David Westerfield

Gospel. Culture. Technology. Music.

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Classic Pioneering Electronica from 1977 – Kraftwerk – The Robots

Keep in mind … this was in 1977. Still weird, but it gives it some perspective … 31 years ago during the middle of the Cold War, two years before I was born.

Free MP3 Downloads

Using www.dizzler.com and www.orbitdownloader.com, you can snag mp3’s for free. Dizzler does not make it readily available for you to download, so you must use orbitdownloader to “sniff” the file path when the file is being downloaded from the server into the flash player within the browser. It’s really not complicated at all. I’ve actually found a couple of pretty obscure bands on the site. I would say just do this to preview some songs and then go and buy the album just to be legal. Pretty cool though.

Free Unlimited Music Downloads?

http://www.qtrax.com/

That’s what they’re claiming, yet the record companies apparently have not endorsed it … http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/arti … article.do

Radiohead – In Rainbows

I got my email this morning for my unique download link, burned it to CD, and listened to it on the way into work. Awesome … seems to integrate styles from past albums with more strings and not quite as much electronic back beats. Very tastefully produced.

FYI … Radiohead is Giving Away Their New Album!

http://www.radiohead.com/

Incredible … though you can pay nothing for the album, they are telling people to pay what they want, so they are hoping people will pay something, but maybe the new open concept of giving away the album will attract more people to their music than if they had gone about it the normal way … guess we’ll see.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.j … dio101.xml

Update 1 …

It looks like their web systems cannot handle the load of users attempting to go to their site (as if mine could :). I mean the article was first published on Telegraph.co.uk and then posted on DrudgeReport.com … so word is out all over the world. It looks like they may have temporarily taken the link down (well now it’s back up). But regardless still trying …

Update 2 …

It appears it is next to impossible to actually get to a page to enter your email address so that you can get an activation code as well as instructions on how and where to download. After attempting to go through the process, I finally got to a point where I could enter information in, and then it sent me back to www.inrainbows.com and said I could only have one download (but I haven’t entered anything yet). Boo … still trying.

Update 3 …

I finally got to the secure site, registered my email address, entered in all my info to purchase the album (for 0.00 pounds), it went through processing, and then once I got to the confirmation page, it gave me a mysql_connect error (PHP to MySQL back-end connection issue), so I’m not even sure it sent my information to the DB at all (apparently it did not). I saved the page with my confirmation number just in case, but it doesn’t matter if the application did not write the data to the DB. I never received an email with an activation code or instructions on how and where to download. Still trying …

Update 4 …

I have now received my first spam email on my gmail account as a result of this I’m assuming. So they got my email to sign me up for spam, but not my registration and $0 purchase of the download. etc …

Excellent Hymn by Horatius Bonar

Not what my hands have done can save my guilty soul;
Not what my toiling flesh has borne can make my spirit whole.
Not what I feel or do can give me peace with God;
Not all my prayers and sighs and tears can bear my awful load.

Your voice alone, O Lord, can speak to me of grace;
Your power alone, O Son of God, can all my sin erase.
No other work but Yours, no other blood will do;
No strength but that which is divine can bear me safely through.

Thy work alone, O Christ, can ease this weight of sin;
Thy blood alone, O Lamb of God, can give me peace within.
Thy love to me, O God, not mine, O Lord, to Thee,
Can rid me of this dark unrest, And set my spirit free.

I bless the Christ of God; I rest on love divine;
And with unfaltering lip and heart I call this Savior mine.
His cross dispels each doubt; I bury in His tomb
Each thought of unbelief and fear, each lingering shade of gloom.

I praise the God of grace; I trust His truth and might;
He calls me His, I call Him mine, My God, my joy and light.
’Tis He Who saveth me, and freely pardon gives;
I love because He loveth me, I live because He lives.

H. Bonar

Internet Radio is in Immediate Danger!

From the SomaFM website:

“The Copyright Royalty Board, a three judge panel responsible for the March 2nd ruling that set webcast royalties at their new increased rate, has denied all parties’ motion for rehearing of the ruling on procedural grounds.”

From Shoutcast.com:

“The Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC has more than tripled the royalty rates for webcasters and if left unchanged they will *KILL* Internet radio. These exorbitant rates go into effect on May 15, less than a month from now (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!). Without Congressional action the majority of webcasters will go bankrupt and silent on this date.”

Please contact your congressman to reverse this injustice on the part of major record labels and RIAA by going here: http://www3.capwiz.com/saveinternetradio/home/

Brian Eno: A Foundational Artists’ Biography

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Eno

New Album by Plaid – Greedy Baby

I’m very impressed with this album. Some of the moods they portray (as usual) are beyond this realm. They seem to have gone back to some of their old school roots (in albums such as Rest Proof Clockwork and Double Figure) while integrating some of their newer styles (as seen in the album Spokes). Check it out …

Awesome new EP from Boards of Canada – Trans Canada Highway

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