No more dream journal (exciting things)

anarchist's picture

Pat the Bunny is playing a concert with Matt Pless in Baltimore and I have to see it. If I do not, I will cry.

Neutral Milk Hotel is playing a concert in D.C. on the 31st and if everything goes to plan I will see it. If I do not, I will cry even more.

A song of mine is being released on eight-track tape, currently scheduled for early February, and it will be the first music by me that will be released by a separate organization, and I am excite.

I will be recording my last album onto cassette, and will give it to local record stores as well as sell it online.

A teacher of mine is working on making a video for at least one of my songs that I made for him, so that'll be fun.

Devin Townsend is releasing two albums this year.

House of Leaves is getting really fucking good.

So many cool things.

Also, I'm taking a break from my dream journal, since I seem to be remembering my dreams well enough (every day right now) by just doing an internal journal.

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jeff's picture

Err...

You're releasing a song on an actual eight track?! Who could possibly listen to it? I'll get on board with vinyl, but some technology deserves to die, unless that is the name of a label or somesuch...

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"You don't know you're beautiful." - Harry Styles

anarchist's picture

An eight track player is one device I'm my collection's missing.

But I don't care. Some people have eight tracks, and the point in obsolete formats is to keep the music underground. The cooperative that's doing the compilation also releases music on floppy disk, so eight track doesn't seem that bad anymore, right?

Anyway, there's some really good music released on tape, and I really love how the artwork is designed and how lo-fi the format is. I can't really express my love of underground tapes accurately, but it's a good feeling.

It definitely does not deserve to die. Tapes are an affordable way to get DIY music onto a physical format and easily be able to have it sold in local music shops, because they're cheap and small in size. There's nothing to lose in tapes. They also kicked of Oneohtrix Point Never's career, as well as other musicians.

jeff's picture

Well...

Most things stay obsolete and underground no matter the format. You can put everything online and freely available to all and most people will never find it. Keeping things underground typically requires no effort.

I've previously had floppy discs, cassette players, 8-tracks, VHS tapes, DVD players, and can barely play any of them now. DVD is only grandfathered in, since my Blu-Ray will read them. My iMac has no floopy or media drive, although I sometimes cheat there since my MacBook does have an optical drive.

Format doesn't really matter, though. Breaking through typically takes effort, aside from extreme examples of luck. If you want to stay underground, you can usually plaster everything everywhere and that will remain the result.

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"You don't know you're beautiful." - Harry Styles

anarchist's picture

Underground may not have been the right word.

I sort of meant local, since the tapes will be part of a small community associated with that kind of music. In the case of the eight tracks, they'll likely remain only in the noise community in the area (which is surprisingly active here on the East Coast).

My computer has no optical drive at all, though, so I can only listen to CDs through my actual CD player. I like actually putting the music in each time, anyway. It feels more real than just typing in some letters and clicking on an album I want to hear. Especially when it's a limited edition CDR imported from small, independent foreign labels.

It feels nice to have some variety in music formats, though. I like being familiar with several different mediums, especially when I listen to a lot of music that's released exclusively in certain formats.