Music is, oddly enough, an incredibly important part of the shows, or at least it is for me. I say that it’s odd because, well, these are shows about libraries, technology, cyberpunk, Generation X, and librarians in space. Sure, lots of podcast have music breaks or a musical intro or outro. But for me, the music is just as important as the subject matter. I’ll go through dozens of songs, making notes, trying to find ones for the show I’m working on or a show that I have in the pipeline. All for some twenty to thirty second bumpers between sections and maybe a little something for the episode’s conclusion.

It might be because I’m a musician.

Carl Sagan

This guy changed my life…

I remember becoming fully aware of music as a thing when I was five years old. I was sitting on the floor of my parents house watching PBS. Not because I was a precocious, bright little child who showed an early love of learning. No, I just knew that if I watched PBS long enough, then I would get to see Muppets. That’s it. I had no concept of channel schedules, or that certain shows came on a certain times. PBS showed Muppets on the regular, so I’m watching PBS… can’t miss the Muppets. And one night, another show came on. There were no Muppets, not a single one.

Vangelis

But not as much as this guy changed my life.

But there was space, and spaceships. There were stars. There was a guy who invoked a groove like a scientific Mr. Rogers. And there was music. Fantastic, wonderful music like I’d never heard before. The show was an episode in the award winning documentary series, Cosmos. It was hosted by Carl Sagan and featured the music of Vangelis.

Decades later, I compose, record, and listen to a lot of space music.

I include a lot of it in the show which also features downtempo, chill-out, chiptunes, and the occasional composition by me. A while back a listener wrote in asking if I had my own music available somewhere for listening and downloading, or if I had a catalogue of the music I’ve used on the podcasts. At the time, I didn’t.

But I do now. I’ve compiled a selection of tracks that I’ve recorded over the years, along with all of the albums I’ve recorded. I’m warning you, some of these sound rough, man. Because the earlier stuff involved me trying to figure out how to plug a Yamaha keyboard into a computer and trick both the computer and the keyboard into recording multi-track audio.

And then there’s the list of music that’s appeared on every episode of every podcast. I’ve even alphabetized it because, you know, I’m a librarian or something. Alphabetizing lists is something librarians do.

So sit back, click, listen, and enjoy.

It’s been a while since a new episode of Cyberpunk Librarian dropped into the feed and there are a couple of reasons for that. The first, and easiest to understand, is that the topic of the show that I had almost 100% ready to go became the topic of a talk that I’ll be giving at the 2018 Innovative Users Group conference in Orlando, Florida. (More on that in a bit!) It seems a bit daft to give a talk before the talk so, instead, I’m going to do the presentation at IUG first, and then likely supplement it with an episode of the podcast. So I had to pivot, grab a new topic out of the list, and start working on that. Granted this all kind of happened right around the holidays, so that added another layer of complexity into the mix.

The second reason requires some explanation.

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Without getting into the banal details here, I wanted to let everyone know that I’m in the midst of rebooting the site! As I was prepping the transfer from GoDaddy over to my new home at SiteGround I was looking at the content that lay outside of the podcasts and thought to myself:

You know what? I really don’t need to keep any of this stuff.

I really don’t write a lot of blog posts here on Cyberpunk Librarian, not anymore and certainly not like I used to. So I decided to do something a bit radical – reboot the site as nothing but podcasts, with maybe an update post as needed. But I hit a problem early along the way and there’s only one way to fix it, or at least fix it easily.

One of the reasons I left GoDaddy was because the service I’d subscribed to for web hosting didn’t support the newer versions of PHP. When you’re running a WordPress based site, that can be bad news. It can be bad news from the upgrade-ability of your CMS, from the standpoint of security for your website, and especially for your WordPress plugins and extensions. WordPress gets a major update every now and then as they work on the project. Meanwhile, an extension or plugin can get a major update because it’s Thursday.

That’s kind of what happened with the plugin I use to publish the podcasts. Seriously Simple Podcasting totally broke one fine day because it now requires a version of PHP higher than what GoDaddy offers on my web hosting package. At that point, I literally couldn’t activate the plugin anymore.

Well, damn.

I’d been thinking about leaving GoDaddy hosting for a while, and now seemed like a pretty good time to go. I asked for advice as to where a library minded guy could host a library tech podcast using WordPress and I got a response from a friend of mine, Polly-Alida Farrington. Now, when the lady who literally wrote the book on WordPress in libraries recommends a WordPress hosting solution… you should probably listen. And that’s how I wound up on SiteGround.

So because the Seriously Simply Podcasting plugin was broken on GoDaddy, it was difficult to transfer the podcasting information over to SiteGround. As such, I’ll have to re-post all of the podcast episodes here on the new site. I’ve gotten started on that and it’ll take a few days, but we should be back up and running and a (mostly) podcast focused site here very soon!

And then, after that, finally, new episodes!