I wonder if anyone will work out where the name of my blog has come from? It is a quote. No matter, I'm saving that for another post, unless someone spoils the party. I'll leave some clues around...
I'm known among family, friends and acquaintances for having unusual musical tastes. I dispute that, I just like lots of different kinds of music, and I don't expect anyone to share all my tastes, but I do expect to find common ground with most folk. I surprise people sometimes.
I like music that breaks boundaries. Music that jumps genres. Music that makes me feel something. And as my mood changes, so I want different styles and variety in music to enhance or rectify my mood.
I appreciate choice in production values. Spending a long time tweaking compressors and parametric EQ's is sometimes good, but sometimes it just removes any soul that the writer was trying to instil into the music. Lo-fi can be cool.
The only real skill needed these days to make music is to know what you like, and to be able to describe that. The art of music production is taking creative input, either from oneself, or other artistic direction, and turning that, using instruments, mixing desks, computers, found sound, scratched records, whatever, and compositing it together to create something musical. In the widest possible sense of the term. May be that the music you like is just for you, and anathema to anyone else. That's fine. It's partly our different opinions that make us individuals, not the similarities we share. One of the artists on the mix that accompanies this post, John S Hall, legal eagle by day, beat poet by night, once said on It's Saturday "I want to be different, like everybody else I want to be like". Read the whole poem, it inspired me greatly in early adulthood, and with phrases like "I want to call into question the very idea that
identity can be attached" deserves more exploration when I offer up some geekier thinking. Which I will, when work is back upon us and in full swing.
Music is one of those things that joins and separates us, as we can see from the various social applications built around the concept. We can like the Top 40 of popular music (is it really?), and blend in with the supposed majority. We can form cliques based around bands, labels, eras and types of music; indeed I have some friends who I only ever see at Ween gigs every two or three years. We can appreciate music that none of our friends are even remotely interested in. I know I do!
Anyhoo, this blog provides a channel to me for sharing thoughts and deeds, and frankly anything I can upload to the web. I intend to take advantage of this, unless it turns out I attract no readers, in which case Resolution I will get broken soon enough!
Something I've shared for many years is home made mix tapes (now a misnomer of course, they never see Chromium Dioxide anymore), both for my own and others listening pleasure. Turned out that home taping didn't kill music, there's more than ever, especially now that the financial cost of production is effectively zero. if you're interested in that sort of thing, new models of music as a business etc, then I heartily recommend this article by David Byrne as a primer.
Now we have this interweb thing, I can make mixes and share them with the world, and only hope the pigopolists don't come after me for this blatant sharing of copyrighted material. If you are in the PRS and reading this, please get in touch so we can work something out, I'm trying to promote largely niche artists here. Hopefully your podcasting review will make life easier for me; starting today, every so often I intend to put out a compilation mix I've made, for the readers of this blog, and I will avoid, as much as I can, major label artists. Often their music sucks anyway. In my opinion.
So the first mix of 2008 is now online, and available for your delectation. Or not. I warn you, it's not full of relaxing and beautiful tunes to make you smile, and in the middle, especially with headphones on, bits are downright scary. It's winter, and this hour long mix reflects that, with only a little hope of better things towards the end
Download it here (83Mb), or play in an appropriate media player. Until I get a takedown notice; be nice if I didn't.
Here's the full list of tracks I used, and rough start times. I hope you enjoy. The next one will no doubt be completely different...
|00:45||Bill Laswell||Book of the Highest Intitation||Hashisheen|
|01:57||Miles Davis||In a Silent Way (DJ Cam Remix)||Panthalassa: The Remixes|
|06:30||Captain Kowatchi||Conference of the Birds||Land of Baboon|
|10:53||Spectre||9th Secret Rule of the Order||The Illness|
|14:43||Davie Allan & the Arrows||Pot Party||Only In America|
|16:45||Barry Adamson||Dirty Barry||Oedipus Schmoedipus|
|27:34||Mental Nomad||Deity||Mentalica and it's Inhabitants|
|29:43||Modern Quartet Vs Koçani Orkestar||Fantasia for Clarinet||Electric Gypsyland|
|33:38||Sophie Rimheden||Don't Follow||Electric Ladyland Clickhop Vol 1.0|
|37:49||Bill Laswell||The Spilled Cup||Hashisheen|
|39:03||Closer Musick||Closer Dancer||After Love|
|45:54||13 & God||Soft Atlas||13 & God|
|49:37||Denali||Run Through||The Instinct|
|53:38||The Postal Service||Suddenly Everything Has Changed||Give Up|
|57:44||John S Hall & Kramer||Things||Real Men|