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    Taking a short break from writing an episode of FREAKANGELS.

    You know what I miss doing? My occasional music podcast, The 4am, on This was the text that headed every 4am broadcast:

    The 4am is a selection composed entirely ofmusic sent to me by artists. If you want your music (and, hell, I’ll even take field recordings and spoken-word) to be played on The 4am, emailyour 128kbps-plus mp3 filesdirectly Include your website address, please. The 4am is mixed down to 128kbps, is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. If you like the 4am, please tell people. The 4am shits fireworks and baby heads.

    (If you’re in iTunes, I think you can still grab them all out of there, too.)

    It got incredibly fiddly to do, in the end -- I think the track in #18 that just seemed impossibly broken no matter what I did, and the track that I thought was fine but that the band told me was chipmunked (even though, as I later checked, it arrived in that condition), was just the death of it for me. The program I used to make the 4am files, MakeItOne, won’t compile mp3s of less than 128k -- and won’t compile anything that isn’t an mp3. I shot the whole file down to 128k in Sound Editor after compiling it in MakeItOne. (A lot of people used to give me shit about using a variable bit rate in earlier podcast series.)

    I could just fling each selection of pieces into an Amazon bucket and stream it, I suppose, but that kinda defeats the point of a podcast for me.

    I guess each 4am was listened to by between two and three thousand people. I dunno what kind of audience that is, for a music podcast.

    But I really liked doing it, for a long while there.

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    I've just sent you a track.
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    Well if you ever brought it back I would listen.

    They are most certainly still on iTunes and I'm downloading some right now.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2010
    I, too, am downloading. This seems like a really cool idea, glad to hear you had it going for a while even if it got too fiddly.
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    Thanks for doing it. Finding myself included popped me out of a very long creative pause...
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    ...and I loved contributing to them , and finding other musicians.
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    If you start it up again, consider me a willing contributor!
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2010
    Loved them to bits, would be willing to contribute as always. Thanks for doing them.
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    I loved every one, discovered some fine musicians I still listen to... the only music I have to offer ain't mine but I may suggest the creators drop it your way. Oldhat has a copy - 'Meat' by Radio Savage Houndy Beastie. First track at top of this page:
    Other fine stuff of theirs includes a mashup of 'In the Mood' with samples from Withnail & I' to surprising effect.
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    I miss listening to it. I used to listen to it while drawing or whatnot. Used to listen to WCradio, too and just got out of the habit of that.
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2010
    I missed it too. I used to plug it directly in my player as soon as it was published so it would accompanies me to Paris.
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2010
    I would usually play it late at night on a trade ride home. It always suited perfectly It also introduced me to the Hobo Gobbelins!