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Daniel Holbach

I’ve been slacking a bit when it comes to DJing land picked it up this year again. Some of my mixtapes are on a part of my blog that’s not syndicated, but I set up a page with all the posts. I just posted a new one today.

If you have no plans tonight and you’re in Berlin, come to the GNOME3 Launch Lounge (Facebook event page) in c-base tonight. I’ll be playing there as well. :-)

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Daniel Holbach

Berlin

Earlier today I went to a goodbye party of a friend who’s going to Australia for a few months. Great things that happened:

  1. Party was outdoors, a few DJs played, great atmosphere, 100+ people at peak times
  2. Some of my awesome office mates were there, my sister too
  3. The police showed up and instead of shutting the party down, they told us where it was “OK” to have the party
  4. We moved all the equipment, the generator, drinks and everything else to the new place, which was nearby, everybody helped
  5. I played a 4 hour Drum’n'Bass set, which I (and others) were very happy with, they even collected money for the DJ – glad it was dark, so nobody could see if I was blushing
  6. I watched the sunrise by the riverside while the party was still going on
  7. I drove home on my bicycle
  8. A few guys stopped me to take a picture of them and as a thanks offered me their last beer

Oh how I love this city!

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Daniel Holbach

We have two heroes of Free Culture who will have their pieces of art released on the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS CDs. Without further ado let me present you the two winners of this cycle’s Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase and what they have to say about themselves, their work and Ubuntu:

Audio: Colin Ross – Frustration Blues

Colin Ross

Colin Ross

I’ve been playing music since my dad started training me in classical piano at 5, and I’ve been making a living playing music–sometimes just barely–since I was a teenager. These days I play original jazz, blues, and new age music, as well as a lot of classic jazz and blues: standards and a lot of early folk and American roots music (the kind of stuff, like Robert Johnson’s, that is part of the public domain every way except legally). I live in Reno, Nevada and tour regularly in the Northwest and the northern Rockies. I’m also increasingly involved in palliative care-using music to touch, comfort and entertain people who are dealing with pain, cognitive problems, and other challenges.

I’ve recorded 5 albums, including two with my band. Frustration Blues is from Refried Boogie, an album of original piano blues that I recorded in my home studio on my vintage Steinway in 2005. I’m really excited to have my work go out to so many people. Once I realized what the web is for, from an independent musician’s
perspecitive–finding new listeners and serving as an interactive business card to help book more and better gigs, rather than selling music to the masses–it’s really helped me move to a new phase of my career, where I get to play the kinds of music
*I* want to play, and earn an audience based on that (rather trying to fit into a “lounge act” mold or the like).

My son is the Ubuntu user and he put me up to this. But one thing I like about the Ubuntu philosophy is the same thing I like about the Internet, that it gives people the freedom to do what they want to do rather than what other people think they should be doing.

Video: Andrew Higginson – Ubuntu Is Humanity

Andrew Higginson

Andrew Higginson

Andrew lives in England and from a very young age was drawn to Ubuntu by a stroke of luck. Although he is only 16, he has been using Ubuntu and Free Software for 4 years, thanks to taking a risk and moving away from proprietary software – he has not looked back since. Andrew appreciates Free Software because it allows him to do great things with very little. This donation of time and energy in the form of Free Software is something that Andrew tries to pay back, whether it is through producing artwork and media, or through the small bit of Python coding here and there. Although Andrew is currently busy with GCSEs, however between exams he likes to (occasionally) write on his blog and move from project to project, helping wherever he can.

About the entry:
“I always try to contribute to the Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase and not being any form of director or cinematographer myself, I try to experiment with new techniques, rather than going for ‘mouth-watering composition’ or ‘emotional yet dramatic lighting’ (since I don’t know how to do these things!). This year I was inspired by a few videos I saw and I decided to create a video that had a simple message and used simple techniques. Well it looks like it turned out okay and so I hope you enjoy it!”

Thanks a lot to the jury and everybody who participated. You all ROCK!

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Daniel Holbach

As part of the Ubuntu community we’re quite used to the concept of sharing our work with others. Not just because we’re all good and selfless people but because we deeply believe that by actively making the fruits of our labour available to others we make the world more diverse and interesting, solve problems and generally make it a better place.

There luckily today are countless and successful examples of this and Ubuntu fits perfectly into this world of sharing. To underline this we want to support artists by making their art available on the actual Ubuntu CDs.

A couple of Ubuntu releases back we started the Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase and have since then delivered the best video, the best piece of audio and the best picture on our Ubuntu CDs.

So…. if you are into

Making Music

Making Music

or videos…

we want you to participate in Lucid’s Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase. If you produced a great picture, video or piece of music, to enter the competition, head to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuFreeCultureShowcase for the instructions!

If you’re into

Painting

Painting

Photography

Photography

you might want to have a look at the Artwork Team’s Wallpaper contest.

ROCK! :-)

(and happy 2010)

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