We all know tagging is important, right? After observing a friend spend endless hours submerged in iTunes, meticulously tagging and rating their music collection track by track, I realized I was naive to think most online music distributors tag their files correctly. You know your digital life is a mess when you see files called ‘Track 01.mp3′ only to open it up and reveal the tag displays ‘track 1 – unknown artist’. Never fear, I am going to explain what tagging is and a suggest a tool you can use to make your life easier.
Tags allow useful information such as the title, artist, album, track number, and other information to be stored within a music file. To keep things simple, I am going to deal with ID3 Version 1 tags. Don’t worry, it’s not overly complicated. Type 1 tags are the most basic, but most common and useful tags. Here is a list of the fields available with ID3 Version 1 tags:
There are a number of reasons to tag your files. Your music player is capable of searching by tag, so if you’re in the mood for some Jazz, it will list all the tracks in your collection that have Jazz stored in the Genre field. If you wish to promote indie record labels, your friend’s garage band or a Netlabel you can use programs like Audioscrobbler a free online service that tracks your listening habits by reading ID3 tags and displays your top artists and recent tracks for all to see and share. Independent record labels or producers will get a little more exposure as their play count increases and depending on the service they might even be paid a few cents for each play.
A multitude of tagging software exists. I highly recommend EasyTag. EasyTAG is a utility for viewing and editing tags for MP3, MP2, MP4/AAC, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, MusePack, Monkey’s Audio and WavPack files. The intuitive interface makes tagging easier under Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and Windows. You can add images to files and its built-in CDDB support and powerful file renaming utility are a breeze. Better still, it’s well maintained and is completely free.
The EasyTag main window is split into two parts: a file browser on the left, and the tag editor on the right. When you select a directory EasyTag automatically scans each file within the directory. You have the choice of selecting one or more files to edit. This is a powerful feature as you can edit a particular tag field for multiple files at the same time. You can preview your changes before saving. Check out the EasyTag help or documentation for more details.
EasyTag is powerful tool for keeping your music collection in order, enabling you to find your favorite tracks quickly and access all the information about them. A tagged music collection is a happy music collection.
Surround yourself with placid harmonies and glimmering exhalations in this 75 minute blend of field recordings, acoustic-electronic works and composition improvisation.
The talented James Fahy aka Ambienteer features several times in this mix, James is prolific and is constantly creating wonderful ambient tracks. James is a source of inspiration, spare a moment and check out his new album ‘luminous’. I cannot recommend it enough. Another influence and inspiration is Leonardo Rosado and the FeedbackLoop label. They constantly innovate and engage listeners with a range of amazing releases. Other influences include the Archaic Horizon Netlabel, they excite me as always and are prominent in this mix, artists Naono and Aeron feature 3 times. Top notch tunes.
I came across Widesky and Nobuto Suda by following Darren Harper’s bandcamp recommendations. In case you didn’t know, when you download an album from Bandcamp, the label owner can optionally suggest recommendations. Thanks Darren, amazing music and thanks again for the recommendations. I unearthed Darren Mcclure, Martijn Comes and Kyoto-based Takahiro Yorifuji aka hakobun e recently, all of their tracks shimmer and sparkle during the mix. Amazing works.
I really enjoyed mixing and blending these tracks, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did putting it together. Remember, very talented musicians want you to enjoy their fantastic music, please share the love and check out each artist at their website below and give them the support they deserve. All the tracks are Netaudio and Creative commons. Until next time, happy listening.
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Danseizure a.k.a Dan Gorman has been with us since our inception in 2000. His previous albums ‘At Home with’ and ‘Let’s not go out’ were released free of charge in 2002 and 2005 respectively. Since then, thousands of listeners have enjoyed Dan’s wonderful creations. The monster track ‘throw’ sparkled and stood out on the first Invisible Agent compilation ‘we are not your friends’. 100 handmade CDs were given away for free at Temple Bar Music Centre (Ireland) in 2003 and the release was immediately available for free download ever since.
I was excited when Dan approached me to release his 3rd album and latest masterpiece ‘This is Danseizure’. A 10 track journey encompassing sumptuous Skweee, engaging Electronica and melodic Electro. It’s Dan’s most accomplished work yet.
From Dublin to Edinburgh, a monastery in Damascus, Syria or a WWII bunker in Berlin, Dan is always making field recordings and conjuring up new aural creations for all to enjoy. Here’s a little synopsis Dan gave us…
This album was made over the course of 3 years of traveling. Music comes on without warning, swells up in my head and then bullies me into making something that sounds like it. That’s what this album is, a nod of recognition towards the sounds in my head. Dedicated to all those who were there for the journeys, and especially to those who have moved on to their own journeys. – Dan Gorman
It gives me great please to release Dan’s latest album ‘This is Danseizure’ as a Creative Commons release, free for all to enjoy. We’ve released it free via the nice folks over at bandcamp. If you like it, share it with your friends. If you want to support future releases from Dan and friends on Invisible Agent, you can purchase the album by naming your price. Pretty cool!
Others have recognized Dan’s talent and the emotions he captures in his work…
At once energetic, ambient, and brimming with both field recordings and original sounds, the appeal of Danseizure‘s LP “This is Danseizure” lies in his ability to grasp the ephemeral, detailed mystery of countless moments, all in the span of ten tracks. – Katie Weed – Dovetail website
Or if you’re feeling extravagant you can purchase the album via the other channels here… Thanks for tuning in. Enjoy Dan’s sweet music.