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One of the nice things about finishing the new album is that I can indulge my useless creative impulses again without feeling quite as guilty. Last couple of days have been a flurry of making a tagging (aka non-hierarchical – delicious/flickr style) audio sample organizer. I mentioned it earlier here and here.

With a lot of obsessive struggling and swears, all the main functionality is there (in “sloppy learning-windows-programming-as-i-go” style):

SampleOrganizer

It indexes a directory and all its subdirectories for .WAV files, saving them to a local database. You can select folders in the tree on the upper left and you can select files on the right side and they’ll play. If you right-click on files on the right side, you can enter tags (also known as labels and keywords). The tags are saved and displayed in the lower left panel. You can then click those tags to display the files tagged with them. This way a sample doesn’t have to belong to only one directory.

Also drag and drop to most audio apps I’ve tried works fine, preferences are saved via XML. The buttons at the top are just for easy testing and the search does nothing.

Posted on - September 30, 2008 [at] 11:28 pm by Brad
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Welp, after my last post on the subject and emails to the author of Sample Tagger, I broke down and whipped out the C#. After a bunch of hours, I have this:

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It indexes a directory tree on the left, shows any .WAV files that are in it on the right when selected. Selecting a WAV file plays it (or you can hit the play button). And you can drag and drop the files into any audio application I’ve tried (Ableton Live & Sound Forge). Next is library saving and tagging I guess.

Can I also say how freaking annoying it is searching for Microsoft development related documentation and tips and examples on the web? Let’s see, first there’s the difficult-to-search-for terms: C#, .NET, ADO.NET, etc. Then there’s all this other crap that gets in the way like ASP.NET, .NET being available in a billion different languages (C++, C#, Visual C++, Visual C#, Visual Basic, J#, etc, etc) so even if you do find what you want, it’s probably not in the right language or platform. Frustrating.

Posted on - September 25, 2008 [at] 5:40 pm by Brad
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Seventeen years ago today Nirvana’s Nevermind was released. I’m re-watching the Classic Albums Nevermind episode:

It’s real interesting and worth a watch if you’re a recording nerd or a music fan.

Personally I don’t think the production on Nevermind holds up as well over the years as In Utero, but that’s me.

Posted on - September 24, 2008 [at] 2:44 pm by Brad
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ST1Sample Tagger is exactly what I want for sample organization. Only problem? Loading and saving doesn’t work (works on some files, not on others). I’m frustratedly staring at C# tutorials now and thinking about all the time I could waste making my own. Ugh.

Posted on - September 22, 2008 [at] 9:46 pm by Brad
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Album release has gone well, thanks everyone! Decent sales, lots of positive feedback. Still lots of work to do, which I am working on doing.

I rewrote the guts of the music submissions/you section and added all the new album tracks and source in there. Still haven’t added all the items I was sent from the new album release, but that’ll come soon.

Some stuff I need to blogs:

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Yes!

Posted on - September 18, 2008 [at] 5:32 pm by Brad
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Okay I haven’t figured out much of a bandwidth solution so let’s just party. All the source for Out of It is now on ccMixter here. Also there are acappellas on ccMixter separate from the source if you only want those.

Here are the source files direct from me. I pray to the lord my server will survive this:

You should upload anything you make to ccMixter and I’ll list it on the song pages and like… you’ll be part of song HISTORY!

Posted on - September 12, 2008 [at] 10:09 pm by Brad
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Okay, I thought I was going to post all the Out of It source today but I’m honestly a little concerned about my server right now and ccMixter only takes 10mb uploads so I can’t make it their problem.

So for now here’s track 1: Dropping out of School [33mb zip]. I’ll see what’s what, but the rest is definitely on the way, sorry for the wait.

Update (9/10): The vocals for all the tracks on Out of It are now on ccMixter. Working out getting the full source up shortly.

Posted on - September 8, 2008 [at] 10:28 pm by Brad
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My new album Out of It is (FINALLY) out! Please listen to it! Please spread it around! Please like it! (And perhaps please purchase it!):

It’s got ten songs, you can pay what you want, it’s available in CD, MP3 & FLAC. There’s no stupid DRM and it’s Creative Commons licensed. CD purchases get instant downloads and the full audio multi-track source will be available in the next day.

Some thoughts:

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Posted on - September 8, 2008 [at] 12:47 am by Brad
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Welp, I had a good time at the CD release party last night. Thanks to everyone who showed up and anyone who jumped on stage at the end there during the crowd-participation part of “Out of It”.

Besides the talented Dave Norris and the Harvey Cartel who played, musicians in attendance were Jesse Dangerously, Claude from The Peptides, TheHipCola, Meredith Luce and MC Frontalot was on a phone in IM capacity.

Various Songfighters and REAPER users came out of the woodwork, which was awesome.

Out of It goes on sale for everybody out there tomorrow night at midnight (EST). Woooooooo.

Posted on - September 6, 2008 [at] 4:23 pm by Brad
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Photo0131 I don’t normally “web log” my feelings but I’m actually pretty nervous about this whole CD release. I was all “beh whatever dudes we’ll see how it goes, just another day on the grind you know dog” until a couple hours ago when I became like "!!!! HOLY LORD". It feels like my future "as an artist" sort of hinges on it but then I feel that way about everything.

Honestly, I think the neurotic anxiety has been getting to me for a couple weeks but I’ve had tasks to keep me busy. Two weeks ago I was sleeping away peacefully and then I guess I tore at my forehead with my retarded talons. As you can see from the picture up there I managed to put a two inch scratch in my dome. That ain’t relaxed behavior.

The CD release party is tomorrow night. It’s sort of a drag though, you folks who read my blog and have been with me for a long time are not generally in my town so you won’t be there. So that part breaks my heart kinda because I love you guys okay now the vodka’s talking catch you later.

Posted on - September 4, 2008 [at] 9:02 pm by Brad
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