Author Archives: xangis

WbSrch Online Again

A while back I open-sourced the code for the WbSrch search engine. It’s online now in a much-reduced form at wbsrch.com. It’s not the full search engine. Far from it. It’s just a tiny database of about 10,000 or so URLs to demo the source code, but it’s possible you’ll actually find what you’re looking […]

2018 Is The Year That Twitter Ceases To Be Relevant

2018 is the year that Twitter ceases to be relevant. It’s already stopped being relevant for me. I’ve stopped using it, and have deleted all of my tweets. As a user, it’s just not worth it. It’s a miserable experience, made much worse by the userbase being made up primarily of Russian bots posing as […]

Microsoft: Fuck Off With Your Security Updates

I must be old. I come from a time where a computer would NEVER restart without my permission. I just had a computer restart on me without saving my work. I lost about four hours of time spent scanning and editing images because some “genius” thought their security update was so important that it was […]

Six Weeks of RCRDList – Screwups and Successes and More Screwups

On the first of the year I took over as curator of the RCRDList music discovery email list. It was created by my friend Zoe and she doesn’t have the time to maintain it because she’s in grad school. It’s presumably a temporary takeover, with me assuming she’ll want it back when school’s over, but […]

New Bloodless Mushroom Album – Omphalotus

I’ve released a new Bloodless Mushroom album called Omphalotus. It’s 9 chiptune-esque postmodern classical instrumentals. This new album hovers close to the line between EP and LP. I call it an album because it’s one complete concept that delivers the full odd electronic experience. It’s available for streaming on all the major platforms: Spotify Deezer […]

Writing Lyrics, But Do I Have Anything To Say?

I’m working on a new musical solo project, pretty unlike Bloodless Mushroom (my long-running experimental instrumental electronic music project that you probably know about by now). The whole point of this is to have something to perform live at open mic nights. I love playing, but I also love going to them to see the […]

Dr. Kilpatient – The Prototype IV Soundtrack

My old band Dr. Kilpatient re-released an album we recorded in 2000, the Prototype IV Soundtrack. It’s the soundtrack to an imaginary science fiction film and was the combined songwriting effort of myself and Tomasz Kordowski (The Doctor Himself). Marc Haney also played guitar on a few of the songs. It was a blast to […]

Zeta Centauri Windows App Revenue Postmortem

Now that I’m no longer selling the Zeta Centauri apps, I decided to add up sales of Windows desktop apps over the years and see how much it was. 2010: $261.25 2011: $160.44 2012: $69.24 2013: $0* 2014: $109.26 2015: $50.08 2016: $95.58 2017: $36.42 Total: $781.27 Overall I’d estimate that I’ve spent about 3500 […]

DrumPads Now Open Source

Of all the audio apps I wrote for Zeta Centauri, DrumPads was by far the most popular, with more than 300,000 lifetime downloads. It’s a pretty simple app. It’s a set of 12 virtual drum pads, each of which plays a sample when you tap or click it, or hit the corresponding keyboard key. It […]

MusicSrch Reboot

Early in 2016 I bought the source code for a music search site from a fella in Slovenia and put it under the umbrella of the WbSrch search engine. When WbSrch shut down later in 2016, it was left in limbo. It was still running through 2017, but ignored. And sometimes the service crashed and […]

RCRDList

My friend Zoe, founder of the RCRDList music discovery email list, is currently in grad school. She’s handed off curation of the list to me while she’s busy with classes. I’ve been finding a lot of great music you should know about, so you should sign up. It’s here: http://list.rcrdbox.com/

SampliTron Now Open Source

SampliTron is one of the most popular Windows apps I’ve written. Although it’s fairly simple, it’s pretty powerful. It’s a virtual sampler that lets you load a .wav file and scale it across the entire keyboard, with that keyboard playable via either the computer keyboard or an external MIDI controller. Before today it was a […]

New Bloodless Mushroom Album: Cymatella

I’ve released a new album called Cymatella. It’s a mix of nearly-industrial guitar-synth-and-drums tracks and ambient/soundtrack electronic music. Nothing I’ve done musically has required more time and effort than this album. Technically I’ve spent more than 12 years working on it, with the first drum tracks being created in 2005. Turning those tracks into real […]

New Bloodless Mushroom Abstract Classical Album: Gymnopus

I’ve recently release a new Bloodless Mushroom album called Gymnopus. It’s an album of abstract synthesizer neoclassical music. You won’t find anything quite like it from anyone else. It’s available on the major streaming services. Find out more here. The cover art was created by Suzanne Champion.

New Bloodless Mushroom Ambient Album: Nothopanus

I’ve recently released a new ambient electronic album by Bloodless Mushroom called Nothopanus. It’s on YouTube: And it’s on Spotify. And pretty much anywhere else you can stream music. Available on Bandcamp, too, of course. Enjoy. 🙂

Open Source: Sigmatizm, A Virtual Additive Synthesizer

Back in 2012 I wrote the most complex audio application I had ever written. It’s called Sigmatizm, and is a standalone additive synthesizer. Additive synthesis works by adding together sine waves of different frequencies (harmonics) to create a more complex sound. This particular application adds up to 128 sine waves together in real-time, while transitioning from […]

Open Source: Proxima Controller, a Virtual MIDI Controller

Back in 2008 I created an app called Proxima Controller. It’s a virtual MIDI controller that runs on Windows, OSX, and Linux. I wanted an easy way to control external MIDI hardware (synthesizers, etc.) from my PC and there wasn’t an app that I liked available. It started out as a Windows-only app. A few […]

Spells and Sample Zones Added to ModernMUD

I wasn’t sure whether I’d ever end up working on the ModernMUD project again. Turns out that the answer is yes. Today I added four sample zones, a bunch of spells, and a sample help file to the open source project on GitHub. It’s available here: https://github.com/Xangis/ModernMUD.

Trigram Generator for Windows and Linux

A long time ago I wrote a free Windows app called the “ZC Trigram Generator”. It was a simple app to generate plausible-sounding words based on a set of input words. It had a steady trickle of downloads for around 8 years or so, about 1500 downloads per year. Two years ago I open-sourced it […]

Guitar Tuner and Bass Tuner for Windows

Guitar Tuner and Bass Tuner are the first desktop Windows apps that I wrote. I don’t recall how long ago, but it was certainly more than a decade. They’re super-simple apps that let you sound notes to tune your guitar or bass to. They only support standard tuning and use the default MIDI device for […]