Mix Party! March 19, 2011 9:51 PM   Subscribe

This was mentioned in the comments section of a metatalk thread about Listening Room, but our very own Narwhal Bacon has released the source for a (far superior, imo) clone of it called Collaborative Jukebox. There is a room open right now for mefites at MixParty.org

I didn't want to post it to the front page because mixparty only has so much bandwidth, from what I understand, and only one room, so I'm not sure that it can handle the attention from a front page post.
posted by empath to MetaFilter-Related at 9:51 PM (43 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

I like the names it gives you. None of this 'guest655321' junk. Before I changed my nick I was The Scarecrow Pioneers. User The Trendy Procedure has wisely elected to keep their moniker.
posted by carsonb at 10:24 PM on March 19, 2011


For some reason when I read "use a 24 hour clock" I imagine it in Ali G's voice... "You is a 24 hour clock, yeah?"
posted by doublehappy at 10:53 PM on March 19, 2011


... and the queue's already around 2 hours, and climbing.

Well, that was fun!
posted by carsonb at 11:39 PM on March 19, 2011


If the current song queue is any indication, this is going to turn into a pretty jamming house mix in 40 minutes
posted by hellojed at 11:42 PM on March 19, 2011


Seriously, give me some way to dump the entire list because I can't keep up copying and pasting every three minutes!
posted by doublehappy at 2:33 AM on March 20, 2011


Ugh, annoying design. Yes, I am blocking flash. Give me a flash object to click on so I can enable it. That's how flashblock works.
posted by Eideteker at 5:46 AM on March 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ah, but the evil "remove" link is there. In Listening Room, I waited through 4 hours (about 20% of which was crap - much better odds than the radio), only to see my song deleted 10 minutes before it should have started playing. Was there ever a solution for that? Is that what the twitter signin is supposed to preclude?
posted by lesli212 at 6:04 AM on March 20, 2011


i like it!

but i'm in there alone...

anyone want to help craft a nice sunday morning sound?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:35 AM on March 20, 2011


Tomorrow morning should be nice, though. Workdays have more people hanging out.
posted by ChrisR at 8:02 AM on March 20, 2011


actually this is probably better for us, otherwise there might be some lame-o uploading house music
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:05 AM on March 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


I just went there and the very first thing I hear is Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill. Way to keep it gangster Metafilter.
posted by geoff. at 9:41 AM on March 20, 2011


Yay! Mix Party is great, narwhal bacon kicks ass.

Ah, but the evil "remove" link is there.

The problem with the remove link on LR was that (a) people didn't know what it did, or (b) people did know what it did and were being assholes.

Point (a) is a user-education issue. Point (b) is a random-dongs issue. There has been zero problem on either point so far on nb's Mix Party implementation, because it's a bunch of mefites who are not dongs; the pop up that explains what "remove" does handles point (a) pretty well.

That said, nb has talked about trying to work out some sort of voting/agreement system for managing removes, which might help for less completely well-mannered crowds.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:53 AM on March 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


I've seen only one song removed by someone who wasn't the original uploader since last night.
posted by empath at 10:02 AM on March 20, 2011


This would be great... If your favorite band didn't suck.
posted by clockwork at 11:58 AM on March 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ugh, annoying design. Yes, I am blocking flash. Give me a flash object to click on so I can enable it. That's how flashblock works.
posted by Eideteker


I agree! The problem is that the flash player can't be visible because it has controls to play/pause the current sound object, and that completely breaks the purpose of the room. It's on my TODO list to revisit the third-party API to see if there is a way to disable those controls, and to also see if I can fix the html5 audio problems I was experiencing so Flash can be a non-requirement if you have a modern browser (or an iOS mobile device).
posted by narwhal bacon at 12:23 PM on March 20, 2011


Or, you know, whitelist the site?
posted by ChrisR at 1:06 PM on March 20, 2011


I cued up three of my favourite tracks this morning and everyone left ;-(
posted by scruss at 1:19 PM on March 20, 2011


I've seen only one song removed by someone who wasn't the original uploader since last night.
I saw two. One was a song I uploaded and it turned out to be about 75 minutes long, and the other one was when I joined and didn't understand what was happening and saw that awful Heartbeats song and clicked remove and then panicked and hit enter without reading the popup telling me it would remove for everyone.
posted by doublehappy at 1:22 PM on March 20, 2011


Music discovery indeed!
I love seeing long lists of songs by mostly unfamiliar artists.

Could it periodically update a numeric total of megabytes transferred
since I hooked up to the stream? I live in a network hinterland, and when
my megabytes are gone, they're gone for the rest of the month.

Updating the total at the end of every song would be fine.
posted by the Real Dan at 2:01 PM on March 20, 2011


The button to mute only the currently-playing song is super useful.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 2:03 PM on March 20, 2011


This is a nice thing, and we have it. Still need to figure out how to keep the bandwidth from frying narwhal's bacon.
posted by taz at 2:25 PM on March 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'd happily throw a few dollars someone's way each month for this - just don't ask me to sign up to Twitter.
posted by doublehappy at 5:38 PM on March 20, 2011 [2 favorites]


Can it degrade gracefully to HTML 5 the way Metafilter's player works
posted by Ad hominem at 6:35 PM on March 20, 2011


i would also happily donate a bit for this!
posted by joshuaconner at 9:42 PM on March 20, 2011


Thanks. Would've missed narwhal's update since I rarely check Projects. I've enjoyed both LR and narwhal's previous incarnation, but definitely more fun when more mefites join (so get your booties over there).
posted by p3t3 at 12:52 AM on March 21, 2011


*poof*
posted by ChrisR at 7:26 AM on March 21, 2011


Hmm. It's sure not down for me.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:27 AM on March 21, 2011


It went away all morning for me. I see from your playlist that it's back up.

Interestingly, it's still down according to that link.
posted by ChrisR at 8:23 AM on March 21, 2011


i like
posted by not_on_display at 2:27 PM on March 21, 2011


Okay, who broke it :(
posted by empath at 4:18 PM on March 22, 2011


the next exquisite corpse will be centered around loss.
posted by Hesychia at 4:21 PM on March 22, 2011


Aww.
posted by klangklangston at 4:23 PM on March 22, 2011


Sorry folks, the code is dying on some weird "Socket is not writable" error. I'm trying to fix it.
posted by narwhal bacon at 4:24 PM on March 22, 2011


Rebooting the server seemed to do the trick. We're back on the air.
posted by narwhal bacon at 4:32 PM on March 22, 2011


OHHHHHHH! That's why someone has been using the name "random-dong's issue" all evening.
posted by maryr at 10:10 PM on March 22, 2011


Seems to be dead. Does anyone read the posts down here?
posted by cashman at 9:39 AM on April 8, 2011


It started flaking on my computer pretty hard, to the point where I couldn't listen to more than ten seconds of any given song.
posted by klangklangston at 9:56 AM on April 8, 2011


I pop in a few times a week. Sometimes there's a few folks there and I hang out and play my fair share for an hour or two; sometimes it's dead and I pop back out again.

I'd throw out a "HEY LET'S GO MIXPARTY SOME MIXPARTY" on twitter but I'm concerned about both the random dong issue and the busting narwhal bacon's bank issue. It seems like some sort of way to do a contained notification to interested parties that Now Is The Time On Sprockets When We Mixparty could help with the small-scale swarming, but I'm not sure how that would work.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:57 AM on April 8, 2011


I finally got my own version of it installed. I'm keeping it as a private server to friends, so I'm thinking of making the maximally-infringing version where it stores all of the MP3s locally and keeps top 10 lists and let's you replay mp3s other people play and download them.
posted by empath at 12:15 PM on April 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


Sweet. Can I be your friend?
posted by maryr at 12:18 PM on April 8, 2011


I also would like to be your friend!
posted by doublehappy at 9:43 PM on April 8, 2011


empath, your butt totally looks good in that outfit.
posted by cashman at 5:57 PM on April 9, 2011


Do you want this frozen yogurt? The shop accidentally gave me two.
posted by maryr at 7:05 PM on April 9, 2011


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