6/09/2008

Experiment live stream of audio while I produce it

So, I paid for this stream to work on and play around with, and I'm barely using it. How did it come to that? If I knew 10 years ago that I could spend $15 a month to create a mini-radio station to play all kinds of wackiness on, I would have been very much looking forward to now.

Ten years ago, I had dreams of being a big rock and roll superstar, if you can believe it. I was growing fascinated with how sound equipment hooked up, but I could never get the hang of analog recording. I could never really appreciate the physics of how magnetic tape worked, especially when you started messing around with four-tracks. All I knew was, when my friend Jeff played the drums, I could sing and make up things that sounded somewhat passable and even to this day my yelling can still make me glad I took my time doing some interesting things.

Eight a half years ago, I bought my first copy of Cool Edit, a program I had learned how to use while working at WVTF in 1999 as a former intern who couldn't figure out what to do with his life. I began messing around with odd recordings, learning digital audio production as a way of making something that sounded like me.

Flash forward now, because this ain't the time for a history lesson, and I've got this stream that I'm just not using. So, I've decided to turn it on to leave it on when I'm doing audio work on the computer. During the rest of the time, I'm going to put on a playlist that'll play some of the hours and hours and hours of instrumental recordings I've made, as well as the occasional podcast.

Self-serving? Possibly. Career suicide? Maybe. But, I'll only put up things I think are somewhat palatable. For instance, I have over 500 experimental instrumental pieces I did from 1999 on. I miss producing them, but it began to feel like work, given that I use computers to produce sound all the time.

Like right now, I'm working on something I recorded over the weekend at the University of Virginia, and that means I can't do too much to tinker with the way the sound works. My clients just want the audio in as straight-forward a manner as possible. Of course, this sometimes means clipping out audio mistakes, or slight audio hiccups the listener might get really irritated with.

So, as an experiment, for the next hour or so, I'll have it up. Then, it goes to the stream of increasing oddity. I've been too shy to post any of this stuff before, but if it's a stream, maybe it'll still seem somewhat anonymous.

How to listen:

Shoutcast DNAS Status: http://s4.viastreaming.net:7290
Listen Address: http://s4.viastreaming.net/cgi-bin/listen.pls?7290

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