Larralde

Yesterday José Larralde came to Berisso.

I always wanted to see him live but all of his appearances were on hard to reach places.
He gifted us with a magnificent show of a bit less than four hours.

This year I did not attend to many shows but this was one of the bests.

Emptiness

Yesterday I went to see Patricia Sosa at the Playón Municipal.

She used to move me, make me cry, laugh. But I was like, meh, nothing. All the people around cheering and singing and nothing.

All I had in my head was that old Rilo Kiley song (Paint’s peeling)

And i feel nothing, not safe
It’s a hard day for dreaming again

Thanks

There was this old lady at our club that used to calm discussions with this adage:

If you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t. Unless it’s important.

She was very very quiet.

I have more than enough ranting material but, on the other arm of the scale I have this that makes me feel warm inside and takes away all the pain.

A while ago one of my Best Friends published his first album, Clusterobvia.

We were long out of touch despite living near and one Thursday tagged along for tea and snacks with a mutual Best Friend to catch up (quite a bizarre triangle).
He brought two copies and we discovered that our names appear on the credits with words so nice and heartwarming beyond description.

It’s so wonderful seeing the dreams of a close friend come true. I’m very guilty of keeping feelings to myself and so when reading the booklet there was such a revelation of how much we value each other.

Thanks.

Using WebKitGTK as the UI for GStreamer applications.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how can I make nice and easily customizable interfaces for video applications. My idea of ‘nice’ is kind of orthogonal to what most of my expected user base will want, and by ‘easily customizable’ I don’t mean ‘go edit this glade file / json stage / etc’.

Clutter and MX are great to make good looking interfaces and like Gtk have something that resembles css to style stuff and can load an ui from an xml or json file. However, they will need sooner or later a mix developer and a designer. And unless you do something up front, the interface is tied to the backend process that does the heavy video work.

So, seeing all the good stuff we are doing with Caspa, the VideoEditor, WebVfx and our new magical synchronization framework I questioned:

Why instead of using Gtk, can’t I make my ui with html and all the fancy things that are already made?

And while we are at it I want process isolation, so if the ui crashes (or I want to launch more than one to see side by side different ui styles) the video processing does not stop. Of course, should I want more tightly coupling I can embed WebKit on my application and make a javascript bridge to avoid having to use something like websockets to interact.

One can always dream…

Then my muse appeared and commanded me to type. Thankfully, mine is not like the poor soul on “Blank Page” had.

So I type, and I type, and I type.

‘Till I made this: two GStreamer pipelines, outputting to auto audio and video sinks and also to a webkit process. Buffers travel thru shared memory, still they are copied more than I’d like to but that makes things a bit easier and helps decoupling the processes, so if one stalls the others don’t care (and anyway for most of the things I want to do I’ll need to make a few copies). Lucky me I can throw beefier hardware and play with more interesting things.

I expect to release this in a couple of weeks when it’s more stable and usable, as of today it tends to crash if you stare at it a bit harder.

“It’s an act of faith, baby”
Using WebKit to display video from a GStreamer application.

Using WebKit to display video from a GStreamer application.
Something free to whoever knows who the singer is without using image search.

 

 

La felicidad es…

Encontrarte a mitad de cuadra una pileta [container] pública y un montón de gente piola
 Tocar candombe y cantar en una noche hermosa…

Para después bailar hasta el amanecer

y llegar tres dias después a tu casa sin voz con una sonrisa de oreja a oreja.

 

 

No sé negri, improvisá

Vení, sumate, siempre vienen bien mas instrumentos. Acá tenés la partitura que estamos ensayando.

Que qué va ahí? Ni idea, el otro chico siempre inventaba algo; total todas las variaciones se parecen.

Total que más da, si no tengo (aún?) el trozo de cerebro para sacar canciones de oído. La próxima vez que vaya a Capital paso por la Biblioteca Nacional y me llevo una copia…

Variación tachada de Canaro en París

Variación tachada de Canaro en París

Noisy neighbour

Fuck it. I’m gonna play baroque music with the flute ’till your head explodes, my lips sore and Bach rises from his grave asking for mercy. Then I’ll crank the bass amp all way up to 11 while playing some candombe as if I were Seppälä. Even better, i’ll put some records of the original, hope you don’t mind the noise. It’s really fun when you try to study or sleep and you people are constantly shouting with ‘La Champions’ at full blast, as if it was enough to cover up your fights. I swear if it wasn’t for the rain and the fact that I can barely keep the balance at this hour I’d cut your connection to the power grid.

Para mi son todos chinos

– El otro dia vi en el cable a la pianista esa que te gusta, la Lewis Carroll
– Esteee, cómo? Ese es el de “Alicia en el Pais de las Maravillas”, y es muy difícil que lo hayas visto en vivo. No será Carol Williams?
– Ahhh si esa, se llaman todos parecido

How hard can it be?

Normalmente cuando decimos eso es porque no tenemos ni la más pálida idea del tema. Veo la partitura y digo “es una pavada”. Ahora de ahí a tocar algo remotamente similar es un mundo aparte.

La versión más conocida hoy en día seguramente sea esta.

Vuelta a los inicios…

Este fue un finde raro. Las primeras dos veces que fui al barrio de Meridiano V fueron para ver a La Secta y a las chicas de Dirty Diamonds. El sábado estuvimos por un cumple en Pedro Telmo, el lugar y la decoración están buenos, la música también (que me acuerde R.E.M, Eurythmics, Fleetwood Mac, KC & The Sunshine Band…) aunque algo fuerte.

Después enfilé para la Estación, a la Milonga Mandinga. Hacía mucho que no iba a bailar, me encontré con un montón de conocidos y gente nueva también.

Cerca del final entra un grupo, se ponen a hablar cerca mio en la barra, yo estaba terminando una cerveza listo para irme a casa. Dos de las chicas se ponen a hablar de que no se acuerdan nada, que hace  mucho no bailan… Dudando un poco, dejo el vaso y las saco a bailar. Nos ponemos a hablar, que esto… lo otro… Resulta que terminé bailando con Fer y Wendy de las Dirty Diamonds. Qué loca que es la vida.