Category Archives: Music

Music was my first love…

Beneath a cloudy sky, a road enters the bottom third of the picture from the left, takes a left turn near the center and then disappears behind a hill in the distance. On the right hand side are two yellow road signs anchored in stoney ground. One picture shows a truck going down hill thus warning drivers of a steep descent. The other picture shows a cow above which somebody has drawn a UFO. The name "Markus Böttner" is written in black in the top left of the picture, whilst the track title "Never Walked the Highway" is written in white in the bottom left.

Markus – Musikwettbewerb 2.0 – Wir Machen Druck GmbH | #Songwriter #MusicCompetition

Deutsch

Ich nehme an einem Musikwettbewerb der Wir Machen Druck GmbH & MM-Music-Media-Verlag teil und würde mich über Euere Unterstützung sehr freuen. Es ist auch ganz einfach:

    • Wenn Euch das Video gefällt, dann hört es gern bis zum Ende an, gebt ein Like und teilt es dann mit Eueren Freunden. Vielleicht gefällt es ihnen ja.

 

    Wenn Euch das Video nicht ganz so gut gefällt, dann lasst es doch einfach trotzdem bis zum Ende laufen – um sicher zu gehen, dass es Euch wirklich nicht gefällt 😉 – und teilt es dann mit eueren Freunden. Vielleicht gefällt es ihnen ja.

English

I am taking part in a music competition run by Wir Machen Druck Printing Ltd and MM-Music-Media-Verlag Publishing and ould be very grateful for your support. It is super easy, too:

    • If you like the video, don’t forget to listen to the end, like it and share it with your friends. Maybe they’ll like it.

 

    If you don’t like the video that much, just let it play to the end anyway – to make sure you don’t like it 😉 – and then share it with your friends. Maybe they’ll like it.
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This day 4 years ago, the journey began…

This day four years ago, I uploaded my very first video to my Youtube channel. I am especially thankful to my dear good friend Sarah, who motivated me to embark on this Youtube journey and who organised a recording session in The Forge Recording Studio Galway as a birthday present and thus brought my own music productions on the way. Thank you so much! 🤗

This is my very first Youtube video


and if you like it and my other videos, I would be happy to welcome you as a subscriber and to let you know first whenever I upload new content.

Ganz neu! Brand new! 💿 No Rules (Seventeen)

🇩🇪 Die neue Single jetzt auf iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Music, Spotify, tidal, Deezer, BandCamp und Microsoft Groove.
👉 Links zum Anhören und Download gibt’s hier.

Ein herzlicher Dank fürs Mastering geht an den sympathischen und kompetenten Herrn Joy Bausch – Music & Accessibility.”

🇬🇧 The new single, now on iTunes, Google Play, amazon Music, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, BandCamp and Microsoft Groove.
👉 links for streaming and downloads can be found here.

A big thanks for mastering goes to this nice and competent gentleman, Mr. Joy Bausch – Music & Accessibility.

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Petition: Apple, Improve the Accessibility in Garage Band for MacOS

Apple’s striving to include accessibility in mainstream products and make them usable by all customers regardless of talents, sensory or physical restrictions is unparalleled in the industry. This is why Garage Band on the Mac is a very popular tool among blind musicians to create and publish their work.

However, myself and other blind users of Apple’s screenreader ‘VoiceOver’ face one big issue in Garage Band; and this issue has been reported by numerous people on numerous occasions: Automations are not accessible.

What does this mean? I, as a blind musician, am unable to fade-in / fade-out individual tracks, regions or define the fade-duration of the entire project. By implication, as these curves cannot be defined by VoiceOver users, other rising EQ effects and the likes are also inaccessible to us.

Garage Band has these basic features which one can expect from an audio workstation, and they are available to sighted users.
This is solely an issue with Garage Band & VoiceOver.
Thanks for sharing and for your support! If we wake up Apple’s accessibility engineers, you may hear more great music by great blind musicians in the near future! 🙂

You can follow this link to sign and share this petition.

I have also put together a short video clip on my Youtube channel to go with the petition.

In the centre of the black-and-white image are only the feet of a young woman who is lying on a blanket on a bed with her legs crossed. The seam of her jeans and her wooly socks are clear, whilst the blanket and the background with a book shelf are blurred. In the top right of the image is the name, Markus Böttner, in orange writing; the album title Friend Of the Family, is at the bottom of the image in white.

EP Preview & Title Track

For those of you who prefer a quick way to access and share information about my album, this post is for you!

All relevant information on streaming, downloads, lyrics, acknowledgements and a free ringtone can be found at MarkusBoettner.net/Music.

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