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Jam Collective and the need of a better process

Submitted by Baris Tosun on Thu, 02/02/2017 - 08:31

The 4th Jam Collective session is coming up this Sunday and I'm barely half way through mixing the last session. That's partly my fault - I haven't really made time for it until now - but there are other factors. The big one is that we had a 5 hour session last time. That's over 4 hours of audio to work on!

I don't need to listen to the whole session from beginning to end: Normally, once I have a good basic mix, I only really need to cut the tracks where they begin and end, with a cursory check to make sure the levels are still OK.

End of a stressful week...

Submitted by Baris Tosun on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 18:58

What a week I've had. Went live with a tricky Drupal 8 based website at work - I ran into more than the usual hiccups during development and going live. I'll spend the weekend reflecting on the causes and measures that can prevent them in the future. A certain amount of the issues arose from an unfamiliarity with composer. Those issues will iron themselves out as I become more familiar with it. It would also help a great deal to update our install script for Drupal 8 projects to utilise composer more heavily in the creation, development and maintenance of our Drupal 8 projects.

Music .plan published

Submitted by Baris Tosun on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 21:03

Birth of the jam collective

Clancy and I have been to my studio in Turkey a number of times now, and last summer we acquired a drum kit. I learned a lot about mic'ing and mixing drums. But as always, the holiday was over too soon. I wanted more, so I decided to start a monthly jamming session, where I could mic the sessions up and get tonnes of sound files to work with.

Katana keyboard update

Submitted by Baris Tosun on Sat, 01/07/2017 - 17:36

Had a long conversation with Troy about the hinge keyboard design today. Having used the Katana for a while now, I've been thinking of more ways to improve the design.

We're still doing some research in the run up to an interest check/group buy. The most important developments are related to a PCB design. Having a PCB for the board will allow a much thinner build, something which will appeal to all potential buyers of the board - myself included.


Submitted by Baris Tosun on Fri, 01/06/2017 - 20:19

The customary first post. Basically, its the start of the year and I've been putting this off for far too long. I want a place to document the many hobbies and pursuits in my life, and my thoughts relating to them.

I'll also use this site as a hub for some of the more popular projects and/or posts I make online.

2014; Return to Planeswalking

Submitted by baristosun on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:33


A couple of my friends flew to Milan last weekend for the M:tG Modern Gran Prix. None of the guys made it to the second day, but a friend from our testing group came away with a respectable 6-3-0 record (6 wins, 3 losses, no draws), which is really good for his first professional all-day tournament abroad. I can see our weekly testing continuing in the new year, and it's fair to say me and the guys want to compete in more tournaments next year.

Paper Wallpaper reviewed on

Submitted by baristosun on Mon, 10/14/2013 - 23:28

[caption id="attachment_594" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Gold Flake Paint[/caption]

Thank you to the people over at, who have taken the time to find, listen to and post a review of our recently launched album Paper Wallpaper. The review itself is a positive one - as you might expect when someone posts it on their site - starting with the line: "A sweet collection of hushed acoustic musings..."

Album released: Paper Wallpaper - by paper wallpaper

Submitted by baristosun on Sat, 10/05/2013 - 16:25

After months of work I can finally buy that foot-long cigar I promised myself upon releasing my first album:

We made the tracks available earlier today and people have already been listening and downloading the tracks, the early response we've had has been great.

I have to thank everyone who was involved on the project, this has been a massively educational experience for me and I couldn't have done it without the support of my musical friends and family.

Special thanks go to:

Arsenal 2013/14... my analysis

Submitted by Baris Tosun on Tue, 08/20/2013 - 01:25

Sagna-Fall-300x191 I've been trying to make sense of Arsenal Football Club this season. I don't know where to start exactly, so I'll start from the obvious: Arsenal have not made the best use of this pre-season period. We have offered some youngsters the chance to play first team football, and made some extra cash from the Asian tour, which is good.