…and while I’m on the whole music thing, I’ve set up my music player (the wonderful amaroK) to report back to last.fm / audioscrobbler with the details of what I’m listening to. Amarok can suggest songs for you, based on what you’ve got and what people like on last.fm. So I’m helping anyone out there who has similar music tastes to me. You can see what I’m listening to, as well as my favourite tracks, artists and albums, by looking at my profile.
What really caught my attention was when I noticed the list of “neighbours” – people who live in the same musical-taste area as me. Top of the list? Why, naughty_jude, apparently. Now who could that be?
Most music is very formulaic. Not only in style, but in length too. I think that’s still a relic of commercial radio stations, who need to fit in some yakking and some advertising at fairly regular intervals. And even if they don’t need to advertise or yak, I think it would still be risky to put on a song lasting 10, 15 or 20 minutes – the listeners don’t get to choose that track, or press ‘skip’, so they might well find something else to listen to.
Around one in fifteen tracks in my collection are over 10 minutes long – some are over half an hour. Today’s track of the day is Terra, by ABA Structure (Kenji Williams) from the album Tektonic Illusion. Fast and rhythmical, and there’s something nice and edgy about it. (Hey, if my descriptions suck, it’s only because I need to practise!) I love the fading in and out of themes throughout, it helps draw you through the track.
For me, the first half of the song is just a long teaser for the introduction of the main rhythmic theme at just after the four minute mark. And to have a teaser that long is great, and something only normally found on drance tracks intended for DJs to mix.
When I read that Creative Commons have to prove to the US IRS they have “public support”, I thought I’d give them a hand. And seeing as I read that when Creative Commons was at the forefront of my mind, I thought I’d give generously to their campaign. So I did.