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Livien - Journal of Jennifer Sando » Fearing August

This weekend, I am going to see La Boheme. I haven’t been to see an opera in more than 5 years now - the last time was when I lived in Brisbane and it was La Traviata. I went with my family and we were all dressed up ‘to the nines’. (Geez, I hate using over-done phrases like the one you just read - but my friend said it to me earlier and now it’s just stuck there). I remember being stunned that the Queenslanders tended to see it more as a casual occasion.

I recall the first time I went to Queensland on a holiday being surprised at the patrons in the Casino not wearing ‘nice’ clothes. That is, they were in shorts, tee-shirts and thongs. This was in the Gold Coast though…

Free Classical Albums

From this page, a list of free classical albums for download.

RealPlayer Combing

The BBC has a wide range of programmes available in their archives, largely in RealPlayer format. I have written ‘realdump’, which will grab the data from one of these streams, and dump it to a WAV or AIFF file.

Firstly, I’d like to be able to dump it to MP3 or AAC, rather than have to convert them myself.

Secondly, I’d like to be able to grab any of the meta-data that comes with the track.

Thirdly, I’d like to make a script that combs through a site, grabbing all of the data.

Good to see, the ABC has some PodCasts, but not all of the types of programs I’m likely to want. Radio National seems to be doing a fair bit of it though.

Update: http://www.audiocoding.com/ has a CLI AAC encoder.

Beethoven BBC

I blogged some time (in fact exactly a month) ago about BBC Radio 3’s Beethoven special, and have just noticed a couple of extra tracks up on the Listen Again page:

Note to self: snaffle these before they are gone… Update: other stuff available.

rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio3/beethoven/btebeethoven.rm
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio3/beethoven/beethovenorbust.rm
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio3/classical/mahlerone1.rm
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio3/classical/mahlerone2.rm
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio3/classical/mahlerone3.rm
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio3/classical/mahlerone4.rm
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio3/classical/CJ_tchaik_manfred1.rm
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio3/classical/CJ_tchaik_manfred2.rm
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio3/classical/CJ_tchaik_manfred3.rm
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio3/classical/CJ_tchaik_manfred4.rm
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio3/classical/CJ_tchaik4_1.rm
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio3/classical/CJ_tchaik4_2.rm
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio3/classical/CJ_tchaik4_3and4.rm
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio3/classical/CJ_tchaik5_1.rm
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio3/classical/CJ_tchaik5_2.rm
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio3/classical/CJ_tchaik5_3.rm
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio3/classical/CJ_tchaik5_4.rm

Ludwig Van

The BBC has been offering free downloads of the BBC Philharmonic performing Beethoven’s Symphonies as a part of their Beethoven Experience. I finally finished downloading the entire set. I also leeched (using realdump) the complete Sonata Cycle, as performed in 2003 by Artur Pizzaro. The BBC website doesn’t allow resume transfers on downloading, so I had to have several tries at some of the files. And a couple of the Sontatas don’t seem to be all there - but there ain’t any more on the server.

Sing-along Music

Note to self: Classical Music is good public transport music. Why? Because you are less likely to sing along. People look strangely at you when you sing on the train, for some reason.