Tuesday, August 29, 2006

favoritest albums

what are your favorite albums of all time?
mine would be (in no order)

revolver (beatles)
parachutes (coldplay)
ten (pearl jam)
affirmation (savage garden)
rumours ( fleetwood mac )
dsotm ( floyd )
led zeppelin ( led zep )
the joshua tree (u2)
lateralus ( tool )

Monday, August 28, 2006

kurai ondrum illai

found this video. i love it. you can see my attempt at translating this song here

yip

ok bear with me for my audio geekery. i had to blog this. i have successfully created a DTS audio cd that plays in my home theater. Listening to the wall CD 1 on my home theater as am blogging. you gotta hear this to believe my excitement. pure genuine 5.1 DTS audio ( no upmixing from flac or mp3 or any other stereo source ). Oooooooooh... bliiiissssss.
me has 5 floyd albums on dts now.. yip

Friday, August 25, 2006

fav harry belafonte

island in the sun
Oh, island in the sun
Willed to me by my father's hand
All my days I will sing in praise
Of your forest, waters, your shining sand

and

jamaica farewell
Down the way where the nights are gay
And the sun shines daily on the mountaintop
I took a trip on a sailing ship
But when I reached Jamaica I made her stop
Now I'm sad to say
I'm on my way
I won't be back for many a day
My heart is down
My head is turning around
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town

whats your fav harry belafonte ?

Thursday, August 24, 2006

flac search

i just made the flac search working. can you see it on the right under the mp3 search? Just like the mp3 search it just uses google to search with some search params for weeding out the crap. check it out. I got rush of blood to the head thru my search. want techno? try this. Listen for yourself to see the clarity. Oh ya, get vlc if you are on windows or linux or mac or bsd.

Audio tip - 2

Want more more more more quality out of your music and mp3 is killing it? try FLAC ( Free lossless audio codec ). No more of codecs deciding normal human hearing and weeding out supposedly unheard frequencies. I've decided to re-do my complete collection ( which is currently in mp3 and Ogg vorbis ) in FLAC now. The downside obviously is the space. FLAC occupies roughly about 5 times more space than a 128 kbps mp3 ( i hate them ). I should have done this long ago if only i had the time (cpu cycles and mine) and space ( Terrabyte disks out yet ? ). The best part i guess is that the support for FLAC is increasing well these days. My toast titanium is supporting FLAC ( thy be w000000test ). It can write Music DVDs and Audio CDs from FLAC. Combine this with Audio Tip 1 and you can see my intellectual masturbation reaching a near orgasm.

Audio tip - 1

I am tired of writing my mp3s ( ya ya i know lossy but glossy ) from my CD collection on re-writable CDs to listen on my home theater. My home theater, ( Sony DAV - DX 150 which plays divx too) though a good one is stupid that it wont play if there are more than 200 mp3s on the root folder (Hence writing them on DVDs in mp3 format is just not an option). And so i ended up rewriting cds every alternate day with my freshly acquired mp3s for the mood.

Found a solution. The new Roxio Toast Titanium 7 on my mbp is able to write Music DVDs with customizable menus, playlists, shuffle etc etc. The audio format is dolby digital 192 kbps ( not customizable). The downside is that it takes about 5 hours on my 1.83 GHz dual core mbp to encode my mp3z onto dolby digital format. Upside is that it holds more than 500 songs with a dolby digital encoding with shuffle,playlists etc for manipulating play orders.

Since the source is mp3 the quality is not mindblowing but pretty much ok ( i am a audiophile who hears artifacts on 128kbps mp3s with a sampling rate of 44 kHz. )

Sunday, August 20, 2006

listen

radio davidbyrne rocks. also listed in eclectic section in iTunes.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Talk about peer pressure... uff!

Chorus:
Im every woman, its all in me
Anything you want done, baby
Ill do it naturally
Im every woman, its all in me
I can read your thoughts right now
Every one from a to z


I can cast a spell
With secrets you cant tell
Mix a special brew
Put fire inside of you
But anytime you feel
Danger or fear
Instantly I will appear, cause

Chorus

I can sense your needs
Like rain on to the seeds
I can make a rhyme
Of confusion in your mind
And when it comes down
To some good old fashioned love
Thats what Ive got plenty of, cause

Chorus

I aint braggin cause Im the one
You just ask me ooh and it shall be done
And dont bother to compare
cause Ive got it
Ive got it, Ive got it, yeah

Im every woman (repeat and fade)

~ Chaka Khan (and/or Whitney)

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I think all men and women need a bit more of the 'woman' (and all her positive attributes) in them to make humanity a li'l bit better.. no i'm not saying it coz i believe in female supremacy.
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err.. ok maybe just a li'l bit :)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

degrading music

where is the music industry heading ? i have this weird feeling that music is degrading with each passing year. i am sure all of you will agree. is it just that everyone kind of gets stuck to the songs/genre they liked first (maybe in their teens or in college) and expect everything else to be like it and they discover its not and then automatically start having a hate toward everything which isnt their like? though outwardly sounds like a plausible explanation, its far from true. most of us are open to genre shifts at various points in our life. like a teenager discovering rock n roll, then moving on to country, classics and classical as he ages. so its not our rigidity with a genre/era that is making it look like music is degrading. the truth is that it actually is.

Reminds me of Rush's song "spirit of the radio" where the lines go like.. "...all these machinery making modern music can still be open-hearted, not so coldly charted.." , ".. one likes to beleive in the freedom of music, but glittering prizes and endless compromises shatter the illusion of integrity.." and "..for the words of the profits are written on the studio wall, concert hall-- echoes with the sounds of salesmen." the song hits it right on the head. point one is that even in 1980, geddy lee feels that music is rotting. point two, he blames it on the marketing and the music labels associated with the musician. I would also like to cite another example in the book "the clockwork orange" where alex likes ludwig van ( beethoven as referred by alex ), mozart, rossini, schubert etc. and thinks that the modern music of his era ( pianos and blues ) is all cal ( nadsat for crap ).

which contemporary band do you like the most ?
i tried answering and i really cant come out with more than 2 or 3 (tool,u2?,coldplay?) all of whom have been better earlier actually. i really cant stand most of the albums that have been released in the last 10 years.

it sends shivers through my spine to think of how music will be when i am 40. if we let the marketing managers of record labels dictate our music taste, we are going to be fueling someone's greed and also end up spoiling some great, talented, yet greedy and foolish bands. think of what happened to metallica. Do we want load, reload and St. Anger? encourage indie labels and start digging for your music and dont pick up anything from the "hot new" or "rocking new releases" from your supermarket. did you know that supermarkets employ people to crowd next to "new releases" and to pretend picking up the cds with zest like they were normal shoppers. so stop buying or listening to commercial music. you are doing your future generations and music a gargantuan favor.

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