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Audio Music Video Youtube

Shingo Nakamura

How did I miss this kid!? I recall seeing this in my suggested list multiple times, and I’m happy I finally decided to check it out!

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Church Music

Phil Keaggy – Maker of the Universe

So I happen to like good “cosmic” worship songs. Hymns about space and stars and stuff just kinda get to me. Last night, my dad was talking to a guy about a Phil Keaggy song that was taken from an older hymn titled “Maker of the Universe.” Overhearing the lyrics just blew me away, so I asked him to send me the link to the full rendition also. Here it is:

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Music Programming Web

Pandora Music

Pandora.. Great selection of music, stays on topic and all that. But seriously..is there a way to prevent the computer inactivity timeout? Stops playing, starts giving me whiny messages of “Are we playing to an empty room? It costs us to play these songs so we don’t want to be playing to nobody.”

However, I’ve got my computer set up with a Kensington FM transmitter so I can listen upstairs (bad laptop won’t support hardly anything streaming, bad sound card, etc.). So no, Pandora, you’re NOT playing to an empty room. You’re playing IN an empty room. But yes we are all still listening.

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Church Computer Music

Cell Phone to Sound Board for only $20!

I have successfully finished yet another garage-shop electronics project that actually WORKS!

Tuesday, Pastor Mike at Rez announced that in two weeks, when they’re on their short-term missions trip to India, they’ll be performing yet another Skype call in to 6:33 pm. However, the last two or three times they’ve been anywhere, they’ve tried this, and every time it’s been a rig. Here’s how they did it: a laptop on their end runs Skype, the Mac computer on our end runs Skype, but the bandwidth is low enough that we can only manage video. The audio cuts in and out. So for audio, we do a regular cellphone call (and use the headphone jack on the phone to pipe it into the sound board at church). And on top of that, we relied on the built-in mic in the cell phone to pick up any audio for the overseas guys to hear. A really poor setup to say the least. And each time, I’ve promised to come up with a better solution for next time.

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Music Video Youtube

Step Seq

Recently I discovered a ‘game’ on Kongregate called Step Seq. Apparently there are electronic devices that look exactly like this simulation. Their point is to create music on a time and frequency grid. I’ve been playing around with this one, seen at http://www.kongregate.com/games/quickfingerz/step-seq.

The fun of this is that I’ve also been video-recording a few of these and have been posting them to Youtube.

The few I’ve uploaded include an initial boring tutorial and then three more samples. They can be seen with the following links:

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Animation Music Video Youtube

New Videos and Subscription

Greetings, all! It’s been a while since I did any animation. My attention has been more on live videography of various things including game and oscilloscope capturing. However, just today I put together something like four new animations, plus one overdubbed video of myself whistling three parts to a song. Vain me, eh?

Anyhow, here is a list:

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Games Music Programming

Step Seq

A few days ago I discovered an amazing music program hosted on the game site Kongregate. Apparently the creator, the guy who runs QuickFingers.net is in some sort of contest for a LOT of money to see who can make the coolest music game on that site. Well, his was on top when I checked a few days ago, and I tried it out. It was AWESOME!! The game he created is called Step Seq (try it at https://www.kongregate.com/games/quickfingerz/step-seq).

Really, this is just like any hardware-based step sequencer, which is apparently some sort of grid of buttons that you can press and it will modulate a midi device and play back notes. Each row on the grid is a single note, while each column is some sort of time index. The sequencer part is based on a concept that the grid will play itself over and over and you can change the settings each time.

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Computer Music Programming

Soundcards and Shoutcast

Yesterday I received an Amazon order in the mail. It was my first ever ExpressCard device!

A few years ago, I burned out the left channel on my laptop headphone jack, so if I wanted to listen to anything with a pair of headphones at the library or something, I couldn’t without putting up with just one side of the stereo mix. So last week, I went on Amazon and found a Creative (Soundblaster) ExpressCard sound card. Just yesterday, it came in the mail and I got it up and running! And I have to say it has excellent quality. 

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Church Music

Jazz Hands needs to OWN the Newsboys “Way Beyond Myself (Remix)”

Let’s get WayFM’s TotalAxxess remix of Way Beyond Myself (Newsboys) on the top.

Head to: http://newsboys.heroku.com/107 and click the Vote! link. Whoever wins the Newsboys Remix contest gets to have that cut on the newest collection release (which Newsboys has way too many of), AND they get a year of some free service…I don’t know what that is, but having your mix on the official CD would be awesome! Especially Wally’s Jazz Hands mix.

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Music

Radio DJs

So I just finished a little research on some of my favorite radio DJ’s from or piped into WayFM.

  1. Wally – TotalAxxess (I did some research and FOUND his Youtube channel HERE!)
  2. Brant Hansen and the rest