Winter MeFiSwap! December 2, 2009 9:23 PM   Subscribe

You listen to good music. You pick some of it out, and you put it in a certain order, and you listen to your mix all the time. It's good! It sounds good, too good to keep to yourself. So you burn 5 copies of your mix to CD and you put 'em in the mail. Soon 5 different discs containing 5 different mixes from 5 other people appear in your mailbox, and this is good because you're tired of listening to the mix you made and some new tunes from cool MeFites is just the right thing.
MeFi Swap Winter 2009 is open for sign-ups.

To sign up, send me an email containing your MeFi username and your mailing address. tediseasy [at] gmail [doot] com.

I think these work best if some guidelines are set out right at the beginning:
  • We usually swap music CD-Rs. If you want to swap data discs or tapes or something and enough are interested, I can set up a side-swap.
  • If you signed up to participate last time but didn't mail out your mix, you are not invited to swap again. Maximum pukka is attained through 100% participation. If you sign up to participate this time, do so with the full intention of mailing out at least 5 mix CDs. You may be asked to mail overseas (and if you live outside the USA, you will most definitely be asked to mail packages to foreign countries). Communication is important so if you can't get your mixes out by the deadline (see below), let me or the other members of your swapset know.
  • Deadlines, here's some schedule:Sign-ups close Sunday, December 20th, 2009.Swapset assignments will go out shortly thereafter.The mailing deadline is pretty far off, considering the holiday season and general craziness: Saturday, January 23rd, 2010
  • If you would like to be in two swapsets (mailing 10 copies of your mix out) or if you have any other specific requests or restraints, please include them in your sign-up email.
posted by carsonb to MetaFilter-Related at 9:23 PM (162 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite

Sweet. I was just thinking the other day that i wanted to make an end of decade mix. I've done swaps with people on various MeFi offshoots, but never on MeFi proper. Count me in.
posted by Ufez Jones at 9:27 PM on December 2, 2009


So who's going to get my 5 copies of Celine Dion's Falling Into You?


...no, wait! It was a joke! I want in!
posted by battlebison at 9:43 PM on December 2, 2009


I missed it last time. This sounds like fun, even with the pressure of picking "cool" music.
posted by aclevername at 9:51 PM on December 2, 2009


Oh man, I was just listening to something thinking "It's time for another mefi mix cd swap thingamajigger" ... now what was it??
posted by aubilenon at 9:53 PM on December 2, 2009


Hellzyeah I'm in! E-mail sent. Last time it was mostly druggy and socialisty, I wonder what I'll make next. MAKING MIXES IS FUN YAY!
posted by Kattullus at 9:55 PM on December 2, 2009


It's been a while since I made a mix and I've probably got enough new stuff by now, so I'm in. Sent my details etc.
posted by shelleycat at 10:00 PM on December 2, 2009


Question: When you say most send CD-Rs, not data discs, I assume you mean burning the music so that it's converted from mp3 into whatever "regular" player format? i.e. the CD will only hold about 15 songs as opposed to, well, much more than that?
posted by aclevername at 10:05 PM on December 2, 2009


When you say most send CD-Rs, not data discs, I assume you mean burning the music so that it's converted from mp3 into whatever "regular" player format? i.e. the CD will only hold about 15 songs as opposed to, well, much more than that?

Answer: That's right.
posted by carsonb at 10:07 PM on December 2, 2009


E-mail: sent. This oughta be fun.
posted by Doublewhiskeycokenoice at 10:41 PM on December 2, 2009


Man, I totally just yesterday added mix cds to my wishlist for Secret Quonsar. FIVE MIX CDS IS EVEN BETTER!!
posted by so_gracefully at 10:47 PM on December 2, 2009


My mix cds don't go through mp3 (or other lossy compression) on the way to being mix cds.

It's not that I can usually hear the difference, but I have all these damn cds so I might as well get something out of it.
posted by aubilenon at 10:58 PM on December 2, 2009 [3 favorites]


done!
posted by setanor at 11:14 PM on December 2, 2009


This sounds awesome. Email sent.
posted by threetoed at 11:19 PM on December 2, 2009


I hope you guys like the collected works of Xena: Warrior Princess.
posted by zennie at 11:32 PM on December 2, 2009


Nice one! Count me in!
posted by misteraitch at 11:35 PM on December 2, 2009


We're okay with people taking decompressed MP3s and passing them off as the original music? We're just okay with that? What has the world come to?

What's worse, is I know somebody is going to inevitably rip a CD they received back down to MP3. And there's nothing I can do about it, it's just going to happen. And nobody else will even care.

This is why I can't do fun things.

posted by floam at 12:02 AM on December 3, 2009 [2 favorites]


I would participate, but I only listen to bad music that nobody likes.
posted by idiopath at 12:40 AM on December 3, 2009 [2 favorites]


I would participate, but music is shit unless you listen to it 100% lossless open-source FLAC codec through triple shielded speaker cable coming out of my hacked Roland sound card into my 2000W 1-10^1000Hz range 22.2 surround speaker system standing in the center of my humidity-controlled custom built listening room with solid mahogany refractors and absorbers and until you plebes give me your music on hermetically sealed Blu-ray platter hard disks I'm not poisoning my ears with your watered down urine you call "music".
posted by battlebison at 1:10 AM on December 3, 2009 [17 favorites]


I only listen to bad music that nobody likes, so I'm definitely going to participate.
posted by plant at 1:10 AM on December 3, 2009 [2 favorites]


How nice would a Mefites-only mixtape mp3 server be? (Sorry, floam.)

Use Opentape & mefimail to request an account. Is this plausible or just doomed?
posted by Pronoiac at 1:17 AM on December 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


Email sent. Excited to participate.
posted by stachemaster at 2:18 AM on December 3, 2009


not meaning to p**s on the parade, but a word of caution... I entered the last mix tape swap, lovingly crafted my CDs, posted them out (to 6 people IIRC) and received just one in return.

The idea's great but how many who sign up actually send the CDs? Was I just in a duff group?
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar at 2:19 AM on December 3, 2009


Me. In. Join my gang for awesome sounds from the nether regions.
posted by Kerasia at 4:24 AM on December 3, 2009


I got 4 really good mixes last time. And, the one member of our group who has yet to send her mix out, has said she will. So, I am definitely in again.
posted by pasici at 4:30 AM on December 3, 2009


I find it very hard to turn down the chance to make a new comp - in.
posted by anagrama at 4:40 AM on December 3, 2009


There's got to be a way to cross this with a pyramid scam so I can receive geometrically increasing numbers of CDs.

I'm in despite my general hatred of going to the post office.
posted by sciencegeek at 4:56 AM on December 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


Oh my god, I started reading this post and started to think it was a callout that would end in carsonb saying "HOW GODDAMN DIFFICULT IS IT FOR SOME OF YOU TO GET YOUR SUMMER MIXES OUT STILL YOU SLACKERS WHO DIDNT MAKE GOOD YET YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE."

*incredible guilt*

(it's coming, promise.)
posted by NikitaNikita at 5:02 AM on December 3, 2009


(I am not signing up for winter.)
posted by NikitaNikita at 5:02 AM on December 3, 2009


You listen to good music.

Since you are the only person to have ever told me that, I think I'll pass on this.
posted by DU at 5:04 AM on December 3, 2009


The idea's great but how many who sign up actually send the CDs? Was I just in a duff group?

I think you were just in a duff group. I've done a swap four times and gotten four or five CDs out of the deal each time.
posted by Johnny Assay at 5:12 AM on December 3, 2009


I got four (excellent) mixes from my group in the summer. I'm in again.
posted by minifigs at 5:48 AM on December 3, 2009


I'm definitely in. But please don't send me sounds from anyone's nether regions.
posted by headnsouth at 5:49 AM on December 3, 2009


I'm in! Last time I did this, my swapset had the name "Dangerbird"! That was great!
posted by Greg Nog at 5:49 AM on December 3, 2009


Just to clarify -- I'm in Paris, but I can sign up, no? What is the protocol for non-US people?
posted by tractorfeed at 5:59 AM on December 3, 2009


I'm in! Show tunes anyone? Or maybe a fabulous mix of European bird calls?
posted by jonesor at 6:04 AM on December 3, 2009


Who is Te, and why are they diseasy?
posted by Deathalicious at 6:05 AM on December 3, 2009


Here are five songs I picked for somebody else's mix-whatsit (95 mb .zip). All jazz, a little over seventy minutes all together.
posted by box at 6:24 AM on December 3, 2009


I'm in. Todd Rundgren Todd Rundgren Todd Rundgren.
posted by mintcake! at 6:25 AM on December 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


Okay, I've gotten over my mix-related phobias and am finally in this year. Cheers!
posted by lunit at 6:32 AM on December 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


floam writes "What's worse, is I know somebody is going to inevitably rip a CD they received back down to MP3. And there's nothing I can do about it, it's just going to happen. And nobody else will even care."

A multi session cd of uncompressed CD audio and MP3s will still play in standard CD players if the MP3s are in the second session. We could give up one song to remove the horror of CD to MP3 to CD to MP3.
posted by Mitheral at 6:35 AM on December 3, 2009 [2 favorites]


been a while…i'm in.
posted by ShawnString at 6:43 AM on December 3, 2009


I can't pass up a reason to make a mix disc! I'm in.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 6:43 AM on December 3, 2009


Is there a rule for or against DJ-type mixes?
posted by echo target at 6:45 AM on December 3, 2009


The mulp is in! Again!

... our summer group did a pretty good job, didn't we? I think I failed to receive only one mix.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 6:49 AM on December 3, 2009


Is it assumed you do five different mixes or you do one mix with five copies?

Either way, five folks get to taste the Awesome.
posted by cimbrog at 6:54 AM on December 3, 2009


Durr. Nevermind, I can't read.
posted by cimbrog at 7:03 AM on December 3, 2009


I'd love to participate but I'm afraid my taste in music isn't "cool" enough for you hep Mefites. Does it have to be all music that regular peons would never have heard of?
posted by Go Banana at 7:11 AM on December 3, 2009


Does it have to be all music that regular peons would never have heard of?

No way! I think a lot of folk start feeling pressure to be all Pitchfork Tastemaker Magic Older Brother Who Got You Into That One Prog Band From Two States Over, but I don't listen to the radio all that much, so if your mix was nothing but like Sean Kingston songs and Steely Dan or something, I'd still be happy to receive it!
posted by Greg Nog at 7:17 AM on December 3, 2009 [3 favorites]


Go Banana: "I'd love to participate but I'm afraid my taste in music isn't "cool" enough for you hep Mefites. Does it have to be all music that regular peons would never have heard of"

Personally I'd say go for it. A thoughtful mix of thematically consistent stuff I'm familiar with would be just as welcome as the (also awesome) Jazz/Blues/World Music and Quirky Instrumentals mixes i got last time.
posted by minifigs at 7:18 AM on December 3, 2009


Does it have to be all music that regular peons would never have heard of?

What Greg Nog said. It doesn't have to be "Hey, look at all this odd stuff I know" - the best mix tapes are about building and tearing down a mood. If "Let It Be" or "Single Ladies" works in the middle of your thing, put it there. Recontextualize. I have had "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" KICK MY ASS in the middle of a mix. Seriously.
posted by mintcake! at 7:31 AM on December 3, 2009


Alright then, I'm in! Woo hoo! Beyonce ahoy. Kidding, I'm really more of a Jonas Brothers girl.
posted by Go Banana at 7:40 AM on December 3, 2009


I'm in. Hopefully the two from my last swapset who didn't bother won't be allowed in this time. Incidently - how are you going to police that?
posted by salmacis at 7:51 AM on December 3, 2009


I'm in.

Any restrictions on country? I'm in Canada..
posted by Theta States at 7:53 AM on December 3, 2009


to all those from pancake group in the last one, i swear my contribution will go out eventually! and i apologize for the flakiness, i quit my job and left the state for 2 months. :-/

in fairness i never received any cds either because i moved unexpectedly, but it was really good so i feel dumb looking at it all the time.

clearly im not gonna join this next round, too dumb, tho i might throw up a new 8tracks mix in mefi's honor.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:04 AM on December 3, 2009


I'm in again.

I entered the last mix tape swap, lovingly crafted my CDs, posted them out (to 6 people IIRC) and received just one in return.

The idea's great but how many who sign up actually send the CDs? Was I just in a duff group?


Yeah you were definitely in a bad group. I got 4 out of the 5 mix tapes I was supposed to get last time. I can send you my mix from last time if you want (although I don't have any more blue NES cartridges so you would just get the CD).
posted by burnmp3s at 8:09 AM on December 3, 2009


Oh, yay. I did one of these (the first one?) ages ago and still have the CDs I received.

I have extremely broad and terrible taste, and look forward to inflicting it on others.
posted by JoanArkham at 8:11 AM on December 3, 2009


Can we make a requirement that there is also an included list of all the songs? It's a painful painful thing to love a song on a mix and have no idea what it is.
posted by kingbenny at 8:16 AM on December 3, 2009


Is there a rule for or against DJ-type mixes?

I'm also wondering this. Ableton sound-collages are fun.
posted by naju at 8:28 AM on December 3, 2009


I kept thinking I'd get my stuff together to join in the summer and never did. This time I joined early!

*runs off to add deadlines to calendar*
posted by immlass at 8:34 AM on December 3, 2009


DJ-type mixes?
I've received one in the past, and was not annoyed.

cool/pitchfork music?
my mixes have not been at all, and no one ever complained, though that doesn't rule out the possibility that they listened to the first two songs and then microwaved the disc. In any event, I was not make to feel bad for it. (past swapgroup members, please let me keep living the lie that you didn't)

was I just in a bad group?
my two mefi-swaps went 4/4 and 3/4 where the 4th person made good on it eventually.

I'll do it again!
posted by jermsplan at 9:06 AM on December 3, 2009


We could have anyone who was unlucky and missed out on receiving some of theirs last time and I'd be willing to bet volunteers (such as myself) would send out an extra or two for them.
posted by haveanicesummer at 9:12 AM on December 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


that should have said "post a request in this thread" in the middle there.
posted by haveanicesummer at 9:12 AM on December 3, 2009


I'm in! Show tunes anyone? Or maybe a fabulous mix of European bird calls?

oh! oh! me! me!


cool/pitchfork music?

For a moment I was imagining "Turkey in the Straw." Before I remembered what 'pitchfork' means to you hep cats.
posted by zennie at 9:16 AM on December 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


As far as I can remember every group I've been in, and I've done every swap for the last three years or so, has had every member send out their mixes. There's usually a straggler or too, but I don't mind receiving the mixes late (I was the straggler last time, sending out my mixes a month late or so).
posted by Kattullus at 9:47 AM on December 3, 2009


Last time I sent mine out and only got two back, but those two were effing awesome thanks to spiderskull and rmless. And I had great fun making mine, so I'm in again!
posted by bluishorange at 10:39 AM on December 3, 2009


Last time I sent mine out but realized it was all overexposed music and no one loved me and I sat in the corner rocking back and forth and sobbing quietly.

I'm in!
posted by shakespeherian at 10:46 AM on December 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


Just to clarify -- I'm in Paris, but I can sign up, no? What is the protocol for non-US people?
and
Any restrictions on country? I'm in Canada..

Non-USA contributors are part of what makes this so awesome. FYI, if you do not live in the United States, you will likely be sending all of your copies to people there. I usually try to spread non-USA addresses evenly amongst all swapsets.

Is there a rule for or against DJ-type mixes?

Nope, although engineering some logical track breaks wouldn't be a bad idea—one long track can be frustrating to piece apart.

how are you going to police [people who didn't send out last time] ?

Well, I've kept the swapset groups (minus addresses) from the last two swaps I've run, so if you didn't receive a mix from someone last time you can just let me know (email!) and I'll make a note of it.

Can we make a requirement that there is also an included list of all the songs?

No, don't be silly. Use your google or your email (you'll have emails for all members of your swapset) if your posited eventuality acutalizes.

Wow, ok, my inbox is intimidatingly full right now. Already an excellent turnout! As soon as you receive your confirmation email ("Yo! You're signed up to swap!") you can be sure you're in. I'll work on responding to all of you throughout the day, so if you don't get an immediate response please don't despair. If you didn't send your mailing address and/or username in the sign-up email, please re-send with that information included.
posted by carsonb at 11:00 AM on December 3, 2009


wooo! Count me in!
posted by potch at 11:02 AM on December 3, 2009


Yr all getting noise for xmas!
posted by Theta States at 11:14 AM on December 3, 2009 [4 favorites]


Me! Me! Me!
posted by Sallyfur at 11:23 AM on December 3, 2009


I'm in!

This project is making me use far too many exclamation points. Sorry about that, carsonb.
posted by runningwithscissors at 11:24 AM on December 3, 2009


Be ready for some sweet music, suckas. I'm in.
posted by craven_morhead at 11:28 AM on December 3, 2009


I got three of five last time, but only one of three from the US of A. Were you guys all depressed last summer or what?
posted by philip-random at 11:39 AM on December 3, 2009


I'm in. It's high time someone else experience the strange amalgam of music I listen to.
posted by reenum at 11:43 AM on December 3, 2009


Email sent. I'll be moving in January and still not sure where, but aside from address issues this looks to be tons o' fun.
posted by mannequito at 12:01 PM on December 3, 2009


Sweet. Some (un)lucky souls are getting a bad ass kosmische musik sampler.
posted by Razzle Bathbone at 12:06 PM on December 3, 2009


I hope everyone likes $obscuregenereofmusicunlikelytobeenjoyed.
posted by borkencode at 12:30 PM on December 3, 2009


i'm in!
posted by rmd1023 at 1:39 PM on December 3, 2009


I'm in again too. And maybe I'll get mine out on time, this time.
I received four out of five mixes last time, all uniformly great. And special mention goes to jinjo for the awesome job with the packaging.
posted by Miss Otis' Egrets at 1:50 PM on December 3, 2009


I know how much you all enjoyed my "Never Gonna Give You Up" on infinite repeat CD's, so I'm back for more. You like Rick Astley? You'll love me 20x that!
posted by not_on_display at 1:54 PM on December 3, 2009


Didi you know that if you slow Rick Astley down from 45 to 33 he turns into Kylie Minogue?
posted by Miss Otis' Egrets at 1:56 PM on December 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'm surprised that there hasn't been any data-wonkery on return rates of mixset joiners (and Secret quonsor, for that matter). Given the broad range of returns, from receiving 1 CD to all 5, I'm wondering what the average is.

I'm one of those jackasses who didn't send out their mix, but I received most of the mixes destined for my doorstep (and ears). I have packages and mixes at the ready, and they'll be sorted this weekend. Really, truly, honestly. If people receive their packages before the 20th, then I'll ask for forgiveness, and if I can join this swapset. I've been thinking of mixes for a while.

Question: this isn't the Best of new (2009) music edition, is it? It's just a normal swap-set, right?
posted by filthy light thief at 2:16 PM on December 3, 2009


Yeah, I'm not a big believer in assigning a theme for everybody. If you wanna theme, theme. If you wanna dance, dance.
posted by carsonb at 2:24 PM on December 3, 2009


Also, you know that not mailing your mix out to the swap organizer has its consequences, rite?
posted by carsonb at 2:25 PM on December 3, 2009


I'm so in. Email = sent.
posted by defenestration at 2:29 PM on December 3, 2009


Prepare yourselves for a full disc of Ildjarn and Belinda Carlisle!

What?
posted by Limiter at 2:41 PM on December 3, 2009


I'm going to do this, even though I can't justify spending all that on postage from NZ. Prepare for 72 minutes of Straitjacket Fits!
posted by Dandeson Coates, Sec'y at 3:07 PM on December 3, 2009


Ah, crap. This reminds me that the mixes for the DTMFAs from this summer are still in my car, waiting to be mailed. This is what I get for making mixes the week before I move across the country. They'll get sent out tomorrow. Damnit.
posted by youcancallmeal at 3:21 PM on December 3, 2009


I loved loved loved doing it this past summer, so count me in again.

Um... so, just asking... if I happened to have a couple of Xmas music mixes (one celebrating the holiday, one denigrating it) which I might happen to post to my Dropbox for people to download, would this be a good thread to post download links in? Or start a new thread in MeTa doing that? Or, something else?

You know... just wondering... seeing as how I've put nearly a month into making these mixes and would love to share them with the MeFi community without having to do all the physical media thing (since the Dreaded Day is swift upon us and people might want the music sooner rather than later, etc)
posted by hippybear at 3:29 PM on December 3, 2009


Dandeson Coates, Sec'y - I hope I am in your group.
posted by Razzle Bathbone at 3:33 PM on December 3, 2009


Missed the summer one but have sent my email for this one. Did 10 last winter and received 7. So not too bad. I hope you'll like loud.
posted by bjgeiger at 4:41 PM on December 3, 2009


would this be a good thread to post download links in?

How about you make it a project? Also, if you want to, host it as an opentape if you have a server.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 4:52 PM on December 3, 2009


even though I can't justify spending all that on postage from NZ.

Postage from NZ really isn't that bad. You can either go supercheap and buy one of those specially coated sleeves for a naked disk (although actually the sleeves probably aren't that cheap), use a slimline CDR style cover and throw them in a thick envelope, or do the expensive option and buy a special sized CD box from a PostShop for fullsizes CD cases. I usually use the middle option and it costs something like $2.50 postage per disk. You want to keep it under 10 mm so it goes as a letter otherwise the price more than doubles.
posted by shelleycat at 5:48 PM on December 3, 2009


What the hell, I'm in! Hope y'all like music from before you were born.
posted by The Card Cheat at 7:36 PM on December 3, 2009


Also, you know that not mailing your mix out to the swap organizer has its consequences, rite?

Um, yeah. Very much so.

And I shuffle out the door ...
posted by filthy light thief at 7:38 PM on December 3, 2009


Dandeson Coates, Sec'y, I'll see your Straitjacket Fits and raise you Double Happys and Dimmer! Take that! Cos you can never have too much Shayne Carter.
posted by Miss Otis' Egrets at 7:49 PM on December 3, 2009


I'll see your Straitjacket Fits and raise you Double Happys and Dimmer!

I see your raise and raise again with Birds, the Bic Runga album where he sang backup.

(actually my boyfriend's the Shayne fan but if the CDs are in my house I get to claim them)
posted by shelleycat at 8:19 PM on December 3, 2009


I'm in...but it's gonna be a Summer mix, what with being in the southern hemisphere and all. Hopefully it'll inject a bit of sunshine into some wintery northern ears.
posted by robotot at 9:04 PM on December 3, 2009


If anyone was enraged this summer by my failure to include track listings, I put them on my profile page.

Yeah, and I'll do it again, so there.
posted by Sallyfur at 9:20 PM on December 3, 2009


I'm just gonna throw this out there, but why bother with physical delivery of CDs? Anybody can make a mix and post it online (see my profile for example).

Done the traditional way, only 5 people are going to listen to your mix cd. If everyone just uploaded their mix to soundcloud (we can even make a mix swap group), everyone can listen to all of them.
posted by empath at 9:20 PM on December 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


Done the traditional way, only 5 people are going to listen to your mix cd. If everyone just uploaded their mix to soundcloud (we can even make a mix swap group), everyone can listen to all of them.

But if I upload my mix then what happens to my awesomely unique cut-up magazine collage cover art?
posted by robotot at 9:23 PM on December 3, 2009


Also, I'd be quite happy to receive tapes, so that I can play them in my crappy car stereo.
posted by robotot at 9:29 PM on December 3, 2009


empath: why bother with physical delivery of CDs? Anybody can make a mix and post it online (see my profile for example).

Getting mail that is not bills or coupons is a thrill. Putting together something neat and thoughtful and physical for someone else is also a thrill. Downloading yet another .zip from yet another website/filesharing network—even with hi-res scans of awesomely unique cut-up magazine collage cover art—not a thrill. Snailmail mix swapping is mom's care package to filesharing's Blue Mountain animated e-greeting.

Anyway, many participants have taken to posting links to mixes in the HEY YOU MAIL YOUR MIX NOW thread. Which is cool for those with flaky swapsets, and everyone.
posted by carsonb at 9:40 PM on December 3, 2009 [6 favorites]


Oooh. Music swap - I'm in for that.

I kind of miss making new mix tapes each time I bought a new $500-$1000 beater. Determining how much more or less than *exactly* 45 minutes of recordable surface I had available on each side of the C90, assembling a playlist that seemed thematically appropriate to the type and condition of the car, the paint colour, the season, trying to match tempos from track to track, going for equidistant blank space between tracks... and then realising, once I'd made the tape and played it through once more just to make sure that it had all recorded correctly with no weird distortion problems or anything, that I'd just spent an entire afternoon listening to the damned same songs over and over and over again and that the tape would have to be put aside for a week or two before I could listen to any of it again or else I'd just be heartily sick of the whole thing...

Good times... good times.
posted by MarchHare at 9:59 PM on December 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


After this fpp by needled I don't think I could make a mix tape that anyone but a 12 year old Korean girl could listen to.
posted by stavrogin at 10:18 PM on December 3, 2009


Okay, I'm in. It's my first time, be gentle.
posted by IndigoRain at 10:24 PM on December 3, 2009


this is going to rock so hard.
posted by Glibpaxman at 11:54 PM on December 3, 2009


Dang, it's a whole other season on the other half of the world, mate. Sorry, didn't mean to be HEMISPHERIST all up in here.
posted by carsonb at 6:23 AM on December 4, 2009


I'm themin'! My theme's gonna be Revelation 1:7! I swear I'm not a Christian, I just think eschatology is awesome!
posted by Greg Nog at 6:26 AM on December 4, 2009


I'm in if in is still possible! I really enjoyed making my last MeFi Mix Exchange disc (Welcome to Dangerbird), and have some ideas for this new'un.
posted by Shepherd at 6:28 AM on December 4, 2009


empath: Done the traditional way, only 5 people are going to listen to your mix cd. If everyone just uploaded their mix to soundcloud (we can even make a mix swap group), everyone can listen to all of them.

Also I think that if everyone in this thread posted a mix then maybe three of them would get listened to by everyone (as soon as anyone said 'Hey empath's is awesome!') and the rest would get listened to by two or zero people.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:37 AM on December 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


RE: themes. I used to always make mixtapes with side-specific themes. Like one side "good" and one "evil" or male/female.

I kind of miss those tapes. /oldperson
posted by JoanArkham at 6:38 AM on December 4, 2009


Just to clarify -- I'm in Paris, but I can sign up, no? What is the protocol for non-US people?

You are encouraged to murmur in French and send me something from your favorite pâtissier?
posted by desuetude at 9:16 AM on December 4, 2009


I always have fun with this (I love getting fun mail!)- I'm in.
posted by Dr-Baa at 9:31 AM on December 4, 2009


Finally caught up on sign-ups. If you think you signed up, but you didn't get a confirmation email from me that started with "Yo! You're signed up to swap!" then something went haywire and you should send me another email. We're well over 100 participants this time, sweet.
posted by carsonb at 10:01 AM on December 4, 2009


In like Errol Flynn.
But without the pencil thin mustache.
posted by willmize at 11:11 AM on December 4, 2009


carsonb-- I already emailed you about signing up, but have now decided (after perusing some delicious music last night) that I'd like to be in two groups. Is saying so here sufficient or would you prefer another email?
posted by shakespeherian at 11:53 AM on December 4, 2009


RE: themes. I used to always make mixtapes with side-specific themes. Like one side "good" and one "evil" or male/female.

You just inspired my swap-mix theme: A side = structuralism / B side = post-structuralism.

Just kidding, they're going to be good. Off to start working on some rough track lists ... eager to hear what my five cohorts come up with.
posted by joe lisboa at 12:05 PM on December 4, 2009


shakespeherian: noted.
posted by carsonb at 12:20 PM on December 4, 2009


stavrogin, want me to make a mixtape just for you?
(there's a whole new crop of korean boy bands out since that FPP ...)
posted by needled at 1:51 PM on December 4, 2009


Yes! (and maybe a little ELO)
posted by rtimmel at 2:40 PM on December 4, 2009


Sounds fun. Mail sent.
posted by spherical_perceptions at 4:10 PM on December 4, 2009


Count me in! Email sent.
posted by garnetgirl at 8:27 PM on December 4, 2009


stavrogin, want me to make a mixtape just for you?
(there's a whole new crop of korean boy bands out since that FPP ...)


I prefer the girl bands, for the most part. Do you have any new recommendations on that front?
posted by stavrogin at 11:31 PM on December 4, 2009


> I prefer the girl bands, for the most part. Do you have any new recommendations on that front?

It was the summer of girl groups, but it seems to be all boy bands since the fall. Anyway, I kind of like Brown Eyed Girls' new single, "Sign", and the revamped After School's "Because of You" is growing on me. Not feeling any love for f(x), though. Kara isn't new, but you might like them if you like the girl groups that go for cuteness - the ajussi's certainly went crazy for "Mister".

I'm currently strangely fascinated by MBLAQ, Rain's first foray into producing. I mean, what is it that Joon is wearing? Is that a lampshade? And what's with G.O.'s facial hair? And Thunder's outfit ...
posted by needled at 7:34 AM on December 5, 2009


My new favorite girl band is The Blow, especially Come on Petunia. Because of it, I'm considering "radical remixes" as my mix's theme.
posted by rtimmel at 8:47 AM on December 5, 2009


Side question, does anyone know of any good Indesign templates for printing ON the CD and making a simple 4pg CD case. Yeah, I know this isn't mandatory, but I wants to be fancy, see?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:43 AM on December 5, 2009


Woot! I'm so in!
posted by iamkimiam at 11:19 AM on December 5, 2009


I, too, am in. Hot damn.
posted by defragmeout at 1:38 PM on December 5, 2009


Count me in. I missed the last one, and this thread is already off the first MeTa page--Maybe it deserves a sidebar?
posted by Bigfoot Mandala at 12:47 PM on December 6, 2009


Well, Bigfoot, a sidebar would be nice I suppose. But I'm just one guy here, and there's already over 125 folks signed up to swap. Certainly the biggest group I've organized so far. There are always some who miss it, no matter how many eyeballs are exposed...that's why we keep swapping! Twice a year! Wevs, if you can convince a mod to do it, I'm not against a sidebar mention.

Anyway, email sign-ups are caught up. If you sent me an email asking to be in and haven't heard back, please please send again and I'll get back to you before tomorrow.
posted by carsonb at 12:15 PM on December 7, 2009


My mix is already done, and it's oh-so-long until I get to send it out. How sad!
posted by elder18 at 7:54 PM on December 7, 2009


I'm in. My theme will be "some crap I like".
posted by fleacircus at 4:28 PM on December 8, 2009 [2 favorites]


I just made an awesome letterpress* cover for my CDs, but I have no clue what music is going to end up on the discs. But it will be something good.

*Well, a set of polymer plates printed on both an Vandercook 4 Proof Press and a Vandercook Universal I Power Test Press. But it's still awesome!
posted by SemiSophos at 9:01 AM on December 11, 2009


Almost missed this. I'm in, gonna be good times.
posted by Paragon at 10:01 PM on December 13, 2009


Wow, subverting the music companies, I'm jumping in a flipping the bird. Woohoo!!! Sign me the fuck up!
posted by Eicats at 3:28 PM on December 17, 2009


subverting the music companies

Actually, the summer 2009 swap, the first I participated in, resulted in me purchasing two CDs I never would have even heard of without the swap.

I see it more as curated music samplers than actual subversion.
posted by hippybear at 1:09 PM on December 19, 2009


Is it super-lame that I've made my mix already?
posted by runningwithscissors at 5:40 PM on December 19, 2009


Hello Recent Activity readers!

Today's the last day to sign up for this swap. If you're seeing this tomorrow or later, never fear! There will be another swap along before you know it (sometime in June, probably).

I will attempt to sort and assemble swapsets before Christmas. Keep an eye out for your swapset assignments. Also, any suggestions for swapset name themes?

Once you get your swapset assignments, the mailing of mixes can commence. Just make sure to do it by the mailing deadline: Saturday, January 23rd, 2010.

Happy swapping!
posted by carsonb at 2:44 PM on December 20, 2009


Also, any suggestions for swapset name themes?

I just finished putting together a yin-yang CD mix for a friend for Christmas ... the yin tracks are all close, introspective stuff, and the yang tracks are broader in scope/subject matter.
posted by headnsouth at 2:53 PM on December 20, 2009


Also, any suggestions for swapset name themes?

star wars
star trek
fish
rocks
US presidents
numbers
random names
cars
porn stars
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:53 PM on December 20, 2009


I say go with phrases from Prisencolinensinainciusol.

Swap sets:

Uis de seim
Ol uoit men
Iu nau in trabol
Colobos dai
Oping tu stei

etc.
posted by Kattullus at 3:22 PM on December 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


Name themes? Shmeh?
posted by JoanArkham at 5:50 PM on December 20, 2009


Group names? How about something based on the "standing or sitting" thread, without actually naming what it is? Like, "The side-leaners" or "Front to back-ers"?
posted by not_on_display at 8:16 PM on December 20, 2009


..."The Squatters"
..."The Non-hand-washers"
...and so on.
posted by not_on_display at 8:18 PM on December 20, 2009


I'm making my mix now.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:41 PM on December 20, 2009


Find a random name my pet thread and name the groups with the suggested names. While looking for examples for you (1, 2, 3) I found this, which is gold.
posted by shelleycat at 8:53 PM on December 20, 2009


I just came up the theme for my mix today. Y'all might hate me.
posted by zinfandel at 9:27 PM on December 23, 2009


Am I the only person that makes the mix kinda based on the swapset name?
posted by Shepherd at 3:34 AM on December 24, 2009


Planning on spending some quality time on Christmas delving through the external HD for music. It was that or go out for Chinese food.
posted by sciencegeek at 9:13 AM on December 24, 2009


Theme meltdown. I just ran "The Greatest Songs You Have Never Heard" through Carl Tashian's Lost In Translation babel generator and got this:

They are more never used do not reflect the great song

Think I'm going with it.
posted by philip-random at 9:24 AM on December 24, 2009


Did I misplace an email, or have the groups not been sent out yet?
posted by hippybear at 8:43 AM on December 30, 2009


I'm not allowed to tell you.

don't think they've gone out yet
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:14 AM on December 30, 2009


Yeah, sorry folks. The past 10 days or so have been a perfect storm of internetlessness, ridiculous busyness, and now ailment. The guilt I feel commenting on MeFi when the swapsets haven't gone out is excellent motivation.
posted by carsonb at 8:54 AM on January 1, 2010


OK, sent. And no, your swapset's name DOES NOT indicate what theme your mix should have. I had trouble finding any list of music-related kitsch with 28 viable entries so I just copied a bunch of genres from AllMusic.

The Zouks
The Microtonals
The Techno-Tribals
The Ambients
The Gabbas
The Psychedelics
The Yodelings
The Anti-Folks
The Honky Tonks
The Jives
The Chouval Bwas
The Microhouses
The Sweet Bands
The Polkas
The Sea Shanties
The Bluebeats
The Fados
The M-Bases
The Illbients
The New-Progs
The Boogie-Woogies
The Exoticas
The Old Timeys
The Newbeats
The Spirituals
The Nyahbinghis
The Sports Anthems
The Freakbeats

28 swapsets, damn. ~150 participants, crazy.

I think this may be the largest swap ever, definitely since I've started administering. Cool!
posted by carsonb at 6:05 PM on January 1, 2010 [2 favorites]


I love the swapset names! Thanks for organising this carsonb :-D
posted by shelleycat at 6:12 PM on January 1, 2010


The Exoticas rule!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:21 PM on January 1, 2010


I'm in The Psychedelics, which I hadn't even known when I planned to add Hawkwind to my mix!

THAT'S RIGHT YOU LUCKY DOGS YOU GETTIN HAWKWIND
posted by Greg Nog at 8:59 PM on January 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Well, my burner decided to up and die, but I'll be purchasing a new laptop in the next couple of weeks so there shouldn't be much of a delay.

The Gabbas is looking mighty promising.
posted by Kattullus at 10:45 PM on January 1, 2010


Psychedelics: get your acid tabs ready for the second winter of love!
posted by elmono at 4:52 AM on January 2, 2010


I can safely promise my fellow swapsetters there will be no New Prog on my CD. >_<
posted by JoanArkham at 6:52 AM on January 2, 2010


Aw, man! I typed that wrong almost every time. It should be 'The Neo Progs'. Doh.
posted by carsonb at 7:27 AM on January 2, 2010


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