Today The Bat Player on AppleTV was shut down. I wanted to document a bit about the history of the application, and why it’s being rejected from the Apple AppStore. I started The Bat Player in 2014. I wanted a better Internet Radio experience on the TV. I dreamt of artist info, album details and photos. At the time most Internet Radio apps just showed text of the currently playing track and I wanted more.
Download here. More Owncast testing! Had a fantastic time streaming some tunes for friends. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, and I got some good testing in from everyone visiting the Owncast server. Win, win! Here’s an audio recording of the evening. Tracklist 00:00:00 Daft Punk - Technologic (Deborah De Luca Edit) 00:01:16 Nine Inch Nails - Closer To God 00:06:38 AESTHETISCHE - Cold Bliss MMXX 00:11:04 artillery nightspace - renouncing the agent 00:14:05 Faderhead - I Did Not Know (feat.
On July 7th, 2020 I did a live video stream to test Owncast. This is the audio recording from that video. It was cool to have people drop by, listen to some music, and help test out the server. I really appreciate the time anybody spends to help me test things, since when it comes to things like Owncast it needs to be used to be tested. And people need to tune in for me to get any useful data out of it.
Backstory. In 2020 the world changed when everyone become stuck in their homes, looking for creative outlets to share their art, skills and themselves from inside their bedroom. This created an explosion of live streaming on Facebook Live, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitch. These services provided everything they needed, an easy way to live stream to the world, and a chat for users to be a part of their community. But in a world where many were previously finding ways to rely on the big internet service companies less, the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic made everyone run right back to them.
May 13, 2020. Another live stream mix on The Bat Station! This was my first time doing a mix using Rekordbox, so I’m a little rusty with it. I tried to be a little more creative in chopping things up in real-time that caters to my inner musician tendencies. It’s cool to treat DJ hardware as an instrument. I had fun, and I hope you enjoy the music I picked out.
While the lockdowns have been going on, and I haven’t been working (I’ll probably blog about that soon), I’ve been keeping busy with other projects. I’ve picked up a new hobby of doing some DJ mixes, streaming them on internet radio, and recording them for sharing with friends. This has led me to building some tooling around all of this stuff that I think, for a small population, might find useful.
This is the first time I did a public live stream on The Bat Station. A handful of people tuned in and it was pretty cool. I figured if it all fell apart I could just not share the recording, but it turned out ok. I’m still not great a this whole mixing thing, but I’m getting better, and it’s fun to share this new hobby and show you all my progress!
For fun I wanted to do a little mix with some 90s dance tracks. I unapologetically love that stuff. I still don’t know how to DJ or mix tracks properly, but I’m enjoying myself.