RageAgain – a sleek home to nostalgic tunes

by Lisy Kane

The iconic late night and early morning opening to ABC’s rage has kept many an Australian entertained since the late 1980’s. Technology hobbyist Patrick Galbraith must have been one of these, so he created the website RageAgain – giving the nostalgic amongst us the opportunity to revisit moments in musical history that we thought were long-lost.

RageAgain was privately launched in July 2012 with a public release in the following month. As of now, it contains a massive 1,694 playlists including 201,316 tracks.  That’s an approximate playtime of over one year!  At the moment, the site is home to all playlists from 1998 onwards including those from special guests as well as an overall top 200. The SQL database for all of this data has been made available for free download on Galbraith’s development blog.

Galbraith used a few different tools in order to convert the Rage historical playlist to a YouTube playlist. Unfortunately, as it was created using such tools rather than manually, some of the tracks were unable to be matched with YouTube and are missing from the playlist.  Some of the tools used to make RageAgain include:

–       Lithium PHP Framework

–       Twitter Bootstrap

–       YouTube Iframe API

The YouTube data API with some levels of filtering to avoid irrelevant searches, sift through the playlist data and grab the appropriate YouTube clip.  Due the availability of some film clips on YouTube, not all songs are matched with their original film clips.

There have been similar sites created – like Rage.d14n, which has a purely text based menu but still integrates with YouTube. It also includes the ability to users to submit YouTube playlists that they believe are missing from the current list.  There is also Ragetube that, once again, uses a database to grab YouTube clips but also includes the shuffle function that RageAgain is begging for. However, with Ragetube the interface and search function is not as user-friendly or sleek as RageAgain. This interface design is what makes RageAgain the best of the three available websites of its kind. Galbraith also shows a good rapport with the users, responding to a majority of the feedback he receives for his work.

In addition to this website, Galbraith has some other innovative and handy tools he’s created and distributed through his blog including:

–       Bookmarklet: a JavaScript bookmarklet that allows you to watch YouTube videos on iOS devices (converting from Flash embedded to iframe embed)

–       Follow Them Around: a website allowing Radiohead fans to follow them on their international tour through videos uploaded by other fans.

I will be interested to see what other ideas Galbraith comes up with in the future as well as what other additions he will add to RageAgain. A shuffle button would definitely provide the ultimate party playlist.

by Lisy Kane

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