Musicophilia

Welcome

Posted in Talking by Soundslike on October 4, 2008

This is a blog for mixes I’ve put together, of all kinds of music.  If you enjoy what you hear, don’t be shy–say hello. Let me know what sort of things you’d like to hear next, drop me some constructive criticism, or join me with a guest-posted mix.  And if you like, subscribe to stay up to date.  Feedback is inspiring!  Thanks!

The only thing that really adds to my experience of being madly in love with music-beyond the sound itself- is helping other people love it, too. I’ve always been a manic messenger, trying to pass on what I hear to friends whose ears might be elsewhere. I don’t have any special knowledge-there are generous experts out there doing the heavy digging, mining out gems great and small that might otherwise have been lost-I’ve linked to a few of my favorites, and I encourage you to dig in with them. But I have a similarly abiding addiction, and hopefully a little taste balancing my voracious searching. So Musicophilia is not about first sources, crate digging, exposing long-lost full albums (though it could happen, once in a while).

Instead, I’ll be posting mixes and compilations mapping the territories I’m currently exploring, as well as the paths I’ve spent years traveling. I’ll tell you what I know, a few choice tidbits, if I know anything; but mostly I just want to pass on the music itself, let it do the talking, and let you find out for yourself what you want to know. So first and foremost, these mixes will are intended as shortcuts, starting points, signposts to deeper explorations. That said, I do spend a silly amount of time trying to craft mixes and compilations that stand on their own, that flow and reward repeat listening. So if you trust me-just jump in.

I’ll be posting new mixes at least once a month (fingers crossed), but I’ll also post old mixes that have stood the test of time for me–hopefully between the two there will be something new to you, something that provides one of those periodic pushes that music geeks like us need to remind us that there’s always more out there, brand-new-to-us, waiting to inspire and amaze. If ever you have any ideas, requests, (constructive) criticism, observations, lessons or mixes and favorites of your own you’d like to share–I would be thrilled to hear from you.

It is my hope that in the near future some of my friends and fellow geeks will become my co-bloggers, contributing their perspectives and maps to Musicophilia; that it will grow into a community of madly eclectic messengers, rather than my lone daft voice. So go ahead and subscribe (I recommend using Google Reader)–I promise I won’t bug you with lots of talk or more music than you can listen to; but nor will I let the page dry up. So–enough talking, and on to the first message. . .

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  1. richie said, on October 4, 2008 at 11:05 am

    yay! my favorite music miner’s got a repository for his goods
    this bookmarkable bastion of bop will become my new home base
    grazie mille, ianisco!

  2. droid said, on October 7, 2008 at 3:52 am

    Its about time! ;D

  3. jenks said, on October 9, 2008 at 5:22 am

    What a cool idea. I look forward to dropping in to find ever more wondrous delights.

    well done!

  4. Jimmy said, on October 27, 2008 at 10:31 am

    I love the mixes but I think putting all the tracks in one file is not always the way to go. It works sometimes (like the field recording-ish things). Other times I just feel like you want way too much control over how something is listened to. I’m sure others disagree, this is just my opinion. You’re doing a great job though. PS – you never sent me 1981 that you said you were gonna send me, so I expect to see it in its entirety here one day :) Also: what are you doing about disk space? Are you paying for it somewhere or getting it free?

  5. philT said, on October 27, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Hello once again. Nice mixes, etc, as always. Haven’t listened to your own stuff but I will soon.

    I’ve lost your email address so I thought I’d post this promo here:

    The Sytematics were a short lived electronic post-punk group from Sydney, Australia.

    A 2XLP compilation release of all their recordings called “What We Did In The Afternoons” should be available in mid November. The cover art is done and test pressings are almost ready.

    An entry has been made at Discogs.com:

    http://www.discogs.com/release/1511502

    The ‘label’ will be selling the record via links from this page. This will probably be the only method available to those who live outside Germany or, maybe, a couple of other European stores.

  6. Tristan said, on November 6, 2008 at 1:45 am

    I’m a postpunk enthusiast, and I run a modest little blog dedicated to postpunk, punk, new wave, and the ancestors/descendents of those genres. I’m really excited to have found this site, and I can’t wait to delve into those excellent playlists.

    Also, I made a couple of posts to direct people towards your project: http://postpunk.tumblr.com/post/58273741/this-person-deserves-a-lifetime-achievement-award

  7. nosila said, on December 17, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Good grief! I’ve just come across your blog, and I feel like I’ve struck black gold. Texas T. Oil, that is. These mixes are wonderful, your writing is wonderful, and I love the paragraphs. Thanks so much!

  8. nosila said, on December 17, 2008 at 10:32 am

    One more thing: I will place myself in the category of “people who fully, wholly disagree with Jimmy’s opinion about the one-file mixes.” It’s not as if you’ve just slapped the songs end to end willy-nilly. If a person wanted to listen to the pieces themselves, this isn’t the place to look.

    Upon review, I seem British in the above comment. I’m not.

  9. Soundslike said, on December 17, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Thanks for your comments, Nosila. I’m blushing! And I’m glad someone likes my misappropriation of the paragraph symbol : )

    I can understand Jimmy’s reasoning (and he’s a friend of mine whom I trust) but right now I feel comfortable sticking with mixes that replicate the “single whole” feeling of a mixtape back in our youths. I do put a lot of (very nerdy) effort into sequencing, segues, pacing, levels, etc., so I hope the end result earns having to be listened to at a go. Plus, I feel pretty comfortable with the “LP sides” method, so that things are broken up into somewhat more approachable lengths on the more pop-song oriented mixes, in case someone doesn’t have 30/45/90 minutes at a go to listen. I’m careful to post tracklists in the mp3s themselves and also have good .txt files and .pdfs with time-cues and all that. . . so I hope it doesn’t turn anyone away from listening.

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