Sunday, January 15, 2023

TLMC "timeout" version, 2023.01.15

If you prefer your touhou albums somewhat disorganized, but later, rather than organized, but never, then this version is for you.

Single torrent : 1.55 TiB or 1 701 548 530 091 bytes.
Torrent file size is 18 106 928 bytes; contains 67 197 files.
Magnet link.

This torrent contains only new content relative to TLMC v.19, so if you want a complete collection you need both. There are several things you could do. Most obvious, clean and suggested solution would be to keep v.19 and this torrent in two separate directories, then union-mount contents of both to a single location. Unfortunately not an option if you're on Windows. Another way is just to point both to a single directory and create a giant mess, then if/when I release proper next version ask your torrent client to delete this torrent together with its files or ask me for a python script to delete all files belonging to a single torrent if your client can't cleanly do this itself.

Collection status:
- directory names (circle/artist/album/release date): mostly ok, but event names could be shortened
- audio files: needs further deduplication, some albums need ctdb repair, some albums need conversion to 16/44 (anything higher is a sad reminder about the state of modern education), everything needs a uniform naming scheme to make automatic creation of cuesheets possible
- digital cover versions: many albums still have better alternatives
- cover scans: as good as it can get, I'm just relaying what I got 1:1, nothing to do here

26 comments:

  1. High Resolution Audio: Does It Matter?
    https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/high-resolution-audio-does-it-matter.11/
    A nice discussion, feel free to join us. ;)

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    1. I'm past the stage when one thinks adding arguments to a 47-page thread can change anyone's opinions. As for my reaction, I only skimmed through the initial post.
      >High Resolution Audio: Does It Matter?
      It's pure snake oil. What that thread author tries to do is take a single dubious paper and base all his conclusions around that. Unfortunately I couldn't find original paper pdf for download, so I can't comment on its contents, but there isn't even need for that. When your neutrino detector discovers superluminal signal you don't go all "Wah, is it FTL?!", you should think "It's probably bad cables" (spoiler: it was bad cables). Human auditory system is a well-studied subject in biology/anatomy, so the fact that our _dynamic_ hearing range is about 100 dB (that's from the threshold of hearing to the threshold of pain, without accounting for masking) and the frequency response exhibits sharp drop-off at around 20 kHz at best, even less in adults, is enough to say "what were they doing wrong?", not "ooh, CD bad". The answer? I don't know and I'm not interested in finding out myself; unlike those with motivated reasoning I need much more evidence to justify spending my effort.
      Then the poster goes full non-sequitur with how "hires" audio can help avoid loudness compression (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loudness_war)... Like, hello? To avoid loudness compression you need to stop doing loudness compression (good luck with that when relevant actor incentives are aligned against it and masses don't care), not cram more useless inaudible bits into your files.
      Conclusion: audiophiles are getting uppity (again).

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    2. Thanks for replying, :3 and the effort in your message :D
      I always thought of TLMC, as a preservation project, for touhou music, wouldn't it still make sense to distribute it, with the original uncompressed HD albums/tracks, or keep them inside a separate torrent, for preservation purposes.
      I know that, even 24/48>16/44 should be snake oil ear-lube transparent, if done properly, but not empirically for archiving. :)
      I think, it would be worthwhile to consider, even, if there is no audible advantage for common listening, it could be used some day, for remixing, a mashup or some sampling shenanigans.
      Thought if, an album really only contains 0s, in the lower bit range, it would be just a waste, but I think/hope that the tta codec is efficient at compressing a pattern like that.
      Maybe, none of the touhou albums, actually contains more than 16bit, so an integer truncating to 16bit should be alright, thought people could hide messages in there, it would be nice, if you could check it first.
      At the end of the day, TLMC is your project, so you decide where it goes. ;)
      Thank you, for your hard work and effort. :D

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    3. Well, in case you want the originals they are always here, as long as this torrent stays alive.
      Just for your information, I did really see "24"-bit albums with 8 lower bits all set to zero and unfortunately tta fails miserably at encoding them close to 16-bit size, however flac shines at this.

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    4. Got it, stay well and healthy rwx. (^-^)

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    5. rwx, I just want to say I think you are a treasure of the good old internet. Obviously primarily for making the TLMC happen, but also your writing, as exemplified here. High quality old school nerd polemic, not quite gratuitously nasty but certainly not pulling any punches. Torvaldsesque. I love it.

      This is of course an over the top reaction to a random comment you wrote, but it's been kicking around in my head every time I read one of your technical opinion posts, and this time your exquisite use of "uppity", one of my all-time favorite words, made me just go for it. Anyways, you're awesome, and I hope everything turns out well for you.

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    6. Hearing the difference now isn't the reason to encode to FLAC. FLAC uses lossless compression, while MP3 is 'lossy'. What this means is that for each year the MP3 sits on your hard drive, it will lose roughly 12kbps, assuming you have SATA - it's about 15kbps on IDE, but only 7kbps on SCSI, due to rotational velocidensity. You don't want to know how much worse it is on CD-ROM or other optical media. I started collecting MP3s in about 2001, and if I try to play any of the tracks I downloaded back then, even the stuff I grabbed at 320kbps, they just sound like crap. The bass is terrible, the midrange...well don't get me started. Some of those albums have degraded down to 32 or even 16kbps. FLAC rips from the same period still sound great, even if they weren't stored correctly, in a cool, dry place. Seriously, stick to FLAC, you may not be able to hear the difference now, but in a year or two, you'll be glad you did.

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  2. Thanks again for sharing, hope everything its going well and better late than never, happy new year.

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  3. I'm at 4.0 upload/size ratio right now, so I hope me stopping seeding somewhat soon won't have a significant impact on availability.

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    1. qb reports me as the only other seed for now

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    2. 4 seeds, soon to have 2 ratio, the torrent should stay healthy.

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  4. I hope you aren't in any danger of being mobilized; thank you for your hard work, and keep your head down and chin up!!

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  5. Oh my, I'm late to notice the new one. Thank you.

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  6. Hello, can anyone help please, I'm getting "can't open amxubt.torrent unknown error"

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    1. Check if you can download the torrent file (in case you're opening it directly by feeding the client the url), check if the torrent file is correct size. Use magnet if your isp blocks catbox or if it's down. If everything fails, then try another client, although a client would have to be seriously broken to fail on this torrent.

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    1. And a どういたしまして to you, young lady.

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  8. Thank you! Stay safe out there!

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  9. you're a champion thank you enormously

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  10. I'm so excited!!!

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  11. Thank you all for the hard work.

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