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Alben des Jahres 2018

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  • Florence & The Machine - High as hope
  • Beach House - 7
  • Ben Howard - Noonday Dream
  • Mouse On Mars - Dimensional people
  • Beak> - >>>


Alben des Jahres 2011

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Ich habe mich durch meine alten Blogposts (aus Wordpress Zeiten) gewühlt und alle meine "Alben des Jahres" aufgearbeitet (2012 & 2014 fehlen leider). Seit ich 2009 beim Jahrespoll gewonnen habe, ist  Bestof-Erstellung am Jahresende Pflicht :)

  • Fleet Foxes - Helplessness blues
  • TV On The Radio - Nine types of light
  • The Rapture - In the grace of your love
  • Feist - Metals
  • Puscifer - Conditions of my parole


Alben des Jahres 2010

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  • Pantha Du Prince - Black Noise
  • Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
  • LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening
  • Trentemøller - Into the great wide yonder
  • Menomena - Mines


Alben des Jahres 2009

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  • The Decemberists - The hazards of love
  • Gus Gus - Add this Song
  • Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  • The Xx - The Xx
  • Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion


Alben des Jahres 2013

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Ich höre mich gerade durch meine  Best-of Listen, interessant welche Alben mich nach all den Jahren noch begleiten und welche ich wieder entdecke, hier 2013:

  • Boards Of Canada - Tomorrow's harvest
  • The Naked And Famous - In rolling waves
  • Basia Bulat - Tall tall shadow
  • Queens Of The Stone Age - Like Clockwork
  • Babyshambles - Sequel to the prequel


My road to a privacy voice assistant

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Mycroft as voice assistantSince ages I have worked sporadicly on my home automation system. My first and biggest motivation was   to get ONE button to start the music system and play my music. Meanwhile I got a bigger plan: TELLING the system to play music.

And it should not be a kitchen radio with a lousy speaker.  I got the button-press-music working, and it does a lot:

  • Switches on the power plug from the amp
  • Switches on the amp with a IR-bridge
  • It sends a WOL packet to the mediasystem (Kodi)
  • It chooses a album from my media collection and sends a API call to Kodi to start playing

Right now it's buried into fhem (my old home automation software) and some custom python scripts. To be honest I don't know how it works anymore :)

So, to get the music played, I now only need to press ONE button :) But my plan is to tell the system "play music", just like Alexa in the tv spots. But of course, Alexa, Spotify and all the other cloud services are not an option as I want my system to be open source and to protect one's privacy.

That is why I've baked the Mycroft Mark II at Kickstarter and I plan to get my home automation setup ready for it! Here is what Mycroft wants to be:

The open answer to Amazon Echo and Google Home. Mycroft brings you the power of voice while maintaining privacy and data independence.

If all goes well Mycroft Mark II will be shipped by the end of the year. To get ready for it I plan to do a series of blog posts about it:

  • Describe the system I use and what i have learned
  • Integration of Kodi as a media center




Alben des Jahres 2017

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Best musik 2017

  • Spoon - Hot thoughts
  • Angus & Julia Stone - Snow
  • The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
  • Daughter - Music from Before the storm
  • LCD Soundsystem - American Dream


Alben des Jahres 2016

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  • Frightened Rabbit - Painting of a panic attack
  • Radiohead-Special - A moon shaped pool
  • Pantha Du Prince - The triad
  • The Jezabels - Synthia
  • Explosions In The Sky - The wilderness


Alben des Jahres 2015

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  • Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss
  • Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase.
  • Beach House - Depression Cherry
  • Dan Mangan + Blacksmith - Club meds
  • Blur - The Magic Whip