|Searching the 'Blogosphere' for Music |
"Find a feeling, pass it on" So sang pop dreamers The Coral two summers ago: these days, it's the mantra of a new breed of musical bloggers.
MP3 bloggers, as they are known, are people who hunt down and post musical gems — usually hard-to-find or niche MP3s — for others to discuss and, for a limited time, download.
This is the relevant wikipedia entry: "[MP3 blogs]
are also known as audio blogs or audioblogs. MP3 blogs have become increasingly
popular since the beginning of 2003. The music posted is normally hard-to-find,
often has not been issued in many years,
and selections are often restricted to a particular musical sub-genre or theme"
This is, of course, a legally "grey" area, and proves once again, that the Web was
made for sharing,
and not for hoarding and selling crap.
As readers of this site knows, there are many other better ways
to search for mp3music,
yet most MP3 bloggers post tracks for a week to 10 days, or longer,
and take them down when and if eventually companies complain.
But complaining is unlikely: music blogs sport real good music, and only
seldom they host that kind of banal "crap for zombies"
published --and pushed through advertisement-- by the big music companies: "Peer-to-peer networks are obviously
a far greater threat as far as the labels are concerned. And the industry
seems to be built on the backs of an ever-decreasing number of artists;
music blogs are not the place to go if you're an 18-year-old high school kid
looking for the latest Eminem record"
So you may be interested in a small combing exercise:
"The great thing about visiting music blogs is finding that half-dozen or
so whose taste you share and whose expertise you trust": find out those
music blogs that appeal to your music soul and have periodically
a look at the "beef" in offer (of course for free) there.
This rises a problem however: in fact humans (and especially searchers) have a limited time,
and many things to do.
Alas: staying in touch with a given --rarely insignificant-- amount of bloggers is quite time consuming, or even
often happens to be the case with blogs in general-- time-wasting.
MP3 blogs are intricately cross-referenced via long
lists of links, and hopping from site to site can easily consume several hours.
The solution is at hand: wget to the rescue!
|How to fetch da beef without wading into the blogs |
As often when you need a speedy free tool for mass downloading, the solution
can be a correct use of wget (here version 1531). In order to fetch this
vey powerful fetcher, you
may also visit the ad hoc section of the GNU site,
or Charron's for the windows version.
Wget is a command line program, that allows you -simply put- to do and fetch
*anything* you want (not only mp3, duh :-)
Now for blogs, you would use the URL of the bloggers you are interested in and run wget once a day -say-
in order to download everything it finds.
Here's Jeffery Veen's command string:
wget -r -l1 -H -t1 -nd -N -np -A.mp3 -erobots=off -i ~/mp3blogs.txt
And here's what this all means:
-r -H -l1 -np These options tell wget to download recursively. That means it goes to a URL, downloads the page there, then follows every link it finds. The -H tells the app to span domains, meaning it should follow links that point away from the blog. And the -l1 (a lowercase L with a numeral one) means to only go one level deep; that is, don't follow links on the linked site. In other words, these commands work together to ensure that you don't send wget off to download the entire Web -- or at least as much as will fit on your hard drive. Rather, it will take each link from your list of blogs, and download it. The -np switch stands for "no parent", which instructs wget to never follow a link up to a parent directory.
We don't, however, want all the links -- just those that point to audio files we haven't yet seen. Including -A.mp3 tells wget to only download files that end with the .mp3 extension. And -N turns on timestamping, which means wget won't download something with the same name unless it's newer.
To keep things clean, we'll add -nd, which makes the app save every thing it finds in one directory, rather than mirroring the directory structure of linked sites. And -erobots=off tells wget to ignore the standard robots.txt files. Normally, this would be a terrible idea, since we'd want to honor the wishes of the site owner. However, since we're only grabbing one file per site, we can safely skip these and keep our directory much cleaner. Also, along the lines of good net citizenship, we'll add the -w5 to wait 5 seconds between each request as to not pound the poor blogs.
Finally, -i ~/mp3blogs.txt is a little shortcut. Typically, I'd just add a URL to
the command line with wget and start the downloading. But since I wanted to visit multiple mp3 blogs,
I listed their addresses in a text file (one per line) and told wget to use that as
I put this in a cron job, run it every day, and save everything to a local directory.
And since it timestamps, the app only downloads new stuff.
(Courtesy of The Tofu Hut, Wikipedia and
First a useful aggregator (an aggregated feed of mp3 weblogs: updated every hour): http://www.mp3blogs.org/
Then a big list but as any seeker knows, links are wacky things on the quicksand web...
- MP3 blogs
|Searchlores' own music blog |
Well, after having collated the above I simply couldn't resist: here some music for you, dear readers...
in fact, this is all the music -used for searching essays purposes- that was already here
This, I'm sure, will put this music blog in
the 'eclectic' category to say the least :-)
Here, and only for the first two snippets, a classic example I have made for a kind of
"disclaimer and bait" typical of a real music blogger:
This old Philips edition in three discs: Vivaldi Sacred Music for solo voices & orchestra,
is nowadays next to impossible to find (sauf for good seekers): The Soprano, with
an incredibly erotic voice, is Margaret MARSHALL and the Concertgebouw
chamber orchestra was
directed by Vittorio Negri.
The strings are so rich and beautiful
that one can easily forget some occasional glitches, and
the recording is vivid enough to reveal the delicacy of some real
Vivaldi's textures. And the Soprano voice puts to shame any Countertenor that
ever tried to perform this work :-)
the music teacher at an all girls orphanage called the Ospedale delle Pietŕ.
It was Vivaldi's job to teach young girls to play music and he had to write
two concerti every month for them to perform. This accounts for the
variety of instruments Vivaldi wrote for, since he had to showcase
each of the young girl's talents. Judging from the difficulty of the
music, these girls, all of them under twenty, possessed
Experts discern, from the sudden appearence and relevance given to -say- a second
viola in the foreground, with which -among the girls of his orchestra-
Vivaldi was going in bed at the moment of each composition :-)
Vivaldi must have enjoyed
this work quite a lot, since he stayed at the Ospedale off and on for thirty-five years :-)
The CDs numbers are: 432 088-2 (Disc I), 432 091-2 (Disc II) and 432 104-2 (Disc III).
following mp3 have been taken from
I'll publish every two weeks two different mp3 (if I remember it or if you are such a bad seeker :-)
01-Nisi Dominus RV 608.mp3
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Nisi Dominus aedificaverit domum,
in vanum laboraverunt,
qui aedificant eam.
Nisi Dominus custodierit civitatem
frustra vigilat qui custodit eam.
Vanum est vobis
ante lucem surgere.
Surgite postquam sederitis,
qui manducatis panem doloris.
Cum dederit dilectis suis somnum:
ecce haereditas Domini, filii:
merces, fructus ventris.
Sicut sagittae in manu potentis,
ita filii excussorum.
Beatus vir qui implevit
desiderium suum ex ipsis:
non confundetur cum loquetur
inimicis suis in porta
Sicut sagittae in manu potentis,
ita filii excussorum.
"Sabre Dance" from the Gayaneh suite, Wiener Philamoniker, directed by Aram Khachaturian himself, 1962,
Decca, Disc 425 619-2
Incredibly soviet "Gershwin-like" music...
only Gershwin could have learned quite a lot from Khachaturian... whereas the other way round would have been
a catastrophe for all music lovers :-)
This well known snippet comes from Khachaturian's second ballet, written a year earlier than the second simphony, and is even
more closely linked to the cotton growing district of southern Armenia.
Gayaneh (which is also the name of Khachaturian's wife) is a cotton-picker, married to a
good for nothing drunkard, Giko, who causes her misery and is a menace
to the work of the collective. She promptly and bravely
denounces him to her fellow workers, and he in fury
attacks her and sets fire to the bales of cotton.
Gayaneh is only saved (together with the collective) by the timely appearence of a red Army patrol. The wicked
man is exiled, and the ballet ends with general rejoicing and the fantastic and
vigorous "Sabre Dance" where Gayaneh
dances with the Red Army/Police/Cheka officer
that has arrested her
husband (the "Cheka guy" usually wears a big long coat and looks terrific, rock-honest and fascinating, like the great
Felix Dzerzhinsky :-)
In fact Gayaneh will finally divorce from
the exiled Giko (the "good for nothing drunkard"... quite an interesting character, actually :-) and
marry the Cheka commander: the "Sabre Dance" is part of their
But one should never be too severe, nor should one ever consider music abstractly,
forgetting its historical context.
"Del senno di poi son piene le fosse", say the
italians. And in this case real, non metaphorical, graves were quite full, indeed.
Yet everything -as always-
is relative: Gayaneh, Libretto by K. Derzhavin, ballet in four acts (1941-1942) is Khachaturian's Opus 50:
First performance: 3 December 1942.
So, you see, it
was composed and performed while the Soviet Union was under heavy attack by the
Nazi and at risk of nothing less than enslavement: please note, moreover, that
this opera was written
when it was -by far- not so clear who would have prevailed in the end.
Do means justify the ends? Never.
Do ends justify the means? Always. That's the kind of contradiction all real
reversers must deal with.
The Owl And The Pussycat.mp3
Otis Redding - Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay.mp3
Finally, there are on my site two mp3 that have been used to test information seeking skills, trying to
"locate" a given music without even knowing what music it actually is.
Here they are, you'll have to find out by yourself
what they are. Incidentally both singers, once again, have incredibly "arousing" voices :-)
More music at musicblogs_82005.htm
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