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    How To Make A Mix Tape/Playlist Part Four

    If you need to get caught up on our unbelievable series of awesomeness, Part One, Part Two and Part Three are all kickin’ it around the internets. In Part Three I explained that Rules are more like tips, but the songs being played from here on in may NOT have anything to do with the Rule attached to them. As already discussed the track list on The Best Mix Tape Ever! so far is…

    1. D’yer Maker – Led Zeppelin
    2. Love Rollercoaster – Red Hot Chili Peppers
    3. Eruption/You Really Got Me – Van Halen (Kinks Cover)
    4. Open Road Song – Eve 6
    5. I Will Survive – Cake (Gloria Gaynor Cover)
    6. Same In The End – Sublime
    *NEW* 7. Sure Shot – Beastie Boys (We have to speed things up a bit, I think there is only a few posts left in series)

    Rule #7: Don’t exhaust your listener
    Ever notice that TV commercials are louder than the show your watching? Even the ads at the beginning of the Youtube videos I post are quite often louder than the song. Everything wants to be the loudest thing you hear, to grab your attention. Sadly, this train of thought was adapted by record companies sometime around 1999, killing the dynamic properties of albums everywhere.
    Older Recordings look like this. In fact whole albums did.

    Newer releases look like this because of digital sound compression and amplification.
    Californication, by Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Remember the eerie whisper of Nirvana‘s “Something In The Way“? That album, if released now, wouldn’t be nearly as good. But you wouldn’t actually be able to pin point why.
    Best Mix Tape Ever Track 8: Where It’s At – Beck

    Ear Fatigue exists. It could lead you to turning off a certain radio station or album, or tuning out family members at Christmas dinner. Either way it exists. If you mix up your songs in the right way, you’ll be fine, but pay less attention to tempo, instruments used, etc. and really focus on how LOUD the song is.
    Best Mix Tape Ever Track 9: Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate

    Personal Tip! When copying your CDs to your hard drive, anything before 2000 anyway, NEVER click the option to normalize the volume. When you do this you are changing the dynamic compression of the album, which will automatically make the albums sound waves look more like Californication, and less like Beethoven. This could change the way you’ve enjoyed an album for years, so be warned.

    Only one Rule this post, but I gave you a few songs. Now that you’re all super educated about science and stuff, the next post will concentrate on playing and toying with your listener.

    To Be Continued…..

    How To Make A Mix Tape/Playlist Part Two

    So we concluded our first post in this series, How To Make A Mix Tape/Playlist Part One, with a question. Who’s it for? Who is your intended audience?

    I also revealed the first two songs on the tape, so here is the current track listing:
    1. D’yer Maker – Led Zeppelin
    2. Love Rollercoaster – Red Hot Chili Peppers

    The RHCP song leads me right into….
    Rule #3: Cover songs are important.
    I know that I’m totally breaking Rob Gordon’s rules. I’m okay with that. His “Rule #3” is to “Cool it off a notch”. I didn’t do that on this mix.
    Best Mix Tape Ever Track 3: Eruption/You Really Got Me – Van Halen

    Cover songs are super important and this one takes me right where I want to be. I really felt I could still go higher after Track 2. WAY higher! Eruption? C’mon! But there is also something else to consider. Did I have my whole audience on board with the mix so far? With this track I pick up rockers, Kinks (and other British Invasion) fans and people from Sault Ste. Marie. I did go a little Cover heavy on Side 1 of this tape, but they are a great way to introduce people to new bands without making them feel stupid for not knowing the words. Now we’ll get back on track with Rob Gordon….

    Rule #4: Cool it down a notch
    I totally broke this rule. I probably won’t put this song on a mix now. Come to think of it, this band would have trouble making the cut. There are two reasons for this song existing on this mix. One, it was intended for parties and road trips. And two, my friends all liked Eve 6 in 2001
    The Best Mix Tape Ever Track 4: Open Road Song – Eve 6

    A funny thing just happened…Listening to the song to try and find a good sounding one for this post, I still would take this song, just not in this spot. I’m rockin’ out and missing the friends I used to listen to this record with constantly. Music can be funny that way. Attaching a certain time and place with special people and events….

    So, back to the Rule #4. What would I pick now? I’d go a little more modern. Less epic, less tempo. Maybe a little deeper lyric wise. It’s important to bring people back and re-ground them. Something that everyone knows the words to would be great. I think Pink Floyd’s, Wish You Were Here, is a great song, but too deep. I want to scratch the emotional surface for my audience, with out making them cry. Sweet Child O’Mine would work, but I’ve already classic rocked this mix to death. I’d probably go with this one…
    *NEW* The Best Mix Tape Ever Track 4: Like A Stone – Audioslave

    I picked this song mostly because I didn’t want create a splinter in the mix tape continuum, this song still works with the next song.

    Be ready this week, we’re going to take our audience dancing!

    To be continued….How To Make A Mix Tape/Playlist Part Three

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