[Musicophilia] – Musicophilia’s 1st Birthday! (With a Poll)

Posted in Talking by Soundslike on October 4, 2009

October 4th marks the one-year anniversary of Musicophilia’s first post and first mix, and in that time the blog has featured almost one mix for every week (indexed here), which between them have been downloaded over 15,000 times with nearly 70,000 views and at least 200 subscribers.  The “internet famous1981 Box Set from 2005 was finally made available in full to a broader audience; a whole new (fake) reissue label was born, Musique du Monde, to explore the wonderful sounds of the 60s and 70s; the Miniatures Series provided you full listening experiences in 2-minute doses; and the experimental and cinematic Sensory Replication Series hopefully found its way through a few headphones in the dark.  Toss in a bunch of one-off mixes, single-artist features, fantastic guest-mixes and even a few full albums, and the blog now has a pretty substantial “back catalogue”.

[Note: Please take a moment to participate in the year-one Musicophilia poll, and leave a comment to be entered into a drawing for free Musicophilia-approved CDs, after the “more…” link.]

Along with the birth of sister-blog Musicophilia Daily and the Musicophiliacs Facebook group, crafting this blog has enriched my listening and exploration with the joy of getting to share discoveries and old favorites with my fellow lovers-of-sound.  It’s been so much more fun than I could have expected, and I’ve enjoyed meeting lots of great people.  The next year will probably have to be slower (real life, and all that), but there are several mixes on the way over the next couple of months, and as always I hope to bring you more guest mixes from friends of Musicophilia.  If you’re interested in sharing your mix(es) with the Musicophilia audience please let me know.

To celebrate this birthday, I’d like to give you guys a few gifts.  Drop a comment on this post, letting me know your favorite mixes, a discovery you made here, a suggestion for future mixes–whatever you feel like, I just want to hear you’re out there.  Then I’ll randomly draw names for presents–CDs like Kluster’s ‘Zwei-Osterei,’ David Axelrod’s ‘Release of an Oath‘ (as the Electric Prunes), and Jean-Jacques Perrey’s ‘Moog Indigo,’ along with other surprises.  It’s also been a while since I’ve checked in with Musicophilia’s listeners, so I’m adding a some polls below the “more…” link, and it’d be great if you participated.  Finally, I’ve tried to come up with my personal top-five favorite mixes from the first year:

[Musique du Monde] – ‘Le Tour du Monde, Volume 7′ (1967-1973) [Sensory Replication Series] – ‘Collide\Coalesce’ (1950-2004) [1981] - 'Feet' (2005) [One-Off] – ‘Still’ (1630-1999) [Sensory Replication Series] – ‘Tall Stories of Evil Gris-Gris’ (1915-2007)

Thanks for listening!

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  1. Mona said, on October 4, 2009 at 3:38 am

    Enjoyed yr wee poll and it was ‘Exile’s’ first birthday last week, we could almost have been twins LOL!

  2. Zeiss Manifold said, on October 4, 2009 at 7:01 am

    Ooh! Well, this blog has certainly given me a whole new take on the post-punk movement. And I’m a sucker for Nick Drake and vintage German/Turkish stuff, so…

  3. jenks said, on October 4, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Happy first birthday. Discoveries too numerous to mention. Simple things like Worrywort by Radiohead on Electromance was lovely, as was the range of work on the …du monde series.

    it’s often the oppositions you set up in your mixes that really makes them sonic excitement.

    well done and i hope you are well now

  4. willem said, on October 6, 2009 at 6:22 am

    So much to hear, so little time. Having said that, The Somnambulist all the way!

    Oh, and of course: congratulations!

  5. jeremy said, on October 12, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Never disappointed with any of the mixes I’ve downloaded. All wonderful music, often allowing me to trip back to my musical youth and explore artists I don’t know or have only passing familiarity. Thanks for all the work, looking forward to what the future has to offer.

  6. Soundslike said, on October 12, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you, sir! That’s exactly the sort of thing I’m aiming for–the known in with the less-known. I’ll try to keep it up, though I’ll have to slow down for the next couple months.

  7. Rob said, on October 19, 2009 at 7:09 am


    ive just recently discovered this place, but i can see myself becoming a regular…im hooked already :)

  8. B.L. said, on November 2, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I’ve really enjoyed your blog–definitely one of the best and most thoughtful music blogs around. Thanks for all the hard work.
    All the best

  9. Tony said, on February 2, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Only found your blog about 3 months ago but love it. Thankyou

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