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I can't pick just one so I'll specify categories.

Favorite song to sing along to: "the way you make me feel" this comes on, it's required by law that I sing it. Especially the "ah-cha-ooh" bit.

Most admirable production work: "beat it". This song is so tight. The guitar solo. The intro. The percussion. It was just so well put together there is no way of improving on it short of a weird al parody, and "eat it" is classic in it's own right.

Song that gets me the hardest emotionally: "will you be there" I tear up every time I hear it.

Best video evar: "remember the time" really Michael has never made a bad video (well okay I wasn't thrilled with "you are not alone") but this one... I don't know. Something about it keeps me watching over and over. I actually think it's one of the ones where he looks the happiest.

Random song moment: "scream" I have to listen to it because it's still so incredibly jarring hearing Michael and Janet drop the f- bomb.

Musically awesome: "don't stop till you get enough" strings, brass, electric guitar. Jizz in my pants.

Best party song: "PYT". Fuck "single ladies" this is the song you play is you want all the ladies on the dance floor.

Favorite all around song: "wanna be starting something" this wins for random lyrics (you ever want to end an insult war on an amusing note say someones a vegetable and a buffet, and they hate you) and because "mamase mamasa mama coosa" is ... It's like pure joy expressed in song.

I had a rather good evening. More when I can type on a real keyboard instead of the Preciousssss.
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bleh. day is grey and drizzy. Not helping somewhat bleh mood.

On the other hand, what is helping is that I've discovered THE best techno transition ever, and I don't even have to do any mixing. Boggle. Mundy's Escape from Mantua from the second volume of the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack (yep, the Baz Luhrmann one, as if any other version would have techno in the soundtrack) flows so well into Fluke's Zion (from The Matrix Reloaded soundtrack) that you'd swear they were the same song separated at birth and sent to live in two different movies. I've been listening to the two songs over and over again all day, marvelling at how amazingly well they transition into each other. It helps that they are two majorly kickass peices of music.

I'm getting the mix making bug again. Already I've got four requests lined up anyway at this point - [livejournal.com profile] darkling_dreams (welcome to LJ, sweetheart!) has played yet another goth tape into an early demise, so I have to not only retape it, but I have to find some kind of super Chromium tape that can handle the abuse. :) [livejournal.com profile] gossamer_gull and [livejournal.com profile] inle_rah are also interested in goth mixes after last night's clubbing adventure. And [livejournal.com profile] sundart's been after me to make her a tape for months.

Some of my geekier friends (*cough* [livejournal.com profile] harinezumi *cough*) are probably scoffing at the fact that I still swear by the old medium of cassette tapes, rather than burning CDs. Even though they are much more of a pain in the butt to record (though much less of a pain thanks to a little program called MixMeister and a Y cable) I've gotten much more listenable results with a tape than with a CD. Not to mention that tapes come in longer time denominations than CDs. Two hours is about the perfect amount of time to fit a particular mood of music - not short enough so that the music becomes tiring on multiple repeats, not insanely long like MP3CDS, where the capacity is so huge the listener is more likely to turn it off in the middle and not form any sort of connection with the songs. I've found that unless in a club setting, superlong sets of music fade into background noise after a while. Two hours, I think is about the limit of consistant interest.

K, so why not CDs? Pros are that given discman adaptors, more people have them in their cars, no warping, etc etc. Cons however - 74-80 minutes isn't enough time for me to make a really really good mix. They're more prone to scratching, especially if you're like most people and forget to put them away between listens. And try as I might, I can't find CD burning software that gives me the control I require over song mixing, nor have I figured out a good way of quickly recording to audio file the mixes I do make. Also the digital requirement of chopping things up into tracks is kinda antithetical to the way I approach mixes: I pick songs and arrange them so that not only do they flow into each other as seamlessly as possible, but they also form some kind of whole idea, statement, theme, or emotion, and the mix is meant to be listened to as an entire entity, not so much for individual tracks. I feel that if the idea is to stick a whole bunch of music onto a (insert recording medium) then what you have is not a mix tape or CD. Might as well just burn the requisite tracks onto a data CD and send that person home. And even though tapes are being phased out album wise, most stereos still have a cassette deck, so I guess i'll be making these tapes until the damn players all finally die.

So there is my little speech. Yes, I'm a little bit of a mix tape snob. But damn it, I'm good at it. Pity it's not a talent that's good for much except making my friends happy. Possibly DJing, but I've got far too much other stuff going on to have time to learn how . . . might be fun down the line though. :) Anyway, I think John Cusack's character explains the process quite well in High Fidelity:

The making of a good compilation tape is a very subtle art. Many do's and don'ts. First of all you're using someone else's poetry to express how you feel. This is a delicate thing . . . Like breaking up, it's hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick off with a killer, to grab attention. Then you got to take it up a notch, but you don't wanna blow your wad, so then you got to cool it off a notch...

July 2009



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