Thursday, February 23, 2012

Podcast 34 - DnB 3: Rollers and Bangers

Oh man do I have a massive podcast for you today.  

Before I get into that though, we've got some big news.  The podcast is now officially up and searchable on Itunes.  That means no more remembering long URLs if you want to share.  Just tell people to search Active Listener on Itunes or any other podcast program.  (Downcast is the best one on the Iphone.  Highly highly recommended.)  You are now also able to rate and review the podcast on Itunes.  It would be great if some of my long time listeners would leave reviews mentioning their favorite episode.  That will be helpful for new comers who want to get into the back catalog.  I'm thinking of my bluegrass fans in particular.  I'll make another one of those but some recommendation could help speed the process.  The podcast reviews would be a great place for those as well.  

Only the last 24 episodes are available through Itunes but the older ones are still available for streaming or download from the podcast website

Alright, now to the music.  Drum and bass is the name of the game and we are not limiting ourselves to only liquid dnb.  Though there is a fair amount of that we also go deeper, have a little drumstep and even a touch of dubstep in there.  The heavier tunes are later in the mix though to encourage the non dnb fans to get their feet wet with some more accessible tunes.  The first song for example, i don't understand how it's not a radio hit.  Anyway, get the mix and turn in up.

Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists,


1. Whisper (ft. Kirsty Hawkshaw) by Blu Mar Ten on Love is the Devil
2. Vacancies by Inka on BDTO20
3. Make the Most of Now (Technicolor Remix) by Komatic on Make the Most of Now
4. Attraction (ft. Migli) by Carl Matthes on Attraction
5. Breath by Mendelayev on Future Sounds of Russia
6. Know Us (Ravager's Drumstep remix) by Jillian Ann and Love & Light on The Ravager Remixes
7. Father, Can't You See I'm Burning by High Contrast on The Agony & The Ecstacy
8. Everyday (Netsky remix) by Rusko on Mad Decent Vol. 1
9. Balaclava in My System by Nu:tone on Sick Music

New instructions for how to get the podcast!!

1. To get new episodes

- Open your favorite podcast program (Itunes, Downcast, etc...)

- Search for Active Listener

- Select the first podcast
- Click subscribe

2. To get older episodes (that don't show up in Itunes)
- Head to the podcast website
- Use the Blog Archive file tree on the right hand side of the page to locate the episode you want and click the link
- To stream the episode just click the name, Podcast xx - ......
- To download, right click (open apple click on a mac) on the name and from the menu that pops up select “Save link as…”
- Choose location and file name and then download

Friday, February 3, 2012

Podcast 33 - Alt Classical

The podcast is back!  And may I add I think this one was worth the wait.  For this episode I embarked on a little project that ended up being more difficult that I originally intended.  The goal was to find a new mix of bands that all have a similar style to Balmorhea, who I really love.  Turns out, Balmorhea's sound actually is pretty unique.  The mission was not a however a failure by any means.  I found some great stuff and almost even better, I found some new ways to search for music.  Sit back, relax, and take a listen to what I came up with.

If you notice the file size is a bit bigger, it's because I finally took the ten seconds to figure out how to encode the mix as a 320 mp3.  It makes a huge difference in the sound quality, especially for the recording of my voice.

Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists,


1. Schones Madchen by Hauschka on Ferndorf
2. The Beast by Gadarene on SXSW 2010 Showcasing Artists
3. Clamor by Balmorhea on Candor/Clamor
4. Pretend (ft. Emika) by The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble on Mr. Machine
5. Dash and Blast by Yndi Halda on Enjoy Eternal Bliss
6. 3055 by Olafur Arnalds on Eulogy for Evolution
7. Childhood 2 by Craig Armstrong on Piano Works
8. The Heart Asks Pleasure First by Michael Nyman on The Piano Soundtrack
9. Promentory by Trevor Jones on The Last of the Mohicans Soundtrack
10. Truth by Balmorhea on All is Wild, All is Silent

Same old directions on how to access the podcast

1. Use Itunes
-Open Itunes
- Click the “Advanced” pull down menu and select “Subscribe to a Podcast
- Paste following URL into the box:
- Click “OK” and you’re set. Downloading should begin immediately and Itunes will automatically download new episodes
2. Download the file direct
-Find the link that says “Play Now” under the desired podcast and right click on it
-from the right click menu select “Save link as…”
-Choose location and file name and download. This needs to be done each time I release a new podcast.