We are often faced with 45-button remote controls, and multi-level menus of options to navigate. This can be ok in everyday life, but when you transport to the spiritual dimension of the Grateful Dead show, or when you are tripping, menus and buttons are the last thing you can deal with.
The Time Machine needs to be controlled with knobs, a few buttons, and intuition. And if it doesn’t do exactly what you want, maybe it will do something that you need anyway.
See this demonstration video to see the features of the time machine.
We can’t have glitchy interruptions between tracks. This is a technical challenge which is not _completely_ solved yet, but it’s definitely high on the agenda.
Even with gapless playback, one thing that doesn’t quite work with the D*’s picks CD’s is that after set 1, Bobby announces “We’re going to take a short break and you can too”. Then 2 seconds later they launch into the second set.
As a listener, if you are getting into the spirit of the show, you are not ready for that energy yet. So, I add a 10 minute silence (which could be crowd noises, or a mixture of audio submissions from deadheads) between sets.
The time machine automatically chooses what it estimates to be the “best” tape of a given show. But by pressing and holding the “select” button, you can select any tape from the stages date. So, every tape from the archive is available. If you are a taper, thank you!
If you were at the show, you wouldn’t know what the next song was going to be. You might just have to wait for El Paso to come around to go to the bathroom, because there was no pause button. By pressing the “month” knob, the time machine can take you there. Press “month” again to regain the illusion of control.
When in “On Tour” mode, the user chooses a year with the Year Knob, and then waits for the show to begin! Once it begins,you remain in “Experience Mode” until the show ends, or you leave the tour.
Since we don’t know the exact starting time of the shows, for now anyway, the show will start at a random time after the nominal start time (if we know that) or 8:00 pm (in your local time zone). We could play crowd noise during the pre-show interval.
The random interval must depend only on the date, so that all On Tour listeners sharing the same year will have the show start at the same time.
interrupting what you are listening to
You can listen to other stuff while on tour, but when the show comes on, whatever you are listening to fades out 10 minutes before the start of the show.
The thing that led me to the Grateful Dead was that creepy feeling that Spotify is tracking me. Now, I use spotify and YouTube like anybody else. But there is something that feels strange about the fact that they are analyzing my listening habits.
The Deadstream does not keep track of your listening. We want your connection with the music to be as direct as possible. We love the music, you love the music, so yeah, we’re connected. But we’re not going to come between you and the music, and we don’t want you to feel that we are.
This means a few things, though. Like, do you want to see your song history? Sorry, we aren’t going to help you with that.
Similarly, since we don’t track you, we aren’t going to make recommendations of shows for you to listen to. This is your own journey. There are some great resources out there for this. Have you heard Cornell ‘77 (1977-05-08)? Good luck!
Favorites, but not backed up to the cloud.
I’d like to have a favorites feature. But that would be completely local to your box. This will not be shared with us, and if your machine dies or you get a new one, your favorites will be lost.
See build your own.