For the past month, I’ve had stats tracking in place on www.sighup.ca for the first time in its six-year history. Some fascinating things (to me, and since few people read this blog now that we’ve moved to this new CMS, I’ll indulge) can be found in the stats. On the happy side, 58 SIGHUP tracks have been listened to a total of 666 times in the past 30 days. The site, on average receives upward of 700 unique visitors in a month, much higher than I anticipated in my pre-stats days.

Which brings us to the more ridiculous side: this is my most successful track.

It has been listened to 204 times in the past month. What some readers may not know is that I am the author of the “Drones for Beginners” tutorial in KVR’s WIKI. In the past year-and-a-half, that tutorial has been viewed a total 26,648 times, which equates to close to 1500 times a month. It would seem that roughly 14% of all viewers of the page listen to the final track. All things considered, that strikes me as fairly impressive for an anonymous track floating about the great Interweb ocean. Ultimately, I’m not sure what any of the listeners think of the track, they may all think it sucks, which would be a kind of success unto itself. I, on rare occasion, receive feedback about the tutorial, usually in the form of a question (i.e. where can a get a phase vocoder). Had I known it would be so well-listened to, I likely would have spent more than a half hour on it. Its origins are documented here and here.

If it were up to me, I’d hope for Edison Moon to be my most listened to music, but what can you do. Of course, I am now concocting ways in which I can write a tutorial based entirely around the creation of Edison Moon to shower the unsuspecting masses with its glory, perhaps “Sonic Archaeology for Beginners” {insert devious gesture here}.

So there you have one more piece of trivia to save for a rainy day. I’ve not benefited in any material sense from the volume of interest in the tutorial, as no one has presented me with any form of opportunity based on their familiarity with my work (wink wink, I’m always open to opportunity e.g. hey, Steve, we love what you’ve done here, have some free gear on us). But no matter, a desire for recognition is of course not why I do such things, even if I don’t always know why I do them. I’m hoping at least it hasn’t hindered my karma in any way. Judging from my recent neighbour woe on the home front, I suspect it hasn’t really improved my karma in the short-term, but perhaps eternal sunshine for me in the lives to come.


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