Scratching my own itches; my online radio player

I’ve never been into iTunes or Spotify, tuning into online radio-stations instead to satisfy my constant need for musical discovery, excitement and/ or entertainment. For a long time I was an avid KCRW listener, but times change and their eclecticism does not necessarily match mine the way it used to, so over the last couple of years many online streams (Worldwide FM, Nova, TSF Jazz, KCSN, Laurent Garnier’s PBB, …) were added to my favorites which I stored in a draft mail in Gmail of all places, accessing that file on my different devices and -where available- using VLC to play them.
But VLC isn’t available everywhere (hello “smart” TV), it is not great to manage a collections of streams and copy/pasting URL’s from that draft mail is clumsy, so after creating a simple webpage with an HTML5 audio element for my wife to listen to the local “Radio 1 classics” stream on our TV, I decided to extend that to display a list of streams to choose from with a minimum of vanilla JavaScript to do the actual switching and just a dash of CSS (still struggling with vertically aligning multiline titles in those inline-blocks, but I don’t mind that too much. No really, I’m not nervous about that whenever I see it, not at all!).
The result (at https://futtta.be/r/) is an unattractive but pretty usable mp3 stream player that I use on 4 different locations and which I can update easily to accommodate my wife’s knack for doo-wap and xmas-music. Maybe I should add falling snow-flakes to surprise her when we put up the Christmas tree? 🙂

Music from Our Tube; Bill Evans’ Peace Piece

Although I feel time has not been kind to Laurent Garnier’s music (it sounds rather dated now, but it could just as well be me getting old), but I do love listening to his “It is what it is”-radioshow on Radio Meuh which he duefully also uploads to his SoundCloud-account. Garnier’s musical taste, which he displays in his radioshow, is that broad that every show there’s at least one song that I get all excited about. This time it’s a solo improvisation from Bill Evans from back in 1958, titled “Peace Piece”. So beautiful!

Bill Evans "Peace Piece"

Music from Our Tube: shoegazing jazz-rocking wicked drummer

One of the many gems discovered while listening to random old “It is what it is”-shows; Mice Parade‘s “Pretending”;

Mice Parade - Pretending

Said Laurent;

Le batteur on as toujours l’impression que c’est le mec du Muppet show, on a l’impression qu’il a 42 mains avec 75 fus. Il joue comme un dingue, vous allez voir. Plus le morceau avance, plus qu’il joue.

Music from Monsieur Garnier: Acid Mondays

I still have some old Gilles Petersons “WorldWide” and Laurent Garniers “It is what it is” shows on my computer and once in a while I still “discover” gems in them. Just now, while on the train, I was listening to “It is what it is” Saison Quatre, emmission 2 and heard “El Recorrido” from Acid Mondays. The tracks starts out with just a (very) fat groove, but gets really interesting as from 2:37.

Acid Mondays - El Recorrido

Ain’t it funky now?

Hey you, what’s that SoundCloud?

I had already created my SoundCloud-account two years ago, but I only started to use it earlier this week after searching the web for DJ-sets by Kevin Saunderson (whom I heard play a mesmerizing set on “Studio Ibiza” shortly before). I clicked around and also found Four Tet, Floating Points and Flying Lotus and well … I was hooked. To my disappointment SoundCloud does not offer RSS-feeds, but I found CloudFlipper to be a nice workaround and started adding feeds to my RSS-reader.
Great and all that, but it turned out to be pretty cumbersome to add individual SoundCloud pages to my RSS-reader that way. After logging into the web app and installing SoundCloud’s magnificent Android app I found it a lot more convenient to just follow all those great artists (mainly electro) and seeing their work stream by on the dashboard.
So there I am, in trapped in that great walled garden that is SoundCloud (although they integrate nicely with that other closed social ecosystem). Now back to listening to Laurent Garnier‘s amazingly eclectic “It is what it is” radioshow.

12 minuten dansen met Laurent Garnier

Laurent Garnier - Back to my RootsIk hoorde de nieuwe van Laurent Garnier enkele weken geleden al bij Gilles Peterson. Nu -het is immers vrijdag- bent U aan de beurt; hieronder in een mp3-speler een fikse portie “Back to my rootsen daarna “Panoramix” (het b-kantje). Op de website van het Duitse Innervisions-label kun je de EP of de 12 minuten durende mp3 (of WAV) overigens ook direct kopen.
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