[LAU] More linux live on the YouTubes

Ken Restivo ken at restivo.org
Fri Dec 12 18:38:48 EST 2008

On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 05:22:15PM -0500, frank pirrone wrote:
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> Ken Restivo wrote:
> > Here are two short clips from last Friday night, of Linux being played live in a jazz-oriented context:
> > 
> > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuKqzVDR4wA
> > 
> > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc5O-esJ8ko
> > 
> > Bass (via fluidsynth) is left hand, Rhodes (fluidsynth going through CAPS amp simulator LADSPA plugin in ecasound) and AZR3 are right hand.
> > 
> > The sound quality of the video isn't great, buit the Linux Laptop which is making all the keyboard and bass sounds, is clearly visible in the videos.
> > 
> > What's that running on my screen?
> > 
> > 1) Emacs (with the setlist and changes of the songs)
> > 2) A couple rxvt's
> > 3) Ion3 tiling window manager
> > 4) Xclock so the drummer and I could keep track of our set length
> > 
> > A lot of times I close the latop lid. But, when I leave it open, I'd like to have something more interesting showing on screen if it's going to be visible from the audience. Any ideas/suggestions as to what to run, that would be visually interesting, but not too CPU intensive?
> > 
> > Thanks.
> > 
> > -ken
> Kool as always, Ken.  You are indeed the Bestivo.
> What soundfont have you loaded into fluidsynth?  What recording device
> did you use?

They're both soundfonts that I gleaned off of teh internets.

> There appears to be some AGC pumping happening, so I'd mess with that -
> probably turn it off if supported - to improve the dynamics of the next
> recording.
> I understand it's just illustrative, but still a pity that not all the
> music's subtlety comes through.

It's not a great video camera. I have a very good Zoom H2 recording, and at some point I'll sync it up with the high-res version of the video, and post it to somewhere like Vimeo where the higher quality would actually be preserved.

> How about running some nice big VU meters or some visualization app in a
> xterm to produce a more kinetic display for the edification of your
> listeners/viewers?

Ah, of course, meterbridge! Thanks.

> Alternatively, a scrolling display of the MIDI events would be cool, no?

Also very easy and lightweight: aseqdump in an xterm with a large font! Thanks again.

> Gotta run...gig tonight at the local Buffalo Astronomical Association
> club's holiday party.  A very eclectic mix on tap for the revelers
> including my "professional" debut on soprano recorder (Greensleeves duet
> with a dude who runs the Buff. State planetarium and another member on
> guitar accompaniment)!

Have fun, and post clips!


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