The Linux Story – Between Heaven and Hell

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To be honest, it is hard to conclude the story. I choose to install Linux Mint 17 with the cool Cinnamon Desktop Environment. But I chose to install Linux for two application and the sense of adventure.

Finale and other GUI based application will never come near to the abilities of Lilyond in my opinion and Tab is pretty much the only free Lute Tablature engraving application I know.

I don’t use office on this laptop, Libre/Open and other Linux office suites will never get to the level of Microsoft Office, both the Mac version and the Windows one. And I prefer the pro music application OSX has to offer (again, the open source application will never come near Apple’s Logic and Garageband) The only thing I truly miss, is iTunes, but I’m willing to give that up so I can work faster.

Now, Linux require the same maintenance as Windows and OSX, you still need to install updates, keep your account secured (working as root is bad for every system out there)

If I had no sense of adventure and I could use Tab under Windows, so I guess I wouldn’t install Linux in the first place. But other then working, I love to explore, gaming is nice but again, it’s not comfortable on laptop for me anyway and my pro apps are on my iMac.

I will always prefer to work with OSX, but Linux is better then Windows for my needs, before you install it, make sure it also match your needs, and try not to listen to over enthusiasts Linux users, it will just ruin the whole experience.

 

The Weekly Playlist – June 28th 2014

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The Playlist:

June 28th, 2014

The Winner of last week:

This week I’m going to recommend something new. Well, it’s not really new, it’s from 1960. But hi, do you like Jazz? Good, me too! If you want to start but don’t know where, here’s the place. Mysterious Blues from 1960 will give you the right tone to start with. Nice and smooth playing by Charles Mingus (as always, he’s one of the favorites) Why I like this so much? well, this is pretty much big change from the avant-garde you may find if you’re looking for Jazz. This is real music here, not pretending or trying to be in a certain style/genre/world. Check this one out, worth every cent!

The Request:

as always, you can view the list and recommend some other bands which you think I might like, I’ll be happy to hear from you!

 

The Weekly Playlist – June 21st 2014

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The Playlist:

June 21st, 2014

The Winner of last week:

So last week (June 14th) was Vanity/Nemesis by Celtic Frost, this album is heavy and light at the same time, perhaps dark will be more appropriate instead of light. Well, this album gives you the metallic distorted sound and heavy singing, and in the same time it also gives you dark, but not overwhelming dark (aka, lighter?) themes. This is not the best album of Celtic Frost and it’s definitely not the best album I ever heard, but it was much better from other albums I’ve heard this week. 3/5 stas

The Request:

as always, you can view the list and recommend some other bands which you think I might like, I’ll be happy to hear from you!

Fantasy I for Lute / Omer Katzir

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The Fantasy

The Story:

I wrote this Fantasy in 2008 while studying with Dr. Levi Sheptovitsky and this is the third issue of  it. The 1st was done with Finale giving me very poor results, especially in the tablature section, the second edition was done with Wayne Cripps Tab, but I still needed a full version with both tablatures and staff notation.

This is pretty much an example of what Lilypond can do, as I wrote in The Linux Story – The Music Engraving Incident. Now, this was not only my work and I’m thinking Lilypond’s hivemind, I couldn’t really get this perfect result without their help.

In 2012 my grandfather Matitiyahu Kosiver died at the age of 95 (or 94 according to some other calculations), his life and death left a great impact on me. My grandfather came from a small Jewish village in Poland and at the age of 3 was sent to a Cheider and then Yeshiva. In 1940 he joined the Russian army to fight the Natzies. If I recall right, only my grandfather and one of his cousins survived the holocaust.

In the day of the funeral my uncle said to me “Your grandfather lived like a king, and died like a king”.

 

So please enjoy Fantasy I!

 

Sonata No.1 For Guitar “Demons” Omer Katzir

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Sonata No.1 for Guitar, also called “Demons”, I’m not going to reveal what I’ve done here, but lets say it is uncommon, but known, technique.

You can use and share this piece freely if you wish, just respect my copyrights.

 

Thank You,

Omer Katzir,

The Silent Troubadour.