• My "away from home" top albums (Oct. 2014)

    Ott 30 2014, 6:50 di metawirt

  • Cropping Artist Images for the Library

    Ago 24 2009, 12:24 di fmera

    Following up on the earlier journal, Getting Artist Images to Look Their Best, here is a short guide to explain how images (be they square, tall, or wide) that you upload to artist galleries are cropped for eventual use in the library.

    I'll use these images (taken from Simone Kopmajer's gallery) as a visual guide to show how your original artist pics will end up looking as library images. It works on the idea that cropping images square or tall - if your original shots allow this - really is the safer option, as they minimize further cropping when your images are processed. Shown below are three sample images, in square, tall, and wide formats, and beside them the actual 126s images used for the library. The translucent red masking shows where image content will be lost (or hidden from view, rather), and the window is what you'll end up with in the library:

    http://i331.photobucket.com/albums/l450/fmera_photos/Picture1-9.png http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/126s/34206107.png
  • Per buleries

    Dic 13 2008, 19:03 di CatalanBear

    Al hi vaig arribar a través de la incommensurable veu d'en Camarón de la Isla i de les incursions d'en Paco de Lucía en el jazz d'arrel mediterrània.

    El flamenc és una herència morisca, una herència berber d'origen persa que arrela en la cultura sufí i en la música .

    Una soca ferma i fondament arrelada que ha tingut d'altres fills a la península. Fills de la talla de les vares valencianes recuperades recentment p'en Miquel Gil o la cançó improvisada tan pròpia del Pirineu i que es pot trobar en el repertori tradicional de grups com El Pont d'Arcalís. Una sonoritat que té en el trovo alpujarreño un germà molt proper.

    L'art de la veu improvisada i el lament és una tradició morisca, sefardita i cristiana tan catalana com andalusa. Herència mora, jueva i cristiana en terra de pas, en país de frontera, en terra de tots:

  • Ropa Vieja, the new track

    Apr 14 2008, 19:59 di Sen045

    Ok, so I've got a new Sen045 track out yet again! I've been a bit inactive making music in the past few years so it feels good to get two out in such a rapid succession.

    Ropa Vieja is the name of the track. It's named after a Canarian dish made from chickpeas, tomato sauce and whatever leftover meat you happen to have at home. I'm no big fan of Spanish cooking overall, but this dish is pretty nice.

    The idea was for the title to reflect the not-so-subtle latin tinge of the song, probably a direct consequence of my recent crush on flamenco singer Camarón de la Isla.

    Please note, I'm not saying that as a cheap way of baiting listeners. The track is in no way similar to Camarón's music. My music is just simple, albeit somewhat schizofrenic, groove-oriented electronic music. I like it, that's why I make it and listen to it. But it's nowhere close to the passion and virtuosity of Camarón.

    Still, feel free to check it out :) It's made exclusively in Modplug Tracker…
  • Los Planetas / La Leyenda del Espacio

    Mar 7 2008, 23:50 di Motosierra

    Qué bueno es acercarse a un disco con cierta inocencia! He leído por ahí que en La leyenda del espacio, Los Planetas tomaron parámetros del flamenco para componer sus temas. De hecho, el nombre el album hace alusión al disco de Camarón de la Isla "La Leyenda del Tiempo". Supongo que autoridad no les faltará, en tando hijos del sur de España. Pero como yo en realidad desconozco absolutamente todo lo relativo a la seguramente interesantísima comunidad andaluza, mi mente evita ciertas comparaciones y me permite disfrutar del disco sin buscar algo que ya conozco.

    Desde la primera vez que escuché a Los Planetas supe que era una banda que me gustaría siempre, más allá de ciertas canciones y momentos particulares. La leyenda del espacio, su nuevo disco, me confirma esta idea, a una década de haberla tenido. Lo único malo es la tapa, pero está claro que resulta casi imposible superar las que diseñó Javier Aramburu para sus discos anteriores. …
  • Flamenco

    Ott 6 2007, 13:35 di SeinundZeit

    Ese grito que nace de las entrañas del corazon y del sentimiento y que rasga el oido del sabio penetrando en el alma, jondo, puro, genuino y sin maquillajes.


    Camarón de la Isla

    Set 22 2007, 20:03 di SeinundZeit

    (Proviene de la obra de teatro "Así que pasen 5 años")

    El sueño va sobre el tiempo
    flotando como un velero.
    Nadie puede abrir semillas
    en el corazón del sueño.
    ¡Ay, cómo canta el alba, cómo canta!
    ¡Qué témpanos de hielo azul levanta!
    El tiempo va sobre el sueño
    hundido hasta los cabellos.
    Ayer y mañana comen
    oscuras flores de duelo.
    ¡Ay, cómo canta la noche, cómo canta!
    ¡Qué espesura de anémonas levanta!
    Sobre la misma columna,
    abrazados sueño y tiempo,
    cruza el gemido del niño,
    la lengua rota del viejo.
    ¡Ay, cómo canta el alba, cómo canta!
    ¡Qué espesura de anémonas levanta!
    Y si el sueño finge muros
    en la llanura del tiempo,
    el tiempo le hace creer
    que nace en aquel momento.
    ¡Ay, cómo canta la noche, cómo canta!
    ¡Qué témpanos de hielo azul levanta!

    Camarón de la Isla
    La Leyenda del Tiempo
  • Gypsy (Roma) ethnical groups (complete)

    Mar 9 2007, 16:50 di VadaniaFlame

    This is a part number two of my journal about Gypsies (Roma). I hope that it will not make you dizzy, but there are really many, MANY Roma communities and it’s quite hard to present them clearly, especially because their names vary and even the same name could be used accordingly to two or more drastically distinct groups. This is not going to be absolutely complete list of Roma communities – this is not a task for one life, but it consists of the most important, significant and interesting groups. Believe me or not but they are many and you’ll find it during reading.

    If you want me to describe some other ones – just let me know and I will try to do my best to help you. OK, now I’m going to do the rest: sth about Roma culture (and music of course) that will be presented in part three.

    Anyway, have a nice reading and let me know if you like it or have any questions.

    There are about 8-10 million Roma people nowadays. More precise estimations are not possible…
  • History of Gypsies (complete)

    Feb 14 2007, 18:00 di VadaniaFlame

    Some time ago I wrote a kind of thesis about Gypsies. Accordingly to the needs for such article I'm going to translate it into English. This is the first, short fragment about the etymology of names "Gypsy" and "Roma". When I will have a little more time I'll add next parts. Let me know if you like it. Have a nice reading. Ole!

    I added another part - explaining Rom's origins and a bit of legends concerning their lifestyle.

    At last this part of the whole story is complete. Now I'm going to edit part number two - about groups of Roma people and Roma societies. Later I will add yet another part - Roma culture, where will be something more about music, flamenco, eastern and jazz. But now - have a nice time reading this part. If anybody has some questions - no problem. Till the next time.


    Everything that touches the problem of Gypsies’ origins, their history, tract of migration and evolution as an ethnical group is not clear. …
  • "Jóvenes flamencos": how it happenned, what it brought to us

    Feb 4 2007, 14:01 di Nillo86

    Back at the time when I wrote this post inspired by Ketama, Barewires asked me to develop on the subject. I have made an attempt to structure my memories from 10 years ago, when I fell in love with flamenco. And this is what this post will be about, and I will not pretend to give accurate details such as dates and so on. For real flamenco history, I recommend that you visit sites such as this one http://www.esflamenco.com/enindex.html or many others that you will find easily by typing the word in any search engine.

    The revolution of what in the nineties got the name of "Jóvenes Flamencos" is nothing but a natural evolution of traditional flamenco music exposed to other western music styles, which peak took place in the 90`s.

    I discovered flamenco with the film "Flamenco" by film maker Carlos Saura. I strongly recommend it to understand how it all happened and, what follows in the post really can be seen there, together with dancing, essential for full understanding of this genre.