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Last year we were visiting Sensation White 2007, which was a nice party but the music let me down. The event itself was well worth attending and spending a week in Amsterdam was great. So, about a week ago we decided to head out to Trance Energy 2009 with a friend. It's a ninja style trip, we head out there a bit before the party and leave shortly after it.

This time I have higher expectations about the music since there are a number of high profile DJs there. Also usually after the event there are mixes floating around the net that have some high quality trance in them. Sadly Sensation White has become too much of an event, it was almost instantly sold out even before any DJ listings were announced. I don't really expect such an event out of Trance Energy, but I do expect high quality music, fun party and a good time.

I also try to prepare better for the event. Last year my back gave up on me, those who were there saw it first hand. I had a hard time standing up at times. This year I'm coming prepared. I've started doing yoga again. And no, it's not the meditation type of yoga, but a variation of Hatha Yoga which puts emphasis on physical exercise. Hopefully I'll be able to party all night without any problems this year.

Posted Fri Dec 26 22:56:38 2008 Tags: music

Sometimes you just can't avoid beating a dead horse. I know that this rant doesn't really change anything.

A few days back the admin of one of the best online radios announced that they will be dropping the torrent downloads for the shows. For me this was bad news, since I've been getting a valuable service from them through the downloadable files. I understand their reasoning and I'm not complaining about it, I did voice my concern, but other than that, I'll survive.

What caught my eye was the clear separation between the people who liked the service and who disliked it. I can understand the people who support the service, because like me, they depend on the service for certain reasons. But the reasoning of some of the people who supported the discontinuation made me think. The service users were quickly labeled as freeloaders who wanted everything for free. There was some hinting that downloading the shows is related to stealing the music.

While the download service is free, it made me think why the people who download the files are labeled as freeloaders. Of course I can't speak for anyone else but myself, but the fact that the downloads are free doesn't change anything for me. I could have easily listened to the same shows online, but instead I chose to use the service provided and downloaded the show to a medium that I was able to listen when it suited me best. It's analogous to timeshifting, it allows me to listen to the show when it's more convenient to me.

The common argument for most music industry representatives is that making music should be related to work and the people behind the music should get paid for their hard work. I definitely agree with them. The problem for me is that the music I want to listen is rather marginal around here, so I can't just go to a store and buy the music I want. I could order the music online and pay for the costs of shipping the music here. While music industry has been in a stand still for quite some time they are starting to move to the right direction. There are some labels that already offer their releases as digital downloads. The problem here is that usually it's either crippled (DRM protected) or bad quality.

I wish there was a service that allowed me to pay a (reasonable) monthly fee and granted me access to the music I like. The service would have to allow me to download the files and play them in my car or where ever. I'd also love to see a feature that would allow me to tip the artist, just to make sure that at least some of the money heads their way too.

PS. Afterhours is offering a replacement service for the torrents, which serves the same purpose. On-Demand listening, but the problem for me is that it's still online.

Posted Mon Nov 17 23:57:15 2008 Tags: music

It's funny when you run in to something that you've never heard of before twice in the same day in a completely different context. I ran in to Jamendo, which is not new and didn't do anything hype just now. Judging by the graphs presented on the website, it has been around for 2 years now.

Jamendo is a website that serves music that has been licensed under Creative Commons. It is a great idea in itself. It's a good medium for artists to get their work heard and creative commons allows you to restrict the usage in such a way that they can still make money with their own music.

What really surprised me is that i quickly found something i like. Usually free content sites have a lot of unfinished and unpolished tunes. It looks like there is a lot of release quality music. I like it.

Now, where did i see that rhythmbox plugin...

Posted Thu Feb 22 20:30:09 2007 Tags: music