Saturday, August 30, 2008

DO IT LIIIIVE - radio tracklist 30/08/2008

Podcast up tomorrow... in the meantime here's a player chock full of 46 items of goodness. Go on, buy em all...

Actual tracklist

Digital Mystikz - Ancient Memories (Skream remix)
The Ragga Twins ft. Aquasky - Everybody Hype
Le Tigre - Deceptacon (DFA remix)
Crookers - Magic Bus
Beckers & Dnox - Naked Punch (Mashtronic mix)
Basement Jaxx - Where's Your Head At (Stanton Warriaz mix)
Crookers - Mad Kidz
Bill O Reilly - DO IT LIIIIVE!!!!!!!!1111
The Loose Cannons - Raw (Kissy Sell Out mix)
Operator Please - Just A Song About Ping Pong (Kissy Sellout White
Stallion radio edit)
Katy Perry - Kissed A Girl (Kue's I Kissed a Squirrel remix)
Tittsworth - WTF
Rye Rye - Wassup (Crookers remix)
Sneaky Sound System - Kansas City (Lifelike remix)
Mojo Filter - Oaky Timbre (ft. The Mighty Boosh) (Loose Cannons reflick)
Th Dudes - Be mine tonight (Sam Hill booty)
City Hunters - Generate
Minuit - Room Full Of Cute (Rico Tubbs remix)
Backstreet Boys - Everybody (Backstreet's Back) (Headshotboyz remix)
Armand Van Helden - Koochy
Aphex Twin - Windowlicker (Mac 3000 video remix)
Adam Sky vs. Mark Stewart - We Are All Prostitutes (Crookers mix)

This player is based on actual tracklist events but some details not affecting the outcome may have been changed

Friday, August 29, 2008

How To Fix A Specific Problem With A Shoutcast Stream

Radio 1's web stream has for a long time been intermittently lo-fi, even though the actual stream format is nice-enough 128k mp3, i.e. 44.1kHz stereo. More often than not (and pretty much permanently) the audio quality was in fact 22kHz mono, i.e. shithouse, tragically being re-streamed at 128k (oh the waste.. oh the bits...).

So, since the Energy Flash podcast relies on this stream, the problem was one dear to my heart. For a lil while I had been emailing, attempting to suss it out, get to the bottom of it, or just keep hassling so someone figures it out.

Didn't get anywhere, but last week I noted that the tech guy hangs out on GChat sometimes, so I decided to keep banging on about it in an attempt to really get it fixed. AND WE DID IT!

The culprits:
R1 uses RecALL Pro for logging purposes, recording at low quality everything broadcast on the station. Running on the same machine is WinAMP and a Shoutcast server powering the web stream.

When RecALL pro starts up recording, it requests a low-fi audio stream from the antiquated (and I think deprecated) MS ACM. I believe that this results in subsequent requests to the audio input (particularly the one made by WinAMP) being downgraded to the low quality. This makes sense, as MS ACM (as I see it) is an older, lower level technology that was probably designed when only one app would even think about accessing the soundcard.

So the solution was to start up WinAMP first, and maybe (I wasn't there!) tweak the quality settings (still low quality) used in RecALL Pro.

Get on with it then - have a listen to the stream or check out the podcast! The water's fine, come on in...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Radio Show Tracklist 23-08-2008

So, comment about what iz tha shiz or sucks a lot right here on this blog -
community participation thanks!

The exciting announcement this time round is that the podcast is totally stereo and 44.1k so it sounds normal and nice and is worth listening to even if the guy doing the announcing and mixing isn't your mate/relative.

Remember to click the buy links (coming soon), enter your credit card details, and support the artists below!

I was quite tired when I did the show so the rambling content is easily above 20% but yknow it's student radio, that's what people tune in for.

Rico Tubbs - Gangsters
The Yank - We Can't Be Stop'd (DJ Bam Bam mix) (ft. Alex Peace)
Pnau - Embrace (ft. Ladyhawke) (Fred Falke & Miami Horror mix)
Elite Force - Gasoline Alley (Bearweasel's Lost Down The Alley dub)
Clazziquai Project - Prayers (Shinichi Osawa remix)
Moby - I Love To Move In Here (Holy Ghost! remix)
BSOD - Monochrome
Dylan Rhymes vs. Blende - Stars (Koma & Bones dub)
Elite Force - No Turning Back (Butter Party mix)
Busy P - To Protect and Entertain (ft. Murs) (Crookers mix)
Elite Force - Vapour Trail (Kid Blue mix)
Evil Nine - They Live (Trevor Loveys mix)
Boy 8-Bit - The Cricket Scores
Little Boots - Stuck On Repeat (Fake Blood mix)
Rico Tubbs - Bmore Dominator
MGMT - Electric Eel (Justice remix)
Jaksaw - Get Some (Defunct remix)
Machines Don't Care - Afro Jacker
Micky Slim - Hit The Club (Stupid Fresh mix)
Fragma - Toca's Miracle (Wideboys Bassline mix)
Flanders - Behind (Micky Slim remix)

Closing with a quote:
michael schraa to me
show details Aug 23 (2 days ago)
"Slammin' tracklist dude - bearweasel! bearweasel!"

Listen to and buy some of these. First commenter to find the incongruous track gets a comment back.

File Edit View... How to Make Your Mac OS X System Font Smaller!

Since the dawn of Mac OS X, new-to-the-platform users have cried "but the font is huge" followed closely by "can I really only choose between blue and grey?"...

I don't have a solution for the second problem, but I have a sorta-solution for the first one, and it got me pretty excited.

I saw a tip on TUAW explaining how to put the date in the menu bar. This got me pretty dang excited because I always refer there, and up til now had to click to get the date. This tip also has the added feature of allowing you to show the date as numbers, which is great, because usually I have to count on my fingers to determine what month it is.

Anyway, back to the point, by having a date format with this guy "/" in, I believe has caused the system font to be bumped down a notch (presumably to accomodate the date in the menu bar), and lemme tellya, it looks so much better. All the system context menus everywhere are using this slightly smaller font, and all the app menu bars too. I'm so pleased, everything is a tiny bit smaller.

Are you worried? I'm not, clearly this is a weird side effect that could disappear at any moment, and still only gives you one other font size choice (oh, and I haven't tried switching back, maybe it's broken forever). BUT how great does it feel to make a 0.5-point (estimated) change to the Mac OS X system font?


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Sounds Good - tracklist 16/08/2008

I do a show on Radio 1 and its tracklists have been on a few different profiles over the years. From now on, they will be here! And potentially with djdownload buy links.

Don't forget you can listen to old and new episodes of the show, as it's a podcast, via podshow aka mevio.

Here's last week's tracklist:
Sleazy-E - How It Looks
DJ Steep - Large oLL (M1 remix)
K.I.M. - Wet & Wild (Riot in Belgium remix)
DJ Sneak - Acid Talks
Nick Supply & Khaled Nimry - Hizniz
Plastikman - Risk Assessment
Cult - Sound of Seduction (Guns & Bombs dub mix)
Afrojack - Hard Love
The Crystal Method - Cherry Twist (Deadmau5 remix)
Simian Mobile Disco - Hustler (Joakim remix)
Grey - Shame On You (Slater Hogan remix)
Crookers - Il Cattivo
Micky Slim ft. Tank - Hit the Club
Relentless - Blitzer Disco
Paul Jacobs pres. Soul Grabber - Motocross Madness
Missoddkidd - Smoke Machine (Dekker & Johan Even Leaner mix)
Elite Force - No Turning Back (Mowgli & Solo remix)
Tittsworth - Broke Ass Nigga (feat DJ Assault, Kenny B, Jinxx &
Frankie Baby)
The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name (LA Riots remix)
Marc Leaf & Drew Scott - Fabulous (Twocker remix)
Sebastien Leger & Chris Lake - Ghost
Soul Of Man - Scatterbox (Mowgli remix)

Thanks to Hope for hooking up the R1 site to here.


(thanks for reading this far)

The R1 stream is now stereo and 44.k, i.e. it sounds good!

There was an uninteresting technical hitch causing the previous lack of quality, which I'll detail in a later blog (if you'd like to hear the story, comment!).


(here are the buy links)

Note that not all the tracks above are present and some have been substituted due to catalogue issues. Like, why is "Word" available when "Ghost" isn't, I thought they were on the same EP (oh right, it's from various compilations)? And, looks like MAD DECENT (Crookers' "Il Cattivo") don't put their stuff on djdownload yet..

In there is the track that Missoddkidd guests on, mentioned on the show, not her track that I played.

Buy this stuff - I get 3-5 cents for every purchase!!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Wonky Promo Mix

Fresh from my rattly decks - the Willy Wonky promo mix!

Featuring local and international talent, combining many flavours of rave, sure to rise etc etc!

Download it, have a listen, and get amped for Sammys on Saturday.

Subscribe to podcast, or stream online here:

Or download direct from here:
Willy Wonky Mix

  1. Style Of Eye – The Prophet
  2. Tom Cosm – The Sluzziest Of Fuzz
  3. Granite & Funk – This Real Life (Ed Kane's In The Horrors remix)
  4. Sharkweek – Moonrise Over Kerala
  5. Alter Ego – Why Not
  6. Speculum – Invader
  7. Haszari – Nerds
  8. JF pres. Smokecream – Retox
  9. Popof – The Chomper (LSD version)
  10. Elite Force - Engine

Thanks to those who sorted me with tracks and apologies to those that didn't make it on there..

See you there then!