The songs can't be unnameable
August 30, 2011 8:18 PM Subscribe
How can I log the music played on a free-form radio show on a listener-supported radio station that has zero budget for creating the report?
posted by layceepee to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am WBAI listener who is trying to help a broadcaster who's one of the inventors of free-form radio, still broadcasting after decades on the air and lately required to do reporting of the music he plays on the show.
ASCAP is asking him to "identify the title and artist; also, identify how the music is used: feature (F), theme (T), or background (B), and whether the performance is vocal (V) or instrumental (I). In addition, please provide the duration, writer and publisher for each performance, if known."
The show is archived online. I can listen to the stream and get most of the information from the back announcing done after selections have played, though pieces used in the background of conversation, which happens sometimes, might not be announced.
I'd love to automate as much of the process as possible and would especially appreciate ways to:
1) identify unfamiliar pieces of music and
2) efficiently get the duration, writer and publisher for each song once the title and artist have been determined.
Any tips on how best to do this? It won't have to be done weekly; ASCAP only requires periodic reporting. But having a system to efficiently do it when it needs to be done means that a great creative radio spirit will be able to continue to do his shows the way he wants to, without interrupting his concentration to worry about logging the music he's spontaneously inspired to play.