I had a bit of fun in assembling this first recording for what hopefully will be a long-lived project: Azuracast and You. The thing begins with a sign off done during a rehearsal WebDJ set done the night before. Regular listeners, in addtion to not requiring a high-bran diet, will remember that their new old radio friend likes to play free and easy with that good old linear conception of time (scottlo being scottlo). A careful listener might even be able to distinguish between those bits I recorded through a decent quality dynamic microphone through a mixer and those done through WebDJ on a built-in laptop mic.
Essentially, the recording consists of several songs from the Leo Reisman Orch. and a few stop sets recorded along the way or the day before. It’s in those spoken portions that I attempted to say something or other about Azuracast, curating collections of old recordings from the Internet Archive, and chasing the radio dream. In radio terms, and it was played semi-live over ds106radio late last night, it isn’t particularly good radio but then again it might not be particularly bad radio. Fortunately there are a couple delicious musical morsels at the end from Caterina Valente and Radio’s Ace Organist, Elmer Bieck to wash it all down.
This first installment of Azurcast and You is primarily about setting up a scheduled playlist of songs that have been uploaded to any Azuracast station. These pages are found on the station management page (Profile). The Music Files and Playlist pages are where the process described mostly takes place.
In terms of documenting the process, I’d kindly direct your attention to a tweet storm that took place over 72 hour span this past weekend. The steps listed below were drawn from the text and images in those tweets. Also in the tweet storm but not in the below list are a few wrong turns and diversions encountered along the way.
- Gather a collection of mp3 files from the internet archive
- Edit the ID3 tags so that Artist and Song Title are included
- Create a scheduled playlist on the Playlist page for the music to be uploaded
- Upload mp3s to a directory you’ve created on the Music Files page this can be done through the Azurcast web interface or via SFTP
- Associate the uploaded files to the playlist on the Music Files page
- Tell someone when the playlist is scheduled to play and send them a link to listen
- Enjoy the pleasant sensation of having done radio like a straw boss
It’s a simple process though quite tedious at times especially when editing metadata on a large collection of songs as was done here. Based on this weekend’s work, Strawboss radio now draws music from four separate playlists around the clock. So the Shlock Around the Clock daily circular schedule has been adjusted accordingly. And hopefully it will continue to evolve as more straw bosses join the fray to make some fun radio – all are welcome, none are turned away.
And if this and future installments of Azuracast and You encourage others to program their own playlists as schedule blocks on Strawboss, this whole effort will have been worth every moment spent these past four days.
During the past month’s time of earnest experimentation and wild-eyed play over Strawboss Radio and ds106radio with Azuracast through Reclaim Cloud, I’ve developed a great affection for this tool and what it makes possible. I believe that the more people we get on board with their own Azuracast station to do radio as they see fit, the better. And that’s precisely why I’m here trying to write a blog post to accompany this little bit of recorded audio.
Thanks for your interest and patience.