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.
There’s no lack of thinkpieces around the lockdowns and global work from home changes taking place. But I wanted to discuss a different angle that people don’t seem to be discussing, at least publicly. Right now the internet is flooded with screenshots of Zoom video conferences, everyone smiling, talking about their cute background images and how comfortable it is to be home. They’re talking about how they’re working more efficient than ever, how they can just roll out of bed and immediately start working.
A few weeks ago I shut down Longtail Music, my internet radio discovery platform. I wanted to give a bit of a postmortem to talk about what I sent out to do, what it did, and why I think things never worked out. I originally built Longtail Music as a spinoff from my time with The Bat Player, an internet radio client for the TV. I thought if The Bat Player was a client for people who already love internet radio and know what they want to listen to, then I want to build something on the web for people to discover internet radio for the first time and discover a station they would love.