This morning, I played a little with the Gimp 2.8...
Friday 19 April 2013
By Didier Verna on Friday 19 April 2013, 10:48
Wednesday 11 November 2009
By Didier Verna on Wednesday 11 November 2009, 22:12
Yesterday, I blew my favorite pick. For good this time. A Dean Markley H. And I suddenly realized I'd been playing with it for... 15 YEARS !!
15 years. Who can beat me at pick longevity ?
Monday 15 September 2008
By Didier Verna on Monday 15 September 2008, 22:01
La semaine dernière, j’ai reçu de la pub pour Jazz En Ligne, un site qui propose des services aux artistes, notament aux autoproduits.
Curieux, je leur ai demandé des détails par email. On m’a répondu très rapidement la chose suivante: contrat de distribution numérique non-exclusif, avec royautés allant de 50 à 70%. Il faut aussi que je fournisse moi-même la totale: CD, documents de promotion etc.
Donc, bien sûr, je leur ai demandé ce que cela m’apportait, par rapport à vendre mes disques moi-même sur mon site, où je touche 100% des royautés, et tout de suite en plus. Alors, autant ils ont été super-réactifs la première fois, autant là, j’attend toujours la réponse.
Bref, je ne demande qu’à être détrompé (par exemple, font-ils de la promotion active ?), mais a priori, leur offre consiste à me laisser faire tout le boulot (music, promo et tout le toutim) et à me prendre entre 30 et 50% de mes droits pour ça.
Ben, merci, mais non merci.
Monday 4 June 2007
By Didier Verna on Monday 4 June 2007, 21:08
Heard yesterday on TV, while browsing informations. A Ph.D. student in signal processing applied to music AFAICR. He was building carbon based guitars:
The problem with wood is that it's impossible to build two exactly identical guitars...
So, OK, I was zapping, this may be a bit out of context, but still. This guy had better work in biology instead. Because we have some more serious issues there. For instance, the problem with flesh is that it's impossible to build two exactly identical humans !
Thursday 2 November 2006
By Didier Verna on Thursday 2 November 2006, 18:50
The "bootstrap" problem is well known in computer science. However, it seems that musicians suffer from it as well...
Here's an example: if you want to get gigs, you'd better make the club tender comfortable with you by being well known. But in order to be well known, you should have played before, so you should have some gigs behind you already... See what I mean ?
Here's another one: SoundExchange is a digital performance rights organization in the US. In order to claim for tax exemption on the royalties I might earn from them, I have to supply a W8-BEN form with my membership request. However, before being allowed to fill this form, the US embassy in France requires that I provide evidence that I'm earning royalties. So what they are actually asking me for, is a proof of my membership to SoundExchange. See what I mean again ?
Thank God I'm a computer scientist and I know how to break from infinite loops. Otherwise, I might have remained stuck in this forever and eventually died of starvation (like most of my fellow jazzmen anyway)...