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When tapes go wrong

I’ve been clearing out old tapes, and when I say old I mean old. Some of the tapes are of my own music so I’ve been converting a few tracks to digital and finding songs that I’d completely forgotten about.

Sadly, one tape seems to have decided to give up and of course it had to be one which had lots of long forgotten treasure (for me anyway).

There’s only one thing for it. I’m going to have to open it up and see if I can splice the tape together, and I haven’t done that for years!

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Remembering Bands from a long time ago

I decided to start digitising my huge collection of old cassettes. A daunting task. I’ve been putting off doing it for years. Really years and years.

But it needs doing. I started off with a tape of a load of bands that I put on in the nineties at an open mic type event in South London that I used to run once a month.

It is fantastic to listen to some of these bands and their songs again. Songs that have been forgotten by most of the people that heard them.

I don’t even know most of the people who played at those gigs. I wish I hadn’t lost touch, but it is a fact of life that we move on and people drift and do different things and stop being in bands. A shame, but that’s the way it is.

I suppose in a way listening to all this old stuff is a way of reliving the past, but there’s nothing terribly wrong with that. Also you start to remember why some of those songs never got anywhere!

It’s fun to do, and who knows if I’ll get through all of those tapes?

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A little bit of processing

Now, before you go and check this stuff out (if indeed you do) just be warned that I’m no hard core coder! All this stuff is just fun to play with, for me anyway, so please don’t give me a hard time about it. It is just for fun.

Who knows, one day I might even make something vaguely useful, but probably not any time soon I think.

Anyway, all that having been said you can check it out here.

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Getting that TC going again

I found that I had an old Palm TC lying around doing nothing, and after a decent charge it powered up just fine. So I’ve installed iziBasic and ViziBasic on it to see what it can do and more importantly what I can do with it.

I’ve got some new ideas for a few palm OS apps (not webOS). These will almost certainly follow in the footsteps of my older apps which are all sound toys, but I want to see if I can do anything with infrared communication between apps.

Let’s see what I can come up with then.

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Palm Apps from the past …

If you’ve been reading my PalmSounds blog for a long time you’ll know that in the past I’ve dabbled with making my own Palm OS apps with a little bit of success. The apps I made were never going to be totally amazing music production apps, but they were free toys and a little bit of fun to play around with.

Anyway, I’ve moved them all here now and you can get them in the ‘Old Palm OS Apps‘ page.

I do plan to do some more apps using old Palm OS and some other mobile OS stuff too, most notably Android, but more of that in another post.

For now I hope you like the old Palm stuff. Give me some feedback if you do.

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Little Girls with 99 Lives

I bought this CD EP without ever having heard Ingrid Chavez before. I knew very little about her music I just knew that David Sylvian was on it and I am a long time fan of his.

I was pleasantly surprised by just how beautiful this EP is. It starts of in a fairly conventional form and gets progressively more experimental with each track, which is fine with me. However, it never gives up any of the lyrical elegance that struck me when I first listened to it.

Since listening to it several times over the weekend I’ve bought a few more Ingrid Chavez tracks, and her music is really growing on me now.

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Going Ape

Over the summer I spent a great day at a Go Ape site at Bedgebury. When you first take a look at a course like this it can look daunting, but when you’re up in the trees it is great fun, and we had perfect weather for the day.

Climbing trees is a wonderful activity except in the rain of course, but even then it can be fun. That’s probably a post for another day. It is probably good exercise too, but that’s not why I enjoy it. I just love getting off the ground and being up in the trees. There’s nothing quite like it.

Spending a few hours at Go Ape is just pure fun and I’d recommend it to anyone so long as you’re not afriad of heights that is!

If you have no idea what I’m talking about then check out the Go Ape web site and see if it takes your fancy.