« on: February 28, 2007, 09:20:49 PM »
Gengis' Mixtape Emporium
Ok so, Strad was asking for some musical recommendations, and, since both J and Lily have threads that have done that and done it well in recent memory, I thought I'd change it up a bit.
To my mind, the easiest way to become exposed to a number of new bands or varieties of music is via the mighty mixtape (mix cd, etc.), which varies from a playlist in a myriad of ways.
1) Mixtapes are specific. The songs were selected particularly, edited, ordered and reordered until they create a cohesive whole.
2) Mixtapes are short. One blank CD, or roughly 80 minutes of music. Max. Two companion CDs could work, but they need to be billed and crafted as such.
3) Mixtapes are themed, generally beyond a generic mood. This may be a bit anal, but I feel that, for example, a "happy music" cd lacks enough specificity of purpose or ideas to constitute a mixtape. It's the tangible difference between "sex music" and "Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By". Which brings us to . . .
4) Mixtapes are titled (at least in this Emporium). This really could just be me, but I love interesting, evocative titles for mixes.
The Obvious Rules:
Don't plagiarize people's mixtapes - that's just uncool. Assemble and burn at your will, but acknowledge other people's work. It's not like anyone here would ever know if you did, but I know it generally takes me 84765384653865 days to really hammer out a mix I'm happy with, and I dang well like to have credit where credit is due.
Do give at least the title of the song and the artist - other people should, I think, be able to recreate the mix from the info provided.
Don't just lurk and never submit a mix.
tj.'s Swap Meet
This can sorta go a couple of ways . . .
1) See a mix you like? Know there's no way in hell you're gonna find that obscure track? Mostly 'cause you're lazy? Swap! CD exchange is good for the soul.
2) Want a mix? Lack the wherewithal, time, or appropriate library to put it together? Or just want a taste of what someone else will come up with for the same theme? Swap! You give them a style request, and they give you one. You both make CDs for the other (not forgetting of course, to stop by the Emporium and inscribe the tracklist for posterity and us . . . mostly us) and them slap those puppies in the mail.
And feel free to talk music in here y'all - that's how mixtapes are born! Happy Mixing!!