Back Doing Guitar & Drum Trainer Development

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in .NET, C#, Music, Software | Posted on 15-07-2013

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GDTBuyNowWhile I’ve been back doing some more development on Guitar & Drum Trainer, I noticed a few bugs and fixed them. The funny thing is that with thousands of people using it, nobody has ever noticed the bug or at least not reported them. They were very minor, but still… one would have thought that somebody would notice.

FL Studio Now Mobile

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Music, Software | Posted on 22-06-2011

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FL Studio mobileFL Studio is one wicked cool audio program for musicians, and now it’s available in the FL Studio Mobile edition for the iPhone and iPad.

Image-Line is pleased to announce FL Studio Mobile.

FL Studio Mobile will allow you to create complete multi-track projects on your iPod, iPhone or iPad and, if you want, load mobile projects into FL Studio and take them to the next level.

If it’s a beat on the step sequencer, a melody on the piano roll or a full song on the playlist, FL Studio Mobile has you covered.

Never lose that idea again. Get it down and happening wherever you are.

While I wish it were available for Android, I suppose they may come out with that later. Who knows?

The UI is slick as ever:

FL Studio mobile

It does remind me though of a post in their forums where they said that it would never be on a Mac because they were programming in Delphi and that pretty much meant Windows only. My how things change!

Cheers,

Ryan

Dead Kennedys Concert Pictures

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Music, Super Simple | Posted on 07-04-2011

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I saw the Dead Kennedys last night, and they rocked! Fantastic show. Holiday in Cambodia was off-the-hook crazy amazing! The crowd went completely bat-shit! Ray Fluoride on bass there drove it with that dark, dark build in, then DH on drums and East Bay Ray on guitar brought it to a screaming climax! A wicked amazing band, and a wicked performance!

Well, not the best pictures in the world. I still don’t know how to take decent pictures in bad lighting conditions. Anyways, I put them all through my Photo Resizer software so they’d be nicely viewable here, and I really need to get a bulk version of it done. That would be a lot easier. Gotta get that done soon.

Click on the pictures for larger versions.

Dead Kennedys

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Dead Kennedys! Glad I got out to see them! It was a fantastic experience. Even if you’re not into the DKs, they put on a great show that’s well worth seeing.

Rob Zombie Pics at Melbourne Soundwave

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Music, Super Simple | Posted on 26-03-2011

So, I’m finally getting around to posting some pics of Rob Zombie that I took at Melbourne Soundwave. Slayer I had to post immediately, but I wanted to save a few pictures to post once I made Super Simple public. I’ve taken an entire less than a minute to resize a bunch of photos with Photo Resizer. (See – I’m plugging my own software shamelessly and blatantly, so you have to check it out!) And without further delay, I must say, I got a couple semi-decent pictures considering I was getting crushed in the front row of a mosh pit!

And I still have some Iron Maiden photos, but I’ll get to those later.

Dimmu Borgir Pictures at Soundwave

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Music | Posted on 07-03-2011

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Dimmu Borgir is one of those bands that I’d never heard before, until Soundwave. They ripped and put on a really good show. More than just music, they had massive stage presence. The guitarists got in on the act as well as you can see in the pictures below.

I only saw a few songs in Sydney, but stayed for most of the show in Melbourne.

Here’s their set list:

  1. Xibir
  2. Spellbound (By the Devil)
  3. The Chosen Legacy
  4. Dimmu Borgir
  5. Gateways
  6. The Serpentine Offering
  7. Puritania
  8. Progenies of the Great Apocalypse
  9. Mourning Palace

Click through the Dimmu Borgir pictures for larger versions.

Dimmu Borgir in Sydney:

Dimmu Borgir in Sydney

Dimmu Borgir in Sydney

Dimmu Borgir in Sydney

Dimmu Borgir in Sydney

Dimmu Borgir in Melbourne:

Dimmu Borgir in Melbourne

Dimmu Borgir in Melbourne

Dimmu Borgir in Melbourne

In the last picture there, you can see the guitarist getting into the stage act. It’s small things like that, that really help add to the show.

They’re certainly not for everyone, but definitely a good show for anyone that likes metal.

Slayer Pictures from Melbourne Soundwave

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Music | Posted on 05-03-2011

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Slayer pentagramWell, got to see Slayer here in Melbourne. They were pretty good. The only thing on the stage was an elevated drum kit and 2 massive walls of Marshal stacks.

At one point early on, Tom walked up to the front of the stage and motioned for people in an area behind me to pick someone up. I guess someone fell.

But the crowd was crazy! I was right up at the front (1 person in front of me). I wonder how many people had cracked ribs afterwards, because the pushing was nuts! At least I know what it feels like to be in a compactor now. There was a non-stop flow of people overhead crowd-surfing! (Quite literally non-stop.)

Just before Slayer came on stage, a massive number of security people showed up with a ton of photographers. The security were mostly there to help crowd-surfers down in front of the stage.

They had a great set list, especially as they only had 1 hour to play:

  1. World Painted Blood
  2. Hate Worldwide
  3. War Ensemble
  4. Postmortem
  5. Hallowed Point
  6. Americon
  7. Payback
  8. Mandatory Suicide
  9. Temptation
  10. South of Heaven
  11. Raining Blood
  12. Black Magic
  13. Angel of Death

As you can expect, the crowd went abso-fucking-lutely berserk from start to finish.

Anyways, here are some pictures from the concert. I took a truckload of them, but very few turned out well enough to bother posting. (I had to surrender my camera battery for our Nikon D5000 when I entered. Luckily I had our Canon Ixus 200 IS as a backup.)

Click through the pictures for larger versions (1024×768):

SLAYER Setting up

The Walls of Marshal Stacks

Kerry King

Kerry King

Tom Araya

Tom Araya

Kerry kept changing guitars for every song

Kerry changed guitars for every song

Kerry with another guitar

Kerry with another guitar

In the next picture, you can see Gary Holt of Exodus on the far left. He played for Jeff Hanneman because Jeff was quite ill with necrotizing fasciitis.

A wider stage view

A wider stage view

Here’s a better picture of Gary:

Gary Holt of Exodus

Gary Holt of Exodus

Gary simply ripped it up. He was spot on amazing.

Another of Kerry

Another of Kerry

Unfortunately, those were all the pictures that turned out semi-decently. Most of the others were either horrible or slightly out of focus. A lot are OK to look at on a single screen without zooming to full resolution, but… sigh… Being nearly crushed and constantly being hit, it was simply impossible to keep the camera still.

Anyways, they played very well, though they could have had more presence than they did. Rob Zombie and the Murder Dolls put on a better show in that regard. Tom did have some presence, but, still, I expected a bit more. Half the concert is in the front man and how they can get the crowd going. I suppose it’s simply Slayer, and they don’t really need to have that much stage presence as their music does it for them.

Then again, had Tom got the crowd going much more than they already were, I’m quite certain that there would have been a significant number of people injured! (Literally.)

Slayer Cancels at Soundwave

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Australia, Music | Posted on 01-03-2011

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Poor bastard announces Slayer cancels in SydneyWell, I ended up driving 2,024 km to see Slayer in concert at Soundwave in Sydney. They canceled. Tom was sick and taken to the hospital. Sigh… Oh well. I hope that I have a chance to see them some other time.

The picture there is the poor bastard that had to announce that Tom was taken to the hospital. Man… That had to suck for him.

As you can imagine, the crowd was pretty pissed. People came from pretty far away to see Slayer, like me, and they were horribly disappointed. Below you can see lots of garbage being thrown at the stage.

Slayer fans throw garbage at stage in Sydney

I really only wanted to see Slayer, so it was a big letdown. I’m thinking about seeing if I can get a ticket to see them here in Melbourne. We’ll see.