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If you want something done right, do it yourself.

@Amazon: Maybe you should update your info staff: it is, of course, possible to talk to the Amazon server with various programming languages. Apart from .Net, Javascript and PHP there are several others. Of interest to me is the PHP Class offered in a ready-to-use package by Amazon. This allows you to talk to the Amazon server directly as well as access files, downloads etc.

You can find the link to the PHP application documentation here:

http://docs.aws.amazon.com/aws-sdk-php/v3/guide/index.html

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The steering wheel and the driver are on the right side.

This is actually not uncommon in Myanmar, as Burma used to be a British colony. The British introduced left-hand traffic to the country, which is technically still the official rule. But in 1970, president General Ne Win decided to change all that after dreaming about dying in a car crash on the left side of the road.

Without so much as a flinch, Ne Win introduced right-hand traffic the next day. One can only imagine how insanely chaotic Burma’s streets must have been after his sudden ruling!

I know this has little to do with sound recording, but we will soon be travelling to Hispaw by train and explore the jungle there. Then we’ll finally have some more sound material too! In the meantime, we are still sweating in the Burmese heat and waiting for the Avosound cloud solution to come to fruition.

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'Trucks' is a very good Stephen King movie that could easily be set in Burma as there are so many of the metal behemoths in this country. Old Burma Road in particular is popular with delivery trucks - loaded with water melons and assorted stuff, they travel bumper-to-bumper on the old merchant route.

It pays to be a bit of a handy man when you are a Burmese truck driver, as the roadsides are lined with abandoned vehicles. The ones that are still in traffic look like moving scrapheaps and sound as if they are about to break down (which they probably are). The same, by the way, is true of the public buses.

The blue truck in the above picture is an interesting example of the traffic in Burma. By Burmese standards, this vehicle is in rather good shape, but there is something wrong with it…a tiny detail…can you spot it?

Hint: look at the driver’s cabin.

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For the first time on our journey we are traveling on the legendary Old Burma Road, a centuries old trade route used by smugglers and merchants from China. In the end, though, we did not see that much of Old Burma Road, as darkness came early in Myanmar and our shared-taxi driver decided to temporarily turn his Toyota into an airplane. Flying pedal-to-the-metal along serpentine roads, we passed an impressive number of trucks (some of them abandoned in the ditch).

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Disappointing news from the nice cloud agent at Amazon: we were just told that external communication with the Amazon Cloud is most likely not possible.

This is pretty much useless.

Darn!

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Clouds rarely adhere to any parameters. Clouds unleash rain whenever they want. They also come and go as they please. Just ask any Italian family vacationing in Switzerland - they are often at the receiving end of this whimsical behaviour! Whenever they barbecue by a lake, a storm seems to gather in the sky. Needless to say, this is very annoying. All the food gets drenched and the whole family has to dive for cover under wet trees. Then they have to rescue all their BBQ items swept into the lake…

None of this is of any use to anyone. The intricate illustration above shows the communication conundrum with a cloud. A cloud is of little use to us if it doesn’t know what to do. We want it to rain on command - or to open and close as we see fit. A very good reason, then, to book an individual consultation with an Amazon agent. I’m curious to find out more!

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After spending some time talking about clouds, we realise that there are many kinds of them. Some are a good fit, others not so much. One major aspect in regard to clouds is communication.

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The Matterhorn in the clouds. Even the Matterhorn ends up in the clouds occasionally…

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We now know that there are many different clouds. Some, for example, hover around the Matterhorn. Posting this picture is a bit tricky, as the local population (i.e. natives) do not like it when their precious Matterhorn is used to advertise products. And speaking of advertising: you have to be equally careful about using the Swiss cross when advertising a Swiss product. Turns out you can’t just label anything with a Swiss cross anymore. The product has to pass the ‘Swissness’ test first! But now we are digressing…what we really wanted to talk about was clouds.

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How is the composition of a cloud?

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Anyone who has seen a cloud today?

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What kind of clouds are there? How do they look?

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Since the application of leaf gold on Buddha statues is good for karma, so to say, there is an own leaf gold industry in town. The operation method has hardly changed since centuries and consist of extremly hard work.

Leaf gold manufacture: you need a hammer, a cell phone and a water clock, see the bowl in the right. An it sounds like this:

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To apply leaf gold on buddha statues is only allowed to men.
Women follow the action on the specially mounted TVs.

...Has the statue just winked?!?
And a striking detail: It is 32 degrees in the cooled down space. How hot it is probably outside?

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It's high time to continue the travelblog from Myanmar!

In the meantime, the journe brought us to Mandalay, the second largest city in the heart of Burma. Mandalay is an ancient royal city with a great, historic past. You can see this on the huge area of the Royal Palace in the center of the town and from the many monasteries, stupas and ruins fields in and around the city.

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Due to popular demand, we are now releasing Desolation Soundscapes in compact 24 Bit / 48kHz stereo version as the Desolation Soundscapes Compact Sound Library. Also to a compact price.

...reduced now through the next 3 days!

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Recorded in the south part of Switzerland on a late afternoon beside a hedge. Never heard something like this. Does anybody now what this kind of insect is?? Is it a cricket or maybe an extraterrestrial transmitter??

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Award winning Sound Designer Dave Farmer (Hobbit, Lord of the Rings...) just sent us a note about Desolation Soundscapes and the Avosound Room Tones Library

It's nice stuff - I hope to put it all to good use! Great to have around!

Dave

Thanks for that, and thanks to all Desolation Soundscapes Users! Want to send us your feedback? Just drop us a mail

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Our new Sound Library Desolation Soundscapes has an own video demo now. Desolation Soundscapes - in The Revenant style. Enjoy.

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The new Desolation Soundscapes Audio Demo is online now. It's designed in 'The Revenat' style. Enjoy!

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FLAC Lossless is, as the name suggests, a lossless, data compressed audio format. This allows up to 50% space in data saving and could save a few hundred gigabytes for bigger sound archives.

Up to a maximum of 8 audio tracks

FLAC currently supports multichannel files with a maximum of 8 audio channels. What do you do now with files, which include 10 or more tracks ??

The answer is actually quite simple: Convert the files in split instead interleaved. This is how it works with Soundminer V4 Pro - your favorite asset management software:

1. Select your files you want to convert

2. Then go to the main menu: Soundminer / Database / Mirror

3. Select your things and uncheck the interleaved checkbox!

4. Hit OK and wait until it's done...

So that was it. The WAV files get converted now into split files in the FLAC audio format. With that trick you can convert multichannel files with more than 8 audio tracks and save a lot of disc-space. Done with Soundminer V4 Pro.

No clue what split is??

No worries, split is a the audiofile split into it's single tracks while interleaved combines all tracks in one single file. So with split, you have 8 single files for example for an 8-channel audiofile, see the pic above. If you want to move it around, you have to take all the 8 files otherwise you make a mess and loose something. The same file in interleaved just shows one single file, with all the channels in it. Usually, interleaved is more handy, but for this, we need to make split.

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Check out our new Facebook and Twitter account! We also have some other social media accounts but we will twitter that tomorrow :-)

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A visit at the royal palace. The old wooden palace unfortunately burned down, the reconstruction is highly controversial...

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Yangon is not your typical Asian city. Unlike other crowded metropolises, Yangon's streets are not teeming with mopeds. Neither are there any agricultural vehicles or horse-drawn carriages blocking traffic in the city. The only thing you will find in the busy streets are fancy new cars and funky old buses.

For all those who cannot read the Burmese script, the criers on the public buses shout out the names of the stops (along with other pertinent travel information). With equal volume they also make sure passengers step on and off quickly.

It is worth noting that all the travel infos are also shouted out in Burmese, which means that pale-skinned Europeans tend to walk or take a cab.

Yangon is a colourful city during the day. But at night it is not well-lit and you have to be very careful not to step into one of the many gaping holes in the ground.

Apart from keeping an eye on the sidewalk, you will want to look up as well.

Pigeons are considered holy in this country, which means that feeding them is good karma. Apart from pigeons, the city is also host to countless ravens, whose omni-present cawing is one of its defining characteristics.

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Yes, it is hot in Yangon. Very hot. The quicker you learn to live with the heat the better. And it is quite alright to be a bit worried when the taxi driver welcomes you with the words "it is hot today" - at 9 o'clock in the morning! How much hotter can it possibly get later in the day? (Answer: a lot!)

In the end, the heat will become your loyal travel companion, increasing from day to day until - thank god or buddha - the rainy season eventually begins. But that is still a few weeks away....

Should the heat become too much to bear, it is wise to follow the Lying Buddha's example and lie down in the shade. But be aware: in Burma it is an offense to point your feet in someone's face!

The Buddha himself does not care about this, though, he carries the world and the universe on his soles.

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This is the delayed travel blog from the Avosound recordings from 1 to 26 March in Myanmar. Follow us on our trip to Burma. Creep with us through the undergrowth and the jungle, follow us through the thicket of myanmar's street markets and make a visit to Burma's most sacred place of Shwegadon Pagoda in Yangon.

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We are traveling, recording new material.

Please note, that in the time between March 1st and 26th the customer support is reduced. This means, it could take up to a week or more to answer. We try our best to help you, if there is any problem. To bring back fresh and clean records, we have to go far away from civilized paths. In this parts of world, connecting to internet is rar and difficult

Shop Infos

The shop is open in this time, so all orders can be done. If there is an error, we do our best to help you as soon as possible. We're back on the 26th of March.

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The new Avosound Website is online. Was a lot of work... Have fun with the new Spectro Player here.

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Soundddogs announces new pricing for the Soundstorm Motion Picture Sound Library. Soundstorm is now available for download or as a copy on harddrive. Soundstorm is one of most comprehensive sound libraries and won an oscar for the works for the movie 'The Ghost And The Darkness'. Soundstorm contains about 52'000 sound effects and is a great collection. Have a look here for more details...