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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

#Musicproduction: SonicXTC releases #Free "Hi-NRG Zone Retro LE" for Windows

SonicXTC has released a freeware 3 multi-oscillator synthesizer, Hi-NRG Zone Retro LE, as the latest offering in their Zone synthesizer series. HZR-01 is designed to allow easy access to classic synthesizer sounds that defined the *Hi-NRG* vibe on the dance floor. HZR-01 is intended to be simple to program and has all the synth programming parameters on the front panel.

#Musicproduction: SonicXTC releases #Free "Hi-NRG Zone Retro LE" for Windows

I don't need money to overcome depression. I need money to enjoy life. Depression? What is this?

I don't need money to overcome depression. I need money to enjoy life. Depression? What is this?

Words of wisdom the world is waiting for…

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

#Photography: Behind the Scenes: Fiat Body Paint Photo Shoot

A automobile made of humans.
ViennaCC

While not entirely original (we saw this done in the form of human motorcycles a while back), the concept is still pretty fresh, especially when being used as an advertisement for a major car manuf...

#Photography: Behind the Scenes: Fiat Body Paint Photo Shoot

#Photography: Urban Photography Tip - Correcting Converging Verticals

There’s something that really bugs me about in much of what I see in urban photography. It’s letting a building look as though it’s being sucked into a black hole. Unless you’re using a lens with ...

#Photography: Urban Photography Tip - Correcting Converging Verticals

Sometimes a short break and a few tacts of music will make you feel better.

Sometimes a short break and a few tacts of music will make you feel better.

Words of wisdom the world is waiting for…

Monday, April 28, 2014

Too busy now? Not really! It's only a matter of priorities.

Too busy now? Not really! It's only a matter of priorities.

Words of wisdom the world is waiting for…

Tell Me How You Feel Today - a #poetry

Tell Me How You Feel Today


Tell me how you feel today
And take it out of the way (whatever)
Your eyes look sad, I can see it in your face
Silence, silence won't solve your case

Sunday, April 27, 2014

#Photography: How a Single Step Can Transform a Photograph

When I was starting out as a photographer, the best advice I was given was "ask yourself, before you click the shutter, is this the best angle?" It is a question I continually ask myself in my head...

#Photography: How a Single Step Can Transform a Photograph

#Musicproduction: #free: Linux MultiMedia Studio (LMMS) v1.0.0 released for Windows and Linux

LMMS is a free cross-platform software which allows you to produce music with your computer. This covers creating melodies and beats, synthesizing and mixing sounds and arranging samples. You can have fun with your MIDI keyboard and much more – all in a user-friendly and modern interface. Furthermore LMMS comes with many ready-to-use instrument and effect plugins, presets and samples.

#Musicproduction: #free: Linux MultiMedia Studio (LMMS) v1.0.0 released for Windows and Linux

Intelligent people have messier handwriting because they think fast! Twitter is a good tool to hide your real IQ!

Intelligent people have messier handwriting because they think fast! Twitter is a good tool to hide your real IQ!


Saturday, April 26, 2014

#photography - Old Vienna

Walking through old Vienna at night.

I decreased lightness in the areas around the highlighted middle. You can imagine how streets looked 100 years ago.

#Photoshop: How to Make a Style Poster in Adobe Photoshop CS5

This tutorial is an example of how a few simple techniques can be used to create a piece of digital artwork using multiple layers, masking, the Brush tool, some basic lighting and one simple noise texture. Layered PSD file included.

#Photoshop: How to Make a Style Poster in Adobe Photoshop CS5

The first time in zoo I thought chameleons are on drugs. Looking ...

The first time in zoo I thought chameleons are on drugs. Looking with their two eyes in different directions and changing colour of their skin. I don't want to get reborn as a chameleon.

Friday, April 25, 2014

#photography - Heavy weather coming up in Cannes

Yachts in Cannes. I like this picture because the boats are in a soft sunlight, but a heavy weather is coming up in the background.

Not a day for boat party.

#Musicproduction: Torn sub releases Behemoth 2 (Win VSTi #Free)

Torn sub has released Behemoth 2, which is the successor to Behemoth.
Behemoth 2 is designed to be a classic analog-style synthesizer that simulates the the sound of E-bass guitars layered with fat analog synthesizers.

#Musicproduction: Torn sub releases Behemoth 2 (Win VSTi #Free)

Interesting that murderers and violent felons have ...

Interesting that murderers and violent felons have the biggest religious tatoos like Jesus, Holy Mary and crosses. Looks like a compensation.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

#photography: Sunrise in Vienna

Sunrise in Vienna. I like the colors.

Reminds me on a song I recorded.

Also see http://viennacc.blogspot.co.at/2012/09/sunrise-in-east.html

In City Park - a #poetry

In City Park


I'm running a race with a white feathered duck
Through tulips in the City park
And I feel fine

#Musicproduction: Bedroom Producers Blog releases "Cassette 606" #free sample collection for Poise: Percussion Sampler (WAV)

Bedroom Producers Blog has released Cassette 606, a free Roland TR-606 sample collection. The library features raw and tape processed one shot samples in 24-bit WAV format.
Each drum hit of a modded Roland TR-606 drum machine (Exfade mod) was recorded at different pitches, which is something that wouldn't be possible with a factory TR-606.
These raw samples were then recorded to a CrO2 cassette tape at two different gain settings, resulting in a set of overdriven drum hits with a lo-fi character.
The final product features three drum kits for a total of 128 samples in 24-bit WAV format. The pack also includes mappings for the Poise drum sampler.

#Musicproduction: Bedroom Producers Blog releases "Cassette 606" #free sample collection for Poise: Percussion Sampler (WAV)

I am against drugs. I'd rather be the LSD for life than a victim.

I am against drugs. I'd rather be the LSD for life than a victim.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

#photography - Nordic band performing

A Nordic band played a few songs in Palais de Festival / Cannes. I don't remember if the guy on behind the computer is member of the band or just a visitor.

For this is a Nordic band I wanted to make the picture look cold. I achieved this by

  1. using HDR
  2. unsharp mask
  3. putting a cyan filter over the picture
I think of coldness and endless ice and midnight sun when thinking of Scandinavia.

#musicproduction: Recording tips - Working in a recording studio

Recording tips - Working in a recording studio

Recording studios have changed in the last years. Nvertheless there are a few tips to keep in mind when you start recording.

Keep in mind, that you can improve the sound when mixing, but the better the source the better the result. You cannot turn a bad noisy sound recording to a wow sounding radio tune.

#Photography: Using a Photography Project to Jumpstart your Creativity

As photographers, it’s natural we all reach that point where we become a bit bored with our work, especially if you work on the same type of photography everyday. After thousands of landscapes and ...

#Photography: Using a Photography Project to Jumpstart your Creativity

The old told me: age brings wisdom. I am still waiting…

The old told me: age brings wisdom. I am still waiting…

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#photography - How to express motion in a static photo

How to express movement in a static photo?
I did it with a effect called radial blur. The inside of the bus is sharp, the street outside is blurred.

By the way, when I took the picture the bus was moving very slow.

For more contrast I increased the color saturation for the inside bus and decreased it for the outside (street).

The lens flare on bottom right is photoshoped.

Maybe more - a #poetry

Maybe more


Give me your attention
Please listen up
Feel my real intention
Nobody can stop

#AfterEffects: #knowhow Before you render...

Before you render
  • Restart the pc
    I found out that AE sometimes stops rendering. Maybe there is too much left in cache or memory. After restart of my pc AE worked fine.
  • Look at Render Settings:
  • Use OpenGL Renderer (if your graphics card supports OpenGL) for significantly faster rendering
  • Preview settings
    For preview you do not neet full resolution. You want a fast rendered file.
      Settings to set:
    • Quality Draft
    • Resolution Half (or Third)

That's the way it is. It would be different if it wasn't that way.

That's the way it is. It would be different if it wasn't that way.

Monday, April 21, 2014

#photography: Nearly empty picture expresses loneliness

Snapshot of a lonely couple taken a rest. The picture is nearly empty - the wide floor, the pale wall. That's how I wanted it.

#Musicproduction: bigcat instruments adds Yamaha C5 and Steinway Model B to its Free Piano Collection for Kontakt 5

bigcat instruments has released The Free Piano Collection for Kontakt 5, a free virtual piano collection adds a Yamaha C5, and a Steinway Model B to the previously released Baldwin Baby Grand. Also included are three speciality pianos, a prepared, an intimate and a honky tonk piano.

#Musicproduction: bigcat instruments adds Yamaha C5 and Steinway Model B to its Free Piano Collection for Kontakt 5

Can I listen to house music when I am out in the woods?

Can I listen to house music when I am out in the woods?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

#photography - Contrast is exciting

Contrast in a photo is very exciting. I like it. In this picture taken spontaneously out of the bus there is a young man in dark colours sitting, obviously a little tired. In contrast the sexy girl on the advertising panel, also in black&white but with a strong red flacon.

Meet Me On The Net - a #poetry

Meet Me On The Net


I found something exciting
When I logged in my account
Looking at a picture
This lady is what I want

Looking up her profile
The photos and "About"
Then there was a video
It really knocked me out

Did you ever try to eat food without "E" like orange, vodka, caviar?

Did you ever try to eat food without "E" like orange, vodka, caviar?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

#photography - Night in the good old City of Vienna

Walking through the City of Vienna at night.

I wanted the picture to look like a old photography although I took the picture in March 2014.

The sign says: "Alt Wiener Restaurant" (Old Vienna Restaurant)

#Musicproduction: How To Deal With Criticism

How To Deal With Criticism

You may say: “Don’t even listen to what anybody says if they say you don’t deserve to play there, I know that you worked so hard.”

Many people were not really pleased about that. Maybe they played many shows, more than ever before. Maybe they received more social media likes in YoutTube or Facebook likes. Maybe they played together longer than us… and so on.

#Photoshop: Useful Photography Tip #97: Keep Your Elbows Tucked in For More Stable Photos

Lots of folks when they’re first starting out (and even when they’re more experienced) bring their camera up to their eye and have their elbows and arms out and about. Even when combined with proper breathing control, you can still get blurry photos as a result of camera shake....

#Photoshop: Useful Photography Tip #97: Keep Your Elbows Tucked in For More Stable Photos

It needs so much to make a woman happy, but no problem to make her mad

It needs so much to make a woman happy, but no problem to make her mad

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Best Account - a #poetry

The Best Account


Late night with a glass of wine
Want to check my mails and go online
I look up my account
You don't believe what I have found

#photography - Singer sings in club, dancing woman does not really enjoy it

Austrian singer MisSiss performing in Palffy Club in Vienna.

Well, nice performace, but not really remarkable. Standard disco sound, standard good voice (like many in American Idol or DSDS or such shows).

But look at the woman left. Does she enjoy the music?

If there is a soul, what colour does it have?

If there is a soul, what colour does it have?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A night in night club Cabaret Fledermaus

Snapshot of the Titty Twister Bar
Freak out every sunday in Cabaret Fledermaus. Fledermaus is obviously specialized on oldies. The music varies from 50s rock'n'roll via 60s beat to 70s disco. There are special events dedicated to one decade.

Small skeleton figures in a window when you go downstairs. Morbid Vienna? Vienna has so much to do with death and morbidity.

#photography - Chinese musician performing at #Midem

Chinese musician performing at MIDEM / Cannes.

I wanted to make a polaroid look for this photo. Unperfect colors and hard contrast. The light on bottom right was inserted with photoshop.

Pesimist? I don't even know how to write that!

Pesimist? I don't even know how to write that!
(in German: Pessimist)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

#photography - Everyday story in the streets with police and tramway

A banal everyday situation on the street. I took the shot on Avenue Jean Medicine in Nice / France.

To make it more interesting I removed colors from all objects, that are only scenery. Police cars, man crossing the street and tramway approaching are colored.

What will happen? Will police leave the rails? Will tramway stop?

Read Between The Lines - a #poetry

Read Between The Lines


A friend gave me a paper
And told to read it right
The message is not obvious
It's hidden in the white
There's something hidden
In what is written
You have to read between the lines

Guitar solo of song "Let's Do Action"

Guitar solo of song "Let's Do Action" from album "Dreamgirl". Sounds a little chaotic, doesn't it. But I like it that way.
For it is not possible to upload MP3 to this blog I made a short music video. Something quick & dirty.


Song info:
http://www.vienna.cc/kunst/songs/song_lets_do_action.htm‎

Preview on iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/lu/album/dreamgirl/id821609377

Career may be great, but career cannot warm your room or pay your bills.

Career may be great, but career cannot warm your room or pay your bills.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

#photography - Bike road

Shot from the hips. The words "BIKE ROAD" are made with photoshop. Working with perspectives and layer blending to make the yellow writing look like real painted on the street. It should look dirty.

If you know what you want, then go your way. If not, stay where you are and enjoy it.

If you know what you want, then go your way. If not, stay where you are and enjoy it.

YouTube Causes Million Dollar Loss In Music Sales

The study

by R. Scott Hiller and Jin-Hyuk Kim

says that publishing music on YouTube decreases album sales. This analysis is based on numbers from 2009 when YouTube had to remove content of major label Warner. After Warner content disappeared from YouTube album sales increased. The difference is about 1mio USD per album per year and 40 mio USD per year for Warner.
Top album sales dropped 10,000 pieces a week (one album!) after publishing music on YouTube.

I think the reason is that there are tools to convert YouTube to MP3.
Here some links of tools (most are online tools to convert YouTube videos to MP3):
http://www.youtube-mp3.org/
http://www.vidtomp3.com/
http://www.flvto.com/
http://www.listentoyoutube.com/
http://youtubedownloader.com/

"Online Music, Sales Displacement, and Internet Search: Evidence from YouTube" (PDF): http://jindal.utdallas.edu/som/files/CAPRI_working_paper_13_2.pdf

CENTER FOR THE ANALYSIS OF PROPERTY RIGHTS AND INNOVATION: http://de.scribd.com/doc/216999608/CAPRI-Working-Paper-13-2

Monday, April 14, 2014

#photography - Laserman in the streets

Simple shot of a man in the street.
With photoshop filters I made a laserman out of this.
Is this streetphotography or art?

You Stole My Heart - a #poetry

You Stole My Heart


The days with you were sunshine
There's not one I want to miss
It gives me pain and sorrow
When recalling this

Moral standards? Look at Ancient Grecce's gods. What kind of....

Moral standards? Look at Ancient Grecce's gods. What kind of paragons! Morality is something for well-adjusted persons. But who wants to be subservient?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

#photography - Trying to blow the saxophone on the tie

Going out of the nightclub "Cabaret Fledermaus". Trying to blow the saxophone on the tie

#musicproduction: How much noise is acceptable on recording

How much noise is acceptable on recording

Professionally the answer is that the acceptable level of noise is none that is audible. You should be able to raise the listening level 6 dB above what is comfortable and hear hardly any noise at all.

If you see white wings on the sky it could be an angel - or a goose

If you see white wings on the sky it could be an angel - or a goose

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Guilty - a #poetry

Guilty


Maybe it's forbidden
Maybe it's a sin
Maybe that's a game
A game I cannot win

#photography: Polaroid snapshot - sunset at airport Vienna / Schwechat

Arriving in Vienna / Schwechat I found this interesting view with the sun in one building. Backlit shots with a small camera from a moving plane are always a problem. There is no time to adjust parameters. The more I don't have many parameters on my small "quick shot" camera. I often use automatic settings. The problem here was that the plane and the reflected sun are very light. The ground right in the picture is very dark. I spitted the picture and seperately worked out the light parts (airplane, building) and dark parts (ground). Those parts of the picture where the ground was black I used the copy function in Photoshop.
The high saturation and unsharp mask effect turns the photo to a polaroid stylish picture.

I prefer cats before dogs, coz they have their own will. Dogs need masters, cats need servants.

I prefer cats before dogs, coz they have their own will. Dogs need masters, cats need servants.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

#photography - busstop

Busstop - shot taken out of the bus

Advert shining brighlty, a woman reading mails from the mobile is in the dark.

What Is Rock Music?

A rock singer or band without an audience is nothing; it is only in the interaction with the audience-whether in concerts, on records, or through other media-that rock music gains significance.

One weakness becomes all too apparent in the readiness with which rock music has always been exploited commercially; but it will not do, as some traditional Marxist critics have done, to reduce the discussion of rock music to a lament over the consumerist position it allegedly reserves for the audience.

What is rock music? This simple question proves to be surprisingly difficult to answer, for one characteristic of rock music is that it eludes a precise definition.

It blends with other musical styles so easily that it rarely appears as "Rock only"

If love is a crime, I'm guitly, guilty, guilty!

If love is a crime, I'm guitly, guilty, guilty!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

#musicproduction: Linkin Park "Waiting for a light that never comes" remixed (with #musicvideo)

I did a remix of Linkin Park's song "Waiting for a light that never comes". I cannot upload a mp3 in this blog, so I made a musicvideo.
I think my drums are better than the original. I like it wild and loud.

The musicvideo was not very complicated to do. I put notes in the space and a picture of the band in the background. The camera moves through the notes.


#photography: Sunset over Vienna - from airplane

One of those many shots seen in the internet. Shooting out of the plane. Sunset over Vienna. I like the mirror effect in the wings of the plane.

When sitting in the subway I wonder what people actually think of. Some look like they will do suicide in the evening.

When sitting in the subway I wonder what people actually think of. Some look like they will do suicide in the evening.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

My Brand-New Shoes - a #poetry

My Brand-New Shoes


Wake up in the morning, no time to lose
Brush my teeth, comb my hair, jump into my shoes
How I love it
Oh, how I love it
To walk in my brand-new shoes

I dont like tatoos, it's a so definite thing.

I dont like tatoos, it's a so definite thing.

Monday, April 7, 2014

#photography: shooting airplane cockpit

Before entering the plane I took a shot of the cockpit. The problem was that the cockpit is very dark, the buildings in the background are very light. Moving gamma or changing brightness would either make the cockpit too dark or the buildings too light. So I used the HDR function in photoshop. Then I cut out the cockpit and increased brightness and saturation. The ground seems to colourful through the cokpit window, but I think if looking through an airoplane front window can change colours. That's acceptable.

Went to a #mobile phone shop...

Went to a mobile phone shop. The sales man explained what I can do with that thing: email, internet, apps, weather, traffic, games, calender, address book. I went off. He did not say, what I only needed: simple phoning.

I entered another shop. The sales man explained that you can phone where ever you are and every time you are reachable. I went off. Every time reachable? Sounds like a threat. I don't want this. That's stress!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

#musicproduction: The History of Dubstep

The earliest dubstep releases date back to 1998 and were darker, more experimental, instrumental dub remixes of 2-step garage tracks attempting to incorporate the funky elements of breakbeat, or the dark elements of drum and bass into 2-step, which featured B-sides of single releases.

The term "Dubstep" in reference to a genre of music began to be used by around 2002, by which time stylistic trends used in creating these remixes started to become more noticeable and distinct from 2-step and grime.

Secret of success in two words: Think simple!

Secret of success in two words: Think simple!

Think simple - live simple

How to Quiet Your Mind

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

Under The Pine - a #poetry

Under The Pine


Have a minute, better two
To be with me and me with you
Sit beside me on a stone
Kindred spirits, we two alone

The human brain thinks about 70,000 thoughts on an average day. And there are days where there is not even one idea for a song.

The human brain thinks about 70,000 thoughts on an average day. And there are days where there is not even one idea for a song.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A night in Club Palffy

Looking to the bar
When night spreads the wings over Vienna the angels of the night move to clubs and bars. Some like it "earthbound", some like it luxurious.

Palffy Club in Vienna has a luxurious and exclusive flair. After entering I received a bon for a free glass of sparkling wine.

with Aleksandra Kwasniewska, folk singer

with Aleksandra Kwasniewska, folk singer, born in Poland (obvious with that name), living in London, playing with a band named "The Belgian Sweets" from Belgium. Very international.

She already has 2 albums out.

Visit her homepage: http://www.aleksandrakwasniewska.com/

Sometimes I hear a new word in english, but when I look it up in dictionary I dont understand the German word. Should I try Swahili?

Sometimes I hear a new word in english, but when I look it up in dictionary I dont understand the German word. Should I try Swahili?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

#photography: Enjoy smoking with high saturation and unsharp mask

I titled this photo "Enjoy smoking". I took the picture out of the bus. You see a little mirroring in the window. It was an elegant lady and in the background another smoker near an ashtray.

To make the picture more interesting I increased saturation and increased contrast with the filter unsharp mask.

The smoke from lady's cigarette is very sharp. No wonder. I added this smoke with a photoshop brush.

When I get a pop up error on the screen I put on a cd with pop music. Pop is more fun than a pop up. (A)bort, (R)etry, (P)anic

When I get a pop up error on the screen I put on a cd with pop music. Pop is more fun than a pop up.

(A)bort
(R)etry
(P)anic

#musicproduction: Rap Is No #Music

What is rap?


Rapping (also known as rap music, emceeing, MCing, spitting [bars], or rhyming) refers to "spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics".

-> Wikipedia: What is rap

Ok, music is an art form

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Why worry about math? Math is so logical. You need a few formulas and can solve universes of exercises. But not the universe itself.

Why worry about math? Math is so logical. You need a few formulas and can solve universes of exercises. But not the universe itself.

#photography: Feeling like a landlord. How to get pictured to look like a star.

Feeling like a landlord
Take the picture from low angle. The viewer is looking up, the person is looking down to you. Musicians like to get pictured that way, they look like stars.