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Creating automatic backups in Ardour

  • Posted on: 23 May 2018
  • By: agittins

Ardour is an amazing piece of software, but sometimes it still crashes. This is not entirely its own fault - plugins have to run in the same process so ultimately Ardour has no control over some of the code it ends up running. I find it pretty stable, but when you are syncing it with MuseScore and/or video things get a bit twitchy.

Of course, we all know to save early, save often - but when you're in the creative flow it's easy to lose track of time and not save for quite some time.

Synchronising Ardour and MuseScore

  • Posted on: 19 May 2018
  • By: agittins

I've had to work this out again since reinstalling my laptop so thought I might record the result here...

Typical issues found when trying to get Ardour and MuseScore to work together is that MuseScore jumps around in a BAD way when it hits tempo changes from JACK, or it locks up, spewing lovely digital detritus into your monitors.

The best method I've found thus far (although it still does that lockup thing from time to time) is:

Pain Fades - original track

  • Posted on: 25 September 2017
  • By: agittins

This song was written as part of the assessment tasks for MUSI221 - Songwriting for Contemporary Performance, part of my Bachelor of Music degree at UNE. This is a live take without any edits, and I use a looper (sooperlooper on linux) to replay the chords during the solo (the ending of the loop was a bit rough).

Home Concert - Five Tracks

  • Posted on: 31 May 2017
  • By: agittins

This live recording is from an in-house concert I held on May 18th 2017 as part of my University assessment for MUSI121 - Foundation Studies in Musical Performance.

Is There Anybody Out There? (Pink Floyd Cover)

Reckless (Australian Crawl Cover)

Shape Of My Heart (Sting Cover)

Midnight (Joe Satriani Cover)

Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd Cover)

MySQL won't start, no error messages

  • Posted on: 11 July 2016
  • By: agittins

After doing some performance debugging on mysql running in a vm I found the mysqld service refused to start. The log files showed nothing other than it exiting with an exit code of 1.

Running mysqld from the command line (with sudo -u mysql mysqld -v) also gave nothing useful.

Finally I found a suggestion to run:

sudo -u mysql mysqld_safe --log-error=/tmp/mysql.log

The Foggy, Foggy Dew - audition piece

  • Posted on: 10 February 2016
  • By: agittins

The second of my two audition pieces for entry to UNE's Bachelor of music. SOOoooo much room for improvement but it got me through :-)

The Foggy, Foggy Dew is a traditional English folk song, this being the version created and popularised by Benjamin Britten. It is a somewhat cheeky tale of a love from years ago complete with thinly-veiled justification for following one's heart.

Lasciatemi morire - audition piece

  • Posted on: 10 February 2016
  • By: agittins

The first of my two audition pieces for entry to UNE's Bachelor of music. Still soooo much room for improvement but it got me through :-)

Lasciatemi morire is from Claudio Monteverdi's opera L'Arianna. It is Ariadne's lament at being abandoned by her love on the island of Naxos.

Huge thanks to Jason Barry-Smith who got me to this stage with a sum total of three singing lessons in my life!

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