Thursday, October 28, 2010
I have an idea for a radical experiment I think I'll try to carry through. The idea is as simple as it is subversive: to replace my entire 13 GB music library -- both on my computer and on my mp3 player -- with an equal size of completely new music.
I've realized that I almost never listen to new music. With 'new' I mean music that I haven't heard before -- it doesn't matter if it was recorded in 2009, 1976 or 1948. The problem is that I almost only listen to two kinds of music: 1 -- my own music (i.e. the stuff I happen to be working on at the moment), and 2 -- music that I already know I will like; old trusted music that I return to again and again.
So in order to jump start my curiosity for music, I'm going to try this radical approach. Mind you, I won't totally erase my old music collection, but probably move those 13 GB to a kind of "quarantine" on an external hard drive for a while, until I'm ready to return to them, maybe in six months or so... Until then, it's going to be a lot of research into what I'll replace it with -- including buying new mp3 albums online, going to the Gedenkbibliothek and get a whole bunch of CDs, downloading public domain music, etc.
And I'm going to start right HERE -- an awesome blog where you can download curious old (often out of print) albums, with a heavy focus on vintage horror/sci-fi soundtracks!! Can't wait.
If you have any suggestions for my new, curious music collection, or if you just want to comment on how stupid this idea is, let me know.