The Beatles - Surrounding You With Love

I'm working on a new project which, unless UK copyright law radically changes, will only be available if you pop round my house 🙂 Yesterday... In 1960s the predominant form of music recording was in mono. Indeed, The Beatles weren't involved in many of their stereo mixes. If you listen to some of those early […]

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Exporting Multitrack Surround Files in Audacity

Screenshot of a multitrack audio export.

Notes to myself! Suppose you want to create a surround sound file using Audacity. The app is a little obtuse, so this may clear up some confusion. When exporting, Audacity defaults to mixing down to stereo. You must adjust these settings: Edit → Preferences → Import/Export → Use Custom Mix Lay out your audio. Keep […]

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Replacing The Battery on a Motorola Nexus 6

Earlier this year I was moaning about my Nexus 6. Motorola's crappy battery technology is well documented, my phone was running so hot that the glue holding the device together became unstuck! Eventually, the battery failed. It would report being fully charged, but only run for a few minutes before switching off. Recalibrating and resetting […]

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Hear The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Theme Song In Different Languages

Screengrab of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opening credits - all the text is in French.

You may have heard of Chuck Lorre. He's the producer behind Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, and a bunch of other comedies. He also wrote the theme song for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! This is a quick delve in to the various international versions of the theme song. UK Perhaps the […]

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PaddyPower SMS Spam Follow-up

Earlier this year, I received SMS Spam from Paddy Power. I went into full-on Taken mode! I have a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for spammers like them ☺ It culminated with barrage of complaints and an interview on BBC […]

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Searching For A Smile

What happens if you search the web for the Unicode character "☺"? On the one hand, it's a symbol just like the letter A or the punctuation mark "!" - on the other, it contains semantic meaning. A smiling, happy face. I decided to look at a few popular search engines to see what they'd […]

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Splitting a Surround Sound Audio File in Ubuntu

Screenshot of multitrack audio in Audacity.

See this update for a better way to do this. Being mostly notes to myself and following on from my post on Quadrophonic files. I have: A DTS album stored as a .WAV A .cue file with chapter markings I want: The single large file to be split into individual chapters with one file per […]

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