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My twitterbot that you can se at http://twitter.com/i_am_larsulrich has been running for a while now.
Right now there are 115 followers (and I’ve done no advertisement at all) but what is more fun is the 12 759 tweets, all of them with the same profane word.
On the side I make VST plugins, I publish a few of them on a site called shuriken.se. A few years back I though that this would someday be my main source of income, but thankfully I did not quit my day–job to work on it fulltime.
I have asked for donations in the manual and lately in the plug’s user interface, I though I was going to get donations enough to buy a little hardware here and there and I hoped to be able to buy something nice for myself now and then. As you all know being into making music cost’s a lot.
However, while I think I have had success in getting popular with my plugins, being on the cover disk of at least ten issues of different magazines both in Europe and Asia and 92259 downloads March 20th 2010 I have received 100 US Dollars in donations. 50 of those from one guy, the rest from about five, six other, all donating 10 USD or similar (100 SEK, 10 Austrailan dollars etc).
What I’ve noticed is that users don’t read manuals, they don’t even care if you don’t write one. And no matter how the graphics for your UI looks it’s always ugly to some. Perhaps because the plugins are free or pretty self-explaining the manual is not needed? I don’t know. I don’t really know why I’m telling you guy’s this. There are a few small developers that are making a living of making VST’s but I’m not gotta be one of them. Perhaps iPad fart applications?
Here are the numbers of the downloads I’ve parsed out of the server-logs, at the bottom is the calculation of how much I’ve received donations per download for.
Kerrstin windows: 4107
Kerrstin os x: 1819
Kerrstin windows 1.2: 9623
Kerrstin os x 1.2: 6362
Copyshop windows: 7049
Copyshop os x: 4560
Repeatler UB os x: 1520
SqakAttack windows: 4563
SqakAttack os x: 2580
Berrtill windows: 17247
Berrtill os x: 8805
Shredder windows: 6364
Shredder os x: 4919
Eckel windows: 4237
Eckel os x: 1835
BitTest windows: 0
BitTest os x: 754
A total of: 92259
Every plug downloaded has had a donation for $ .00108390509327003327
Every plug downloaded has had a donation for SEK .00777918685439902882
One thing that American movies and TV-shows tells us is that if you tuck your kids in at night, you’re a good parent. If you take the time to sit a little at the edge of the bed and then sigh a bit, you’re a great parent. If the other parent stands and looks at you from the door frame you’re awesome.
I’ve reached great loads of times, but awesome only a few times!
BitTest is a sweet little bitcrusher VST, it converts your data to 8 bits, then you can turn the bit’s off (the top row) or invert them (the bottom row) individually. That is you can individually flip and invert the bits.
Hooray, today I turned off my win32 machine that I have in the basement. I’ve been using it for mail, since I previously been to lazy to move the mails from one computer to another. I’ve also used it for instant messaging, but that to, is no more. And I don’t think I’ll compile my VST’s for win32 as long as no-one pays me explicitly to do so.
I made another pedal, a simple feedback loop chain thingy. Basically it loops the sound back so it’s a sort of short-curcuit, but you tunnel the sound through another pedal (or several) to get new and exciting sounds from your old and dull pedals.
Doing a pedal like this is so much easier then trying to put your guitar’s mic close to the amp, and besides, you can use it with other stuff then your guitar. And you have one knob, one knob to limit the amount of feedback.
The box I built my stuff into accidentally lost the flower it had on it, so I substituted it for a picture of Deadpool.
Me and Petter started a band a while ago, or rather Petter started it while drunk and told me via SMS. Fair enough, I like starting bands. This time however it actually amounted to something. Part of the band-starting thing was to play before Golden Rocket Pony. That did not happen, thankfully, since they play food-punk and we play noise. And the venue they where playing where so much more food-punk then noise.
I played one of the first songs for Tova, she’s 7, and I asked her what she though we should name ourselves, she listened a little bit more to the music and told me that “Gris fis” was a good name. So I told Petter, he agreed and translated it, since we’re aming for world domination. or whatever.
I’m embedding songs here, Petter has uploaded them to youtube
It’s fun to make art-music, non-tonal, non-structural music.