Category Archives: Music

Audio CD checksum database

While extracting one of my favorite cds today and noticing it had heavy scratching on it, it occured to me it might have loads of errors while extracting. So I thought “I’ll just run an md5/sha1 checksum on it and verify it against CDDB’s checksums…” CDDB doesn’t have checksums for cd tracks. This is crazy.

I might have to set up my own database….if I ever get time.

Please let me know if you know of one.

So anyway, I had a look at md5 sums, to see if they’re the same on different cd rom drives. They are, but as commented below, you need to provide the drive offset. Me and some other guy called Michael are looking into it. As for the actual database…I had some thoughts on that, but it’s a pretty big project. Not sure what actions to take with limited time.

Update 2:
Found a database, although it’s not online, and it’s windows only…not really the cddb way. Have a look at More soon.

Bloc party

I’m well into bloc party – Silent Alarm at the moment, some kind of mad indie rock stuff, resonably accessible to all!

It sounds pretty cool, the lead singers voice may annoy you though. Sounds a lot like Damon or whatever his name is from Blur. More musical reviews here soon.

7/10 at the moment, but it’s probably going to move up to 8/10.