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Old 03.10.2007, 11:19 PM   #1
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I'm about to make one for a very good friend of mine that I had lost contact with over the past few years, but now has re-entered my life. So, she suggested that we make a mix tape of stuff. I have never actually made a mix tape and I was wanting some pointers. I know that mix tapes has a very personal quality to them, so I wanted to do it right.

Tentative Side A track list

1. Dirty Boots-SY
2. Teen Age Riot-SY
3. Violent Life-Blonde Redhead
4. The Sprawl-SY
5. Head On-The JaMC
6. Cigarette In Your Bed-MBV
7. Transmission-Joy Division
8. Soon-MBV

I've got "Hey" by Pixies to start about Side B so far.

I'm not trying to make one that's full of stuff she's never heard, I'm just trying to make one that represents me and has a nice flow to it.

Thanks in advance for all yr help/advice/comments/criticisms/muses/random thoughts/jabbering
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Old 03.11.2007, 01:59 AM   #2
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if you are trying to make one that represents you then you need to represent yourself to him / her through what you put on the tape
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Old 03.11.2007, 07:28 AM   #3
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generally speaking puting more than one track by the same band is a bit lazy in my opinion
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Old 03.11.2007, 11:33 AM   #4
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We're talking about a mix tape, not a scientific journal article. There are no rules. Do what you like, even (gasp) including more than one track by the same band!

It's all up to you.
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Old 03.11.2007, 12:39 PM   #5
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generally speaking puting more than one track by the same band is a bit lazy in my opinion


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We're talking about a mix tape. There are no rules. It's all up to you.

Toilet Bowels and Gmku each make some good points. I find the "lazy" aspect referred to by Toilet Bowels is usually based on the person making the tape cd / album collection. If you only have eight or ten CD's and half of them are by Sonic Youth, then you are very limited on what you have to choose from.

If you were just looking for some more group suggestions: Dinosaur Jr, PJ Harvey, Slowdive, LOW and just about anything Cure works well on a Mix Tape.

Congratulations on making your first Mix Tape. I suggest using a 90 tape (45 minutes per side). Please consider taking part in one of our Mix Tape Swaps. I'm sure that Mix Tape # 8 will be starting within the next month.

Like Gmku said, there are NO RULES! Your making a gift for a friend, not trying to change the world.

Happy Mixing......
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Old 03.11.2007, 02:29 PM   #6
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obviously there are no rules, but if the person isn't that into sonic youth then the mixtape isn't going to be a hit. when you make a mix one should think more about the person who will have to listen to it, than just ramming in a bunch of your favourite songs regardless.
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Old 03.11.2007, 02:52 PM   #7
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1. 12RODS - Red (from Split Personalities LP)
2. Pavement - Rattled by the Rush
3. Grandaddy - Hewlett's Daughter
4. Smashing Pumpkins - Hummer
5. Yo La Tengo - Summer
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Old 03.11.2007, 03:23 PM   #8
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obviously there are no rules, but if the person isn't that into sonic youth then the mixtape isn't going to be a hit. when you make a mix one should think more about the person who will have to listen to it, than just ramming in a bunch of your favourite songs regardless.

Depends, I guess... On how well you know your recipient, and on your purpose. Is your purpose to ensure 100% satisfaction on the receiving end? Or maybe you want to challenge the listener a little? Or a lot? Or maybe you want to show him/her what listening frame of mind you're in (and in that case, you should defiinitely NOT self-edit but just let it flow with whatever you feel like putting on). If it's from the heart, as in Sonic Youth 37's case, shouldn't he just include whatever strikes him as feeling right--I would think he was too concerned with making it "right," it might lose something. Hell, there's enough manufactured songlists on classic rock radio, if that's what you want. Sometimes I think it would be most appropriate just to jam a bunch of favorite songs regardless. I mean, why not? It's your tape. But again, depends on your intent.
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Old 03.11.2007, 04:05 PM   #9
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She is a SY fan, so that's not a problem. I didn't just put 3 tracks by SY because I'm lazy, I liked the way those songs flowed together.

And I am using a 90 minute tape.

And I've got no shortage of songs, upwards of 200 bands to choose from, so variety will be assured if that's what I'm after.
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Old 03.11.2007, 04:09 PM   #10
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i'm in the middle of making two at the moment. One thats a mix of everything, i pick a new song everyday and put it on there that way i get a good mix, and one thats completely abstract sonic youth so some SYR stuff and some Made In USA stuff mixed, it sounds great so far.
A good front cover is important, the cover is the first thing they see and it sets the tone for what should be on the tape.
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Old 03.11.2007, 04:54 PM   #11
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I'd put Slayer or Motorhead on the tape somewhere so she thinks you're a tough dude who can handle his own.
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Old 03.11.2007, 06:42 PM   #12
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Do you know of certain bands/songs of which you have a mutual liking? It always helps to add the more 'popular'/'accessible' songs after every four that would just be of your taste as to prevent any possible loss of attention. You could end up with something that's just being taken out of the player by the end of the third song, or skipped to near the end as the rest failed to phase her, which is where bad compilations can lose out.
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Old 03.11.2007, 07:28 PM   #13
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She is a SY fan, so that's not a problem.

well in that case you might already be giving her stuff she already has.
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Sometimes I think it would be most appropriate just to jam a bunch of favorite songs regardless. I mean, why not? It's your tape.

i don't agree, it's her tape, but sonic youth 37 is making it.




anyway, it's not really inportant.
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In your case I'd make a "fun" mix. Shit you can kick back too or listen to on a long drive. Also Id go with some kind of theme.
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You should definitely stick 'Flux = Rad' by Pavement on the the tape somewhere..
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I've basically picked songs that fit together nicely, ie-fade outs followed by fade ins, feedback outs followed by feedbacks ins, so it's as seemless as possible without being too much like a single artist album.

I'm really making it to my tastes as her's is pretty much spot on the same as mine. And we've traded albums for years now, but we just decided a few days ago to try a mix tape.
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I've basically picked songs that fit together nicely, ie-fade outs followed by fade ins, feedback outs followed by feedbacks ins, so it's as seemless as possible without being too much like a single artist album.

Sounds like your taking care of all the important things. To truly enjoy the fade in / out aspect of tape making, you need to be using a mixer. Using a mixer allows you to eliminate the silence between tracks......which maximizes your fade in / out considerations.
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Sounds like your taking care of all the important things. To truly enjoy the fade in / out aspect of tape making, you need to be using a mixer. Using a mixer allows you to eliminate the silence between tracks......which maximizes your fade in / out considerations.

I've thought about doing that with Audacity, but as this is my first tape, I'm just going to stick to the simple basics and I'll get more experimental with future editions.
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