Remix the Ring

OK folks is make your own music time again.

Remember the hard drive music competition? (Refresh your memory here and here)

Well this time we aren’t messing around with mechanical noises, no sirree bob. This time we have real music.

Wagner… it doesn’t get much real than that. (You know the stuff that Inspector Morse used to listen to.)

So here’s the deal. The CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION is making available a two and half minute section of the Ring cycle. The Ride of the Valkyries to be precise.

Here is the hype…
CBC Radio: Wagner’s Ring – Remix the Ring
  {sadly CBC have deleted this }

You are invited to Remix The Ring! Well, actually just part of it-the famous Ride of the Valkyries. Download the file of Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries and remix it in any way you see fit. Mash it, chop it, layer it, turn it upside down. Your remix can have a dance feel, or be completely avant-garde. Let your imagination be your guide.

About now I should probably do the “We have good news and bad news” bit.

The bad news is that you have to be a Canadian to enter the competition to win the prize.

The good news is… WHO CARES. This is just too silly a premise to go past.

DOwnload the sample do the remix, mash up, exorcise it, whatever. If you send it to me in MP3 at wagner mash @ gmail com by August 21st 2006 and I will pick what I think are the best and put them up for you to have a listen to.

No prizes, no guarantees, just silliness. Can’t do better than that.

BBC Reith Lectures 2006 – In the Beginning was Sound

In the Beginning was Sound (well it is called the Big Bang)

St John said, “In the beginning was the word”, while Goethe claimed that, “In the beginning was the deed”.

But Daniel Barenboim contends that In the beginning was sound. This year the BBC Radio – Reith Lectures were given by Daniel Barenboim

Shall we do a quick check of the man’s cred?

He gave his first concert at the age of seven, and by eleven he’d been declared a phenomenon by the legendary conductor Wilhelm Fürtwangler. His life has been and continues to be saturated with music. A virtuoso at the piano, he later became one of the most respected conductors of his generation, currently he’s Music Director of both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin State Opera.

In the lectures he’ll be drawing on his experience to demonstrate that music, as he puts it, “is a way to make sense of the world – our politics, our history, our future, and our very essence”.

There have been many definitions of music which to my mind have only described a subjective reaction to it. The only really precise one to me is the one by Ferruccio Busoni, the great Italian pianist and composer, who said that music is sonorous air. It says everything and it says nothing. Of course, appropriate moment to quote Neitszche, who said that life without music would be a mistake.

And now we come to the first question – why? Why is music so important? Why is music something more than something very agreeable or exciting to listen to? Something that, through its sheer power, and eloquence, gives us formidable weapons to forget our existence and the chores of daily life. My contention is that this is of course possible, and is practised by millions of people who like to come home after a long day at the office, put their feet up, if possible have the luxury of somebody giving them a drink while they do that, and put on the record and forget all the problems of the day. But my contention is that music has another weapon that it delivers to us, if we want to take it, and that is one through which we can learn a lot about ourselves, about our society, about the human being, about politics, about society, about anything that you choose to do.

So Ithink it’s safe to say he might have a clue about what he is talking about.

I discovered the Reith Lectures last year and found them to be fascinating, last year was about tech and this year about music. Going well isn’t it. They are in MP3’s that you can listen to or transcripts that you can read.

Check them out.

Ubuntu LAMP Server

More Ubuntu Goodness.
Over at Howto Forge Chris L Fay has wriiten a liller post on LAMP Installation On Ubuntu 6.06 For Linux Noobs.

Not exactly up there with say “War and Peace” as a title but bear with me it gets better.

Oh! The LAMP doesn’t refer to the light bulb thing that goes off in cartoons when the Coyote has another “brilliant” idea. It stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP (or Perl). These are the componnets that a good (as opposed to say a M$ webserver) needs to do it’s work. (This site like about 70% of the webservers in the world use this stuff).
Linux is the operating system, this time it’s Ubuntu flavour. (it’s free)
Apache is the webserver (it’s free)
MySQL is the database (it’s free)
PHP is the programming language and so is Perl (it’s free but you had guessed that hadn’t you?)

Here is some of the hype…

I, like many others, made the decision to attempt an install of Ubuntu 6.06 server with the preconfigured LAMP option without having ever attempted using Linux before. My goal was to build a setup that I could host my personal web site from. Embarking on this journey I had no idea how much knowledge I lacked and in turn would learn in my quest to host. I floundered around on forums and clung helplessly to Google for aid in all the places I fell short. I found that a really good resource for building a LAMP configuration for complete Linux noobs was either not available, or stuffed neatly in some Google Bermutan triangle which my browser was afraid to go.

Hence, I am writing this as a partial documentation of my trials and tribulations with hopes of aiding all Linux noobs on the steps necessary to create a basic Linux, Apache2, MySQL5 and PHP5 system with FTP. Again, this document is tailored to complete Linux beginners and is in no way a complete guide to attacking such a setup. It will get you up and running but will need security hardening like no other.

Now the odds are infinitesimally tiny that this is something that you are likely to want to do but I have to tell you reading the post that it all sounds so …. so plausible (yes that’s the word I was looking for) that by the time you are halfway down the page you are looking around the room for a spare PC to have a bash.

So now for the grubby bit. WHY?

Why would you want to do this?

Well obviously because YOU CAN.

Next because webservers are great things to have lying around the house, they can be big filing cabinets for your music and documents that you have scanned.

They can be educational… this web thing isn’t going to go away you know.

They find all sorts of silly uses that you didn’t even know you needed until you have one.

But mainly because you can and you don’t need a better reason.
Have a read, get a spare box and have a go.