Posts tagged: ハービットの息子

New Mixcloud Feature:

Embed all cloudcasts with one snippet of code!

Mixcloud: Embed all cloudcasts in one go

On your profile, (or that of someone else for that matter) you can see a little closing tag next to the word “Activity“, this one: “</>” (upper right in the above picture). One quick press on this button neatly embeds all cloudcasts (from that particular DJ) in one player. The code you get is similar to the one you’re already used to for embedding cloudcasts.

Here’s mine:

Happy embedding!

Bye 2009, hello 2010

You were great. I will always remember you.

  • マキちゃん
  • DJ Workshops
  • Prowess Records
  • 日本

In another post I explained who (and why) my favorite DJ of 2009 is. In this post I’ll tell you about my favorite track of 2009. It’s shear beauty, it’s great production; melody, synths, vocals. And to me, essentially, it’s emotional value:

We listened to this song together in the car, an route to Himure in 滋賀 (Shiga) with お母さん behind the wheel. I already loved this song for personal reasons, but at that exact moment in time I realized, with a lump in my throat: “I don’t want to go home. I wanna stay here with マキちゃん forever. We were counting down the days till we could finally spend time together. Now that we are, I don’t wanna go!”

2009 was a brilliant year. I have good hopes for 2010, but, this year was special in so many ways. Unexplainable, I can’t put it in writing. So, without further ado I’ll let the music and my favorite track of 2009 do the talking.

Gui Boratto – No Turning Back

Of course, there were many more great tracks produced this year. Offaudio had some brilliant releases, Lele’s Marble EP was the best electro I’d heard in a while and my own productions have finally started to sound like release worthy. (Yes, yes, very soon, I’m sorry for the delay!) I’ve finally been able to toy around with real hardware, the MC-303 and TR-606 and the already brilliant Korg DS-10 found it’s big brother; Korg DS-10 Plus. Not too mention how kind Ableton Live has been to me the past months.

2009 was hard work and it had it’s downs. But the good memories outweigh the bad in so many ways. Thank you 2009, with you in the back-pocket, I can only imagine how brilliant 2010 will be. Thanks so much 2009 and please send me a postcard when you think of me.

Empire Of the Sun – Walking On A Dream

マキちゃん, I will be back soon…

Summertime!

Summer holidays, finally!

After working my fingers to the bone for my study at the Academy of Pop-culture, I can finally get back to important things like making music. But, I didn’t work for nothing, as my own record-label; Prowess Records. Is almost done now. Yes, I’ve said it before, but this time it’s for real. Heck, we even got a designer working on our style! And hopefully I’ll be able to unveil it around the 1st of August.

The music I mentioned earlier is in a rather good state, expect some real bangers appearing as soon as the first release, Scheduled September. Of course I didn’t mark September for the first release by coincidence. Because this September I’ll be in Japan! Enjoying a different culture, networking and performing. During this trip, I’ll promote my label to the fullest and hope to visit many interesting places.

If you are a DJ and/or producer in Japan, please leave a comment. Also, you could contact me via e-mail or tweet @Sonof8Bits.

My ticket to KIX

かんさいこくさいくうこう, here I come!

My ticket is booked and payed for, my trip to the beautiful country of Japan is all set. The main part of my visit will be to the cities of Kobe, Osaka and Kyoto.

More about my plan soon!

アンパンマン と あそぼ あいうえお きょうしつ

Update し – The road is long, and hard. でも, おもしろい だよー!

After quite some time without an update to this page, I decided to let y’all know where I’m at.

I haven’t touched Project JDS in a long time for the simple reason that I don’t need to practice recognizing ひらがな or カタカナ anymore! Reading and writing Kana is now a basic part of my everyday Japanese language studies. All thanks to Project JDS in combination with My Japanese Coach! (Both highly recommended!)

And to help me get faster at reading Japanese I decided to look for another game to help me out.

So, I’ve started playing around with Anpanman to Asobo – aiueo Kyoushitsu. (アンパンマン と あそぼ あいうえお 教室)  A very simple and, well, childish game. But then again, most people learning 日本語 are of young age! And I’m just an old-guy trying to catch-up.. If you are any good with Kana you’ll get the hang of this game quickly. It consists of a lot of mini-games, that (except for the really かんたん (easy) games) focus on learning the aiueo (The Japanese ABC) and a lot of everyday words like dog (いぬ), cat (ねこ), ears  (みみ), and (like I’m used to by now in these Japanese-training-games); Sushi (すし).

This game offers a good way to expend your vocabulary, and could very well be used in paralel to My Japanese Coach, since it doesn’t offer a big challenge and aproaches the Japanese vocabulary from a child’s point of view. And let’s be honest: If you are just starting out with Nihongo, You are, in a way, just a kid learning your first words. And if you are just a kid, isn’t it nice if you are able to name everyday items like fruit, (りんご – apple, もも – Peach) animals, (きつね – fox, せみ – fly) or a pencil (えんぴつ)?

The game contains a lot of spoken (informal) Japanese too, if you are a starting student like me you won’t understand most of what the speech is about, but hard practice makes good practice! And it will help you understand Japanese faster, although in a very, very childish way. Which isn’t necessarily bad, but does make you wonder how much money you want to spend on learning Japanese on your Nintendo DS.

I wanna finish this post with a gift I got from someone who loves me: