Nowadays there's many different flavors(distros)) of Linux and this is undoubtely confusing for a casual observer, however from this competition benefits development and these days the average user is targeted with an alternative desktop environment, you want 3d it's been there from some of the builders for more then a year now.
The probems of the past with drivers have been solved for most hardware. There's no reason whatsoever why you shouldnt give Linux a try, just download and burn to get a 'Live' disk which lets you run/try without installing anything .
You cant have missed Microsoft pushing its new OS Vista, well let me tell you its not only expensive, it basicly turns you into a user with them as administrator, yes Microsoft will control your computer-if you are on line- , it will actively block or distort illegal content, disengage drivers, etc , in fact what Microsoft is saying to its customers is simple..we know you cannot be trusted , so pay up or your Vista will turn into a brick wall.
If there ever was a time to say fuck off to this multinational it is now. Linux is a child of the best humans program at this time, and tomorrow. It is there for all, not to be exploited by greedy men forever hoarding more power and wealth. There's much more to it, i hope to get back to it in the near future. For the moment i offer you some links to check out, myself ive chosen Ubuntu but there's plenty of others.
Ubuntu , an african word meaning "humanity to all others" or "I am what I am because of who we all are "
I found a few great links that helped me out with Ubuntu. Their forums at http://www.ubuntuforums.org/ have a wealth of knowledge. So many of the regular posters are more than happy to help anyone out. They usually answer a new question quickly. Its a great new community I have found. Btw so many Linux distros have excellent communities, which have always been the driving force behind Linux.
Just one more link that I must pass on to everyone. Go here if you install : Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy I followed this guide all the way down the list.. Its a great resource!
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Time for some music now, however this first guy , Erkki build his music toys himself, even a computer when needed.., Värttinä is a great folkgroup, Jimi Tenor cultivates his hi strangeness into smooth. The Bomfunk MC's will have you freestyling again. Nightwish have dumped their drama queen and sent her over the hills and far away. Now Tenhi, i think they're great, but then i do have a bit of a northern soul.
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Erkki Kurenniemi - Äänityksiä Recordings 1963-1973 ( 02)
Värttinä - Seleniko ( 92)
Jimi Tenor - Europa ( 95)
Bomfunk MC's - In Stereo ( 99)
Nightwish - Over the hills and far away ( 01)
Tenhi - Airut-Aamujen ( 04)
HIM - And Love Said No ( 04)
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Erkki Kurenniemi - Äänityksiä Recordings 1963-1973 ( 02 ^ 333mb)
Erkki Kurenniemi (1941, Hämeenlinna, Finland) is a pioneer of electronic art in Finland, a former nuclear scientist, mathematician and philosphy student who composed computer-based music and designed his own instruments. Kurenniemi was the University of Helskini's resident inventor of electronic instruments, renowned for his technical skills and visionary outlook. His earliest "automated instruments" were quickly snapped up by noted European composers, who marveled at Kurenniemi's ingenuity and built studios around such devices as the Andromatic, the inventor tried his own hand at music in improvised pieces such as 1963's "On - Off," drawing on "sublime" childhood memories of "the turbine hall of the Imatran Voima power plant, where these enormous generators whirred away in a huge hall with fantastic echoing acoustics," while shaping machine feedback through real-time manipulation of knobs and switches back in 1963 !
The exploratory search for new species of user interfaces for musical instruments and the semi-automatic generation of music have been among Kurenniemi's main goals his career. A collection of modular drum and instrumental machines, the Digital Quartet, begat the DICO (digitally controlled oscillator), which in turn begat the DIMI-A (digital musical instrument with associative memory, an early computer-based sampler) and the DIMI-O (a groundbreaking wonder that translated optical (video) input into sound). The latter became a favorite in ballet performances throughout the mid-'70s, finding an unexpected secondary application in psychological research. DIMI-S (also known as the "Sexophone") was able to generate sound and light by contact with the skin, reacting to the emotional state of the performers. Kurenniemi created the first commercially manufactured and marketed microcomputer already in 1973, which was two years before the American MITS Altair 8800. Nowadays many of the Kurenniemi-created instruments are in the possession of Swedish collector Ralph Lundsten, the owner of Andromeda electronic studio. Äänityksiä showcases the DICO, the violin and percussive components of the Digital Quartet in a series of short pieces. And this is where Pan Sonic comes in, as the stark, rubbery rhythm of "Sähkösoittimen ääniä #1" issues from Kurenniemi's drum machine.
Alongside working on media art, happenings , short films and musical career Erkki Kurenniemi has worked as an automation designer pioneering industrial automation at Rosenlew in the seventies, and in Nokia's cable division in the early eighties. As head of exhibition planning at the Heureka Science Centre in 1987-1999, he designed many exhibitions on sound, structures, thinking machines and sensory illusions. He has written several articles on such subjects as artificial intelligence and robotics. In 2002 Finnish film director Mika Taanila made a documentary film on Erkki Kurenniemi, called The Future Is Not What It Used To Be.
01 - Sähkösoittimen Ääniä # 4 (2:36)
02 - Sähkösoittimen Ääniä # 1 (2:50)
03 - On - Off (12:47)
04 - Hana (2:57)
05 - Antropoidien Tanssi (4:41)
06 - Improvisaatio (5:20)
07 - Inventio / Outventio (3:50)
08 - Preludi (6:36)
09 - Nimetön (2:45)
10 - Virsi (10:45)
11 - Mix Master Universe 2 (13:49)
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Värttinä - Seleniko ( 93 * 313mb)
Värttinä means "spindle," an icon representing women's creativity to the four young women who formed the band in 1983 in a Karelian village near the border of Finland and Russia. Värttinä is Finland's most successful contemporary folk music group, celebrating their twenty-third year with the release of their eleventh album Miero. Värttinä's roots are in the Karelia region of Finland, specifically women's vocal traditions and ancient poems known as runos. Fronted by three female singers and supported by six acoustic musicians, Värttinä composes most of their music and lyrics, based on an ancient Fino-Ugaric tradition of runo poems and tribal sagas, but with a contemporary twist and thoroughly distinctive and original arrangements.
Since 1990, Värttinä has toured internationally and built a solid reputation as one the most inventive and uncompromising ensembles in the contemporary world music arena. Their latest high-profile achievement is the role of co-composer for the stage adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, with the Toronto World Premiere in March 2006 and the London West End premiere in spring 2007. Wiki has a good page on them, well worth checking out, if you want to know more on this Fantastic Finnish Folk group.
01 - Seelinnikoi
02 - Lemmennosto
03 - Kyla vuotti uutta kuuta
04 - Sulhassii
05 - Matalii ja mustii
06 - Hoptsoi
07 - Suuret ja soriat
08 - Leppiainen
09 - Pihi neito
10 - Mika miulla mielessä
11 - Kiirama
12 - Hyvä tyttönä hypätä
13 - Fanfaari
14 - Paukkuvat pasuunat
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Jimi Tenor - Europa ( 95 * 301mb)
Lassi Lehto changed his name to the cooler sounding Jimi Tenor,after his favourite instrument the tenor sax. During 1989-92 Jimi made four albums with his Shamans, a highly uncommercial industrial group. Finland was too small and he went aboad ending up in Berlin, where the last Shaman album was recorded. Subsequently the big apple lured him where he paid the rent as an official souvenir photographer on top of the Empire State Building. His musical style started to develop into a different direction, more relaxed, ironic jazzy stuff.During an European club tour following his second solo album Europa (1995), he was picked up by Warp records. It resulted in the acclaimed Intervision (97), Organism (99) and Out of Nowhere.
After his departure from Warp in autumn 2000, he returned to his original label Sähkö to release the EP Cosmic Relief (2001) followed by the long play Utopian Dream (2001). For his genre-spanning masterpiece Higher Planes (2003) he found a new label, Kitty-Yo. The much anticipated follow-up Beyond the Stars (2004) is a joyful showcase of pure musical happiness. In 2004 Jimi left sunny Barcelona and returned to his hometown Lahti, Finland.
On Europa finds Jimi in an relaxed, somewhat ironic and inpired mood. At the time of release, acid jazz was starting it's succesful if shortlived career, and Europa has some inspirational acid jazz elements, the subtle humor does also help to make this a classic. The loungy moods with relaxed grooves are mixed with furious sax, flute and keyboard solos. The melodies are strong and very memorable, and each song has it's significant feeling. Tenor wrote 11 little soundtracks for imaginairy movies, in this context he scores just fine.
01 - Fantom (The Wandering Ghost)
02 - Unmentionables
03 - Europa (Main Theme)
04 - It Happens Every Night
05 - Cafe Europa (Live)
06 - Take The "S" Train
07 - Vasagatan
08 - Union Ave #2
09 - Rubberdressing
10 - Softdressing
11 - A Daughter Of The Snows
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JIMI - Take Me Baby Vid
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Bomfunk MC's - In Stereo ( 99 * 342mb)
The Bomfunk MC's At the turn of the new Millenium, Finnish sensations The Bomfunk MCs suddenly became big from Manchester to Berlin. The rave stylers of rock beat stormed the charts across the World with their smash hit single, 'Freestyler' - at 2.2 million, the biggest selling European single of the year 2000. Formed in 1997 by rapper B.O.W. (Brother of Words) and vinyl spinner DJ GISMO, The Bomfunk MCs trawled the cultural waters of cool minimalism to produce - with Finnish dance genius Producer/writer JS16 - a seemingly perfect blend of old school flava and wild pop tunes.
"In Stereo" was their first album and they admit the style was reached unconsciously. The album was number 1 in Finland (their native country) and ended up selling more than 800,000 copies, as it reached good entries in many European charts.
At the end of 2001 The Bomfunks unveiled the first single from their 2nd Album "Burnin' Sneakers" , titled 'Super Electric'. The single immediately hit #1 on the Finnish chart, as did their 2nd album. In 2002 commissioned by FIFA they recorded a track for "The Official Music of World Cup Korea-Japan 2002" featuring Sweden's finest Jessica Folker, titled "(Crack It) Something Going On". "Crack It" surely did, charting across Scandinavia - the Bomfunks 7th consecutive Top 10 Single in Sweden, Norway and Finland .
After some personal changes the "new" Bomfunk MCs - Raymond, Wille, Ari, Riku and Okke - aided and abetted by co-founder/Producer/writer JS16 and other regular collaborators like Max'C, released "Reverse Psychology" in the spring of 2005 and seem to have returned to all the usual being; remixers, radio personalities, label chiefs (the Pyssy label!) , record producers and even mobile-phone-gismo designers, not to mention spinning.
01 - Uprocking Beats (3:41)
02 - Other Emcee's (3:48)
03 - B-Boys & Flygirls (3:15)
04 - Freestyler (5:06)
05 - Rocking, Just To Make Ya Move (3:45)
06 - Sky's The Limit Voc. Kärtsy Hatakka (3:58)
07 - Stir Up The Bass (3:36)
08 - Fashion Styley (4:40)
09 - 1,2,3,4 (4:05)
10 - Rock, Rocking Tha Spot (3:13)
11 - In Stereo (4:47)
12 - Spoken Word (4:42)
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Nightwish - Over the Hills and Far Away ( 01 * 368mb)
Nightwish started in an unassuming way as 3 friends ( Tuomas, Tarja and Emppu) played some acoustic mood music together around a summer campfire, wanting to hear what the music would sound like if drums were added (Jukka came to the band) and an electric guitar was used instead of an acoustic one. After a couple of weeks of training they went to studio in April 1997 recorded seven songs which can be found on the limited edition of the album Angels Fall First.
The next year, bass player Sami Vanska joined in. Dec 98 saw the release of Oceanborn, which turned out to be a bigger success than expected, so release and success in the rest of europe followed, late 99 they did a european tour.
During the recording of their 3 rd album Wishmaster spring 2000, Nightwish was chosen by the Fins to represent Finland at the eurovision festival with Sleepwalker, alas the 'experts' forbade it..they obviously no longer have this power, with Lordi representing and winning for Finland in 2006. Well Nightwish didnt really need the eurovision platform, in may Wishmaster went straight to number 1 on the Finnish album charts and stayed on the pole position for three weeks. In those three weeks it also reached the gold disc mark.The "Wishmaster World Tour", which started from Kitee, continued first to the big festivals in Finland and then to South America in July 2000. The three-week tour in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Panama & Mexico turned out to be one of the band's greatest experiences so far.
In March 2001 Nightwish entered the studio again to record their version of Gary Moore`s classic "Over The Hills And Far Away", with 2 new songs and a remake of Angels Fall First's "Astral Romance". The Finnish release for this EP was in June 2001. The european version of "Over The Hills And Far Away" includes 6 live tracks in addition to the 4 unreleased songs
Nightwish's popularity began to grow, reaching its top in 2002, when their album Century Child became a top-seller ( Platinum in two weeks in Finland). In the meantime, bassist Sami Vanska was replaced by the bass player / singer of Tarot, Marco Hietala, who also added some male vocals, the main difference from previous albums was the use of a live orchestra from Finland to get a more present feeling of classical music.
Once was released on June 7, 2004, along with their first single, "Nemo" (Latin for "nobody"). The single topped the charts in Finland and Hungary, and reached the top ten in five additional countries. "Nemo" therefore remains their most successful single release to date. The platinum success of the album set them up for the Once World Tour, enabling them to play in many countries the band had never visited before.
An era came to an end, a "best of" album was released in September 2005, after the recording in the Hartwall Areena (Helsinki) on the 21st of October, 2005, of the new live DVD End of an Era (released June 2006), the four other members of Nightwish decided that it was best to continue Nightwish without Tarja, a feeling they expressed through an open letter to Tarja Turunen, (an interesting insight).
Nightwish has been writing and recording thru 2006 and have been auditioning for a replacement singer, who's name will be announced any mayday now......
01 - Over the Hills and Far Away
02 - 10th Man Down
03 - Away
04 - Astral Romance (Remake 2001)
05 - The Kinslayer (Live)
06 - She Is My Sin (Live)
07 - Sacrament of Wilderness (Live)
08 - Walking in the Air (Live)
09 - Beauty and the Beast (Live)
10 - Wishmaster (Live)
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Tenhi - Airut-Aamujen ( 04 * 259mb)
At the end of year 1996 Tyko Saarikko composed the first songs for Tenhi and Ilkka Salminen joined the band. After short sessions, a demo tape ‘Kertomuksia’ was recorded and released in spring 1997, getting good response in the underground and catching the interest of German label Prophecy Productions, a deal was signed for three full-length albums. Ilmari Issakainen was asked to join the group before they entered the studio for the ‘Hallavedet’-recording session in spring 1998. The recording and mixing took place in a hasty 16-hour session and the band indirectly learned to define their wanted Tenhi sound by it. The following summer, violin player Eleonora Lundell joined the band while they were composing material for the first full-length album ‘Kauan’ which was recorded autumn 1999. Veera Partanen played flute as a session member. Two songs were dropped out from the sessions: ‘kielo’ and ‘niin auer hiljaa vie’.
During the summer of 2000, `Kielo´ was re-recorded and released later on the mCD `airut:ciwi` with two other songs. At the end of year Tenhi started to record the following full-length album `väre`, which came across many setbacks. Now it ought to be released early autumn 2002. In the beginning of summer 2001 Tenhi got another chance to play at Wave-Gotik-Treffen and this time everything went as planned. Following autumn Tenhi had a tour in Germany and in Austria with Dornenreich and Of The Wand And The Moon. The tour went well, apart from the lack of proper equipment at some venues, which forced the bands to play at almost speaking volume. The following release after 'väre' is continuing the 'airut:' saga.
The piano driven “Airut:aamujen” was originally released in small limited edition thru our Utustudio in December 2004 under the name Harmaa. After signing it also to Prophecy we wanted to re-release it with the title TENHI and so bring the saga together.Airut:saga is based on my and Ilmari Issakainen’s visions. The saga continues and explores further paths found in certain TenhiI songs. The song ‘Kielo’ was the source of inspiration for the first two chapters. The third one “Airut:Savoie” will grow upon themes found in ‘Tuulenkaato’ and ‘Maa syttyy’ (Maaäet). Tenhi have already composed the material for “Airut:savoie” and shall enter the studio later this year.
Tenhi journeys through diverse feelings. folk-influenced progressive music, the lyrics are written in Finnish, and they follow the musical themes; esoteric moods, withdrawn feelings, fragility and the mystical side of nature. This is a great band, just click here Kielo and you'll get the pictures.....
1 - Saapuminen - Emerging (2:24)
2 - Seitsensarvi - Grey Shine Of June (4:35)
3 - Lävitseni Kaikkeen - Thru Me And Into Everything (5:44)
4 - Luopomisen Laulu - Eloign (5:40)
5 - Kuvajainen - Apparition (7:01)
6 - Oikea Sointi - Lay Down A Tune (4:12)
7 - Kahluu - Fury Revived (8:19)
8 - Hiensynty - Burning (7:35)
9 - Läheltä - A Brief Passing Moment (6:49)
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Tenhi Lyrics English
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HIM - And Love Said No ( 04 * 484mb)
HIM started out as a cover band, covering songs of artists such as KISS, Type O Negative, Danzig, Black Sabbath and Depeche Mode. After many lineup changes and a hiatus from 1991 to 1995 caused by the members' military services, the band now consists of the three founding members plus keyboardist Janne Johannes "Burton" Puurtinen and drummer Mika Kristian "Gas" Karppinen. In 97 HIM released their first full-length studio album, Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666, produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa, who also produced their EP 666 Ways to Love: Prologue. In keeping with the theme of 666, the albums length is 66 minutes and 6 seconds. After gaining popularity in Europe, and particularly their homeland, HIM released their second and european breakthrough album Razorblade Romance (99). Their single "Join Me in Death" reached #1 on the German music charts.
After the Daniel Lioneye side-project, HIM released Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights in August 2001. This was the band's first album with new keyboarder Emerson Burton, the final addition to the current line-up. 2003, HIM released Love Metal. This was the first album that did not feature singer/songwriter Ville Valo on the cover. Instead, it featured a gold heartagram, the band's well-known logo. Around that time HIM became better known in America and internationally when professional skateboarder and TV personality Bam Margera began using the band's heartagram logo and promoting them extensively on his MTV series Viva La Bam. Margera produced their video for "Buried Alive By Love", which featured a guest appearance from Natural Born Killers actress Juliette Lewis. "The heartagram symbolizes the contrast or perfect balance between life and death, love and hatred, darkness and light, good and evil, or even love and death together."
And Love Said No: The Greatest Hits 1997-2004 is HIM's first greatest hits album. It contains two unreleased songs: "And Love Said No" and "Solitary Man", it also had a rerecorded version of "When Love And Death Embrace".
HIM's fifth studio album, 2005's Dark Light, became their big breakthrough in the United States. Some of the success of the Dark Light album was due to professional skateboarder and Jackass star, Bam Margera, who is an avid supporter of the band. Uneasy Listening Vol. 1 is HIM's third compilation album with remix versions of their songs, "Uneasy Listening Vol. 2" will be released sometime in 2007.
01 - And Love Said No (4:10)
02 - Join Me (3:36)
03 - Buried Alive By Love (5:00)
04 - Heartache Every Moment (3:56)
05 - Solitary Man (3:36)
06 - Right Here In My Arms (4:00)
07 - The Funeral Of Hearts (4:28)
08 - In Joy And Sorrow (3:58)
09 - Your Sweet (3:57)
10 - Gone With The Sin (4:21)
11 - Wicked Game (4:05)
12 - The Sacrament (4:30)
13 - Close To The Flame (3:46)
14 - Poison Girl (3:52)
15 - Pretending (3:41)
16 - When Love And Death Embrace (6:08
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