It has taken a lot of time because there are lots of underlying details and internal changes, but I finally managed to put this new version online.
Probably the most noticeable aspect is its appearance, which is quite different from the previous one (just in case nobody noticed, it was a temporary one). I had been considering lots of different styles, from the typical CMYK combinations to the somehow expectable pixel graphics, blocky stuff and all that. But since CMYK color schemes have already been abused so much in the past and since I’m not very good with pixel graphics, I decided to go for something simpler which didn’t condition the rest of the contents in the site.
Even though, I added a little bit of animation with jquery.color. Did you notice it? A bit like mathmos lamps but in web style :)
But the most important change is the new and shiny music section. The first thing which you’ll see is that kind of long musical biography specially aimed to curious people. If you’re not interested just skip to the next column where the releases and videos are :-)
Although it’s nowhere finished yet, my aim is to build a decent archive of the stuff I do and have been doing for the past ten years. Surprisingly I still haven’t done anything like that before (or at least not that easy to maintain or with such a completeness intention).
In the case of module files, I’m reading the song parameters using an extended version of herotyc’s modread, slightly improving the support for XM files, apart from being able to read the header of remote files, emulating fseek in those cases. I still have some work to do on the XM support (I’m not reading the samples or instruments text yet) and will probably add S3M support as well since I have some S3M files whose sample texts I want to show, so that’s why I haven’t released these changes yet. Maybe we could start a project for the modreader.php class, and somebody could add support for more exotic file formats, like MOD! ;-)
Anyway, that’s how the song title, tempo, speed and pattern count, apart from instruments or sample texts, get into the database.
There’s another interesting feature which is the podcast – how cool is it?! Now you can subscribe with your favourite device, and listen to my songs, as soon as I publish them.
For the superfans, there’s another feed, the songs feed – this one includes all types of songs (tracked and streamed), not only mp3 and may not be suitable for all types of players.
I hope you like the changes! And now… back to the sequencer! :-)