phantomcircuit

Jul 132014
 

Twilight Area.

Use the player above to listen. If it’s missing or you can’t hear anything, see the help section.

Playlist for Phantom Circuit #143

Available from 13th July 2014

Artist Track Source
GrAze Before Before / Number 4
Almark Binary Fathoms -ATD-
Das Omikron Zero Part II Picture
Iky Iky I am Anticitizen One Collection 2011-2012
Collection d’Arnell-Andréa Un Horizon de Lune Au Val des Roses
PiXtar Twilight Area Moon 5
Stellardrone A Moment of Stillness A Moment of Stillness
Etc. Continuum Still Sequence
+ owco2_continuum EPV_063
Plus Instruments Freundschaft Februari – April ’81
Abstracode Morning The Guest. Part I: Dear Friend…
Buddy System Rendering Sentiment The original mp3.com
dep I Love You dep

The illustration is a detail of a photograph by Wildfeuer.

 Posted by on July 13, 2014 Playlists No Responses »
Jul 012014
 

Mixcloud has confirmed that its embedded players have reverted to the old behaviour: shows will not now be automatically followed by unrelated cloudcasts or mixes. Thanks, Mixcloud! So you can safely ignore the previous posts on this subject and concentrate on the music once more…

 Posted by on July 1, 2014 Glitches No Responses »
Jun 242014
 

Featuring a session recorded for the show by Wizards Tell Lies.

Use the player above to listen. If it’s missing or you can’t hear anything, see the help section.

Playlist for Phantom Circuit #142

Available from 24th June 2014

Artist Track Source
Keith Seatman The Inside-Out Man Around The Folly And Down Hill
Wizards Tell Lies ADI/Horror of it All (Part 1) Session for Phantom Circuit
Gladdy & Smiles Hospital Dub Eclectronica
Søren Nordström Ghost-Dubbing Deep State
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma Spirits The Garden of Forking Paths
Wizards Tell Lies & Joshua Levesque Path of Zodiacs Session for Phantom Circuit
Observation Point Concentric Circles Behind the Sun
Isobel Ccircle~ Fluttercage Fluttercage
Harold Budd Wings By the Dawn’s Early Light
Norah Lorway Kulør Kulør
Wizards Tell Lies Hey Fire Break/ Damage Done, Details Logged Session for Phantom Circuit
Second Layer In Bits World Of Rubber
Guy Birkin Ovst3p-m12 Bits
 Posted by on June 24, 2014 Playlists, sessions No Responses »
Jun 112014
 

Update 1st July 2014: Mixcloud has confirmed that embedded players have reverted to the old behaviour: shows will not now be automatically followed by unrelated cloudcasts or mixes. Thanks, Mixcloud! So you can safely ignore this post…

SrslyAs you may have noticed (and as mentioned in the previous post), it is now the case that when you listen to an edition of Phantom Circuit on this site (or on Tumblr or anywhere else the player is embedded), you will be treated (?) to another show or mix of Mixcloud’s choosing. It might be another edition of Phantom Circuit, or it might well be a completely unrelated show or mix by another “cloudcaster”. It could well be something to your taste, something that will make you grind your teeth or maybe some psycho ranting about the people who live behind his walls for all we can do about it. Phantom Circuit will have no say in the matter. On its own Web site.

It does make sense for an algorithm to play continuous music if you listen directly from Mixcloud.com, but it’s surely confusing and misleading to have some random show pop-up and start playing, without any announcement, as soon as an edition of Phantom Circuit has stopped playing at… phantomcircuit.com! And what of the text below the player, which is part of Mixcloud’s code for embedded players? Well, that will continue to assert that the show is Phantom Circuit, when in fact you may well be listening to a completely unrelated show!

Mixcloud has been extremely reliable as a streaming platform, and whilst there have been occasions in which this site has had to be tediously adjusted on a large scale to accommodate Mixcloud’s evolving ideas about presentation of the players, that is not unreasonable given the overall progress of the service. But this voluntary work is in service of phantomcircuit.com, which hopefully benefits certain sets of listeners and musicians. It’s not just some satellite of Mixcloud.com or some launchpad which will give you a feed of algorithmically linked cloudcasts. The automatic embedding of other cloudcasts at this site seems confusing, misleading, and maybe even risky. Will Mixcloud accept liability for content that its algorithms decide this site will host? That seems unlikely.

So what can be done? If you agree that the automatic inclusion of unrelated cloudcasts in embedded players is undesirable, let Mixcloud know. You’ll have to have an account at Mixcloud.com to access their “support” section, but perhaps they will be responsive to feedback via Twitter and the usual social media channels.

How does this affect Phantom Circuit? We shall see. But at the very least, it seems the embedded players will have to be laboriously removed, in order to protect the programme and its listeners from confusing and potentially undesirable content. That’s further inconvenience and work, and you have to wonder how many more distractions and obstacles to straightforward “cloudcasting” lie ahead, and whether it’s actually worth struggling with.

 Posted by on June 11, 2014 Engineering, Glitches No Responses »
Jun 102014
 

TestcardMixcloudYou may have seen a couple of “test” entries here. They shouldn’t have been on the front page but hopefully they did not cause any confusion.

These tests were created to demonstrate to Mixcloud’s support team a bug which leads to other Mixcloud content following playback of shows on this site. Mixcloud was quick to respond and the problem has been referred to the appropriate section. While we wait for a fix, if you see random mixes and shows popping up after you have listened to an edition of Phantom Circuit, you know why!

Update 11th June 2014: we are now told that this is a feature and not a bug. This sounds like bad news for Phantom Circuit and its listeners. Please see the next post, which explains why it may be a matter of great concern.

Update 1st July 2014: Mixcloud has confirmed that embedded players have reverted to the old behaviour: shows will not now be automatically followed by unrelated cloudcasts or mixes. Thanks, Mixcloud! So you can safely ignore this post…

 Posted by on June 10, 2014 Engineering No Responses »
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