HDCP is ridiculously annoying - DRM sucks for consumers

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TV showing error message.

I decided to treat myself to an upgraded home cinema experience. But mandatory copy-protection has meant I've spend the weekend trying and failing to get things working, rather than watching glorious 4K HDR 10 bit movies. Here's the problem: Why am I getting the error "This content can not be displayed because your TV does… Continue reading →

Convert Surround Sound WAV albums to individual opus files

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As ever, notes to myself. This is a method to take a .wav and .cue and transform it into individual files. In this case, .opus. Transform to .flac FLAC is a good intermediary file format, especially for surround sound files. avconv -i file.wav out.flac Transform to .opus An optional step if you want smaller files.… Continue reading →

Deconstructing The Sounds Behind The Lightsaber Dream Sequence

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Just a bit of fun for a Friday afternoon - and spoilers ahoy! Star Wars VII contains the most magnificence dream sequence. When Rey lays her hand on a lightsaber for the first time, the world dissolves as a cacophony of audio hallucinations plague her. It's a short sequence - lasting just under a minute… Continue reading →

Exporting Multitrack Surround Files in Audacity

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Notes to myself! Suppose you want to create a surround sound file using Audacity. The app is a little obtuse, so this may clear up some confusion. When exporting, Audacity defaults to mixing down to stereo. You must adjust these settings: Edit → Preferences → Import/Export → Use Custom Mix Lay out your audio. Keep… Continue reading →

Splitting a Surround Sound Audio File in Ubuntu

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Being mostly notes to myself and following on from my post on Quadrophonic files. I have: A DTS album stored as a .WAV A .cue file with chapter markings I want: The single large file to be split into individual chapters with one file per chapter. Each file to be multitrack (that is, to stay… Continue reading →

Dealing With Quadrophonic / DVD-A Files In Linux

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These are mostly notes to myself. These all comply with the UK's new copyright laws. Check your local laws, kiddies! DVD-Audio (called DVD-A or DVDA) never really took off. It's hard to find the discs and compatible hardware. Nevertheless, I want to listen to these high-resolution audio tracks under Linux. In these examples, I'm using… Continue reading →

The Future of AudioBoo is Uncertain - A Reply to @Documentally

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My good friend Documentally has written up his thoughts on the future of AudioBoo. Here is my reply, appropriately enough, in audio format. https://shkspr.mobi/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/AudioBoo-Future.mp3 AudioBoo Future MP3 https://shkspr.mobi/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/AudioBoo-Future.ogg AudioBoo Future Ogg You may be interested in my other posts on the subject - Preparing for the Collapse of Digital Civilization and I Don't Want To… Continue reading →

HOWTO: Preserving BarCamps

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Oh! Woe is me! I can't make BarCampLondon 8. This will be the first BarCamp I've not been able to get to in ages. Following hashtags is fun, if a little disjointed. What I really need is some way I could attend virtually..... @barcamplondon idea for you: film all sessions & stick them on archive.org… Continue reading →