Ten million music tracks remain unsold online

According to this article in the Daily Mail, it seems that there are a lot of songs, that weren’t sold at least once. It says that the Long Tail theory of Chris Anderson predicts that about 80% of the songs should account for about 20% of the sales. But just saying that it should work like this, doesn’t make it so. For the Long Tail to work it should be easy to find, link to and buy songs that are not in the bestseller lists....

December 24, 2008

Fiddle - a music player

All music players suck, all in different ways. The music player that I created sucks too. A lot actually, but that’s to be expected. The work of three days is now available to the public in some kind of alpha release. The player is called Fiddle and is available in my Git repository. But please take a look at the website that I created for it. It contains a lot of good information about downloading and running Fiddle....

September 15, 2008

Radiohead Nude remix with old hardware

Big Ideas (don’t get any)from James Houstonon Vimeo

June 11, 2008

Lowlands is only one day away

Tommorrow around this time I will be almost one my way to go to Lowlands. Lowlands is a festival with all kinds of different music. The big names for me this year are Danko Jones, Pennywise and Less than Jake. Of course there are many bands that I’m going to see, but which I not yet know. Last year I didn’t go, because it somehow had a different thing I had to spend time on....

August 16, 2006

Een fijne zondagmiddag

This sunday there are a few bands coming to Sneek. It shall be a pretty nice sunday afternoon. At least much better than the that you could normally do. Bands: Roger Miret and the Disasters, Demented Are Go, The Bones, Heartbreak Engines o.a. Some people will call it a good warming-up for Groezrock.

April 20, 2006

Aliennation is nominated for best band of March

Aliennation is nominated for March Metal Madness and needs your vote to get to the next round. So wait no longer and go take a look and listen to the songs on the website and cast your vote.

March 18, 2006

Interesting upcoming concerts

As always while adding concerts to my concert website, I saw a nice concert. This time it’s a concert of The Slackers. Another one is the Paaspop Festival. I’m not sure if I will be going to one of these, but it’s very tempting.

December 27, 2005

Music Player Daemon

I thought about how a daemon program could be easy to use for playing music. So I started with some research by googling for ‘music player daemon’. And the first result was a link to a program called ‘Music Player Daemon’. This program runs in the background and can be controlled with php based websites or a command line tool. This is nice separation of concerns. So I installed the package and tried it....

December 10, 2005

Revenge of the Rock'n Roll Monsters Tour

Revenge of the Rock ‘n Roll Monsters, what a show. This was best thing since some other concert. All the bands played really well, and it looked like they we’re having fun. Which make the whole thing just better. It was very much worth the trip to Zwolle and the € 15,00. Tonight we’re going to Music For All Ears, which is organized by the saidia foundation. This organization helps motivated and talented students from developing countries to study in Groningen....

December 10, 2005

Another music player

The day after I posted the previous post, I became aware of a serious flaw in the design of the player. It couldn’t play music from on artist or one album. I really liked this functionality, so I wrote it. MUSICDIR=~/music cd $MUSICDIR find . -type f -name "*.mp3" -o -name "*.ogg" | grep "$1" > playlist mplayer -quiet -shuffle -playlist playlist | grep Playing Also it tried to play the cover images that are in some of the directories....

October 18, 2005