In the last month here at ArchAudio we learned of CrocoDuck, making music ranging from Neo-Soul to Electronic and Acoustic music. Who is this mysterious duck? We find out in this interview, but first checkout his laid-back funky track Ducky Jam:
Hi CrocoDuck! Who are you, and what are your interests?
I am a physicist crazy in love with science (that I still like to call natural philosophy like 200 years ago), waves, waves propagation, music and Linux. I am attending a master in acoustics right now that cover a broad range of these topics.
Why did you choose Arch as your distro?
Well, It has been a long quest for me. I started with Gentoo linux when I was a teenager with the help of my brother, a software engineer, and I think it is a great distro. But it requires way too much manual work to my taste. I moved to ubuntu – ubuntu studio during the 8 years of high-school and bachelor degree. It is all good but I found myself reinstalling the system every year to keep updated, but also because, after my crazy experiments, my system was kinda unstable. Then I found Arch (ArchBang to be honest) and I think it is a perfect balance. It requires you to go deep in the configuration, which is cool because you take control over your system, and it is very simple to keep your system as clean as possible thanks to the amazing tools you have, pacman first of all.
So the rolling release is a key point for you?
Yep, as it is a rolling distro and you never need to reinstall! I have been running my Arch box continuously for 3 years now and I feel like my computer is responsive and stable as the very first day I installed the system. You have some regression here and there sometimes, but the documentation is so well written and the community so helpful that the solution for any problem one could have it is usually found after some search. I would suggest Arch to anybody who:
- Wants control over the system
- Wants the latest software
- Wants to maintain a system as clean as possible
- Wants a rolling release
- Wants to access a huge crazy amount of readily installable software (through repos or AUR)
- It is willing to take care of the system and keep track of the changes he/she does (that implies that the system will stay stable)
So what tools do you use to make CrocoDuck’s music?
I am an old school guy. I use mostly just Ardour and Guitarix, which I think is getting insanely better at each release cycle. In my opinion, it is way better than any commercial piece of amp modelling software I ever tried. I also like Yoshimi, it is extremely powerful, and Calf plugins are my favourite ones. I also use sometimes some experimental software like fastbreeder and freqtweak. All my drum loops are made with Hydrogen, which is amazingly simple and intuitive to use and Jamin is a must for mastering.
That’s a list of only open source projects. Is that important to you?
The main reason why I use Linux and open source software: the Freedom! Nowadays the market is evolving giving to the consumer readily usable products over which the user have almost no control. Most of the commercial software it is engineered for marketing goals first, for doing its job second. Commercial OSes are more and more intended to mine data out of you than to work good. As a scientist I cannot stand the use of commercial software: it is a black box. You don’t have the source code, then you don’t know how your data are being processed. Science has not been invented to trust companies. I have to use MatLab at uni but I seriously cannot understand why not octave, elmer, scilab, R or root just to name a few. Only open source software gives to you the tools to build a system for yourself, not for other people to make money out of you. For me, Linux (but also any other open source system) is the only thing that turn a product you buy into something that it is really yours and free to be used as you want.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that all the commercial software is bad. Some nice examples are Pianoteq and Renoise, very good pieces of software. Try the demos!
Thanks go to CrocoDuck for taking the time to talk to us here at ArchAudio.org, checkout the CrocoDuck soundcloud page for more music!