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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 Three

    This is the blog post you’ve all been waiting for. If you haven’t read the first two posts in the series, catch up here and there. I’ve also revealed the first 4 tracks from the now 8 year old, Best Mix Tape Ever!

    1. D’yer Maker – Led Zeppelin
    2. Love Rollercoaster – Red Hot Chili Peppers
    3: Eruption/You Really Got Me – Van Halen
    4: Open Road Song – Eve 6

    I have fessed up to some mistakes along the way and got a little off track in Part Two.  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 stated previously, I am making a NEW playlist as I go. Feel free to make yours as we go, or you can agree or disagree with me in the comments section of every post.

    Rule #5: Mix it up a LOT
    Best Mix Tape Ever Track 5: I Will Survive – Cake (Gloria Gaynor cover)

    This mix started off with some classic rock icons, but overall you can tell I was in high school in the ’90s. And the decade’s dominance isn’t going to stop for another 4 songs. Do these songs “fit” well? Yep! Would I go this route now? Nope! It’s a pretty diverse mix for a pile of 21-27 year olds in 2003, but doesn’t cut it now. MIX. IT. UP. A good mix needs different genres, decades, styles etc. This mix is a full of male vocalists from the ’90s. Big FAIL, me. Big FAIL. Now how do you facilitate all of your listeners and get that musical diversity as well?

    Rule #6: Know where you’re going
    Best Mix Tape Ever Track 6: Same In The End – Sublime

    Planning out the songs for your mix can be a tricky. I find it better to not get attached to any one song but maybe start with 10 songs you want to play in a 90 minute time frame. Remember! The longer a mix is, the harder it will be create. Most classic albums are less than 45 minutes long because of the constraints of vinyl. How good would some of these newer CDs be if they didn’t try to fill the whole disc, but instead tried to make 40 minutes of seamless music? I think it would make a huge difference. Slayer does this really well. Their first 5 releases barely breach 35 minutes each. They know that even their fans don’t want a 60 minute Slayer record.

    For our next post in this series you’ll need a lesson in ear fatigue and how you’ll learn that you need to be the master of puppets.

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

     

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