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February 18, 2008

Tuning the Guitar on Linux

Filed under: FOSS,Linux,Music — mifan @ 6:36 pm

Unfortunately, the manual tuner for my guitar ended up with one of my guitars, so I had to look for something to tune the other acoustic one. And hey presto, Linux to the rescue again :). GtkGUITune is an application to tune guitars: it obtains the note played via the mic interface and shows the frequency measurement: And unlike other methods, the measurement is shown in 1/10th of a second. So all you have to do is to tune your guitar to match your required notes/frequencies.
GTKGuiTune Home Page

GTKGuiTune

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May 26, 2007

Track 4 glory at AsiaSource II

Filed under: Life,Music,Varsity — mifan @ 8:22 pm

Asia Source II (Indonesia: January 2007) was one of the most inspirational events that I had ever attended, and it was loaded with fun. Our final presentation was filled with exactly that: FUN, and we were fortunate enough to have Elanto, who captured the whole thing on tape.
Groups were supposed to come up with creative presentations, and we being Track 4, and being known as “The Track from Hell”, settled for nothing less than our best.
The idea of performing a skit was inspired by something similar I had during my school days, where we performed Beauty and the Beast with a difference. This was basically something similar, where various well known characters come in costumes with the relevant background music, and give presents to the mother, who happened to give birth to a penguin πŸ˜‰
The amazing thing was that we were able to decide, direct, train and present in 2 hours, on the morning of the presentation. And our creative fashion designers in the track also managed to find suitable costumes from within what we had. After deciding on the skit, I fixed the roles, whilst a combination of Agus and my laptops seemed to provide all the sound tracks we needed. Magie was in charge of HR, and together we tracked down the most suitable people for each character. Agus then worked his creative magic, cropping and gluing all the tracks to create one big track, whilst Magie and myself took to train the characters. Sam and Yasmin came up with the brilliant idea of making the presents meaningful, and got to work creating the extermely complex penguin puzzle, and trained everyone on the order of placement.
The following were the characters, and the person who played it, in order:
Mother – Dr. Francis
Penguin Child – Francis’ stuffed penguin
Mother’s sidekick – Sam
James Bond – Marek
Darth Vader, Star Wars – Mifan
Luke Skywalker, Star Wars – Waivit
Kate and Leo, Titanic – Yasmine and Hien
Will Smith, Wild Wild West – Agus
Bad Sisters – Joanna and Olivia
Gangsta Hood – Abilio
Dora and Boots – Sabeena and Anil
Ghostbusters – Roberto, Sri and Ravi
Cameraman – Elanto
And of course, the rest of Track 4 and the rest of Asia Source II πŸ™‚
Adding the Youtube video below for your (or My) viewing pleasure

April 17, 2007

Lights, camera, RMS with the flute

Filed under: FOSS,Life,Linux,Music,Sahana — mifan @ 8:43 pm

Being a sucker for music myself, I recognize the value of a musical instrument for musicians. Thus, we as the Sahana team ended up presenting Richard Stallman of FSF fame with 2 flutes from Sri Lanka: The traditional wooden flute, and the snake charming flute, to well, charm Snakes πŸ˜‰

Knowing RMS to be a musician himself, who prefers playing the Recorder flute (so do I, hooray!), the gifts were an instant hit. I’ve embedded a video below of a rare moment where RMS plays his new gift, the snake charming flute. Unfortunately, the only snakes around were, well, us πŸ™‚

RMS demonstrated his skills at Dinner in Chinatown the next day, where he played the recorder flute in the restaurant. However, he did have stiff competition that day as a small girl at the next table had a recorder flute as well, and the restaurant was filled with flying notes. Luckily we managed to escape with minimum bruises.

October 20, 2006

Lord of the Strings…

Filed under: Music — mifan @ 6:20 pm

I’m an A. R. Rahman Fanatic :). I’ve got nearly all his masterpieces, and listen to them daily. Recently, I discovered that YouTube was a treasuretrove of never before seen footage of this Musical Genius including Ad jingles for Airtel, WorldSpace, AsiaNet and Volvic Featuring Zinadine Zidane, behind the scenes footage of his Recording Studio and exclusive interviews. And what’s more, the site also contains footage and music of the world famous Lord of the Rings Musical, for which A.R.Rahman was lead composer together with the Finnish band Vartinna. And, yes, this is official LOTR, if you are skeptical. Make way for the Lord of the Strings ..

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