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Clip Player Launched

With the advent of video clips served by YouTube like this Buck Due Rag:
I have had to review and modify the way selections of samples are offered from various pages on the site.

Mostly I had switched off the automatic player to avoid the risk of intereference. The controls on the player are wquite small and I suspect that visitors would not know how to stop it.

Eventually I had the idea of creating a separate clip player page - it's small so I made it a pop-up and now I've put it behind an image in the side bar. I am hoping that this will give me better visibiliuty of the usage and I will be able to experiment with the playlist and monitor the results more easily. You can get it here.

This has already dramatically reduced daily bandwidth consumption and set me thinking about my hosting arrangements and I realise that I have not been keeping up with developments here. More on this later.

Grenwich Witch - New Video

Here is the first video featuring a clip from Grenwich Whitch - one of our Ragtime Novelty tunes which have been arranged on Gamelan and Marimba:
Find links to the rest on our ragtime novelties page.

There is clearly an opportunity to completely change the way our 300 clips are delivered but that is going to take some time.

Our site has now been Panda'd but there is lttle evidence of changes to the page rankings so I'm wondering where the traffic has gone - let's hope added video helps with both human and robotic visitors appreciation of our site.

Billikin goes to You Tube

Here is my first You Tube upload


I hope to be able to publish a reasonable number of clips in this way as a new avenue for promoting the business and as a way of adding video to the site.

New Year Update

Just a quick post to mark the new year.

The launch of our splendid Gamelan Ragtime recordings has passed with very little reaction if you ignore a brief surge of interest from Indonesia - we now have over 300 recordings available for sale on the site. The new pricing structure seems to have had very little impact with very few customers taking advantage of the very generous discount for second and subsequent orders.

We had the usual surge of interest over the Holidays as people tried to learn how to use their new MP3 players and iTunes. Interest in the nutcracker suite also peaked in the run up to the Holidays while things like the Danse Macabre fell back. Yet again our recording of Carol of the Bells proved to be a popular free download with about 1000 copies being taken again this year.

Partly because of the larger size of the samples offered on our more recent recordings and the automatic player on most pages the volume of sample data streamed from the site continues to grow with a …