New EP, Sandra’s Bullock – First release playing all electronic drums!

Sandra’s Bullock EP is the first release where I used an electronic drum set instead of an acoustic one and is the first EP I’ve released since Tracker Adjust. It’s on sale now for only $3! Or $10 with a free copy of Manasota 180g vinyl!

Track details:

Jungle Jim – Composed in Milkytracker and drums recorded in Mixbus. Samples are from my CT370, and Fairlight CMI. Custom created drum kit on my Alesis Nitro Mesh..

Ambient Park 2 – Produced with Garageband on my vintage iBook G4 using all Garageband synths with midi controller.

Lunar Landscapes – Made with Ableton Live 9 and Windows 10, Mothman Series VST synthesizers and Alesis Nitro Mesh custom kit.

The Transit – Produced in Rosegarden for Linux running on Elementary OS Juno, and many of my custom created soundfonts such as Sundrums, Kawai K1, Casio CT370, and the Fluid GM soundfont, as well as the Hexter DX7 Emulator for Linux, and Jack-Rack.

Sandra’s Bullock – Made in Garageband on my vintage iBook G4, drums are the Alesis Nitro Mesh with custom kit.

Anthill Recordings Mix Tape Vol. 1

Well, maybe it’s not a real ‘tape’ per se, but I wanted to make some mixes of the music on my YouTube channel, since it is interspersed within a ton of other content.

Some of the videos in here have very little views and were uploaded a very long time ago (one way back in 2010!).

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the mix. If you want to be included in a future mix, just let me know and send me your link!

I Found The 8-Bit Guy’s Old YouTube Channel!!!

I’m sure if you’re a reader of my blog you know of the famous-ish YouTuber known as “The 8-Bit Guy” previously known as, “The iBook Guy”. He’s a YouTuber that does all kinds of cool retro tech videos and is part of the YouTube Retro-tech Nerd Trifecta of LGR, Techmoan, and 8-Bit Guy.

Anyway, I love a lot of his work and was browsing some weird old YouTube videos about obsolete VGA cameras looking for video samples. While I was watching a video about the this insanely crappy Vivitar Digital Camera, I was suddenly struck with the thought, wait a minute, I know that voice! That’s 8-bit Guy!

And sure enough, if you watch the video for long enough, a much younger, 2007 8-bit Guy reveals himself brandishing a headset mic to give his thoughts on the cheap camera, and it is glorious!

The video is part of the channel called MyPCHelp, and appears to have been a collaborative channel with 8-bit and some of his friends. Their oldest video is back to the earliest days of YouTube and is called “Defeating Spyware – Trailer” (below) and it was published all the way back to December 18th 2006!

The trailer is a good precursor to one of the finest pieces of Internet nostalgia on YouTube, “Defeating Spyware – Chapter 1”.

I really got a kick out of randomly happening upon this channel, and I thought I would share it. This video could easily be remixed into a Vaporwave smash hit I have no doubts.

Booting a vintage iBook G4 from a USB flash drive

I love vintage macs, especially the PPC era macs like the iBook G4, and the Powerbook. For many years I always thought that booting from a USB stick was impossible on these systems, but alas it is very possible and not even that hard! You just have to do things a certain way.

  1. When you’re creating the Mac image on the USB stick, it has to be done in a very specific way. You cannot use a USB 3 stick, nor even a USB 3 port! You must use a USB 2 (or 1) drive and port.
  2. You need to create the USB stick on a Mac, or with Transmac for PC. On a mac use Disk Utility and the restore disk image feature to create the USB drive. In Transmac, open it in administrator mode, then right click the drive you want to put the image on, and select ‘restore from image’. Transmac gives you a 15 day trial, which is plenty long enough to burn Leopard or whatever Mac image you plan on restoring.
  3. Put the usb drive in the iBook, then turn it on and hold down ‘apple key, option, O and F keys right after you hear the mac chime. This will get you to the open firmware screen.
  4. At the command prompt, type: boot ud:,\\:tbxi   If that doesn’t work try boot usb0/disk@1:,\\:tbxi or boot usb1/disk@1:,\\:tbxi
  5. At that stage you should see mac os installation boot starting, if none of those above commands work, you can still try all of the other troubleshooting steps at http://ben-collins.blogspot.com/2010/08/booting-your-ibook-g4-from-usb-stick.html This is the blog post where I got the firmware instructions from to begin with and is probably the best documentation online.

I’m guessing this should also work on later Intel Macbooks in the 2006-2010 era, but don’t have mine anymore to test it, so I’m not 100% sure.

Good luck!

Love, Acceptance, Understanding

What this means to me:

Being accepted for who I am.

Love does not need to be justified.

Love is always good.

Love is given, not taken.

Acceptance of yourself and others equally