Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

This news report from AP is a good summary of who Johnny Clegg was: “South African musician Johnny Clegg dies at 66 after cancer“.

When we bought our first music CD player, somewhere in the second half of the 1980’s, the CD “Third World Child” was one of the first we added to our collection. At first because the music is great, and then because of the significance of Clegg in the anti-Apartheid movement.

I’ll continue to hum/sing along with his songs.

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It’s a catchy #SaveYourInternet song with good lyrics!

The software in Tesla’s car was hacked just a few days ago, so these words from the song are particularly appropriate for today:

And if we still don’t trust AI in Teslas yet
Then pray why would we let it suppress the Net?

Or how about this quote?

It isn’t about creative control, nah,
It’s about controlling creatives for cold cash

Thank you for this song and video, Dan Bull! And thank you, BoingBoing, for pointing them out!

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Happy Bach Day!

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Prince Was Right (Almost)

Sometimes it snows in April“… but today, here in Belgium, it was hail that coloured our garden.

The (almost) purple flowers  in our garden are just a coincidence...

The (almost) purple flowers in our garden are just a coincidence…

Thanks for the quote, Prince Rogers Nelson. And for all those wonderful songs too, of course.

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From the Gramovox website:

We proudly introduce the Gramovox™: World’s First Bluetooth Gramophone. Our bold design and vintage sound are inspired by the 1920s Magnavox R3 Horn Speaker. Its form and function are a marriage of vintage and modern aesthetics—producing a timeless piece that allows you to stream nostalgia.


Listening to the videos from Gramovox on your computer is no substitute for the real thing, so it’s hard to say whether you will like the interbellum soundscape from such a horn. But I love looking at the Gramophone: that vintage horn certainly has a certain ‘je ne sais quoi‘ ;-)

I also like the fact that it turns the music on your very personal music device back into something to listen to with friends and/or family. Nothing beats connecting with others in the real world!

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There are two interesting sides to this experiment: Coding project aims to deepen the experience of streaming classical music (Ars Technica). I like listening to classical music, but I often wonder: is what we hear today really what the composer intended? Or: why did the composer use those instruments? Having a running commentary while listening to a piece could be quite illuminating, if and when some of my favourites were to belong to the selection.

On the other hand, this project is a nice illustration of some of the powers of HTML5. Food for techies and music fans at the same time!

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Jazz Fever

There’s a lot jazz music to be heard in Antwerp (Belgium) these days: the jazz festival ‘Jazz Middelheim‘ starts next friday, and the public radio stations play more jazz music than usual.

I also stumbled upon a 2008 concert registration on TV, where the Pierre Anckaert Trio (featuring Pierre Anckaert on piano, Hendrik Vanattenhoven on double bass and David Barker on drums) clearly showed why they won the Jazz Hoeilaart competition in 2007. I have ordered their first CD ‘Candide’ online ;-)

CD Cover of Pierre Anckaert Trio - Candide

Pierre Anckaert Trio - Candide

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