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First impression: Deezer as an alternative to Spotify

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After many years as a Spotify user, I’m currently trying out Deezer (Premium) as an alternative to Spotify (Premium).

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Spotify review of 2020

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It’s time for Spotify Wrapped (I think it’s not called Wrapped anymore) again. Let’s see to what music I listened in 2020.

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Music programming

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It sometimes happens that I fall down a rabbit hole. Suddenly a subject catches my attention and excites me very much. The latest topic where this is the case is the software Sonic Pi and making music by code, basically “music programming”. I played the recorder for many years, but I do not have a real feeling for beat and rhythm. I like to listen to music, especially electronic music, but I couldn’t make music myself, I would miss the musical feeling.

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Music I listen to

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In April, I wrote:

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Streaming or MP3s?

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As I write these lines, I listen to music on Spotify. To a playlist named “Lowkey Tech” with “chill techno and chill house” music. Recently I have been enjoying this music a lot. Electronic music, but relaxed and mostly without vocals.

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Make music with Excel

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Through this article by The Verge, I discovered this YouTube video by musician Dylan Tallchief. He used Microsoft Excel to create a DAW (a digital audio workstation) called xlStudio. With that you can create entire songs in Excel spreadsheets and even export them to use them in the software suite Ableton. I don’t know much about music or music production, but this looks pretty awesome.

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Spotify: Wrapped 2019

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The end of the year is coming and so came a mail from Spotify telling me about my musical year in review. I didn’t use the same Spotify account the whole year, but needed to create a new account somewhere around summer because the student discount (5€ instead of 10€ per month for Premium) expired after some years, although I’m still a student.

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