Category: Music

Sound players: Adventures with Ampache, mpd, pulseaudio, Raspberry Pi, and Logitech Media Server

January 1st, 2015, 10 Comments

I finally decided it was about time to get my whole-house sound project off the ground. As an added bonus, I’d like to be able to stream music from my house to my Android phone. Some Background It was about 2.5 years ago that I last revisited the music-listening picture on Linux. I used Spotify […]

Glockenklang, Forever

December 22nd, 2012, 1 Comment

Jacob (and Oliver too, somewhat) has taken quite the interest in Christmas music this year. Perhaps it’s singing in the choir at school, or perhaps it’s just him getting older, but in any case, Christmas music fascinates him. And no song more than Jingle Bells. I have recordings of it by several artists in different […]

Difficult Times & Hope

October 3rd, 2012, 23 Comments

This past month has been the most difficult in my life – and that of my family as well. I’m not going to go into it for the whole Internet, but any well wishes, happy thoughts, prayers, whatever you want to send our way, whether we know about it or not, would certainly be welcome. […]

Decisions on Listening to Music

July 8th, 2012, 7 Comments

A couple of days ago, I commented about my thoughts on finding a better way to listen to music, and asked for suggestions. I’ve checked out the avenues suggested, and here are my thoughts so far. Streaming service: Spotify Of the streaming service offerings, Spotify seems the most compelling. It has both Linux and Android […]

How to listen to music?

July 6th, 2012, 12 Comments

This seems like a simple question: how do you listen to music? But in a way, I think I’ve fallen behind the times. I’ve enjoyed listening to digital music for years, since well before MP3 even existed (MIDI files could be comfortably downloaded over dialup; some of you may even remember MOD files). Anyhow, a […]

Music Powerful and Fun

June 18th, 2011, 6 Comments

Sometimes there’s nothing quite so heartwarming as hearing a 4-year-old that doesn’t think anybody is listening. When Jacob is all alone in his room, sometimes he will sing. Maybe it’s a song he knows, or fragments of a song he knows. Or maybe it’s something he just made up on the fly. It might be […]

An Update on the Music Player Quest

July 6th, 2009, 3 Comments

I’ve written a few times (parts 1, 2, 3) about my annoyance at music players. I’d come down to two finalists to consider: Rhythmbox and Banshee. I’ve used both for awhile now, and as of today, am also trying Songbird (after finally managing to make it run; see part 3 above). In addition to my […]

Songbird: How To Make Great Software Unpopular

July 6th, 2009, 9 Comments

As part of my ongoing quest for working media players, I’ve more than once tried Songbird. But it never wanted to work in Linux, always crashing before it even fired up the GUI with errors like this: (songbird-bin:17595): libgnomevfs-WARNING **: Cannot load module `/usr/lib/gnome-vfs-2.0/modules/’ (/usr/lib/gnome-vfs-2.0/modules/ cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory) […]

Tagging music… No, not like that

June 19th, 2009, 15 Comments

I’m thinking it would be great to be able to assign arbitrary tags to my music, like I do to my photos. For instance, I might tag the finale to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony like this: symphony beethoven loud choir german I can’t figure out how to Google for this sort of feature because, well, the […]

Jacob and Music

June 16th, 2009, 3 Comments

Jacob has been getting into music lately. He really likes our digital piano (an oldish 88-key Roland model, complete with integrated floppy drive). He likes playing it a bit, but he likes experimenting with it more. It has some features where it can generate a beat or an accompanying tune in various keys, which he […]

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