May 27th, 2010 | daybook
Taking a short break from writing an episode of FREAKANGELS.
You know what I miss doing? My occasional music podcast, The 4am. (If you’re reading this on the main site, you can find and play the archive of that podcast in the right-hand menu.) This was the text that headed every 4am broadcast:
(If you’re in iTunes, I think you can still grab them all out of there, too.)
It got incredibly fiddly to do, in the end — I think the track in #18 that just seemed impossibly broken no matter what I did, and the track that I thought was fine but that the band told me was chipmunked (even though, as I later checked, it arrived in that condition), was just the death of it for me. The program I used to make the 4am files, MakeItOne, won’t compile mp3s of less than 128k — and won’t compile anything that isn’t an mp3. I shot the whole file down to 128k in Sound Editor after compiling it in MakeItOne. (A lot of people used to give me shit about using a variable bit rate in earlier podcast series.)
I could just fling each selection of pieces into an Amazon bucket and stream it, I suppose, but that kinda defeats the point of a podcast for me.
I guess each 4am was listened to by between two and three thousand people. I dunno what kind of audience that is, for a music podcast.
But I really liked doing it, for a long while there.