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Holidays On Ice

Having lived in London for a little over a year, and having access to the ubiquitous British broadband internet, Your Humble Narrator has recently been experimenting with tuning into 3RRR (an independent radio station in Melbourne), by means of its internet streaming facilities. I now have the means to more or less automatically spool various programmes to hard disk to listen to at a later time; technical details will be published here once the bugs are known to have been ironed out.

This evening, I listened to the most recent Local And/Or General, a weekly 2-hour showcase of new independent/unsigned/live music from Melbourne, for the first time since leaving Melbourne. It's good to hear some good Melbourne bands again. And there were some good things there.

In particular, they played two songs and an interview by a new project named Holidays On Ice, which sounded really good. Holidays On Ice are a project involving numerous Australian musicians, including Angie Hart of Frente!/Splendid and members of a few other bands. They have a new album titled Playing Boyfriends and Girlfriends, which sounds somewhere between Yo La Tengo and Saint Etienne, with bits of Stereolab and Architecture In Helsinki in the mixture as well. I'm probably going to order a copy.

There are 9 comments on "Holidays On Ice":

Posted by: kstop Tue Sep 6 07:05:35 2005

mplayer and cron are a dangerous mix...

Posted by: acb Tue Sep 6 08:28:09 2005

Don't forget at(1); AFAIK, there's no easy way to get cron to understand multiple timezones, whereas with at(1), you can at least do "TZ='foo/bar' at 18:00" or similar.

Now if someone would write an extended cron that can fire off jobs in multiple timezones, it'd make things a lot simpler.

Posted by: Graham Tue Sep 6 16:00:42 2005

Hmm, might have to check that out. It didn't occur to me that some Frente! might go down well at these things that you play records at.

Posted by: acb Tue Sep 6 16:56:11 2005

I haven't played any Frente! recently that I can remember. Partly because whenever I'm seized by the urge to play an acoustic version of Bizarre Love Triangle, I prefer Even As We Speak's one.

Posted by: Graham Wed Sep 7 15:37:47 2005

I wasn't thinking about the bloody cover, though. Or "Accidentally Kelly Street", for that matter, they've got better stuff than that.

Posted by: gjw Thu Sep 8 01:33:09 2005

I've been capturing RRR streams for a while - I'd love to be able to capture it's Adelaide equivalent, 3D Radio, but they're too poor to pay for streaming bandwidth so I'll have to stick with the Melbourne station. However, an automated system that dumps out beautifully labelled MP3s would be a great improvement - keep us informed.

Posted by: acb Thu Sep 8 08:51:51 2005

It won't be MP3s; they only do RealAudio. The files are really small, though (about 14Mb an hour), and mplayer can transcode them to WAV if needed.

One problem is that RealPlayer doesn't play the captured files; I think it doesn't like raw stream data from local disk. mplayer will play the files, though cannot seek in them.

Posted by: gjw Fri Sep 9 02:57:02 2005

Aah, I've been using mplayer to save the RealAudio, then using it to convert them to wavs, then encoding them to MP3 in LAME, which works well but I haven't got around to automating it yet, and especially not to any kind of scheduler. I just let mplayer rip the station for an hour or so, then quit and start converting.

Posted by: acb Fri Sep 9 15:43:37 2005

Transcoding's lossy, though; I'd rather keep it in RealAudio until I need to do otherwise.

I wonder how hard it would be to put proper headers or whatever on the output files so that RealPlayer could read/seek them.

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