Moodbars, of wel stemmingsbalken geven een visuele weergave van een stuk muziek waarbij verschillende onderdelen aan de hand van kleur te onderscheiden moeten zijn. Verderop in het artikel zal ik een script tonen waarmee je stemmingsbalken kan genereren voor je muziekcollectie. Aangezien ik niet zoveel verstand heb van muziek (dan bedoel ik natuurlijk niet mijn muzieksmaak, die is uitstekend 😉 ) past het hier het beste om het Engelstalige Wikipedia-artikel de beschrijving van een moodbar te laten geven zodat het hopelijk wat duidelijker wordt:
Moodbar is a computer visualization used for navigating within a piece of music. This is done with a horizontal bar that is divided into vertical stripes. Each stripe has a colour showing the “mood” within a short part of the song. The colour can depend on spectrum and/or rhythmic features of the part of the song. The parts of the song (intro, choruses, solos, accents etc.) as well as musical changes (dynamics, rhythm, texture, playing instruments) are clearly visible on the bar.
There are many music players available on Linux and other platforms, I wrote about that earlier. One that stands out from the crowd regarding it’s architecture is Music Player Daemon (or just mpd). It follows the client server model, where the daemon is a music server and you can connect various clients to control the music playback. It’s not the easiest to set up in Ubuntu but with this small guide it should work.
On the desktop (either on Windows and Ubuntu/Linux) it’s easy to install Dropbox and remove it as well. Lately I installed Dropbox on Ubuntu Server, where there is no GUI and no integration with Nautilus. I followed this guide to install and set it as a service on boot. However the same guide(s) does not explain how to properly remove it and I couldn’t find that info on Askubuntu in a quick search.
UPDATE: The script in this blogpost is obsolete as Jamendo no longer offers .ogg downloads.
Jamendo is a great source for Creative Commons music. I definitely have to dedicate a blogpost to that phenomenon however this article just deals with downloading from Jamendo. As you might have noticed I’m a fan of open formats. MP3 is a format where royalties need to be paid for (by creators) and patents rest upon. Therefore I prefer to have my music in OGG Vorbis format. Quality is almost the same and all music players on Linux can deal with this format out of the box (on Windows Foobar2000 has built in support for OGG). So it would be nice if we could get our Jamendo albums in that format. Continue reading Script for ogg vorbis downloads from Jamendo→
DOSBox is an emulator for DOS, available for various plaforms (Windows, Mac, Linux and FreeBSD to name a few). It allows you to run DOS applications through a virtual machine on nearly any host. A great solution for old games that can’t run natively on recent Windows version and of course not on Linux at all. I’ve used DOSBox on Windows (Vista) and Ubuntu and it works great. Can’t remember any serious crashes and it’s easy on resources. So read on for some instructions for a convenient setup.
If you are looking for a Free and Open Source music player for Linux there is a myriad of options. With this post I try to list some of the most commonly used players together with things you may like and not like in those application. The order of the players is quite random so this is not a ranking in any way. Just an indication and a little guide to the available options.
Obviously I miss out on some players, please mention them in the comments in that case. Also note that most of the listed applications will just do the job: they play your music. Interfaces might be different, one might be shinier than the other, or maybe you won’t like any of them as they are not as ‘polished’ as their Win and Mac counterparts… well anyway a music player is doing it’s work in the background 99% of the time. Furthermore please note that all the listed players are available in the Ubuntu software center, that’s also my main criterion for inclusion in this list. However this list is made with Ubuntu in mind, all these applications should run on any modern (major) Linux distro.
RollerCoaster Tycoon (hereafter RCT) remains the best themepark sim ever made in my humble opinion. Maybe RCT2 is even better but it’s more of an improvement of RCT1 and not a new concept. I had lots of fun playing RCT in the past and it’s one of those games you can replay every now and then that continue to kick ass 12 years after being released. Unfortunately it was designed to run on Windows95/98 posing some trouble for recent versions of Windows. Also running it on Linux poses some trouble obviously. However with the version of Wine that is in the current (Natty) repositories and a working patch the coasters roll in Ubuntu too!