xmonad – a lightweight window manager for Linux written in Haskell

I’m a big fan of Lightweight Window Managers for Linux, my personal favorite is still IceWM, but I just so happened to install xmonad on my iBook just to experiment with some other lightweight WMs, but when I logged in, I got a black screen and a pointer with nothing else. No common keyboard shortcuts seemed to do anything either. If I had found this video before (or read the website) things would have been much easier.

xmonad is heavily dependent upon keyboard shortcuts rather than being mouse driven. This can be good or bad depending on how you like to do things. Either way it seems very interesting. The great thing about minimal WMs, is when you are working with resource intensive programs (especially on older or slower computers), you’re not wasting computing power on the WM.

If you like experimenting with Window Managers, give xmonad a try! But watch  this video and read the manual first! Check it out at https://xmonad.org/

Mixxx – DJ software for Linux

Mixxx is pretty nifty DJ software that runs great on Linux. It allows you to use multiple soundcard outputs, supports jack, auto DJ, beat matching and all kinds of cool goodies. It’s definitely worth playing around with even if you aren’t a DJ. If you are actually a DJ, Mixxx holds up well to some of the top commercial DJ apps on the market!

Definitely give it a go!

There’s a new version of Qjackctl! 0.5.4 released!

Rui Nun Capela’s legendary Jack Audio Connection Kit management software, Qjackctl is finally getting a major overhaul and upgrade. Qjackctl is probably the single most important element to my music production workflow, and I must say I am incredibly excited about this news!

Rui is no stranger to making great apps for Linux. He is also the creator of the amazing Qtractor DAW for Linux, which is listed by countless as their favorite DAW for Linux.

Here’s what’s new in Qjackctl 0.5.4:


  • Graph port-type colors are now configurable (cf. menu View > Colors…).
  • Make Graph nodes (ie. client boxes) transparent for yet some eye-candiness ;). Also keep the (Graph) current selection across port (dis)connections.
  • Drawing patchbay connector lines as (bezier) curves is now a difinitive and fixed feature (as long as no moreremains from the so called “Cambric explosion era” are still lurking in there).
  • AppStream metadata updated to be the most compliant with latest freedesktop.org specification and recommendation.
  • Graph auto-layout improvement for brand new node clients.
  • Avoid showing setup warning when no server settings have changed.
  • Fixed JACK D-Bus settings for MIDI driver parameter.

I’ll be checking this out in more depth this weekend and most likely be making a video on it.

Midish – A Fully Featured Text-Based MIDI Sequencer!

Midish is a fully featured MIDI sequencer for Linux and BSD that runs 100% in text. Who needs graphics anyway? Reading through the manual, I was totally blown away by all the stuff this can do!

Midish is an open-source MIDI sequencer/filter for Unix-like operating systems (tested on OpenBSD and Linux). Implemented as a simple command-line interpreter (like a shell) it’s intended to be lightweight, fast and reliable for real-time performance.

Important features:

  • real-time MIDI filtering/routing (controller mapping, keyboard splitting, …)
  • track recording, metronome
  • track editing (insert, copy, delete, …)
  • progressive track quantization
  • multiple MIDI devices handling
  • synchronization to external audio and MIDI software/hardware
  • import and export of standard MIDI files
  • tempo and time-signature changes
  • system exclusive messages handling

Midish is open-source software distributed under a BSD-style license.

Why would you want to use this? well sometimes having graphics is more of a distraction than anything while working on music, plus as you can imagine, Midish takes very little system resources to run, making it ideal for old computers (like my iBook).

I haven’t actually tried it yet, but plan on doing so as well as making a tutorial in the near future. So I’m looking forward to that.

Made In Linux #7 – Visitors by Demonic Sweaters

This is one of my albums that was made entirely in Linux. Many of the tracks were produced in Rosegarden along with Jamin, Audacity, and Energy XT! While making visitors, I was using somewhat intentionally cheesy sounds like 8 bit digital sitars, new-agey hippie drums, and some very 90s “Ahhhh” synth patches.

The result is a surreal pseudo-new age experimental album and I think it’s one of my finest, if I do say so my damn self.

You can also get the cover design on a T-shirt 🙂


How to install Lubuntu on a 2005 iBook G4 in 2018!

If you want to contribute to me making more videos like this https://patreon.com/linuxmusicstudio or my bandcamp https://anthillrecordings.bandcamp.com. Here’s the link to the config files and text document with written instructions of this project https://www.dropbox.com/s/tlsgphpjdwm…. This Macintosh iBook G4 came out in 2005 and has a single core PowerPC processor running at 1.42ghz. There’s 1gb RAM and 100gb HDD. I spent the past week installing Lubuntu 16.04LTS and fine tuning the system to make it work. There’s several things you should know to get the wifi, graphics and system running smoothly. In this video I try to go over all of those. Some helpful links are: http://ppcluddite.blogspot.com/2012/0… https://medium.freecodecamp.org/build… https://atkdinosaurus.wordpress.com/2… https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PowerPCFAQ#Ho…


Milkytracker FX Tutorial!

I promised it years ago, but I finally made the video, haha…. sorry :(. Anyway, here is my FX tutorial for Milkytracker. These techniques will work for just about any tracker software since they all operate in generally the same way.

I love making music on trackers, and Milkytracker works in so many different systems, makes it one that just about anyone can use!

Hopefully this helps and you have fun!

Why IceWM is still the fastest Window Manager in 2018

IceWM is in my opinion the fastest window manager for GNU/Linux, hands down. I made this walkthrough/tutorial video last year, but after setting up an iBook G4 recently with Lubuntu 16.04LTS I was reminded of it’s amazing speed!

Check out this video I made last year about how to set it up and customize IceWM, as well as where I go over many of it’s strengths!

How To Build MusE Sequencer From Source On Ubuntu 18.04.1LTS

MusE Sequencer is a very cool DAW for Linux and you can install it with your package manager on Ubuntu. However, this version is quite old, and wouldn’t even work correctly on my system, so I thought I would download the source code and build it myself.

In this YouTube Playlist I walk you through the process of doing this yourself. At first I thought it didn’t work, but if you stick around to the second video, you will see that it actually does work. There’s also a fix for the problem of the “invalid pointer” error that you see in the second video. All you need to do is start MusE with the -p option from the terminal, then go into global settings and correct the path of your LADSPA plugins directory, or create one when it says there is one.

After that everything works fine!

Vote For The New Ubuntustudio Wallpaper! Closes on 9/19!

Finalists for Ubuntu Studio 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish’s Wallpaper

Vote Here
Top 10 will be chosen based on the results.
Voting closes Wednesday September 19th, 2018 at 1800 UTC

1. First Rays

First Rays

2. Mountain of Caves

Mountain of Caves

3. Ubuntu Studio – Morning Dew

Ubuntu Studio - Morning Dew

4. Love Ubuntu Studio

Love Ubuntu Studio

5. Journey


6. United We Grow

United We Grow

7. Birth


8. Cymbal


9. Ubuntu Studio – Paper Haptic

Ubuntu Studio - Paper Haptic

10. Ubuntu Studio – Mineral Sparks Improved

Ubuntu Studio - Mineral Sparks Improved

11. Adolfo Rojas

Adolfo Rojas

12. Ubuntu Studio Contest Submission

Ubuntu Studio Contest Submission

13. Fort


14. Adolphus’ Score

Adolphus' Score

15. True Creator

True Creator

16. Ubuntu Studio Wallpaper – Old Camera

Old Camera

17. Ubuntu Studio Wallpaper – Bokeh

Ubuntu Studio Wallpaper - Bokeh

18. Ubuntu Studio Wallpaper – Macro

Ubuntu Studio Wallpaper - Macro

19. Ubuntu Studio Wallpaper – Simple Grey Pattern

Ubuntu Studio Wallpaper - Simple Grey Pattern

20. Sunrise


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