A Musical Guessing Game?

I don’t know about you, but if I tune into the radio randomly as a piece of classical music is playing, I then like to test myself and see if I can guess the composer of the piece before the announcer returns to give away the crucial information. I’ll maybe even try guessing the name of the piece, if I’m feeling particularly confident. Once or twice, I’ve even gone for a guess as to who the conductor or soloist might be: those ones usually don’t pan out so well, but I’m pretty good with composers and not so bad at the piece-names.

Anyway: I’ve been using Giocoso since June 2021 (and AMP for six months before that) to play all my classical music and thus have built up a ‘listening history’ of some 6000+ recordings in just over 9 months, as you can see from the bottom of my ‘all time graphs’ listening history page. And since Giocoso says I’ve listened to all those pieces of music, I ought to be able to recognise them when I hear selections from them again, right? [...] 

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CAO: A Bug Fix

A quick mention that CAO (“Composition-At-Once”) has been updated to fix a mildly serious bug.

CAO turns standalone FLACs into single-file ‘superFLACs’ with an embedded cuesheet, so you still know within the one big file where all the separate tracks are meant to start and finish. CAO can also use that same information to split a superFLAC apart back into its constituent single-file FLACs. It’s an important design requirement of CAO, in other words, that it should always be completely reversible: what it joins together, it should be able to split apart later, should the user so desire. [...] 

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Hi-Res Audio Software – Part 3 : CAO

A short follow-up on the last post.

I mentioned that all my software scripts were now fully updated and capable of working with hi-res audio files… except that CAO, whilst perfectly happy merging per-track hi-res FLACs into single composition-at-once hi-res FLACs was unable to reverse the process (whereas, for standard CD-audio resolution FLACs, the processes are completely reversible in either direction). [...] 

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CAO – Updated Already

Well, that didn’t take long!

First, I discovered rather late in the day that a cue sheet describing a large ‘super-FLAC’ audio file cannot, by technical design, list more than 99 files. So, if you’ve got more than 99 FLAC-tracks that you want to combine into a single super-FLAC then, you can’t, because the cue sheet cannot contain enough entries to describe it all. [...] 

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