5-Sep-2006 (Tue) Wherein DNA Lounge Radio makes its debut.

Starting next month, Remedy is back as our weekly friday event, after an absence of about a year and a half. And, coincidentally, that will be our 999th event since we re-opened in 2001! The 1000th event is the next night, New Wave City.

Remedy's return means there's been some more shuffling of the calendar: Bootie and Pop Roxx are moving to Saturdays.

I'm trying something new: I set up a new webcast that is streaming music by many of the bands who have played here. These are studio recordings, not live. And it's not all the bands who have played here (341 at last count) but only those I happen to own CDs by, which looks to be, at the moment, 92 bands (on 215 CDs). I also threw a few of the Bootie mash-up compilations in there.

So, let me know if you like it. I'm not sure if I'll keep it up or not; depends on whether it seems to be popular, I guess.

Of course that's really hard to tell, since I still haven't found any software that will give me any kind of reasonable log analysis of Icecast logs. (All I'm interested in is "how many people listened to each stream" and "how long did they stay connected", and I've yet to find any software that will tell me that. "How many people clicked the link" isn't a very useful approximation.)

This is all complicated by our continuous network suckage, of course, since our ISP blows chunks. If you can stay connected to any of our MP3 streams for more than a few minutes at a time without it rebuffering, you're luckier than I am.

(Yeah, I should have switched ISPs a year ago. My best prospect for an inexpensive new home has been telling me "real soon now" for pretty much that entire year.)

18 Responses:

  1. bitwise says:

    So you're going to pay for hardware and bandwidth, maintain an MP3 collection, and maintain a bunch of scripts, and worry about the legal hoops.

    And our job is to click, and enjoy.

    Works for me.

  2. bitwise says:

    It's been 404ing for a while now.

  3. whittles says:

    I clicked on the radio link.
    it offered to open dnaradio.m3u in realplayer
    and then real player said
    requested file not found

    suggestions? I'm new to having a computer that can handle a radio stream.

  4. radio keeps buffering for me.

    but on a side note, MEAT got a great write up this month. <3 MEAT. here is the link


  5. omni_ferret says:

    Do you have all the songs pre-encoded, or are you re-encoding these at the appropriate bitrate? The first song played was at 160kbps, but I thought you throttle to 128kbps.

    That track was a Psyclon Nine song, if that's helpful.

    ... As I wrote this, The Start's Hi Flyer started, & incoming bandwidth went up to 160kbps, then lowered to 128kbps, then, eventually, stuttering.

    Then The Cruxshadows, Breathe, at 256kbps - stuttering started immediately.

    • jwz says:

      Oh shit, I didn't even think of that... yeah, I need to re-encode them all to be 128k.

      But, we have this stuttering problem even with our live 128k stream, so there's definitely a lot of "our ISP sucks" going on here.

      • omni_ferret says:

        I'm guessing you've tested it locally, before the ISP gets it, but you have tried adding some fraction of the rate to the throttle to cover overhead, right?

        ... and thank you for playing halou.

  6. Nice! I like it quite a bit, actually. Thanks! :-)

    Granted, it's 2:40AM PDT, but I've been connected for just about 20 minutes now without rebuffering.

  7. [ music | DNA Lounge Radio ]

    No more music choices oddly relevant to their corresponding posts?

  8. spoonyfork says:

    Remedy is back as our weekly friday event

    :) Joy!

  9. omni_ferret says:

    I'm sure someone's suggested this, but have you thought about having a page showing what's currently playing, & pointing at a site or two to purchase the album online?