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Sorting, sorting, sorting...

When I released my 10 years ago compilation, don't ask me why, but I was very disorganised. I trusted my memory would keep working as well as it had done until then and I would be able to link a song with its source filename forever. So, let's consider my song titled "tQOH". You would expect the filename to be something like tQOH.extension. But it wasn't. In fact, its filename was HOUZE.XM. Totally unrelated.

I had also noticed that some of the songs in the compilation weren't available as single songs in the website--quite a shame! But looking and matching their filenames to their titles was very hard... and to make things worse, the source songs were scattered in lots of several different folders. Such as unfinished, unfinished1, unfinished2, finished. You would expect unfinished songs to be only in the 'unfinished' folders, right? Poor fool. No, there were all sorts of songs in there, both finished and unfinished.

And it doesn't end there. Some of those folders were duplicated in another folder, because I initially copied them from my old desktop to my (then) new laptop, and then the desktop had to be formatted and so we made another backup, but at that time, my laptop was already old news, so I had already transferred the first copy to my new laptop. Which makes it the second copy, in which there were changes. So I copied the desktop backup to the laptop too, just to make sure I had all data. Did you get lost? :-D

This was a disgrace!

So I decided I would put an end to this. Therefore I'm slowling trawling through those Folders of Hell and sorting the songs out, removing duplicates, adding the missing ones to the website, with its MP3/OGG render so that they can be listened online, filling its profile with whatever I can remember about the song, etc.

It's been such an interesting experience. A bit boring at times but very rewarding... specially when I found an IT.RAR file which not only contained the latest version of Impulse Tracker I used, but also a bunch of songs that I thought had lost the sources of. Plus very cool almost finished songs that I didn't even remember having tracked, and some fresh promising sketches that could be ace (once finished). It was like in the Amelie movie, when the guy gets its old metal box--that RAR file was full of memories and unexpected surprises. It was very moving.

And my hopes were quite high when I found an XM.RAR file too... but unfortunately this one wasn't nearly as interesting as the IT one. It just had a copy of Fast Tracker 2, and that's it :-(

Today I've finally completed the sync with 10 years ago. I can proudly say that all the songs in the compilation are finally in the website as well! Yay! That makes the count of songs go up to 164, and there are still more to be added! (I only have to sort 7+Gb of files, haha!)

I'll make it easy for you, and detail the list of newly added songs:

And while I was on it, I also added three more songs:

... and also took the opportunity to test DOSBox's render to video functionalities, and recorded one of my very old songs playing under Scream Tracker. Wooohooo!

(I wonder what does Sami Tammilehto think when he sees ST3 screenshots/videos still being posted to Youtube et al.--if I meet him one day, I have to ask him for sure!)

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