Kwamie Liv med Kim Larsens ‘Pianomand’

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Kim Larsens Pianomand går tilbage til 1989 og originalen er noget anderledes. Den skrives at være en udgave af Joan Baez’ Fennario omend det ikke springer i mine øre.

Kwamie Liv har siden 2014 haft en 100-millioners-YouTube-views-stemme, men også sange der ikke rigtig har slået lytterens ben væk. Denne overraskende udgave af Kim Larsens tre små strofer er dog gevaldig.

Beyoncé on YouTube

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YouTube surely contains a lot of quirky homemade videos, but also highly stylish professionally produced video. Harlem Shake, Star Wars Kid and Numa Numa are examples of the former while most Beyoncé videos are examples of the latter.

New Beyoncé choreograph video lends the aesthetic of the homemade video (or lack of). Interesting mix.

Piano improvisation

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Piano improvisation, summer 2014.

Music on Linux

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Making music on Linux is a considerable headache. There are loads of interesting programs and sound systems but often they barely work, – if at all and only after considerable setup.

One of the nice programs is ZynAddSubFx made by Romanian Nasca O. Paul. It is a ridiculously configurable synthesizer with several methods for constructing sounds. It got effect and it even allows you to play via the qwerty keyboard.

On startup ZynAddSubFx will attempt to hook up to Jack. It does not start Jack by itself. Although ZynAddSubFx will play through Jack annoying clicks appear in the audio, and these clicks I have never been able to get rid off.

If ZynAddSubFx cannot use jack it will attempt to use the Open Sound System by looking after the /dev/dsp device. If this is not available one usually runs into an error message like “Using OSS instead. ERROR – I can’t open the /dev/dsp.” On an Ubuntu you can then try to install the alsa-oss package for alsa wrapping oss-programs. Once this package is installed you may try to start with “aoss ZynAddSubFx” from the command line.

There may still occur problems though.

To the beating of my teardrops

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The Dutch seem to complain about the Danish Eurovision Song Contest winner “Only teardrop” reminding them of “I surrender” song by Dutch group “K-otic“. It is close, but probably not sufficiently close to run into copyright problems.

I have tried to listen off the song by ear and entered it into Lilypond (my second attempt with that program). Anna Speller is according to Wikipedia singer in K-otic but I am actually not sure it is her that is the singer of the particular song. The controversial issue must be around the a-b-a-g-e progression in chorus of both songs (there is a Youtuber that claims a chord progression similarity). The two songs are in the same key.


It is around five notes that are similar. The tin whistle of “Only teardrops” has several grace notes that I did not attempt to show. The e-g lead-in in “I surrender” is not present in “Only teardrops. Instead the lead-in punches several times at the a and has an extra note for the extra word compared to “I surrender”.

The text of “I surrender” with “to the beating of my heart” is standard pop lyrics. An Internet search on the phrase will show a number of other songs: “Synching up to the beating of my heart”, “My fingers keep on clicking to the beating of my heart”, “That there’s more to life than listening to the beating of my heart”, …

Interestingly, the “I surrender” has a bagpipe-like sound in the introduction giving it a brief celtic flavor like the “Only teardrops” with its drums and tin whistle.

Update 2013-06-16:

Ok, so apparently I am not that precise a listener in my first attempt, so here is an update. I will try with a new transcription of the “Only Teardrops” song. Some of the stanzas have a lead-in, “Tell me”, which mimicks the Dutch song. I have also put the grace note on the tin whistle notes. Now the Danish winner song is even closer to the Dutch.


Eurovision Song Contest 2013 odds

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Danish contribution to Eurovision Song Contest 2013 has so low odds that it will be unusual if Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest does not win. However, Ukraine’s fancy video has gained more YouTube views than the Danish with a not necessarily bad song and also has quite low odds.

While I am still trying to accommodate Emmelie de Forest’s tinwhistle you can listen to poor France contribution. They usually have a song that stand out in some respect but hasn’t won for many years. This is a reasonable song, but their odds are around 80-100 and the YouTube views are not exceptional, so France will likely not go home as a winner

New melody

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New melody with recorder, keyboard, loop and improvisation.