Mixtapes are amazing. I love them. I make them all the time. I’ve taken part in a number of mixtape exchanges on a variety of message boards (but mostly on the Radiohead forum, Mortigi Tempo). The first exchange I did on there, I ended up with a mixtape featuring “The Moon” by The Microphones. It got me hooked on both making mixtapes and listening to The Microphones. Not bad going, really.
I have quite a reputation now, for making mixtapes. I make them for whoever asks for one. I’m going to start posting random mixtapes I make here.
Also, as a bonus, to commemorate this first mixtape post, I have upped a mixtape made by famous hands. A few months ago when I ordered Mount Eerie’s No Flashlight from P.W. Elverum & Sun Ltd. I received a mixtape from Phil along with my order. I have no idea what any of the tracks are but there’s a lot on there. 20 tracks, starting with a skit starring Jason Anderson as a magician and leading onto a variety of classical, country and world music — just to name a few.
If anyone can identify any of the tracks, I’d greatly appreciate it.
I’ve been experimenting with field recordings. I’m currently really into Sunn O))) and many artists on the Southern Lord label.
At school in my Religious Studies class we were studying prison systems. And so the recording on the third track is a rant by my teacher about the flaws of the British prison systems and how, “in America, it’s different.”
The second track is, in a way, cheating. It is a recording of the Beverley Brass Band warming up and preparing to play recorded in an attic above the hall where they practice. This recording has then been slowed down, but some of the instruments are still distinguishable.
I live for music… I love to create music. So far, I’ve not had much success and apart from the odd Microphones cover I’ve not created anything that good or original.
In two or three weeks time I break up from school and my compulsory education ends. I have a long summer ahead of me, and during that summer I plan to be as creative as possible. Taking photographs, making music, etc.
Bradford Cox, solo artist (Atlas Sound) and frontman of Deerhunter, runs a very successful blog that I have fallen head over heels in love with it. It’s amazing, and the music he posts there that he creates in his free time is equally incredible. I plan to do something quite similar. This blog is a documentation of my musical progression, and a place to post anything I create that I feel is worth sharing — for free, of course.