Both towns are worth a visit. Narbonne with its famous market hall and historic centre (mainly town hall and cathedral), Sête with its harbour, channels and the signature hill atop.
Early CC music smash hit. One of the most-played and -remixed EPs.
Wow. It is impressive what calm synthetic carpets of ambient sounds can achieve. An emotionally dense experience awaits you. Just open your ears and listen to this impressive album by a talented young electronic artist. The album’s tagline “Toward a new electronic romanticism” nails it. While being very calm and ambient, the music is far from boring. Continue reading “Khonnor –  Lost Pets”
The Japanese netlabel Bump Foot is a great source for a wide range of free music. His Name Is Radar is a very organic sounding Pop Funk release. Younnat’s other album The Duct, released in 2007 at the same netlabel, is among the Top 10 of most downloaded releases. He also has released some tracks at Kahvi on the album Radiovision. Continue reading “Younnat –  His Name Is Radar”
A well mixed one-file EP comes from Yasahi, released at the netlabel Sublogic Corporation, which specializes in electronic dance music. This release is a solid breakbeat breakfast. Five songs with a total playtime of 17 minutes wait to be discovered.
In this case, both download and this preview contain all tracks in a single file. The download also contains a cue file that allows direct access to the individual tracks like the track on an audio CD. Using the program mp3directCut, you can losslessly cut the single release to individual songs. But back to the music: Continue reading “Yasahi –  When Earth Fell On The Moon EP”
Cologne Commons is an annual conference and festival for digital culture that takes place in — surprise — Cologne in Germany. Unfortunately, I have never attended so far. YouTube enabled me to watch some conference talks online. Fortunately for me as music collector, a colourful music compilation is released for each conference.
This album is the first compilation, released in March 2008. As usually, I’ll present my favourite three tracks directly in the article. The download link to the whole release follows all way down. Continue reading “Various Artists –  Cologne Commons Compilation 01”
Obscure 70s funk samples, harvested from a supposedly vast record collection, are mixed together to create a strange, groovy sound. This album consists of ten tracks with a total playtime of 25 minutes.
Creator of this album is Chenard Walcker, a sampling artist who has released a lot of albums on the Internet Archive in his own netlabel called Free Sample Zone. Continue reading “Chenard Walcker –  Archisex”
I found this synth-pop album through the Free Music Charts, a monthly show presenting great free music, mainly from Jamendo.
The Kyoto Connection reminds me of La Roux due to the lead singer’s voice and the yummy electronic pop harmonies. This album consists of 11 varied songs, all well mixed and produced. Continue reading “The Kyoto Connection –  No Headphones Required”
This week’s release is a DJ mix set released at the Sonic Walker netlabel. It features 12 tracks from the netlabel rec72 (which should not be confused with the 12rec. netlabel). The covered genres range from dark ambient stuff to breaky IDM. Tracks by Zoe.LeelA also feature vocals. I would suggest it for a cool evening at the computer. Continue reading “Jenset –  Rockin’ Back My Nights”
For my diploma thesis I needed an easy-to-use optimisation algorithm which could minimise a given function. I had access to Matlab, but surprisingly, none of the supplied optimisation functions seemed to satisfy my needs: I wanted to globally minimise a non-linear function within boundaries without using gradients.
So I did a little research and found a Globalized Nelder-Mead method (PDF), which is a tuned version of the good old downhill simplex algorithm. Then I implemented it as a Matlab function. By the way: the function also works fine with Octave. Continue reading “Optimise nonlinear functions using Matlab or Octave”
A unique performance, made available to everyone. Often wrongly described as the first Swing concert, the The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert by Benny Goodman is a milestone in the history of Jazz concerts. Just listen to the final track of the concert and you know what I mean. (The cover image is self-made with an image of Benny Goodman from 1971.) Continue reading “Benny Goodman –  The Famous Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert”