One is the loneliest DJ September 14, 2011 9:59 AM   Subscribe

So what does a guy have to do to get a listening room rockin' around here? I'd like to revive memebake's listening room for MeFites if anyone else is interested.

It was announced here in May, and hit Projects in June. It was pretty rockin' for a while, and I hung out there when I could.

But it's dried up now. Maybe people don't know that there's a keen GreaseMonkey script that tells you how many people are in the room from the MeFi main page, but maybe that's the problem: nobody wants to join an empty room, so nobody's clickin' the link.

I loved it, during the times it had 5-6 people in the room, taking turns queuing up music and discussing it. Found a few great new artists that way. What would it take to convince some fellow MeFites to make this their listening option of choice, or at least to keep it open in a tab?

Maybe the Cabal has a listening room that everyone else is hangin' out in and nobody has told me, but I kind of liked this when it was semi-popular. Anyone else want to try to get a regular userbase going?
posted by Shepherd to MetaFilter-Related at 9:59 AM (38 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

To piggyback: anybody like
posted by box at 10:18 AM on September 14, 2011 [1 favorite]

We really just need an alert system. Tell people to flock, they'll flock. How to make that happen is its own question.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:21 AM on September 14, 2011

This could be good!
posted by Threeway Handshake at 10:21 AM on September 14, 2011

To piggyback: anybody like

We're very sorry, but while we would love to let you in and rock out with us, we need to currently restrict turntable access to only the United States due to licensing constraints.

We are working very hard to try and get you in as soon as possible.

No way anyone from inside the U.S. would know this, but my issue with is that it excludes a lot of people (including me!) from participating for (understandable, but regrettable) licensing reasons.
posted by Shepherd at 10:29 AM on September 14, 2011

If there's a subset of people who'd be into, count me in. It's unfortunately restricted outside of the US (and requires Facebook access), but those of us who can use it have been thrilled. I hang out in an unlisted room with friends every day while I'm at work, and it's a pretty solid way to chat and listen to tunes. And they just released an iPhone app yesterday!
posted by naju at 10:47 AM on September 14, 2011

The problem with these things is that it winds up being 20 people all uploading their three remixes of Hit Me Baby One More Time and I just can't sit through all that for one little spin of my precious obscure future blog post track.
posted by carsonb at 11:00 AM on September 14, 2011

This is a kind of thing MetaChat is good at. We used to do it all the time with MeCha Radio. We've also been having some fun with public Google+ hangouts lately.
posted by Eideteker at 11:06 AM on September 14, 2011

Oh, I agree, carsonb (rhymes! ha!). I much prefer the radio format, where everyone takes a turn DJing for a block of time. You soon learn who has the same musical tastes you have, and who has the musical tastes you want to have. 'S pretty cool.
posted by Eideteker at 11:07 AM on September 14, 2011

Well, these (this, mixparty, I assume turntable) also have removal functions, so.. it's not like you're forced to listen to all those remixes if everyone agrees that they'd rather listen to something good.

Or you can take the source code and spin off your own server for more civilized folk.
posted by curious nu at 11:10 AM on September 14, 2011

Also people who upload multiple songs in a row, ugh. So crass. *scoff*
posted by carsonb at 11:13 AM on September 14, 2011

=p (and then someone just broke the red/color theme, so oh well)

I like the voting structure for song removal in this goodlistenr, as it seems to be silent; if enough people vote to remove it, it's done, as opposed to one person broadcasting their loathing of your choice. On the other hand, you have no idea who uploaded what, or how long the queue is.
posted by curious nu at 11:17 AM on September 14, 2011

Try mousing over the songs in the queue. The pop-up bubble gives their length and who uploaded the brack.
posted by carsonb at 11:20 AM on September 14, 2011


*uploads some Brak*
posted by curious nu at 11:22 AM on September 14, 2011

Someone just tell me if we end up moving this to a new place. mefites in IRC is weird . . .
posted by Think_Long at 11:23 AM on September 14, 2011

It's only weird if you don't feel dirty about it.
posted by eyeballkid at 11:54 AM on September 14, 2011 [1 favorite]

Its fun to have it busy again! for people who want to know when the room is busy, there are also Feeds (rss, atom) that report the number of people in the room (when it changes, at 10 min intervals). Or there's the greasemonkey script to stick the number on the mefi homepage, as posted at the top of thread.
posted by memebake at 12:09 PM on September 14, 2011

curious nu: "*uploads some Brak*"

That was some good Brak I just listened to just now.
posted by Plutor at 12:16 PM on September 14, 2011

Good Brak imho
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 12:33 PM on September 14, 2011

We have an overflow room! Come overflow with us~!
posted by vorfeed at 12:52 PM on September 14, 2011

This is probably a stupid question, but why is my default alias Xedicela?
posted by troll at 3:10 PM on September 14, 2011

Um, nevermind.

15:12vorfeed:it makes up wacky aliases for all new people
15:12memebake:everyone gets a random alias when they join. based on the 80s computer game 'Elite'

posted by troll at 3:15 PM on September 14, 2011

I do like turntabl and would enjoy hanging out in a mefite room there if someone makes one.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:39 PM on September 14, 2011

doublehappy: narwhal bacon put one together a little while ago:; but I'm not sure anyone goes there any more, which is sad, because I enjoyed it when I wasn't on dialup."

Mix Party has been pretty dead, except for a couple regulars that pop in and out to check it (seemingly whenever I'm not on). I sat idle all day for a few weeks and didn't see anyone. I'd love to have another group show up and spin some tunes. Maybe someone can do a post to the blue that highlights both projects, so we both get exposure?

If you haven't been on since I first announced it, there have been a lot of changes.
posted by narwhal bacon at 8:23 AM on September 15, 2011

Hey, this is fun! I uploaded some stuff. Hope you like it.
posted by functionequalsform at 2:11 PM on September 15, 2011

Oh hey, this is super.
posted by Maude_the_destroyer at 5:24 PM on September 15, 2011

I've checked on occasion because that is a URL I can actually remember, but yeah, always dead.
posted by maryr at 9:27 PM on September 15, 2011

Rats, I missed it!

Well, I tend to be in the mefi listening room pretty much every Saturday from 11am to 3pm EST while at work, streaming old school hip hop from my home computer. Come join me, so I can spend less time browsing for songs to play and more time working!
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 10:20 AM on September 16, 2011

I made a turntable room. You need at least 2 people in the room to play music, so if someone wants to try it out MefiMail me and I'll stop by. I hang out in various Turntable rooms often. Honestly the taking turns and points accumulation aspect makes it a lot better for me than the homemade sites by Mefites, sorry y'all!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:39 AM on September 16, 2011

posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:39 AM on September 16, 2011

I'm a little AFK right now, but I can certainly stick my avatar's butt in one of those DJ chairs for the moment. So if you're on turntable, feel free to pop in.
posted by maryr at 11:31 AM on September 16, 2011

I'm in the GoodListnr room right now (don't care for Turntable.)

If you're up...
posted by louche mustachio at 12:58 AM on September 17, 2011

louche mustachio is the best DJ.

boo for being US only.
posted by vanar sena at 6:23 AM on September 17, 2011

Double boo for requiring a facebook login.
posted by troll at 11:49 AM on September 17, 2011

That was really fun, you guys.

There are some other sites I've experimented with that seemed decent, some more or less laggy or glitchy than others.

I have to say, and I'm kind of in the minority in that I don't like Turntable very much. I find the design really busy and annoying, and I'm not a fan of the whole avatar scheme. I had the same problems with uploading and lag (in fact, it felt like I had more) and I had to watch those stupid raver avatars just sort of bobbling around while my tunes were stuck in limbo. It was like they were mocking me. Jerks.

I also don't like that I can't play with people on the other side of the world. Come on. That's why the internet is cool.
posted by louche mustachio at 12:13 PM on September 17, 2011

I'm back and I am working a double overnight shift. Oh yeah.
posted by louche mustachio at 5:49 PM on September 17, 2011

Currently a few people in there.
I've tweaked the site slightly so that rooms stay open for a bit after the last person leaves - that makes it a bit easier for people to find each other in there.
Hope to add ogg support soon.
posted by memebake at 12:19 PM on September 19, 2011

Cool. Thanks!
posted by louche mustachio at 10:57 PM on September 19, 2011

It's so lonely...
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