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20070303

Florbcast

Entry 308 posted in: 4. Orb Weavers, 5. The Pink Thing


A couple of years ago I discovered the slightly fantastic audio freeware Audacity and immediately started to play around with it. These were also the days that I was deeply into The Orb so I started to make an audio mash-up mixing tunes from that band with the geriatric dinosaur of rock called Pink Floyd.

Probably I started with the job in 2003 although this may have been a year earlier. One of my earliest attempts was to mix the chants by the otherwise unknown Magupa tribe on Absolutely Curtains with the Tuvan throat singers found on Madrugada Eterna from the KLF. I'm still not happy with that too obvious attempt so it will stay hidden in the cupboard.

A second attempt in creating a Florb was done by taking that absolutely fabulous, but rather unknown, ambient anthem by the Orbsters called I Am The Red Worm (originally from the Daleth Of Elphame EP (2002), but later re-issued on the Badorb.Com Bless You compilation) and gluing one of the worst Floydian tunes on top of it: A New Machine comes from the cocaine-driven and rather average A Momentary Lapse Of Reason (1987). Me thinks the result is quite funny, but you may of course have an other idea.

Pink Floyd was originally a rather experimental band and when Syd Barrett left in the late Sixties the remaining members just, euh, meddled on for a few years before finding the narrow way that led to their success. One of their experimental tunes was called Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict (Ummagumma, 1969) and when The Orb issued their rather chaotic Pomme Fritz album in 1994 both albums were sometimes compared. We're Pastie To Be Grill You shaked with Small Furry Animals leads to, hold your breath, Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Grilled Together In A Pastie And Arguing Over Beat Poetry and is the second track on my Florbcast.

Last, but not least, the beautiful Oxbow Lakes (Orbus Terrarum, 1995) stirred with some of the messier parts of Atom Heart Mother (1970) provides for the final part of the show.

I quit working on the Florb-mixes somewhere in 2004 although they are, in my opinion, not entirely finished. But as I'm not planning on reopening these files again I can as well publish them. I hope you'll enjoy listening to them as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Florbcast #1 (17 minutes)

A New Machine (Red Worm Meta Structure - 5'10")

Entrance: The Grand Vizier's Garden Party (MC Hans Keller - 57")
Main Dish: Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Grilled Together In A Pastie And Arguing Over Beat Poetry (3'25")
Dessert: The Grand Vizier's Garden Party (MC Groovy Pict - 35")

Oxbow Lakes (Alan's Nuclear Breakfast Mix - 6'30")

(Comment 2008: the Florbcast has been deleted from my MySpace page.)


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20070311

Rockbox

Entry 309 posted in: 1. General Mish Mash, 9. I, Pod


Rockbox is an open source replacement firmware for mp3 players. It runs on a number of different models:

  • Archos:
    Jukebox 5000, 6000, Studio, Recorder, FM Recorder, Recorder V2 and Ondio
  • iriver:
    H100, H300 and H10 series
  • Apple:
    iPod 4th gen (grayscale and color), 5th/5.5th gen (Video - 30GB and 60GB models only), 1st gen Nano and Mini 1st/2nd gen
    (Nano 2nd gen and 80GB Video 5.5th gen are not supported)
  • iAudio:
    X5 (including X5V and X5L), M5 (including M5L)
  • Toshiba:
    Gigabeat X and F series
    (the S model is not supported)

Top priority of Rockbox is audio playback quality - Rockbox, for most models, includes a wider range of sound settings than that device's original firmware. A lot of work has been put into making Rockbox sound the best it can, and improvements are constantly being made. All models have access to a large number of plugins, including many games, applications, and graphical "demos".


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