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Bear with me – this post is largely just my train of thought on the subject of radio broadcasting and podcasting.

So the other day I co-hosted a live radio program with a friend on community radio.  It was fun – I used to host my own show in college in the radio broadcasting program (and although the music was pre-selected, it was pretty cool music and we could talk about virtually anything), as well as some university radio elsewhere.  I have a lot of fun doing it, and part of the fun is playing my own choice of music and just talking over the air to anyone who’ll listen.

I’ve been told before that I’m good at the whole talking over the air thing – and that’s great, but personally I feel that I’m at the hobby level.  I don’t think I could get paid serious money to do it, or at least paid enough to live comfortably.  And even though I enjoy commercial radio, doing a show for a proper radio station that’s in it to make money is not entirely the same as putting your own music together for an hour or two and just playing around.

For various reasons it’s difficult for me to find any time to volunteer for on air shifts at the university stations.  So my only outlet for this kind of thing is to put together a podcast.  The only problem is that I don’t think I have an audience – at least, I have an audience of maybe 2-3 people.  Which is not a big deal, I’m sure I had less listeners than that when I was actually on radio airwaves.

The biggest problem with doing a podcast is that I really only CAN distribute it to close friends, or else I face legal issues from the likes of SOCAN and RIAA or whatever the Americans are.  Unless I pick music that is 100% free, like Creative Commons stuff.

Who knows, I might end up doing just that – digging through 100%, legally free and distributable music to find some hidden gems and yak about it into my terrible, terrible microphone.

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I haven’t explored this venue too much, but there seems to be at least 75 free songs available through eMusic.  25 via Car & Driver, and 50 via Pizza Hut.  I’m really not sure what hoops you have to jump through, if any, but it’s worth a try.  These songs are free of any DRM and work on any MP3 player.

25 free downloads @ emusic

Who says that big corporations don’t give back to their customers?  I don’t say it, at least not all the time.  Anyway, Amazon.com is giving away a total of 773 free MP3’s – and they’re also DRM-free – from their music store.  The selection varies but there seems to be some quality stuff there to download.

Lifehacker – Download 773 Free MP3s from Amazon

I always like free software, especially free software that does something really cool.  In this case, BeatScanner does something really cool for your music.  I found out about this program through Lifehacker, and it looks really awesome.

Basically BeatScanner analyzes your playlist, and scans it based on the specified range of beats per minute.  Lifehacker’s suggestion is to scan it for 130 BPM (plus or minus 10) to get the ideal workout BPM range, and that’s something I have to try out myself.

Have you tried using BeatScanner?  Let me know how you like it!

Okay, so label me an idiot, please.  I barely just finished going through the “A’s” on the SXSW torrents – there’s no way I’m listening through all of this music in a timely manner and picking out favourites.  Thus far, the two I can think of off the top of my head (because the ipod touch doesn’t have a decent way of checking song ratings without playing the song first…thanks apple!), The Arkells “Oh, The Boss is Coming!” and Arts the Beatdoctor.  Well I don’t know the song from him but it’s fun.

There are a lot of songs that I haven’t listened to yet, but I strongly encourage you to check them out.  I think I’m going to have to actually look at the list of artists and make decisions based on what other people have said about them.

6 gigs of music is a lot :(

SXSW'09

SXSW'09

All the buzz this week has been about SXSW, the music festival down in Austin, Texas.  It blows me away how many Canadians are attending this thing, but unfortunately I’m not one of them.  Oh well – not all is lost.  I have a link to 6GB of music from SXSW, provided free of charge via torrent.  And it’s legally free, not “torrent free”.  It’s all music provided by SXSW, compiled into a torrent.

I haven’t listened to any of it yet, but it’s split up into three different parts.  I will listen to part one first and pick out some favourites.

And remember, this is a torrent download – so please remember to keep seeding once you’ve finished downloading.  It took me a ridiculously long time to get these songs because not enough people are seeding.

Get 6GB of Free Music from SXSW ’09 (Lifehacker)

Fans of Metric are probably already aware that the release date is being moved up to April 7th from the original date of April 14th.  Great news!  It’s always fun when an album you’re anticipating is being released earlier.

Anyway, thanks to Chromewaves for setting this one up.  It’s not a free download, but you can stream Metric’s album Fantasies in full.

Stream Metric’s Fantasies


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