July 1st, 2009


Use Audio Player Wordpress Plugin outside Wordpress Blogs

I figured this out yesterday, and it is the sort of thing a lot of people would like to do and haven’t figured out yet.

First off, this is the audio player:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

and you can read up on it at the AudioPlayer website. It’s very easy to integrate in Wordpress, and putting a player in a post looks like this:


Second off, my ‘easy’ way to integrate it outside Wordpress:
0. Make sure you can use PHP with your web server. This is pretty standard anymore; you’d probably have to install your own build of Apache to avoid having PHP.

1. First put this php function in a file. My version is here:http://www.cornwarning.com/php-includes/audioplayer.php

function audioplayer($audioURL,$playerIndex )
echo "<script language=\"JavaScript\"
<object type=\"application/x-shockwave-flash\"
id=\"audioplayer1\" height=\"24\" width=\"150\">
<param name=\"movie\" value=\"http://YOURPATH/player.swf\">
<param name=\"FlashVars\"
<param name=\"quality\" value=\"high\">
<param name=\"menu\" value=\"false\">
<param name=\"wmode\" value=\"transparent\">

2. You will need two files to make the player work: audio-player.js, and player.swf. In a WordPress install these will be in wp-content/plugins/audio-player/assets. Copy these someplace in your web directory — maybe the same place you put audioplayer.php. Then replace YOURPATH with the URL for that directory.

3. To use the audioplayer PHP function in an html page:

<?php include("http://YOURPATH/audioplayer.php"); ?>
<?php audioplayer("YourMP3URL",1); ?>

There you have it. Now I realize, not everyone writes their own web pages and most of the above might be pretty forbidding, but I hope that if you can write a simple web page and manage the files in your public_html, this is enough information to get you going.

Originally published at Do My Eyes Look Scary?. You can comment here or there.


Mad EP Twenty-Four Breakbeats? Free? Brilliant?

Mad EP’s Twenty-Four Breakbeats is one of those unclassifiable albums, except to classify it as awesome. His M.O. involves skittery cutups of acoustic drum breaks, occasional vague minor chord interludes, and what sounds like live bass merging seamlessly into digitally edited live bass…

So like Squarepusher, only not so overtly manic. IDM-esque, perhaps but more like a hip hop guy getting fancy with the MPC than bad-skinned kid randomly clicking in the the piano roll view. And some ‘cello as well?

So an interesting and pleasant release, well worth the price of FREE!

Originally published at Do My Eyes Look Scary?. You can comment here or there.


NI Komplete blown out at $399?!? What does it mean?

So this NI Komplete Special is definitely the talk of the music production blogs today. It’s a great deal IMHO, but it raises some questions…

Q1: It kind of makes everyone who dropped $1200 on Komplete recently feel like a chump, doesn’t it?

Q2: Does this mean NI is hard up for cash?

Q3: Is this an indication that NI is no longer as relevant as it once was?

Personally I use all the NI stuff much less than I once did. I paid for Reaktor and several upgrades, before I started getting NFR review copies — the only instruments I don’t have are Massive, Absynth, Elektrik Piano and Akoustic Piano. Those might justify buying Komplete, but like a lot of people (I think) who have started doing most their work in Ableton Live, there aren’t a lot of reasons to go beyond the instruments built into Live.

The Live Instruments are by no means the be-all and end-all of virtual instruments, but they’re good enough to get the job done, especially when you’re putting something together whose musical charms aren’t primarily a matter of sound design.

Originally published at Do My Eyes Look Scary?. You can comment here or there.