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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Let the music play!

Times have been pretty busy here at Asni: Multimedia - not just with web design work, but various other projects. I have been working on some illustrations, designing next year's calendars to sell in my online shop, planning my trip to Europe in June, and harvesting large quantities of apples and walnuts from my garden.


In amongst all that, I do occasional still find time to do some work on my own website. The main task at the moment is to bring the old part of my website, which was originally intended to promote my work as a musician, up to scratch. Quite the undertaking, for this part of the website has been growing like a fungus for the past eight or nine years. Weeding is as much part of the job of running a website, as it is in the garden!


The obvious thing to do for a site which is intended to promote a musician, is to put on some music clips. I used to have audio files for download on the site, but these days this seems like a very clumsy and old fashioned way of doing things. So this past month, I've been busy developing my very own flash music player, which enables me to offer music streaming, for instant listening gratification. No more twiddling your fingers until that download finishes!


So far, I have completed the page with music samples from my most recent CD, "Travels in Middle-earth", which you can listen to here. - the other CDs will follow suit eventually.


Please note that this is an application which I have developed from scratch, and if you have ever programmed a computer, you will know that things never quite work the way they were intended, for everyone, in every browser and operating system, instantaneously and without protracted testing. I have already spent a month fixing up things in response to feedback from various people for whom it was not quite working as intended - as far as I am aware, it should be perfectly operational now, but if you do experience a problem, PLEASE LET ME KNOW ABOUT IT. It always surprises me how many people assume that they're probably just to stupid to operate a computer, when something does not work, instead of yelling at the web designer to fix things. We do need to be yelled at. It's the only way we can spot if something doesn't work.


Moreover, I have also just signed a digital distribution contract for this album with CDBaby.com - so if you like what you hear, you can download a couple of tracks, or indeed the whole album, for a moderate amount of money, here. I promise to report on how this goes for me, sometime in a future blog post!


Asni: Multimedia Art & Design:: http://webdesign.asni.net :: http://www.asni.net

5 comments:

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    1. HI there, thanks for the comment and sorry for the veeeeeeeery late reply - I've been busy with other things and taking a break from this blog. never even checked in for the past several months! - Anyway, I'll be resuming it now, and I'll have a read of your blogs. looks interesting! cheers, Asni

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    1. HI there, thanks for the comment and sorry for the veeeeeeeery late reply - I've been busy with other things and taking a break from this blog. never even checked in for the past several months! - Anyway, I'll be resuming it now. Thanks for getting in touch! cheers, Asni

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  3. Nice post.keep up the good work

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