Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The Amusecast demo

Anyone who has read this will know how much importance I used to place on a good mixtape, and how much effort I put into them back in the day. And I miss those days. MP3 playlists are fine, I guess, but they're no substitute, for this boy at least.

Imagine my intrigue, then, on discovering Spreaker, courtesy of the always-excellent (New) Vinyl Villain and his Radio 236 experiment. Maybe I could create podcasts without words (no-one wants to listen to me), and in that way spoof the mixtapes of yore.

That was the idea, anyway. I dutifully downloaded the Spreaker software last night, but it's designed for large screens and I was working on a netbook, so that got ditched quite quickly. Instead, I just grabbed a handful of MP3s off the FiiO, fired up Audacity and stitched them together, as neatly as I could. In my defence, I was doing this between the hours of 1.15 and 1.45am, so I didn't spend any time at all trying to cross-fade tracks, and listening back to it this morning the outro/intro between tracks one and two is too long and quiet, unless you've got good headphones. More importantly, I didn't spend very long at all choosing or sequencing the tracks, so the result is not something I'd enter into my mixtape hall of fame. It's okay though, I think, and it nicely meets my target of being "one side of a C90". More than anything though, it's a technology test - this is my demo, if you like.

Anyway, that's the self-deprecation and excuses out of the way. Here's the podcast. I don't know if you're the sort of person who "does" podcasts. Maybe you are, and maybe you'll like this. If there's interest and/or positive feedback, I might take the time to do more, maybe one a month, and maybe loosely themed. We'll see.

If it helps you decide whether to listen, the track listing is:

  1. Atoms For Peace - Default
  2. The Stone Roses - Begging You
  3. Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box
  4. Pixies - Bagboy
  5. P J Harvey - Good Fortune
  6. Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To?
  7. The Killers - Read My Mind
  8. I Am Kloot - Proof
  9. The Replacements - Skyway
  10. Paul Weller - Why Walk When You Can Run?
  11. Morrissey - Now My Heart Is Full

If you like the sound of that lot, here's the download.

2 comments:

  1. If I can find myself a spare 45 minutes (a spare 45 seconds at the moment would be a miracle!) I'll give it a whirl. However, I'm intrigued by the possibilities of Spreaker... it could be just what I've been waiting for.

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    1. Can we look forward to a "Top Ten" podcast then?

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