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Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module 128

Posted by samzenpus
from the because-we-can dept.
netbuzz (955038) writes "A band called netcat is generating buzz in software circles by releasing its debut album as a Linux kernel module (among other more typical formats.) 'Are you ever listening to an album, and thinking "man, this sounds good, but I wish it crossed from user-space to kernel-space more often!" We got you covered,' the band says on its Facebook page. 'Our album is now fully playable as a loadable Linux kernel module.'"
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Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module

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  • Quality (Score:5, Informative)

    by nemasu (1766860) on Wednesday April 23, 2014 @09:16PM (#46829701)
    They transcoded it a ton, don't expect FLAC or even mp3 v0. Seems more for publicity. "...came from .ogg files that were encoded from .wav files that were created from .mp3 files that were encoded from the mastered .wav files which were generated from ProTools final mix .wav files that were created from 24-track analog tape."
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 23, 2014 @11:26PM (#46830227)

    Hi! Brandon from the band here: I appreciate the free publicity! Thanks Slashdot!

    The synth programs that we mostly wrote from scratch are available on our github page, along with the kernel module. metal isn't really my thing, but I'm sure Machinae Supremacy is really great too.

    Thanks for your interest in our music!

  • by VortexCortex (1117377) <VortexCortex@@@project-retrograde...com> on Thursday April 24, 2014 @01:43AM (#46830625)

    The last time someone's music got into my kernel it was Sony with a rootkit. At least these folks are open about nabbing root.

    They really screwed the pooch on this deal. Since their name is 'netcat', I'm waiting for the song to be released via telnet server as ANSI music. [textfiles.com] That way I can netcat the netcat album with my cross platform old school Codepage 437 + PC speaker enabled terminal emulator from GNU, Linux, BSD, OSX, iOS, Android, Windows, MSDOS or even DR-DOS. Maybe I'd buy in if the cover art was a sick scroller. [google.com]

    In all seriousness: Any FLOSS publicity is good publicity. Windows or Mac folks can run Linux in a VM to try out the audio; It's not my cup of tea, but sort of neat.

  • Re:So awesome. (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 24, 2014 @08:55AM (#46832403)

    You don't really need to compile the kernel module to listen to the songs, song data is just simple c hex arrays
    i used this on the tracks folder

    cat trk1data.h trk2data.h trk3data.h trk4data.h trk5data.h trk6data.h | xxd -r -p - - | ogg123 -

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