I’m a Cool Fucking Guy

DJ LogoThis article will be an ADD kid’s dream come true. In it, I will drop the first installment of my new DJ series, touch briefly on copyright law as it applies to DJ mixes, and finally, give you a step-by-step guide to creating your own music hosting service.

You’ll be here for awhile, so let’s start by clicking that play button below this paragraph. This is the first of many DJ sets in my new series entitled “Bowling.” The inspiration for this series has been you! My friends, frienemies, acquaintences, family, and people I don’t even like! Each week that I do a bowling set, I am picking a person who has at one point or another been an important part of my life and I’m making a set for them. I will NEVER tell ANYONE whose set is for who, or if a set is even for you. If you try and guess, I will neither confirm nor deny anything! With that said, I leave clues all over the place so if the set is for you, you’ll know. If you have to ask, I’m sorry but probably it isn’t yours. Who do you think it’s for? Ok well let’s go BOWLING!!

Bowling – I’m a Cool Fucking Guy (2/27/2015)


  • 1 – Celsius – Incoming
  • 2 – Martin Ikin – Rhythm
  • 3 – Oliver – MYB (Tchami Rmx)
  • 4 – Rob Mirage – Culture 1010 (Hector Couto Remix)
  • 5 – Ludacris – Stand Up (LeMarquis Remix)
  • 6 – Sugar Hill & Wasabi – It’s on You (Purple Disco Machine Remix)
  • 7 – Disciples – They Don’t Know
  • 8 – Habischman – Like This
  • 9 – Me & My Toothbrush – Something (Croatia Squad Remix)
  • 10 – Vanguard – Mount Helicon
  • 11 – Laidback Luke – Bae (feat. Gina Turner)
  • 12 – Anna Lunoe – Heartbreak In Motion (feat. Jesse Boykins III)
  • 13 – Kokiri – Flux
  • 14 – Do Santos & Simone Vitullo – My Bassline Friend
  • 15 – Beam – Controllers
  • 16 – Fabrico Pecanha – Teaser(Phonique Remix)

Soundcloud Sucks! And so does Copyright law if you are a DJ

So why did you have to click on the player here rather than just go to my SoundCloud page like a normal person? I’m glad you asked that. In what scientists around the globe are calling “fucking lame,” Soundcloud has (somewhat) recently declared the hobbyist and beginner DJ enemy number 1. To make a long story short, I tried uploading my latest set to Soundcloud last week, only to have it taken down due to an automated Copyright infringement claim. Apparently SoundCloud will now scan through your sets, looking for any tracks that might be copyrighted, and it will bitch slap your posting if its algorithms determine that you’re infringing! After poking around a bit, I stumbled upon numerous accounts of other people finding the same thing. Fuckers.

Everyone knows that broadcasting copyrighted materials is infringement. But where is the line between infringement and fair use? If you play a song at your home and some friends who hadn’t purchased the music happen to be in the room, are you infringing? Can the RIAA come into my home and turn off my stereo? What about if you are playing at a club where people paid money at the door to get in? Does that constitute infringement? What if it’s at a concert with thousands of people, or if you publish a mix album?

As it turns out, the distinction is not clearly defined. I naively thought that as long as I credit the original artist and don’t charge for the set, it was fair use. WRONG!! Per Wikipiedia, Frank Creighton, a director of anti-copyright infringement efforts for the Recording Industry Association of America, was quoted in New York Times as saying that “money did not have to be involved for copying to be illegal.” There’s a lot of nuance here and I’m not a lawyer, but for practical purposes, you pretty much have to have obtained permission from the original artist to play anything.

One would think that an enthusiast who just wants to share good music with his friends should be free to do so; and while the internet makes this easier from a technological perspective, it apparently makes it more difficult from a legal one. In order to properly publish my mixes, I need to obtain written permission from every single artist in my set, fill out a form at copyright.gov, pay $40, and send in 2 hard copies of my set to the U.S. Copyright Office. After I do that, SoundCloud will let me dispute their bitch slap and my mix will be published…. whenever SoundCloud gets around to publishing it?

Ef that noise! I like to pay what I call “pragmatic attention” to the rules. I’ll just boycott Soundcloud, fly under the radar, and be diligent about responding to DMCA takedown requests. But soundcloud is so effing easy and everyone has it! How do I distribute my music to my friends who want to listen on their devices? Now we get to the how-to portion of this article!

A start at creating your own streaming music service

HTML5 has been out for awhile now, though I can’t say that I’ve ever taken the time to learn anything about it until just now. Apparently though, HTML5 allows for <audio> tags that should be supported by any modern browser. Mobile included! I tested the player embedded in this article on both my iPhone 6, and my android burner phone (It’s not what you think I swear! I just get drunk and lose phones often enough to justify it) and it worked flawlessly on both! Yay now everyone can enjoy my music from their devices.

That isn’t quite cool enough so I went and found this fancy little javascript player that makes the default HTML5 player look nice. Next I wrote a little script that makes the player look nice with a collapsible tracklist and automagically plays the set I want it to play. It pulls its tracklist and set information from an array that I hardcode. I intentionally left this thing expandable so that someday I can add a tracklist upload script and possibly serialize/deserialize the set metadata from a database or something.

My code here:


<!--?php require_once("sets.php"); $rootPath = "http://imjustinbraun.com/djsets/"; $request = $_GET["Request"]; $setIndex = $_GET["SetIndex"]; $sets = new \JB\Music\Sets(); if ($request === "DisplaySet" && $setIndex !== "") { 	$set = $sets--->GetSet($setIndex);
$seriesName = $set["Series"];
$setName = $set["Name"];
$publishDate = $set["Date"];
$trackList = $set["Tracklist"];
$filePath = $set["File"];

print '
	<link href="//code.jquery.com/ui/1.11.3/themes/smoothness/jquery-ui.css" rel="stylesheet" /><script type="text/javascript" src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.10.2.js"></script><script type="text/javascript" src="http://code.jquery.com/ui/1.11.3/jquery-ui.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="'.$rootPath.'audiojs/audio.min.js"></script>	<link href="/resources/demos/style.css" rel="stylesheet" /><script type="text/javascript">// <![CDATA[
				$( "#accordion" ).accordion({
					collapsible: true

// ]]></script>
<script type="text/javascript">// <![CDATA[
					var as = audiojs.createAll();

// ]]></script>
<h1>'.$seriesName.' - '.$setName.' ('.$publishDate.')</h1>
<audio width="300" height="32" preload="auto" src="'.$rootPath.$filePath.'">

<div id="accordion">
foreach($trackList as $trackName)
print "
	<li>$i - $trackName</li>


print '



<!--?php namespace JB\Music; class Sets { 	private static $sets = array( 		"0" =-->
"Series" =&gt; "Bowling",
"Name" =&gt; "I'm a Cool Fucking Guy",
"Date" =&gt; "2/27/2015",
"File" =&gt; "I'm a cool fucking guy.mp3",
"Tracklist" =&gt;
"1" =&gt; "Celsius - Incoming",
"2" =&gt; "Martin Ikin - Rhythm",
"3" =&gt; "Oliver - MYB (Tchami Rmx)",
"4" =&gt; "Rob Mirage - Culture 1010 (Hector Couto Remix)",
"5" =&gt; "Ludacris - Stand Up (LeMarquis Remix)",
"6" =&gt; "Sugar Hill &amp; Wasabi - It's on You (Purple Disco Machine Remix)",
"7" =&gt; "Disciples - They Don't Know",
"8" =&gt; "Habischman - Like This",
"9" =&gt; "Me &amp; My Toothbrush - Something (Croatia Squad Remix)",
"10" =&gt;"Vanguard - Mount Helicon",
"11" =&gt;"Laidback Luke - Bae (feat. Gina Turner)",
"12" =&gt; "Anna Lunoe - Heartbreak In Motion (feat. Jesse Boykins III)",
"13" =&gt; "Kokiri - Flux",
"14" =&gt; "Do Santos &amp; Simone Vitullo - My Bassline Friend",
"15" =&gt; "Beam - Controllers",
"16" =&gt; "Fabrico Pecanha - Teaser(Phonique Remix)"

public function GetSets()
return self::$sets;

public function GetSet($index)
return self::$sets[$index];

Imjustinbraun.com is a wordpress site, so I need the ability to embed the output of http://imjustinbraun.com/djsets/index.php into the post. For that, I use the Insert PHP wordpress plugin, then in the post I add an insert_php shortcode with the url of the set I want. To make the tracklist fancy and collapsible, I used jquery accordion.

So that’s it! I hope you like my music. In future articles I may post a bit more about any backend stuff that I add. Have a great weekend!!

SD Sponsored Event – Chicago Bitcoin & Digital Currency Rendezvous

btclogoThis Friday, Scaled Dynamics is sponsoring a bitcoin and digital currency event. Whether you are new to digital currencies or an experienced user, please feel welcome to drop by!

Date: Friday March 28th

Time:  6pm-9:30pm


Are you interested in what is happening in Bitcoin & digital currency here in Chicago?
You are cordially invited to a rendezvous with fellow digital currency users & enthusiasts.
Topics for discussion will include:


  • Development
  • Security
  • Philanthropy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business
  • Trading & Finance


Speakers & Topics:

Jonathan Solomon - Development & Business

Bert Green - Education & Adoption

JW Reynoso – Trading, Finance, & his experience at the S.F. CoinSummit this week.

Gil Valentine – Media, Social Media, & the state of Bitcoin in Chicago

Justin Braun – Trading & Finance

Beer & Light Refreshments are included in the $25 ticket price. Additional food may be ordered in from our favorite eatery Big Bricks, which is up the street. When you pay with Bitcoin on the GLCBitcoin.com post, a confirmation will be sent back to you within 24 hours. Otherwise, you may pay cash or Bitcoin at the door. If you are coming please put your RSVP in the comments section with the number of attendees.

Questions about this event? Please direct all inquiries and questions to MidwestBitcoin@gmail.com and put “March 28″ in the subject line.

Raising Money for HDSA in Bitcoin!

HDSA Donations

Donate in Bitcoin!

My firm, Scaled Dynamics, has been a long time supporter of the Huntington Disease Society of America. We match our employees’ donations leading up to the Walk every May and we help out whenever we can. For those who don’t already know, Huntington’s Disease is a neurodegenerative genetic disorder that affects muscle coordination that affects 30,000 people in the US.

When I first became involved in the cryptocurrency space, I thought that it would be an excellent way to move my firm into an interesting and growing space where we might be more profitable. Last night, I had a revelation that it could also be used to help people on a massive scale. Furthermore, because every transaction on the blockchain is a matter of public record, it is easy to verify that donations actually reach the intended recipients. For this reason, I’ve created a bitcoin receiving address and put it up on the Philanthropy section of my company’s website. Additionally, I will be hosting bitcoin signup parties in the upcoming weeks where Scaled Dynamics staff will be helping people learn about and set up bitcoin wallets.

If you are already a bitcoin user, please donate to the following bitcoin address: 1Kg1LvE4tqs9jv2tNcrEWJhUeDC5vuUpSn