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Hidden Track One Audio: check

Filed under: Hacking,Music,Python — Thomas @ 9:01 pm

9:01 pm

After another day of on-and-off hacking, wrapping cdrdao and cdparanoia binaries in my task interfaces I mentioned before, I inserted a CD by Bloc Party called ‘Silent Alarm’, ran a command, and saw the following output on my screen:

[gst-git] [thomas@ana trunk]$ PYTHONPATH=$PYTHONPATH:`pwd` python examples/readhtoa.py
Found Hidden Track One Audio from frame 0 to 15220
runner done
Checksums match
[gst-git] [thomas@ana trunk]$ ls -l track00.wav
-rw------- 1 thomas thomas 35797484 2009-05-01 21:56 track00.wav

I’m going to guess this is the first piece of Linux code that is able to automatically find and rip the hidden track at the start of a CD. (Feel free to correct me using your choice of alliterative insult if I am wrong!)

It’s time to start collecting all my new-found wisdom in something more permanently written down, but that will be for tomorrow.


  1. Could we please get that into the appropriate GStreamer plugin/front-end apps?

    Comment by Bastien — 2009-5-1 @ 10:52 pm

  2. SJ patches much appreciated. :)

    Comment by Ross — 2009-5-2 @ 5:17 pm

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