Simple idea: a bunch of folks get together in small groups and swap mix CDs with one another. If you are reading this, chances are pretty good that you possess both the knowledge and hardware to “burn” a music CD (if not…) in which case you can play along with us (if you’re not so sure but you still want to play, the above link can get you started, and you’ve got four whole weeks to figure it out!).
And so to segue: if giving and receiving custom-mixed albums seems like such a rockin’ funcool concept that you can’t help but add this task to your already-jam-packed life of crime, read on mon frere…read on!
Here’s how it works:
For people who want a theme, here’s what I will be thinking about while putting my album together. Feel free to use the same or invent your own…I think mixed themes within the groups are ideal, but it always makes sense to give your actual album at least some semblance of unity.
Theme: “Springtime for Larry David (and the rest of us)”
Songs you’d like to hear on a springtime walk past sign after sign that the winter/grey/blah is gone gone gone. Friendship songs Songs for rainy windows and coffee
After the signup period, people will be put into groups of 4. You will then receive an e-mail from me telling you the names and addresses of the people in your group. You burn 5 identical CDs. Keep one for yourself and send three to the other people in your group plus one to me.
New Rule: Since so many people have been complaining that they haven’t gotten CDs from people in their group, I am now requiring that you send one to me so I can keep track of who sent them out and who didn’t. I hate to do this, but it seems the best way to keep track. You should then receive three new CDs from the other three people in your group.
You shouldcan have a blog if you want to. I would like this to be a fun way to connect people in the blogosphere. If you don’t, feel free to go over to Diaryland or Blogspot or LiveJournal and start one for free. If you’re not going to follow through and make your CDs, please don’t bother signing up. It would be a shame if one or two people ruined this for their group. If you signed up last swap and didn’t send your CDs out, don’t sign up this time. You must live in the US or Canada. If there’s a intrest in this in other areas, I may do a swap at some point down the road that includes other countries, but since this is the first swap, I’m going to limit it to the areas where I know most of you guys live. If you live in the US, you should be willing to ship to Canada. If you live in Canada, you should be willing to ship to the US. The postage is a teeny bit more, but nothing that’s going to break the bank. Remember that most people can’t play mp3s in their car, so make sure they’re something that will play in a standard car stereo. I tend to use cda or wav files. I have put together a list of Burn It resources for those not familiar with making CDs. (jpk. – do your best…I think participation is better than “standards”…seems to me if you’re really into this then you’re going to find a way to hear what’s on that disc ) Please be suretry to remember to put your name, URL, or e-mail on your CD somewhere. I got several last time that I liked, but have no idea who sent them.
Guidlines on creating your CDs:
Include a track listing. If someone like an artist, they might want to buy more music by them. Let us know who it is. Fill up the CD as much as you can. There’s 80 minutes on a blank CD. Don’t half-ass it and make a 30 minute CD. You should definitely use a jewel case when sending your CDs to protect it during mailing. You can get them cheap anywhere. (jpk. – or reuse an old, empty one ) I know a lot ofsome of you people are graphically inclined, so feel free to make your CD a work of art. Don’t be afraid to burn “cheesy” music. If you like it, others probably will too. Don’t be afraid to put on music that you think no one has probably ever heard before either. Billboard or MTV may never have known this music, but you did, so that’s what counts.
If you’ve gotten this far and you still want to sign up, send an e-mail to me [jonah at arsblog dot com] (change the AT to an @ and the “dot” to a “.”) and make sure you reference the CD swap in the subject line. You must include the following information or you won’t get to play :
Your name Mailing address Your blog URL (IF applicable) Your e-mail address
Sign-ups start TODAY (check the post-date) and continue through Tuesday, April 13th. Four weeks should be enough to get at least three of you :). By Monday, April 19th (I know, I know…but it’s tax week!), I will send e-mails to everyone letting you know who is in your group. You should have all of your CDs burned and in the mail NO LATER THAN Monday, May 10th (so many dates!) This gives you at least a full three weeks to create and ship CDs to your three group partners and me.
If you have any other questions, you can e-mail me [ jonah at arsblog dot com] or leave a comment.