Last week I recovered a friend’s mp3 library from a 2nd generation iPod. All was well except for that fact that any music put onto the iPod is given a random file name such as C00XY.mp3. Not helpful.
After scratching my head and thinking that we would have to rename most of the files manually, I started to look for re-tagging programs. A few were recommended on the internet but I found them to be too unwieldy or didn’t quite work right.
Thankfully, I discovered a lightweight tagging application called Ex Falso. A fairly simple to use tool which easily re-tags your music, or renames the files with much more ease than any others that I have come across. It only took a few minutes to read the tags of around 3500 songs and rename them all.
To install in Ubuntu, simply run the command:
<code>sudo apt-get install exfalso</code>
As an added bonus – it also fixed tags of .m4a audio files, meaning that preparing music to go on my iPod Touch in Linux is slightly easier. Wehey!
It strikes me as an odd idea where you pledge an amount of money and once there’s enough money pledged, then it’s likely a gig will be arranged.
I suppose this explains it better (but it still leaves me a little confused):
How does it work ?? Well it’s easy some folks will sponsor shows i.e. $500 or £200 etc etc and some will just pay for a ticket or two and some who are curious will just turn up for free… it’s just a way to get heard and a way to make things happen.
Of course if you buy a share of the concert you can sell parts of that share to friends and we can also try and help you move those ‘tickets’ so it doesn’t cost you too much…and of course no money changes hands until the night of the show.
This is starting to get exciting although it will take time to grow…it means there will be an appreciative audience at the gig and that concerts will happen
So there you have it. It will be interesting to see how this comes together, and if it can make a good model for live music and smaller bands and artists.
It seems that this is old news generally, but I found Mario Paint Composer on the Internet yesterday. It was actually due to a YouTube video (why the hell I ended up looking at a Rick Astley song I still don’t know).
Of course, there is not one but two composer programs emulating the features of Mario Paint. The other is Mario Sequencer, which was originally written in Japanese. Luckily the website hosts an English version.
I’ve found that sequencer seems to have better timing, but Composer has a slightly nicer interface.
I was musing on being able to use this in schools as a basic synthesizer for primary kids. It has everything they need, such as tempo and different sounds. Most importantly, the sounds are fun and absurd.
I’m currently working on my Mario Paint version of ‘Faithealer’…
Here’s the breakdown: transcode – run transcode -i /dev/dvd – set the input to the DVD drive -x null,dvd – set the input modules. As I don’t want video, I’ve used null and then dvd for the audio channel -T 4,1,1 – set the Title 4, Chapter 1, Angle 1, which is the Toxic track on the DVD -a 0 – set the audio track (the first is 0 on DVDs) -y null,ogg – sets the output to ogg. Once again, I’ve forced null for the video -o MarillionToxic.ogg – finally, I’ve set the filename for extracting the audio.
The whole track was extracted from DVD in a matter of seconds. Brilliant.