About Hot Pipes

Please note: All the half-hour and one-hour shows are available in mp3 /192 kbps and m4a/320kbps formats. The m4a versions are, of course, of much higher fidelity than the mp3: which version you choose depends on the device on which you listen and how much Internet bandwidth you have available. Since the mp3 files are smaller, they would be more suitable for streaming online and/or listening via inexpensive speakers. If you have good equipment, chances are you’ll notice the difference with the m4a versions. All Apple Macs and PCs running newer versions of Windows should be able to decode the m4a files.

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.

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 of music composed prior to 1960, being the remit of Angel and 1940s UK Radio which broadcast the shows:

1. Angel Radio, Havant, Hampshire – www.angelradio.co.uk – Airs in mono Fridays 11:35 GMT, with a repeat the following Wednesdays at 22:05 GMT.
2. Angel Radio, Isle of Wight – www.angelradioisleofwight.com  – Airs in mono Saturdays at 14:30 GMT.
3. 1940s UK Radiowww.1940sukradio.co.uk – Broadcasts in stereo when station bandwidth allows, otherwise the software converts to mono. New programmes are aired on Saturdays with random shows repeated Sundays through Fridays – see station for timings.
4. ATOS Radiowww.atos.org – Higher bandwidth versions are aired on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to accommodate different time zones. See the link for full details.


Notifications

To receive notifications of new one-hour podcasts by email, click on the Please add me to your mailing list for updates under the Mailing List Signup at the top of the left column. You will NOT receive notifications of new half-hour shows as they are released every Monday at 12:00 Central European Time (CET).


Subscribing

There are several ways to subscribe and/or be notified when new shows are released. There are four feeds, two for each show produced: each has a mp3 @ 192 kbps and a m4a @ 320 kbps version (See top paragraph for an explanation of which to select.)

1. Select which show and version you wish to subscribe to by choosing one in that category.
2. Under the play-bar, you have the option to Download that particular show. (A left-click will download to the ‘generic’ download folder in your computer and a right-click gives you the option of deciding the download location.)
3. Under that you will see ‘Subscribe‘…

iTunes – the feed address will automatically be added to your iTunes Podcast subscriptions, which can be set to download each programme as soon as it is released. (iTunes is a free player/sound library program available for Windows and Mac from Apple. Download here.)

Android – the feed address will automatically be added to an Android Podcast subscription.

RSS – Adds the feed address to an RSS (Rich Site Summary) Reader. Most web browsers have RSS capability, either built-in or as an add-on. (Search Google etc. for more details for your browser etc.)

Alternatively, you can manually add the feed address to a podcast downloader/player (such as iTunes, Miro, Juice etc.). The relevant feed addresses are at the foot of the right hand column of this website.


Studio work

The Hot Pipes music library currently (as of October 2015) is over 32,000 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, will help 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 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.