About Hot Pipes

Please note: As of half-hour 251 and one-hour edition 258, only m4a format is available. The m4a format is current and offers a better compression algorithm, whereas mp3 is technically legacy as further development has ceased. (Yes, it will be around for a long time to come!) All mp3 versions have now been archived on Dropbox.

Mission Control - the Hot Pipes Studio!
Mission Control – the Hot Pipes Studio!

Shows currently produced

A bi-weekly one-hour podcast, with no music restrictions, with researched and informative commentary. This show features many rare and exclusive tracks, some from private recording sessions and public concerts. The researched and informative commentary is a little more in-depth than the half-hour shows. PLEASE NOTE: Until further notice, due to personal commitments, the one hour podcasts will be produced on a monthly basis. (The frequency may be improved from time to time depending on special requirements.)

The one hour podcasts are also broadcast weekly in stereo on Radio Relaxo, Toronto, Canada – www.radiorelaxo.com – on Tuesdays at 19:00 EST, repeated Fridays at 10:00 EST and Saturdays at 19:00 EST.

A weekly half-hour DISCONTINUED

Studio work

The Hot Pipes music library currently (as of May 2021) is almost 80,000 tracks of CD-quality (16-bit, 44.1 kHz) files held on hard disk and organised in iTunes. These are from various digital and analogue sources, requiring varying degrees of processing:

a) All CDs are copied into the database, the metadata (track details) checked and corrected as required. While track names are usually available by lookup in iTunes, they are frequently inaccurate and rarely contain composer information, which must be entered separately, requiring research on the web etc.

b) LPs, reel-to-reel tapes and cassettes (when an LP is not available) must be digitised, de-clicked (sometimes persistent clicks must be removed manually) and de-noised, and then split into tracks. All of the details of those must then be manually added into the iTunes database.

I already had some 200 LPs and an unknown number of cassettes to process when recently a huge donated collection of digital and analogue commercial recordings arrived. These, along with some very rare and unusual recordings in my possession, have helped to keep the material on the programmes fresh and interesting.

Please note that my library of recordings will eventually be donated to ‘suitable’ entities – currently planned are the American Theatre Organ Society and the Cinema Organ Society – so that the generous donations of recordings by many listeners and countless man-years of work expended on processing and cataloging will not be wasted. Negotiations are currently underway to establish a permanent archive.

Website hosting

The website and sound files in mp3 (now legacy) and m4a formats are held on a Virtual Private Server (VPS) for speed of streaming and download delivery. If anyone experiences any difficulty with accessing Hot Pipes, please do contact me immediately, using the contact form on this website or directly by email.