows.
- Compression Ratios ranging from ultra high (58 CDs fit on one!) to High-End Audio (2.5:1), for absolutely perfect audiophile encodings
- Crystal Clear, Award Winning Sound Quality at every compression ratio and bit rate!
- Support for Embedded Album Art (Covers, Booklets, Lyrics!)
- Store Entire Audio Album in a Single .mp4 File with all the Features of an Audio CD embedded inside, but at a fraction of the space!
- Reference Quality MPEG-4 Audio Codec
- Fully Compatible with the Latest Version of the State-of-the-art MPEG-4 Audio Standard (LC-AAC, HE-AAC and HE-AAC v2)
Source: Nero Digital Audio
It’s the first version to come with URGE. But the most visible fact is that it comes in sleek black. Which is obviously tr
To give you an brief impression of the equipment that is necessary to stream and broadcast such a festival, here are some pictures:
Pictures made by der Andi.
Today it’s once again time for the Ilmenau Newcomer Festival “Vorsicht Band! 2006”. And this time again there’s FeM involved. But first the facts:
16 Newcomer bands from all across germany are going to perform in the next two days. Since the 16 where chosen from 272 you can bet that there’s only the best the newcomer scene has to offer these days.
And now to the juicy facts from FeM: You can watch the whole Newcomer Festival “Vorsicht Band! 2006” over the internet for free. Just connect to one of the following Windows Media livestreams:
Broadband Internet (1 Mbit and above): mms://streaming.fem.tu-ilmenau.de/vorsichtband2006
Narrowband Internet (below DSL): mms://streaming.fem.tu-ilmenau.de/vorsichtband2006_modem
To be precise:
And some facts for the nerds: 3 stages, 9 cameras, 30 people, 10.000m cableing,…
It’s time for a new iteration of the mixed-tape. So get your downloads running now:
If you are interested in software / security / windows, I recommend listening to this episode of Chaosradio. It’s a german language podcast, sorry for the others…
“Microsoft Windows hat in der Öffentlichkeit was Sicherheit betrifft einen schlechten Stand. Windows gilt als System mit offenen Scheunentoren und wird von der Elite gemieden. Doch in den letzten Jahren hat sich eine Menge getan und die letzten Releases von Windows XP wie auch das bevorstehende Windows Vista kommen mit signifikanten und grundlegenden Änderungen daher, die das Bild bald ändern könnten.
Im Gespräch bietet FX Einblicke in die Vorgehensweise von Microsoft in den letzten Jahren und erklärt, welche konkreten Ergebnisse Microsoft in seinen aktuellen und kommenden Betriebssystem-Releases erreicht hat und anstrebt. Am Ende gibt es auch einen Blick auf die Ist-Situation bei Linux.”
99 grams is enough. They certainly are right on that point and on many others. 8 GB, 320×240 display (2″), sleek black look, MP3, WM*, FM-Radio, RSS Feeds, audio and video podcasts (though: no video in germany (why?!))
And there is more.. You get this port on one side of the gadget:
Venzero calls it “SharePort” and extends the USB-on-the-Go! considerably says Venzero… One feature only the Venzero ONE comes with is the so calles “MusicMarker”. You can record short audio clips while you’re on the road/in the bus/train whatever. Back at home you can sync it with your PC and with venzeros’ servers et voilá: you get the artist and title of the song which was playing in your short audio recording. A great feature and I cannot wait to test it.
Venzero says it’ll be available in mid-June 2006 for about 289,90 Euro. (remember: an iPod comes with 4 GB at 249 Euro…)
Finally the complete soundtrack of Hexic HD – a puzzle game that comes pre-installed with the XBOX 360 – is available for download. The composer himself made them available for everyone.
If you don’t know what Hexic HD is all about…take a look:
Today is the “gift day”. I received a package with miniature guitars. Well, I am note playing a guitar but those miniatures are great 🙂
Placed them right next to the Intel-Silicon-Wafer…
Andreas Job, a friend of mine, wrote a tool which visualizes a machines directory tree in a very beautiful way…
Martin Pointed Me To This Promising Company Which Is Out There To Bring Us Great Portale Media Playersbut At The Moment
Martin pointed me to this promising company which is out there to bring us great Portale Media Players…but at the moment… no real information is available on their website…but the start is done…international blogging…good way to start…
I thought many times of such an application. A tool that would allow me to use almost every MP3 player available on the market to sync with iTunes…
This solution does work – there are no worries. But it’s not the perfect solution of the problem. The perfect solution would be an application that runs on the MP3 player (Windows Mobile, eh?) and allows the MP3 player to pretend it is actually an iPod. Than no software on the Mac/PC is necessary to sync…
Anyone got the iTunes/iPod sync protocol documentation ready?
“iTunes Agent is a small application resting in your system tray constantly looking for new MP3 players and other music capable dev”ices connecting to your system. When a device it recognizes is connected to the system, it will create a playlist for the device in iTunes and it will synchronize that list with tracks on your device.
You may then modify this list, add and remove tracks, before you tell the iTunes Agent to synchronize the list with your player”
I wrote about the NES gaming the last week and yesterday toniq pointed me to “Press Play on Tape” – a retro band which plays game tunes … in this particular case they play the title tune of “Cannon Fodder” with the help of… game console controllers…Just go and have a look at the great video:
And once again for the 11th time Mercedes Benz brings us the mixed tape: A music compiliation available for free download.
Source: Mercedes Benz Mixed Tape 11
What a cool flash application: You enter the words and the stars sing your words. All the words are taken from famous songs and put together… you can click the image to get an idea what I mean…
There are many iPods. Many different generations. There’s even a video playing iPod. But some guy made a flash mockup of something he wants to have as the next videp playing iPod. And oh my god I am with him! I would instantly consider robbing a bank for this one:
I am usually into scottish bands – and in this time once again it’s a band from Scotland that pleases my ears…It’s name: Amplifico.
There are a some songs downloadable on their site and you can listen to more of their songs on the Podsafe Music Network – but you definitely want to buy their CDs and support them directly.
Despite the fact that the settings dialog only speaks of the Windows Media Player it appears that the current beta version of Windows Live Messenger even listens to what iTunes is playing currently.
Actually I am told that even the 7.5 version (the current beta is version 8_beta) had this feature… great!
3 months ago I wrote about Songbird – an obvious iTunes clone. And now there is the 0.1 version for your testing pleasure.
As far as I can see it is not really an alternative to iTunes yet. But it certainly has the genes to become one…
Am Dienstag Abend war es endlich soweit: Nachdem ich bereits im Juni vergangenen Jahres meine Karte gekauft hatte, durfte ich heute meine 58,25€ etwa fünfzig Meter vor mir singen, tanzen und wild herumhopsen sehen.
Die Vorüberlegungen begannen schon am Tag: Früh losfahren, dann lange warten und vorne stehen, oder später losfahren, weniger warten und weiter hinten stehen? Ich entschied mich für letzteres und sortierte in der Zeit meine Kontoauszüge.
Kurz nach 1800 Uhr ging es los. Aber nicht lang. Irgendein Idiot musste auf der A71 einen Unfall bauen. In dem folgenden Stau steckte ich ungeduldige und elendig kalte zwei Stunden. Jetzt musste ich doch warten, nur eben anders. Auch die Vorband bleibt mir erspart. Gegen 2000 Uhr läuft der Verkehr wieder.
Auf dem (natürlich schon) vollen ega-Parkplatz das beliebte Spiel: Ich oder der andere Autofahrer? Wer findet schneller einen Parkplatz…
2045 Uhr angekommen in der Messehalle 1. Auf dem Weg dorthin habe ich noch 20€ gefunden – damit ist ein Drittel des Konzertes refinanziert.
Zehn nach neun geht das Konzert los. Im Gegensatz zur recht neuzeitlichen Exciter-Setliste werden auf dieser Tour wieder eine Reihe von Songs von vor 1986 gespielt. Vor mir steht ein Typ, der das Konzert mit einem MP3-Rekorder aufzeichnet, jedenfalls bis zur vierten Zugabe (Der hätte sich mal besser vorher informiert, wie viele Songs gespielt werden…).
01 – Intro
02 – A Pain That I’m Used To
03 – John The Revelator
04 – A Question Of Time
05 – Policy Of Truth
06 – Precious
07 – Walking In My Shoes
08 – Suffer Well
09 – Damaged People
10 – Home
11 – I Want It All
12 – The Sinner In Me
13 – I Feel You
14 – Behind The Wheel
15 – World In My Eyes
16 – Personal Jesus
17 – Enjoy The Silence
18 – Somebody
19 – Just Can’t Get Enough
20 – Everything Counts
21 – Never Let Me Down Again
22 – Goodnight Lovers
Von der Exciter-Tour haben nur ganze 5 Songs überlebt. Bei Just can’t get enough lief gegen Ende irgendwas mit dem Keyboard schief.
Eine Sache geht mir beim Zuschauen dauernd durch den Kopf: Warum gehen kleine Menschen eigentlich zu Konzerten?
Um 2300 Uhr ist alles vorbei. Zumindest das Konzert. Denn der Abend geht noch etwas länger, denn allein für das Stück zur Autobahn brauche ich eine halbe Stunde. Und jeder, der Erfurt kennt, weiß, dass man beim Messegelände eigentlich schon fast außerhalb der Stadt ist. Nach dem Konzert werden übrigens auch alle Merchandising-Artikel billiger verkauft. Leider habe ich irgendwo meine Eintrittskarte verloren, aber die zwanzig Euro sind ja auch nicht schlecht.
“See you next tour!”
You complained about the Windows Media Player 10 – when the End User License Agreement said something like “We want to log what you’re playing and use that data for statistic purpose.” – So what about the newest and coolest feature of the brand new Apple iTunes 6.0.2? – It’s called “iTunes Mini Store” and shows a smaller version of the iTunes Music Store right beneath your song overview:
To display the information inside this little box – iTunes HAS TO send the information about the song I am playing right now to Apple. So Apple can keep track what and how often you’re listening.
As a matter of fact: Where are the complaints about that now? Oh I forgot: Apple is on the bright side of the force whereas Microsoft is on the dark side… Come on Apple fans! Start to think about the stuff you’re using everyday…
Once again granufunk did it: With his permission we are very proud to present you all of his XMAS ’05 tunes via the Radio Muckefuck podcast which you can find here.
“its xmas `05 an i have some tunes for you again!
hope you like it!
fans and groupies get in touch here:
more info here:
check also granu on the new “cookie and brownie EP” on astrolab recordings sometimes in `06
For the tenth time in a row Mercedes Benz offers you many great tracks for free download.
One thing that Mercedes obviously got notice from is the podcast movement. So you can download the official Mercedes-Benz Podcast via the iTunes Music Store.
and even more news: the first text tracks release is there.
Well – Silence was around the guys who made Winamp after they played a bit with AOL. But here they are – back with another media player: Songbird will face the light in a first preview version in december.
I think that these guys will face serious threat from apple. From my standpoint it’s clearly an iTunes clone…wether the guys are telling different…
Well there it is – I have to state that I am late some days… but here we are: the new “Mercedes Benz mixed:tape” in it’s ninth episode…
There’s another big news about Mercedes’ engagement for free content. There’s something called “text tracks” in the pipeline: A regular feature for audio books and spoken content…great!
Source: Mercedes Benz mixed tape
After the very successful ISWI parties at the Fischerhütte here in Ilmenau there was another, probably the last, party at Fischerhütte. This time the hoerschaden crew obviously rocked them all.
Since I had no time the pictures are from nierenschaden and affiliates – maybe more in the future. Be sure to check nierenschadens brand new weblog.
And if you like electronic music, visit the website of hoerschaden – There’s a live stream every now and then…
“Later” is the name of the new song from Ella aka Bobby Baby… get it here.
A sound you should not miss. It’s different and beautifully slow….
Source: Bobby Baby
I made some more pictures of iTunes for Windows Mobile 5.0 that show how it looks when it’s playing songs. And some more detailed pictures of the interface itself. They tried to make it one-hand accessible which means that you can easily control iTunes for Windows Mobile 5.0 with just one hand. You literally never have to pick the pen to click on something on the touch-screen – just use your thumb.
Finally some more words on the technical aspects: It seems that it’s entirely written in some .NET language since it requires the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 to run. And that leads me to the conclusion that there will not be an iTunes for Windows Mobile for earlier Windows Mobile versions like 2003 and 2003SE.
I so far was not able to actually buy anything in the apple store – iTunes just crashed when I tried. So there’s obviously more work to do for Apple than I thought yesterday.
I managed to get my hands on Apple iTunes for Windows Mobile 5.0. After the Motorola ROKR Apple seems to get seriously into the mobile phone business. As my sources tell there will be a special data rate for T-Mobile bundled with devices that come with iTunes (maybe we’ll see an official announcement soon).
The version I could test was iTunes for Windows Mobile 5.0 version 0.9. Although it looks pretty complete (everything (except bonjour) is in place and even podcast sync worked like a champ (see picture)) it’s not a customer ready version. I don’t know anything about the release dates or announcement dates at the moment.
Some words to the graphical user interface: Apple decided to use the well known iTunes in favor of the iPod user interface. Since the buttons and functionalities are all where I expected them it’s as easy to use as the “big” version of iTunes.
I did not have the time for an in-depth test yet but it seems that it is not limited in the way the Motorola ROKR is. Nevertheless I was not able to sync it with a PC/Mac iTunes yet since there are no drivers (and I haven’t got any) I successfully copied 1 GB of MP3/AAC files onto a SD Card and I could play it all. When I inserted the SD Card iTunes automatically searched for media files and rebuilt it’s library. After some seconds I could start listening.
It’s about 6 AM here and I had no sleep – so more after I woke up…
we all know this icon… now even on Windows Mobile.
This MDA2 is connected to the Internet over GPRS. You can see that a search in the iTunes podcast directory was successful.
Since there are some new Windows Mobile 5 devices out and will come out till christmas there are many new applications showing up these days.
And one application is called “1-view”. It’s meant to be an application that gives you access to all your media on the Windows Mobile Device with one view – one GUI.
1-View on the JASJAR
an overview of 1-view.
The one interesting thing is that this piece of software for Windows Mobile is giving you the possibility to listen to music which is streamed to you – hopefully wireless – from your iTunes on your Mac/PC. The second interesting thing about this application is that it’s entirely written in C# (.NET Compact Framework) and the sourcecode is/will be available. How cool is that?
“WiFiTunes is a solution that enables you to stream MP3s from a computer running iTunes to your Pocket PC. Since I last posted on the product in January, the developer has modernized the look and made the software simpler in use.”
“A C# implementation of the DAAP protocol was written using AppleRecords as a reference so thanks to Chris for doing all that tedious work. Thanks also to SPAlarm for starting a fmod C# wrapper.”
Nice tracks, if you like german hip-hop…
Buffer Overflow – Wordflow
1. In Reimen Szenen
3. Game Over (Deutschland)
6. Game Over Sausage World Dom Remix (Vinyl Bonus)
texte: buffer overflow
musik: buffer overflow ausser game over deutschland, kinderwagentown: buffer overflow & moosgummi
zusätzliche stimmen auf in reimen szenen, conservation & kinderwagentown: milamatic
scratches auf in reimen szenen: dr. tobi ost
recorded, mixed and mastered by vladislav delay @ the white room, berlin
teilweise ein Basteln mit Moosgummi Produktion
produziert für there is no business like flow business 2004/2005
“Cool a new iTunes version!” I thought and downloaded it…but after the system restart and the first start-up of the new iTunes this came up:
“this iTunes library is damaged….”
And guess what: all my podcast subscriptions are gone. Damn! What the hell do you think you’re doing Apple?!
The “Update-Mania” on the Macs I am using is quite impressive: After a fresh Panther Installation you are forced to download more than 400 Megabyte of Updates…and at the moment around 200 Megabyte of Updates for a fresh installed Tiger…
Who is complaining about the 180 Megabytes of Windows XP!?!
I really quarreled with me if I should post this article. But I do it because of the great music. One more word about my thoughts: I only want to have such real-life content on this website that regards me and my adjacency. Since this website is about technology and interesting things I don’t want to deal with daily news – and catastrophes are such news I don’t want to deal with on this website.
But now go and buy this album. It’s really great – and that’s not only because it’s completely made by Musicians who are also Microsoft Employees.
“This album has been made possible by the generous donation of music from 16 artists. These 16 artists (or contributing artists) are employees of Microsoft, and will receive no compensation from the sale of this album.
In soliciting content for this compilation, there were submitted many times the number of tracks than could fit on the CD. While the artists and tracks below represent the public face of this generosity, the willingness of the music community at Microsoft to contribute was immediate and significant. Thanks go to all who submitted tracks – both those on this album, and those not.”
It’s from 1997. But it’s great! So if you have heard from the band “The Cardigans” – then you possibly know some of their Top-10 hits…BUT you probably don’t know their great album Emmerdale.
Go and give this melodic album a try.
There is a new album from Goldfrapp…I like it although some songs sound very very similar….
So there it was! The first TV appearance of Charlotte since months. And it was great to have her back. Since she presented(together with Matthieu Culleron) a great rock festival she really seemed to be “back in her favourite business”… Now please a new show for Charlotte!!
Some days ago on nyblog there was an article about Ella. Ella is a young swedish singer-songwriter who makes really nice calm and sensitive music with a touch of electronic 😉
The best thing is, that her tracks are available for free download. Just go to her website and grab them. The only song I will directly link to is “Lads are Fun” which is my favourite track…this is a real catchy tune…
Source 1: http://www.bobbybaby.net/
Source 2: http://www.corpid-label.net/corpidex005-1-Bobby_Baby_-_Lads_are_fun.mp3
I just made a great music discovery: misnormer. This band is listed under the industrial category of the common free music portals – but in my opinion it’s not really industrial…it’s softer…it’s more melodic…
Misnormer calls itself “one of the UK’s biggest independent bands” and it’s possibly right. Misnormer makes definitly some of the finest tracks in their genre…
Because misnormer is an independent band they depend on the support from their fans. And that’s why you should go and support them by buying their music here.
So! Go, download, buy and spread the word!
There it is – the new mixed-tape:
15 free MP3 tracks from Alpaca Heads, Aztec Productions, Bennson, Colonel Red, Cordclub, D’Nell, Flow, Flowarea, Jessica Johnson, Kantorka, Low Budget Soul, Luis, Nikakoi, Roy Ayers, Solar Apple and Quarktette.
Source: Mercedes Benz Mixed Tape 8
I needed headphones – so I went to the next tech-dealer and tried some of the available headphones. After some trying I came to the conclusion that more than 50 Euros would be to much for such a headphone. Especially that I simply could not determine the difference between some 40 Euro and some 140 Euro headphones… infact I decided to buy the Sennheiser HD 457.
measurements by HeadRoom
To come to a conclusion: I can recommend to buy those headphones if you don’t want to pay more than 50 Euro. They sound warm and clear – better than I expected from low-budget headphones. If money doesn’t matter, go and get a… I don’t know 😉 Maybe the guys from reply2all can tell us what to buy when money does not matter.
There’s much great music out there. More than you’ll ever be able to listen to. But there are ways to find great music and stay rich.
One way is garageband.com. It’s a platform for artists to publicize their music to a broad audience.
This is the genre-overview of garageband. As you can see there’s a great variety of genres available. Just surf through the site and find great music you’re radio stations would never play… not because it’s not good enough. But because they just don’t know it.
Anyone here knows the series “Dead Like Me“?
I really like that series and from time to time there’s a slow and really nice song played in the background… That song is called “Boom Boom Ba” and is what I would call a catchy tune. It’s like I know parts of the song since years. But all together its a really new song that once heard you cannot get out of your mind for days.
But beside that one song Metisse is an all-round duo with so many facettes. If you want to be surprised by great music than Metisse is definitly worth a look.
Today it’s the day of music discoveries. I just found two great new artists/bands.
The first one is Goldfrapp. My colleague Hilmar sent me an eMail in which he strongly recommended Goldfrapp – especially because there is a new album coming up soon.
I instantly surfed to my favourite music store and took a look onto Goldfrapps current album “Black Cherry”. And after listening to the first two tracks I bought the thing.
I am looking forward to their upcoming album, even though I don’t like the new albums title song “Ooh La La”…it’s to soft and normal, ready for airplay…well maybe someone else will like it…
My favourite tracks on “Black Cherry” are Train and Black Cherry… awesome tracks.
ask Amazon to buy it…
So last week there was the TechEd Party. And the Scissor Sisters played there…And after the show I had to get the album. And there it is. Ordered on Thursday. Arrived at Saturday….
First: For me it’s a two part album. First half of the songs are great. Fantastic melodies and arrangements… but second there are songs that, – well just do not fit into the album…
Nevertheless I strongly recommend buying this album…
P.S.: my favourite Songs of course: Laura, Comfortable Numb, Take your Mama out
P.P.S.: No I am not gay. Just loving great music.
I am using Windows Mobile 2005 for some weeks now. And one of the cool new features is the Windows Media Player 10. Finally you have the functionality to sync your Pocket PC just like any other MP3 Player. This even integrates your Pocket PC into the Windows Media Player…
See the “Media” item in the Sync-List…
the WIndows Media Player recognizes the Storage Card in the Windows Mobile Device…
And it just syncs 😉
Source: Windows Mobile Mediaplayer 10
What would a real party be without the live-stream. Audio and Video for your pleasure.
click the picture.
You’ll need Winamp 5 with installed VP3 Video codec. Enjoy! The stream will be online irregularly this week. So check from time to time.