Archive for the 'Music' Category

PM outta control

Mar 5th, 2016

Another one of those… This time it’s set to the music of “Gremmie outta control” by The silly surfers, covered by Pearl Jam And this time I’ve added some chords for your entertainment… C….. C Every team has a clown who thinks he knows it all (personal commitment to excellence that good enough is not […]


Making an album sampler video on the command line

Mar 31st, 2015

Here’s a video I made to raise awareness about Anaconda Limousine’s first album (where I play guitar and co-wrote 1 song): This is a post that explains how it was made so if anyone wants to made a similar one, they can have something to step on. Turns out videos like this are called […]


ffmpeg: batch convert

Mar 3rd, 2015

Say, a bunch of .wav files to .mp3 $ for f in *.wav; do ffmpeg -i $f “${f%.*}.mp3″; done


Deck the Halls 2012

Dec 24th, 2012

Traditions are traditions. Marry Christmas with a new cover, this time it’s Deck the Halls: Deck the halls (part one) (It’s only part one because I didn’t find the time to properly record what I had in mind – another 7/8th cover like last year. But you can hear the idea at the end) Here […]


WebAudio: live input

Oct 28th, 2012

Live input, aka getUserMedia: it exists in Chrome Canary for audio too. Great times to be a web developer, right? Let’s check it out. Here’s the demo, but first a prerequisite: go chrome://flags, search for “Web Audio Input” and enable it. Restart Chrome Canary. With a guitar I wanted to have a little trickier setup […]


WebAudio: oscillator in JS

Oct 27th, 2012

How about generating some noise in JavaScript? Demo is here: oscillator. How does this work? Using HTML Web Audio you can synthesize audio with a given frequency. E.g. 440Hz is A (“la” in solf├Ęge) This means you don’t need an <audio> element or any mp3, ogg, wav, etc, no external files. Let’s see how. Capable […]


Anaconda Limousine: the guitar parts

Jun 17th, 2012

I’m part of a band that has an album out now. I know, right? (links: excuse-for-a-site, amazon, itunes). I wanted to put up all the songs on the site, but seems like there’s a little dissonance in the band whether this is a good idea. Plan B: 30s samples. Like the bigwigs do on Amazon […]


Simple music player

Apr 18th, 2012

I put up a few MP3s on, in simple a hrefs. While modern browsers will let you click and display some sort of player in a new page, why not play them in-page without a refresh? Simple enough. Plus we have HTML5 audio. Problem is, old IEs don’t support HTML5 audio and you need […]


Wish You a Merry Christmas 2011

Dec 24th, 2011

Here’s a cover of We Wish You a Merry Christmas I just did. It’s in a Bulgarian (and other Balkan countries) style in 7/8 tempo (and 9/8th at one place). This is me channeling my inner Goran Bregovich We Wish You a Merry Christmas (7/8th and 9/8th) Continuing the tradition (why did I skip last […]


Sultans of Speed

Jun 13th, 2011

#2 This post is part of the Velocity countdown series. Stay tuned for the last one tomorrow. With only 2 days to Velocity, it’s time to drop in the quality of these posts (but the one tomorrow will be great, I promise) with today’s announcement of the immediate availability of the project called I […]


Silicon Valley (roughest place I’ve ever been)

Apr 16th, 2011

Excuse me, my dearest reader for subjecting you to this (*cough vogon poetry*). My only excuse is it’s Friday. So here comes another one of those. This time a coverlet (a whatlet?) of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Tin Pan Alley (The Roughest Place in Town). Tin Pan Alley sounds almost like Silicon (Silly Con?) Valley Went […]


Audio sprites

Apr 13th, 2011

Another “brilliant” idea that I had recently – how about combining audio files into a single file to reduce HTTP requests, just like we do with CSS sprites? Then use the audio APIs to play only selected parts of the audio. Unlike pretty much all brilliant ideas I have, I decided to search for this […]


Another LOC

Feb 11th, 2011

We don’t need no docum’ntation We don’t need no source control No dark sarcasm on the mail(ing) list Ninjas leave them kids alone No comments – code should speak alone! All in all it’s just another LOC We don’t need no code conventions We don’t need no (js)lint control No YSlow rules, no validation And […]


Feliz Navidad Merry Christmas 2009

Dec 25th, 2009

Disregarding my dear wife’s opinion that the best present to my blog readers would be to *not* publish my new recording…. I’ll just go ahead and do it: Feliz Navidad ’tis a heavy metal sort of cover of Jose Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad. I hope you like Iron Maiden and Helloween (there’s a special treat between […]


Help write the lyrics to “Give PNG a chance”

Sep 3rd, 2009

As you know yours truly is a guitar hero wannabe. So I’m playing with the idea of recording a song/video called “Give PiNG a Chance”, cover of “Give peace a chance”. Hopefully whoever hears it will then think twice before saving a GIF instead of PNG. Imagine. And the web will be as one… Here’s […]


Blog-to-podcast with ffmpeg

Feb 16th, 2009

ffmpeg is such an amazing tool, looks like it’s for video what ImageMagick is for images. An all-powerful all-formats wicked cool command-line tool. This blog post is an introduction to some of the MP3 capabilities of ffmpeg. I’ll use ffmpeg to transform a blog post into a podcast-ready mp3 file. If you continue to read […]


Merry Christmas 2008!

Dec 25th, 2008

Best wishes to everyone! Here’s a rendition of Jingle Bells I recorded today (kinda punky and heavily inspired by Pearl Jam’s 2007 Christmas single). Enjoy. » Jingle-Bells.mp3


Start wearing purple

Dec 2nd, 2008

Today was officially my first day at my new job at in Yahoo! Search. In the spirit of less-is-more I’m stepping out of the position of improving the performance of all Yahoo’s sites worldwide to improving the performance of just one Yahoo! Search – in the US first, then maybe helping globally. I’m excited by […]


Seeing stars

Aug 8th, 2008

It’s been interesting few days lately for me, celebrity-wise. Agassi/Graff First, last Thursday, Andre Agassi and his wife Steffi Graff came to the Yahoo! center in Santa Monica (my workplace) and played with our kids and signed tennis balls. This was fun, check out: vid, vid, vid, pics. Here’s my daughter almost hitting the ball: […]


Yahoo Music API

Aug 7th, 2008

This was meant to be a longer posts with examples and such, but Jim Bumgardner said it and coded it better than I could He’s been with Y!Music way longer than me and has done way cooler stuff. As a front-end engineer for Yahoo! Music, I’ve always thought it would great if the web services […]


first book review and a new instrumental piece

Aug 5th, 2008

The first review for OOJS is posted on Amazon – 5 stars, yeey! (My copies still hasn’t arrived, talk about weird, eh?). If anyone is interested in reading my book and posting a review on Amazon or some other site, let me know, my publisher might be willing to send you a copy. Here’s another […]



Jul 1st, 2008

So I got one year older last week, no, the week before and I got a gift: a guitar processor. A DigiTech RP250 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal, to be precise. Yeey! The thing has so many pre-build effects, some of them really weird as you can hear. And can be plugged into the PC via […]


Kiss alive

May 17th, 2008

I’ve never been a Kiss fan, but went to see them while in Bulgaria. The show was excellent, lots of fireworks, fire breathing and all kinds of effects. More theatre than music, but fun nevertheless. It’s a whole different experience than for example Pearl Jam, which is my kind of show, because it’s all about […]


Crowes and Crows

Mar 28th, 2008

Currently enjoying two new albums by two older bands: The Black Crowes – Warpaint Counting Crows – Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings Cool stuff, especially the first one. Can’t help but be a little worried about the fact that I seem to have stopped my musical development somewhere in the nineties, and just keep listening […]


Sharpenning those flamenco skillz

Feb 6th, 2008

What’s new today? Let me see. [x] Wrote the first sentence of chapter 6 of the new book. Goes like this “After encapsulation, inheritance is probably the most important feature of the object-oriented programming”. Promising, but not exactly progress. Good news is I already wrote all the code for the chapter. [x] My teammate Nicole […]