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Week 1: Letter from Camp Magic MacGuffin

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

A little behind moving my stuff into camp this week and will play a little catchup with my Family Legend – it’s coming.

I did manage to get the Camp Magic Macguffin PA system hooked up and plugged into my stereo last week and managed to pop in a cassette to make a recording.

Camp Magic Macguffin PA System: Week 1 Clips


Library of Congress – Packard Campus

Thursday, May 24th, 2012


It’s going to take me at least a week to unpack my fantastic trip to Virginia but I thought I’d start with a little reflection on the screening room at the Library of Congress Packard Campus where I was treated to 35mm reels of Shaft and the French Connection in their amazing 205 seat screening room.


The Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center is where the Library of Congress acquires, preserves and provides access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of films, television programs, radio broadcasts, and sound recordings.

The Campus has globally unprecedented capacity for the preservation reformatting of all audiovisual media formats (including obsolete formats dating back 100 years) and their long-term safekeeping in a massive digital storage archives.

At 415,000 square feet, it has more than 90 miles of shelving for collections storage, 35 climate controlled vaults for sound recording, safety film, and videotape, and 124 vaults of flammable nitrate film.

This campus is an incredible resource featuring ongoing programs and screenings that are free to the public.  If I was a betting man, I would put my money on the sure bet that you can expect to hear more great things coming out of this campus in the coming months.

I was lucky enough to catch 2 films at the Packard Campus with Giulia Forsythe, Alan Levine, and Jim Groom.  Although Shaft was great fun (with the soundtrack sounding particularly fantastic in the screening room) I got a huge charge out of pristine 35mm copy of The French Connection.  I saw this gritty, fast-paced detective flick for the first time in the 90′s and revisiting it reminded me of just how much I love this film.  My long standing all-time favorite car chase has been supplanted by Popeye’s Grand Theft Auto style, police emergency vehicle confiscation, one-way street race with a runaway Brooklyn subway.  In tribute to this brilliant piece of cinema I submit a couple of my favorite scenes in animated gifs.






Android to #ds106radio

Monday, April 30th, 2012

android phones

Have an Android powered phone?  Been looking for a way to broadcast live audio to #ds106radio?

Pocket Transmitter allows you broadcast to #ds106radio in same manner as things are done with Papaya Broadcaster.

There is one small snag … this application requires users to connect to IceCast using Shoutcast-compatibility mode.  Once of the key elements of #ds106radio is the ability to ‘kick’ the /AutoDJ rotations out when someone connects /LIVE.  Shoutcast-compatibility mode users connect via listener sockets – which works fine, but listener socket connections do not support fallback points.  The fallback points are the little magic IceCast2 functionality that allows /LIVE cut-ins to scheduled playlists.

But … by setting up a second server for Android connections using listener sockets, #ds106radio can be configured to effectively listen for any/all activity on any mountpoint and relay broadcasts to /LIVE #ds106radio.  At this point there is about a 40second delay between the relay IceCast server and the main #ds106radio server when someone connects – I’m working on reducing this delay.  Happy to report the sound quality is excellent.  May a thousand Androids bloom.

@draggin has been in the contact with the developer of this application who has indicated that he is considering direct support for IceCast2 – this would eliminate the need for a relay – allowing users to connect directly to #ds106radio from their Android devices … stay tuned … looks like a promising $4.99 option.

Here are your settings for Pocket Transmitter:

Port: 8000
Password: ds106

You can watch for your connection at:

30-40 seconds from connection you will see your /LIVE Android broadcast at #ds106radio at: