Is killing music is currently on holiday
After a long time I've finally got the equipment set up to run an internet radio station from home. It's a simple premise: 230Gb of digital audio, iTunes, NiceCast, and Darwin Streaming Server.
You can see what's been being played by visiting 'Is Killing Music' on last.fm. Below is what's just been played according to last.fm (it can be a bit flakey...)
At the moment it's mostly random, though I do put on what I want to listen to whilst working. I may plug my record decks in and mix some stuff up occasionally. You'll find all sorts of stuff being played. I take requests.
You can see what else I've been listening to at my last.fm page. More likely this will show tracks played from my iPod when I'm not at home.
The name is a reference to the 'Home Taping Is Killing Music' campaign of the 80s... an idea from record labels that copying music and letting other people hear it stops them from buying music. A hypothesis I don't hold to. A lost of the music played on 'is killing music' you won't hear in the mass media and so doesn't get any attention drawn to it for new listeners. That domination by those with the money to pay for presence, is really what's killing music - killing it's creativity and development. 'Is killing music' is a look at the alternative (and sometimes not so alternative)
You can access it below via either an m3u file that should load into most desktop mp3 players, like iTunes, or via a QuickTime stream. You can download and save either of these by right clicking (ctrl+click on a single button Mac) and choosing 'save target' or 'download file' or whatever version your browser of choice chooses to use.
Given there are so many internet radio stations out there, why bother It means I can more easily listen to my music when I'm not at home. I've not found many stations which cover this range of music (though I'm sure many people thinks that - maybe it's just an ego trip?). It is also a a refresher for Creative Egremont that Karen asked me to do. I've done this for SHOWstudio a few times but wanted to test it was all set-up and working before they stream Egremont's community radio through it. Oh, and also, because I can.