RadioGuy


The Magnificent Playlist Producer

The Magnificent Playlist Producer

Create podcasts, mixtapes and music compilations...

The 6-Month-Long ‘Weekend Project’

I am exceptionally pleased to announce the official launch of The Magnificent Playlist Producer — a program that helps you create podcasts and mixtapes.

The inspiration to write this software came to me in May. The prolific writer and occasional podcaster, Warren Ellis, lamented that his podcast was difficult to assemble because the program he was using had many limitations and wasn't working right.

Being quite a fan of his podcast, I quickly leapt to action, looking for better software that I could recommend to him. To my surprise, there wasn't any. Seriously, if you want to join a set of individual music files into one MP3, your options are nonexistent, short of learning a professional-grade multitrack editor.

Showing lots of enthusiasm and a substantial lack of foresight, I left a comment indicating that creating a better program would be a nice weekend project. A day or two later, I started coding... and then I looked up and it was December 1st!

Playlist Producer – Playlist Screenshot

A Simple Program To Do A Simple Thing

Playlist Producer fills a fairly specific niche: Combine multiple songs into one MP3. That's it. Really! But don't let the simplicity fool you — unlike so much other Windows shareware, it's well-designed, really easy to use, and Doesn't Suck™.

The vast majority of the aforementioned 6 months of programming was spent making sure the interface is intuitive and the software is stable. I think I've succeeded, and I'm really rather proud of this little application.

Playlist Producer – Add Tracks Screenshot

Make Some Playlists

If you're interested in podcasting, or just enjoy making mixtapes for your friends, I invite you to download Playlist Producer Lite, the free shareware edition of the software. It runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

All the details are over at www.playlistproducer.com. You can keep up-to-date via the Playlist Producer mailing list, which also nets you a nice discount coupon for upgrading to the Pro Edition.

Okay, that's it for the sales-pitch. I'd love to hear your feedback on the software — reach me at adam (at) playlistproducer (dot) com.

I'm off to celebrate.


Hullabaloo!

Currently knee-deep in web design for a soon-to-be-announced project, and I'm easing the HTML-induced pain with some happy hardcore. Once upon a time I was an enthusiastic — if not frequent — raver. Hullabaloo was my home, the venue of several of the best nights of my youth.

Hullabaloo Ravers
Hullabaloo, circa 1998. I might actually be in this crowd somewhere...

For those not in the know, happy hardcore is “a genre of music typified by a very fast tempo (usually around 160-180 BPM), often coupled with solo vocals and sentimental lyrics” (wikipedia.org) and Hullabaloo was a series of Toronto raves that became the global centre of the happy hardcore scene.


Feels So Right
Anabolic Frolic

Anabolic Frolic is the DJ/promoter behind the Hullabaloo parties. He also produced a few happy hardcore tracks, including Feels So Right.

Anabolic Frolic
Anabolic Frolic

Anabolic Frolic's story doesn't quite make sense until you factor in that he and his fellow frolickers are stricken with the love that dare not speak its name: happy hardcore. An aptly dubbed brand of electronic music that makes S Club 7 sound like Black Sabbath in comparison, happy hardcore's bubble-gum buoyancy makes it the black licorice of techno — those who don't like it really loathe it, but those who do like it just can't get enough.

Ryan Watson


Idea Theft

Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.

Howard H. Aiken


Flux

I would pay good money to see a new live-action Æon Flux film, starring Lady Gaga in the lead role.

Aeon Flux
Drew Gardner

It would totally rule.

Lady Gaga
ineedmyfix.com


We Looked At Them/Eleven Ways


Sick Muse
Metric

Since discovering Metric by hearing Gold Guns Girls in a kickin' DJ set by my former colleague Noah, I have become quite enamoured with their sound.

Fantasies has been on repeat in my stereo for a couple of weeks now, and I don't see it stopping anytime soon.

See also the Sick Muse music video, which is thoroughly smile-inducing.


Warm

Warm


G’Morning

Up all night. Solving computer problems/creating new ones; much watching-of-progress-bars. Using excess brainjuice to ponder:

Also,

morningsmoke
Original

G’day.


Your Smile’s Not The Same / Anymore


Same
Dani Siciliano

From the 2004 album Likes.... This track builds ever so slowly — by the time the groove has revealed itself you've been surrounded by it; enveloped and mesmerized with its haunting vocal repetition.

I could live inside that groove all day.


From Unpromising Beginnings

If you walk around with the idea that there are some people who are so gifted – they have these wonderful things in their head but you're not one of them, you're just a normal sort of person, you could never do anything like that – then you live a different kind of life. You could have another kind of life, where you say, well, I know that things come from nothing very much and start from unpromising beginnings. And I'm an unpromising beginning, and I could start something.

Brian Eno
via Geeta Dayal, via Matt Jones, via Warren Ellis


Vector

Technology is a transmission vector through time. Humanity is carried upon it, from fire-building past to atomic-powered present to unforeseeable future. A spreading infection in the chronology of the universe.


Archives

Older posts have been filed away in the archives, where they sit forlorn, collecting dust and generally withering away.

They are not at all happy about this state of affairs.


fin