So that is a nice project I have supported a bit. Yes I know. It’s SID and not AY. But who cares. I’ve done a few SID-based things long time ago too. Not that good as this little 12 inch vinyl long-play, but who cares.
I was at Net&Work in Frankfurt / Main this weekend and I didn’t liked this event very much. But I met a nice guy also making music on Apple Mac with Logic X and so we talked a little. And after returning home I was in the mood for checking my synthesizers if they still work 🙂 And they do. So this is about one hour work in my little studio.
Oh yeah. Today i installed XAMPP into c:\xampp to work with a local environment at my Windows 10 Pro Computer. But instead of MySQL i wanted to use MongoDB.
After installing XAMPP i installed MongoDB Server Community Edition. First i tried to custom install the software at c:\mongodb but then the database service won’t start. So after messing around and trying to get it fixed i gave up and installed MongoDB with the default path into C:\Program Files\MongoDB Works perfect and the service is running without producing errors. I also downloaded MongoDB Compass Community Edition for having a nice visual database editor.
At Evoke 2018 i have done three things to participate at the competitions. First a picture, ranked 13th of 22 at the Freestyle Graphics Compo and a CPC Soundtrakker tune, I uploaded as MP3/OGG entry, because there was no tracker combo 🙁 My MP3-Version of the tracked music did not made it through the preselection :-D.
Here is the picture. As I had no graphics Program on my laptop (deleted all for music stuff for holidays) and didn’t get into GIMP fast enough so I used my iPad and ProCreate to do that thing. As I lost my Apple Pencil all was done “by Hand” 🙂
Me and my husband Marcus. Picture taken by Octoate
To be the only German on a French CPC-Party is not that weird as I expected, A lot of the French CPC-guys speak English and they use it. So understanding was not that problem at all.
I tested STarKos-Tracker and found some irritating bugs, but Thargan made clear, those are features and he will not code them away 🙂 So I found some nice “hidden” features instead. To participate on the music competition, I used Soundtrakker on which I remembered all of the shortcuts and also how to switch the info-slices on the software. So I made a nice little sound. I expected to get under the top three at the competition and as I was the only one who take part at the competition I surprisingly made the third place. Yay! Better than at the revision 🙂 I’m a happy Kangaroo.
Oh, have I mentioned, that my car broke and had an engine error. So first as I arrived in Coutances I went to the local Ford dealer, and with hands and feet I declared my car broken 🙂 And they checked it and repaired it within 40 minutes. Lucky me. 50 Euros and a “Zündkerze” later everything was well again.
Since the french CPC people came to Erlangen to visit the CPC-Klassentreffen in 2001, I wanted to show my respect to the french CPC-scene and wanted to visit Coutances to go to the RESET-Party there in June. But it’s a 10 hour trip from Stuttgart / Dettingen an der Erms. And that’s really heard. So good luck for me, that my husband Marcus wants to visit Paris and lucky us: Its Christopher Street Day in Paris on Saturday. Yay \o/
So we go by car tomorrow on Thursday to Paris, I stay one night and continue my trip to Coutances. So it’s now 6 hours to Paris and 4 hours to Coutances. That is not so bad?
Two days before our trip we recognized that we need an emission sticker for our car to go to Paris. Like the “Umweltzone” in Germany. Damn. Only bookable online and needs 4 weeks to get the sticker by snail-mail. Luckily a copy of the invoice also helps to show the inspectors that we have paid our environment fees 🙂 If not it will be a fine between 65 Euros up to 400 Euros. Seems to depend how old your car is and how bad your CO2 emission is 🙂 My Ford Tourneo is a year and a half old now and no diesel driven engine 🙂 So everything seems perfect.
Sticker on Brainblaster’s CTM644
I will take Nilquaders CPC with me to Coutances. He also wanted to visit the RESET-Party but he never made it. It’s a nice mixture of things I take with me. Targhan is willing to show me how his STarKos-Tracker works, so I take my MegaFlash NG and the MegaFlash DP with me. Nilquader’s CPC, Brainblaster’s CTM644, Thriller’s and Marabu’s Floppy Discs. That’s funny. I also need to take a multiple power-outlet with me, cause our socket is a little different to the french one. Crazy things you need to think about before traveling 1000 Kilometers.
I am the only German who registers at the party. One Serbian and guess what: a lot of French people. But I am sure it will be a nice event. Hopefully some of the CPCists speak English, cause “Je ne parle pas un mot de français”. 😀 And if the don’t like me or don’t understand me, I can grab my Soundtrakker 128K and the tunes I found on some floppy disks and do nice music for the next Revision-Party. Now that Nectarine Radio is dead – I start making tracked music again? Stupid me. If I can take some pictures of the trip to France I will post them here.
Yes! After a very very long time (November 2016) yesterday my Mr Beam II laser cutter arrived. I pledged this thing on Kickstarter. But: I have no time to unpack this thing. Damn. At the Weekend there is the European Song Contest, so I need to cheer to Belarus’ music entry 🙂 Whatever. I hope to unpack the Mr. Beam II soon and start my first steps into laser cutting.
First thing I will cut: my name. Second: Amstrad CPC 464 keyboard case 😀