Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Mix CD

For no apparent reason I can think of, I've been working on a set of random mix CDs. It's not like I gove these out to people regularly, but it's more of I'd like to put a new perspective on my music. But before we get into the mix and the first disc's playlist, let's take a digression for a while.

One of my favorite records from the 1970's is Brian Eno's Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy. The thing I have always liked about this is its sameness - strange, because wouldn't you think if I said all songs sounded the same, it would be a negative comment? Well in this place it's not - it's instead an honor. Pretty much, the first five songs are in the same tempo, contain similar instrumantation, and have that same beat from the drum machine. As well, the chord changes sound the same (whether they are or not, I don't know. My ear can recognize only the most simple of chord progressions). As I progressed through the rest of Tiger Mountain for the first time, I could swear that I heard the same song twice.

With this double-disc mix CD set, I want to create the same feeling as was created in Tiger Mountain (and three other records I can think of off the top of my head: Wire's Chairs Missing, Sigur Ros's Takk, and Pavement's Crooked Rain Crooked Rain). So I've decided to pair up a bunch of similar-sounding songs and intersperse them throughout the double discs. To add to this, the beginning of the first disc is Winter 1 by The Fall and the end of the second disc is Winter 2 by The Fall.

I'll continue this tomorrow...

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