Archive for the ‘music’ Category
Long time no see! I’ve been busy outside the blog-sphere and I’ve got some news to share. First of all, I upgraded my Firefox Add-on to version 0.1.7. So here is the link:
All in all, the important addition is that you can now use the hotkey Control+Y instead of pushing the button on the toolbar. Plus, I think it now has no other issues for most new versions of Firefox. I need to point out that I get most of the help from the SDK’s documentation which is great, but, to anyone interested, don’t hesitate to contribute to its content! Restartless add-ons rule!
You may use it and see if it works on YouTube (yeah it works, at least for Firefox 21.0 w/ Fedora Linux) using this video:
Yes! It’s the first video of the band I play with, directed by Kostas Gounaris. Cool huh?
I hope you’ll like it as we put a lot of effort to complete it and guess what? There’s also going to be a short film based on the song. I’ll let you know!
Happy new year everybody!!!
Here I am, once more, to announce the new version of my recent small project YouTube HTML5 Switch. I made quite a few additions to the previous version (for which I already made a post) and changes to it and it’s on its way to become a fully reviewed add-on for Firefox
So what the 0.1.3 version does and has right now is:
- A navigation bar button using the toolbarbutton-jplib (and its depdencies) by erikvold
- a new 16×16 icon for better cross-platform compatibility (I know, it used to be prettier but I will make it again soon)
- It works only when “youtube.com/watch” has been opened
- It doesn’t work if &html5=1 is already in the URL
- A clickable widget icon at the add-on bar.
What really changed is that now the navigation bar button is movable and its position is maintained if you open a new window etc. More fixes soon
Once again, the code is on my github repo. Of course, for any major change I will keep you posted
For those and only those who already use YouTube HTML5 Switch and will upgrade to v0.1.3: Don’t worry if the old icon remains on the browser window. Just restart Firefox and everything will work fine!
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Update: The campaign ended successfully
Another project I want to talk about is one that’s on Indiegogo, a crowdfunging website! It’s for my band, Wonky Doll and the Echo. If you dig cinema and like our music please, have a look on our Double project: a music video & a short movie. We will collaborate with a director, Costas Gounaris, for our first music video! Our page is here:
Every cent counts and everyone wins gifts too!
By the way…this is the song of the music video:
Hello! Long time no see!
It’s been a busy period and I have lots of news to share. First of all, I decided to have a look on the Mozilla Add-on SDK . It has a very simple API to create Add-ons for Firefox.
Anyway, I tried to come up with an idea of what would be my first Add-on. Hmmm…An Add-on that can make my web experience less annoying. Considering that I spend half of my time on YouTube to listen to songs (mostly), view videos etc, as a Linux user, I get really annoyed when the Flash plug-in crashes and I have to restart Firefox. You can always visit youtube.com/html5 to change that but what if you delete your cookies? It’s a boring procedure.
So, what I thought was to make an Add-on that would simply add the “html5=1″ parameter on the URL. And I did it…well, kind of, it’s now an experimental Add-on for Firefox. I need to add some more features for it to be considered as a proper Add-on. It’s called “YouTube HTML5 Switch” and here it is at the Mozilla Add-ons website, and here is the source code on Github.
I currently develop the Add-on at the Add-on Builder (that means online). I will eventually download the SDK and try it on Fedora It’s not the smartest Add-on in the world, but I think it’s a good start for a newbie. By the way I need to say that the SDK’s documentation is not very helpful and I needed to google a lot to write down a few lines of code. Anyway, in every “major” release I will be posting here any changes etc. You can also read the README.md on Github.
What’s more? Wonky Doll and the Echo (the band where I play) are supporting I Like Trains here in Athens on December 15, 2012. You can check our Bandcamp page and listen to our songs. Now, if you have installed the Add-on you can test it with these video…if you go on YouTube of course
Some videos like this for instance don’t have an HTML5 player so the plugin will not be of any use here.
Other videos though, do have have an HTML5 version and the plugin will work!
I am writing this post from my freshly installed Fedora 16 (If you still haven’t downloaded and installed yet I suggest you do it). I am really excited and proud I am using Gnome 3.2. It has achieved a tremendous change on how we must start to perceive our desktop environment. It also does this with style (with minimal touches that I really love). And so far is doing great in terms of stability. No freezes at all. OK, some small details on some drivers is my weak point but I have to blame the manufacturers for that. Well, something I always wanted to yell on the internet: WHY ON EARTH DON’T YOU RELEASE LINUX DRIVERS? …sigh. Anyway everything runs smoothly.
Moving on to our next subject. Well, it’s about my studies. I am doing my master’s degree at the University of Athens. It’s an interdepartmental master of the Physics Department and the IT Department focusing on Electronics Automation…hell yeah. It’s not easy, but I enjoy it so far
Now, to the last subject. I uploaded my new album on Jamendo!!! It’s called “The pursuit of happiness“.I think it’s my best work so far…I have until now a very productive year. I hope the following years will be the same as this one. I don’t want to say much, it would be better if you just listen
Ladies and gentlemen, I hope you enjoy it !
I am glad to announce that I just published my new work. It’s a soundtrack for a theatrical play named “Έξι αρχεία κρυμμένα“ that means “six hidden files”. No it has nothing to do with Linux and you can’t unhide them with control+H.
As I already said, this album contains all the songs and effects used at the theatrical play of Tomas Diafas “six hidden files”. Six roles, six hidden documents. This play is inspired from last year’s incidents at the center of Athens, showing a different chain of events and personal misfortunes created from a protest. A theatrical play for the protests around us that reveal the protests inside us.
Download it in OGG format :
===== Ελληνικά / Greek =====
Τα κομμάτια αυτά γράφτηκαν για τη παράσταση “Έξι αρχεία κρυμμένα” του σκηνοθέτη-συγγραφέα Θωμά Διάφα με πρωταγωνιστές έξι χαρακτήρες, έξι αρχεία κρυμμένα, εμπνευσμένη από τα περσυνά τραγικά επεισόδια στο κέντρο της Αθήνας και για το πως αυτά δημιουργούν μια αλληλουχία άλλου είδους προσωπικών επεισοδίων. Μια παράσταση για τις διαδηλώσεις γύρω μας που μαρτυρούν τις επαναστάσεις μέσα μας.Περισσότερες πληροφορίες:
Σκηνοθεσία- Κείμενο: Θωμάς Διάφας
Σκηνικά – Κοστούμια: Δομνίκη Βασιαγεώργη
Επιμέλεια Κίνησης: Αφροδίτη Βερβενιώτη
Μουσική: Κωνσταντίνος Αντωνάκογλου
Βοηθός σκηνοθέτη: Αθανασία Ανδρώνη
Κομμώσεις- Μακιγιάζ: Καίτη Αραβαντινού
Yeah! I just uploaded my new album “Colourful Explorations” (under CC by-nc-sa.) on Jamendo! On Thursday, I also did my first live appearance with the band I am playing the keys and the guitar, the “Wonky doll and the echo”! (big name huh?) Went great!
As you might have seen in each title, one colour is mentioned! I started writing this album just before this year’s summer, other ideas were older others are quite new. I still have a few songs I didn’t publish, but it will be a surprise for the next album
Just a warning, please use good speakers (not usual laptop speakers) to enjoy all the album and to listen to it properly. I use a lot of low frequencies in many pieces that can not pass from these kind of sound systems.
Μια ακόμη συλλογή με instrumental τραγούδια, που αγκίζουν αρκετά όμως είδη μουσικής, έρχεται να κάνει παρέα στην πρώτη που ανέβασα πέρσυ στο Jamendo. Με άδεια Creative Commons by-nc-sa πάντα για να την μοιράζεστε (και όχι μόνο) ελεύθερα.
Guess what! A new album on Jamendo and of course it’s another creative commons by-nc-sa licenced one . It’s instrumental including various genres. I hope you will enjoy it
Hola! Esta es mi primera vez que escribo en español en mi blog personal. Es porque he cargado mi segundo álbum en Jamendo . Espero que os guste!
“Jamendo is a community of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses. Share your music, download your favorite artists!”
A long time ago I just really felt I could share the music I make.Even before that one happened, I was experimenting with sounds and I was trying to play music that possibly exceeded my skills in order to become even better. Playing the piano or the guitar (the electric guitar actually) was sometimes the time to relax or to express various emotions.
So, the truth is that I wanted this whole project to be completed only with open source tools. And that’s what happened. For this project I used Fedora 10, JACK, Qsynth and Ardour. There are even more tools I can use like Zynaddsubfx (extremely cool app) etc. Thanks CCRMA !
I know you may find the sound quality a bit disappointing but this is due to the insufficient amount of time I spent to set up the apps. Also, consider that every time I had to record I had to improvise (or remember the notes) because there was no music sheet.