Episode 15a Reinstated on Mixcloud / Episode 15 #48 in the Charts!

A couple of bits of good news.


Episode 15‘s chat with Cassie Destino about life in the UAE is currently riding high at number 48 in Mixcloud’s interview chart! You see, all you have to do is believe and your wildest dreams will come true.


I received a nice email from Stephen at Mixcloud regarding the takedown of Episode 15a:

Hi Matthew,
Thanks for getting in touch.
I have just made this audio show available for you now.
All the best,

It’s just an experiment, but it may be of interest to you. Check it out here.

Episode 15a: Quick Script Test

This is just a test of my quick podcast creation script. It was originally blocked by Mixcloud for being too short (they thought it was just one music track), but I explained and they reinstated it.

Coiled Episode Episode 15a: Quick Script Test by The Coiled Spring on Mixcloud

Episode 15a: Missing In Action

As described before, the new script I have allows me to generate the podcast with a minimum of manual editing. I take the recording, top and tail it, put the files in the right place, and run the script. It works great as you can hear here, and I wanted to test it before leaving for work this morning.

I used Audacity and my laptop‘s built-in microphone to record a quick 2-minute chat, divided into sections. The quality wasn’t great due to the mic, but it was enough for the test. Then I saved exported the WAVs in the right place, and ran the script. Quick as a flash it created a complete podcast episode, with intro music, graphics and everything. I uploaded it and dashed out the door, leaving Mixcloud to post to Twitter and Facebook.

When I got to work I saw that I had an email from Mixcloud.

Subject: Short upload disabled

Time: 08:48

For licensing reasons we don’t host individual tracks (even if it’s your own track), so unfortunately we’ve had to disable your short upload titled “Coiled Episode Episode 15a: Quick Script Test”.
If you feel this is in error, please get in touch at http://support.mixcloud.com.
All the best,
Mixcloud Team

Interesting. I can see why they did this. I sent a support message to see if it can be reinstated. We’ll see.

It was a successful test anyway. Here’s the timeline:

  1. 08:27 recorded raw audio
  2. 08:28-08:32 edited raw audio into necessary pieces
  3. 08:33 ran script
  4. 08:34 uploaded file to Mixcloud
  5. 08:48 rejected by Mixcloud

From creation to rejection in 21 minutes! What a fascinating modern world we live in.