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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:57 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


Sure will LadyI.
The color codes are used in professional radio programming to define a playlist and control diversity.
Based on the grouping we have in soundtracks I made such a schedule, named a Music Schedule Clock which you can find in the Miscellaneous forum.
http://www.streamingsoundtracks.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=8459
In programming there's also a second set that ensures a genre switch every
4 minutes in average, but due to the fierce critics I got even from people who don't know those procedures I skipped that idea of explaining it further.

In short:
The blue category is the most important one for a radio station and covers the albums from the last two years ( that's the period that movies are in the picture and listeners can start appreciating the score)
The red and orange category are in fact each other's antipodes and contain the mainframe of the core content varying from unpopular to very popular tracks in the period 2014-1996
The yellow category covers in our case the older scores, although there should be a selection which ones belong to the core content of the station.
Green is the exploring category which must form a minority of new updates or TV-scores due to the general lesser quality of the tracks

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:45 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


LadyInque wrote:
Why don't those tracks belong on SST? Like, they belong nowhere on the station, or just not in SAM's arsenal?


The Christmas albums should be available in Season time only.
In scoring for horror movies there are just a few composers who approach this genre in a classical scoring method so it MAY become listenable.
In general it's merely underscoring with dissonants to create an eerie atmosphere or tension.
Normally new updates are checked before uploading if they are 'fit for radio'.
SST however uploads everything we receive.

The other two tagged "Out" are a Bach cantate and an existing jazz song.
According to the SST policy of not having music that was previously recorded
Bach could go to Adagio, the source tracks from Kansas City should be removed from our database.
However this policy is not maintained strictly so we create a lot of 'grey' tracks.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 7:53 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


Here's a question. Could/should we forbid SAM to request anything by John Williams? Williams is, I believe, still one of the most popular composers on the site, and when the queue is mostly SAM, it can offer a chance to hear some lesser-requested Williams and not worry about sniping/being sniped by other listeners. But if SAM got there first, it's disappointing. I know that might be daunting, and maybe not everyone agrees, but I thought I'd put it out there.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:59 am   Post subject: Reply with quote


No, I don't think it's welcomed to do that.
Due to the way SAM picks a part of his playlist by the weighing system Caliburn has programmed it with, there are also popular tracks requested every several tracks and not only the Williams's.
As Williams (and other popular picks) are requested often their weighing is higher and therefore more vulnerable for a SAM pick.
This new implemented system did (partly) improve the overall quality of SAM but has still lot of flaws IMO.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:25 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


Caliburn wrote:
The following albums have been removed from the "weighted" SAM playlist:

"Elf"
"Arthur Christmas"
"Charlie Brown Christmas, A"
"Christmas Carol, A"
"Christmas Horror Story, A"
"Christmas Of Solan & Ludvig, The"
"Enchantment, A Magical Christmas"
"Eureka: A Very Eureka Christmas"
"Four Christmases"
"How The Grinch Stole Christmas"
"How The Grinch Stole Christmas!"
"How The Nerd Stole Christmas"
"Merry Friggin Christmas, A"
"Muppet Christmas Carol, The"
"Nightmare Before Christmas, The"
"Surviving Christmas"
"Polar Express, The"

It is sometimes possible that you will see it in the queue as a "least played artist". But for most composers that is not a problem.



Have these been restored to SAM for Christmas yet?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:19 am   Post subject: Reply with quote


You know, despite this and another thread, I don't think I fully comprehended what happened earlier when the new SAM weighting was implemented.

Having been listening more often after hours lately (since I've been working way too much these days Rolling Eyes ), the overall quality of SAM playlists has definitely been very much improved. Thanks to all the SST folks who keep working hard to improve the station!

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