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2015-04-11 Buying CDs

Today I was in a real, physical CD shop, browsing CDs. I looked at the albums with works by Arvo Pärt. I looked at recordings of historical organs. I wondered about ancient music by Jordi Savall. About liturgical music. And then I didn’t want to ask the sales people for advice and decided I’d look stuff up online, when I’m back home. That’s how far removed from I already am from the act of buying physical CDs in a real shop. I can’t even take advantage of the one thing that sets it apart from the experience of shopping online. Talking to a real human being.

My father in law, on the other hand, seemed to browse the new sections for Jazz, added a new CD by András Schiff, did not listen into anything. Had he heard of new releases on the radio? Was he looking for familiar names? Did he trust the shop owner’s taste?

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Summary: Note to self: Silencio, "Silencio is a meditative collection of 20th-century works for string orchestra, including works by Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, and Vladimir Martynov."

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> Note to self: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_GnWMH5MAQ Silencio] is a meditative collection of 20th-century works for string orchestra, including works by Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, and Vladimir Martynov."



Sean
Did you ask him?

– Sean 2015-04-11 15:15 UTC



Alex Schroeder
No, I started thinking about this on my way home. Something I definitely need to do!

– Alex Schroeder 2015-04-11 16:46 UTC



Alex Schroeder
Note to self: “Silencio is a meditative collection of 20th-century works for string orchestra, including works by Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, and Vladimir Martynov.”

– Alex Schroeder 2015-04-11 20:35 UTC

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2015-04-08 Notwist

Albums I’m currently listening to:

Any recommendations for sad music?

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2013-07-08 FLAC to MP3

Note to self: Assume you have a set of subdirectories named CD01, CD02, and so on, each containing a single FLAC file and a single CUE file, here’s how to convert them to MP3:

for d in CD*; do
    cd $d
    for f in *.cue; do
	n=`basename "$f" .cue`
	echo xld -c "$n.cue" "$n.flac"
	xld -c "$n.cue" "$n.flac" -f mp3
    done
    cd ..
done

This uses XLD, also known as “X Lossless Decoder: Lossless audio decoder for Mac OS X”. Yay! :)

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2013-05-14 Scrobbling Fail

Ever since I stopped listening to music on iTunes, scrobbling is absolutely broken. I listen to music on at least three different Apple devices, sync them with iTunes every now and then, checked “Enable iPod submissions” using playlist “zuletzt gespielt” which is defined as matching both of these rules: “last played in the last 3 months” and “media kind is not podcast” with live updating. I listen to music practically constantly. If you check my profile, you’ll note huge gaps everywhere. Why is that? Are the devices “overwriting” each other? iScrobbler says 586 items queued. Ok… All I’m seeing is two new items. :(

Update: Apparently I'm an idiot. It just takes a long time (a day?) to process the tracks submitted. Yikes, sorry for the bad press, iScrobbler!

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That’s a lot of titles…

You’ll notice that The Beatles have made a big comeback in 2013. :)

2013

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2012

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Update: Apparently there's another abandoned scrobbler… ScrobblePod.

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2013-05-07 WMA to MP3

This is based on How to Convert Unprotected WMA Files Into MP3 Files. I’m leaving the instructions here for my future self. :)

for file in *.wma; do
  mplayer -vo null -vc dummy -af resample=44100 \
    -ao pcm:file="${file%%.[Ww][Mm][Aa]}.wav" "$file"
  lame --preset standard "${file%%.[Ww][Mm][Aa]}.wav" \
    "${file%%.[Ww][Mm][Aa]}.mp3"
done 

Use locate lame|grep 'lame$' and locate mplayer|grep 'mplayer$' to find the location of your executables. On a Mac, they’re probably not on your PATH… I installed MPlayer OSX and iTunes-LAME to get the executables. You’ll need to do something similar.

This is the result I just used for some files with upper case file extension:

for file in *.WMA; do
  "/Applications/MPlayer OSX.app/Contents/Resources/External_Binaries/mplayer_intel.app/Contents/MacOS/mplayer" \
    -vo null -vc dummy -af resample=44100 \
    -ao pcm:file="${file%%.[Ww][Mm][Aa]}.wav" "$file"
  "/Applications/iTunes-LAME.app/Contents/Resources/lame" \
    --preset standard "${file%%.[Ww][Mm][Aa]}.wav" \
    "${file%%.[Ww][Mm][Aa]}.mp3"
done 

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2012-04-16 Last.fm

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Not much change, I guess.

New:

  • The Gaslight Anthem ok rock
  • Eels ok somehow I rediscovered them at last; I can’t remember listening to a lot of U2, but old favorites are hard to replace in the top charts
  • Shinozuka Group ok I have used the Vagrant Story soundtrack for D&D – that’s the only reason they are up here!

Old:

  • Powderfinger sucks got replaced by The Gaslight Anthem
  • Transglobal Underground sucks I’ve listened to much less World Music in the recent past
  • Elvis sucks we still love Elvis but we are rarely in the mood that asks for Elvis specifically

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2012-02-03 Swiss Creative Commons Music

I just saw an email on the iCommons Switzerland mailing list listing Switzerland based netlabels and artists.

Other links:

The list was provided by starfrosch. Apparently they have been podcasting Creative Commons music for years.

I approve! ok

Now I just have to spend some time listening to the music… These days I usually listen to the Sounds podcast. Here in Switzerland I pay a monthly fee because I have a radio. Might as well profit from whatever they do. (I do confess, however, that I’d love to hear that none of this money goes to the entertainment industry. (Thieves! Luddites!)

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Summary: Thank you for those links!

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> Thank you for those links! I have subscribed to the podcast. :)



embe
hi there, if you’re interested in more netaudio/netlabels, allow me to suggest these websites: netlabelism.com and my website netwaves.org

cheers,
embe



AlexSchroeder
Thank you for those links! I have subscribed to the podcast. :)

AlexSchroeder 2012-02-10 23:21 UTC

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2011-04-11 Game Music

Vagrant Story Here’s what I’ve been using for my games lately:

Do you know of anything similar that I could use for low-maintenance iPod play during my games?

I’ve recently bought a few tracks from Sonic Legends but haven’t used them, yet. We’ll see how that works out. :)

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Wyatt
I’m not sure how much this’d fit your game or music tastes or whatever, but I find the Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2 soundtrack to be spectacular all around action music. Relic released it for free:

http://news.bigdownload.com/2009/04/29/download-dawn-of-war-2-official-soundtrack/

Wyatt 2011-04-12 02:22 UTC



AlexSchroeder
Thanks, I’ll check it out.

AlexSchroeder 2011-04-12 09:59 UTC

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2010-10-18 The Cure

Greatest Hits Recently I heard some The Cure tracks in a nearby bar, that were slightly different from how I remembered them. The waiter wasn’t too helpful, misunderstanding my question twice until I was confused myself. Back at the table I used Shazam to identify the tracks. This worked much better. :) It turns out that these were acoustic versions of the songs I knew, and they were on the album The Greatest Hits.

Great, I thought! I looked at my favorite local online CD shop and saw that the album cost over CHF 40.– (with the dollar and the Swiss franc being about 1:1), whereas it cost USD 17 on iTunes. I bought it on iTunes!

But when I started listening, I realized that I wanted the limited edition with bonus disc. Damn you! Now I am unhappy and wasted USD 17. :(

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Summary: Das erinnert mich daran, dass ich mir mal ein paar Beatles CDs ausleihen muss...

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Sorry to hear you got iScrewed.

AaronHawley 2010-10-18 12:48 UTC


und bei mir wäre es for free gewesen. :)

– zeno 2010-10-28 08:25 UTC


Das erinnert mich daran, dass ich mir mal ein paar Beatles CDs ausleihen muss…

AlexSchroeder 2010-10-28 08:56 UTC

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2010-08-12 Last.fm

Apparently I started “scrobbling” for LastFM on Sep 5, 2004; that’s how long I’ve been submitting summaries of music I listen to. Here is a summary of the all-time best:

Last.fm

Funny. A lot of black and white pictures! :)

Anyway. I’m not sure what to do. Last time I checked, there was no Pandora service in Switzerland because of copyright issues. Boooooh! :{ sucks

But in addition to that, I might listen to music at a desktop while working, but at home, when I’m living my daily life, the computer is often switched off and the stereo is out of reach of the wireless network. So even if there was an iPhone app (is there?) it wouldn’t work. I have to physically carry the iPod with 80G of music to the stereo and plug it in. That works. And it precludes me using strange and wonderful online services. That’s why I’m not paying $3/month for Last.fm, I guess. There’s no opportunity to listen to the Last.fm radio. Then again… Perhaps if there was an iPhone app, and it’d work over the wireless network, I might change my wireless setup in order to enjoy it. ;)

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Uhm. There is an last.fm iphone app. Well at least in the German Appstore. And it works great even over 3G.

Andreas Gohr 2010-08-13 04:58 UTC


Hm. When I search for “last.fm” or “last fm” I don’t get any official looking result. :(

Currently available in [1]:

  • Deutschland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Hm… Loosing all the meta-data I have on Last.fm… But Grooveshark for $3/mo? I just started their 30 day trial period.

AlexSchroeder 2010-08-13 10:17 UTC

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