I don't have music any more

I wanted to make a mixtape for a friend of mine of music I'd been listening to for the last six months. Then I realised I didn't have any of it. All music I'd been listening to recently I had on vinyl (like Neil Young or Barbara Streisand) or on Youtube. Or on MP3 blogs. I don't have music any more on my computer.

Some bigger hits were easy to find but how do you get hold of, I dunno, a background track to an indonesian semi-pornographic dance that you don't know the name of? Or an obscure piece of Electro Bubbling? (I had to give it up.)

Has anyone else stopped archiving like me? Is there a danger to this kind of over-reliance on web sources?

Oh, and in case anyone is remotely interested, here's a Youtube Playlist of as many of the tracks I could find. Crappily enough quite a few are not on there, either.


Anonymous said...

>Is there a danger to this kind of
> over-reliance on web sources?

It's an interesting question, and one I think about a lot. On the one hand, I'm tempted to be contrarian, buck the notion that internet stuff is ephemeral, and argue instead that as copyable data, anything on the net is almost guaranteed permanence by its very promiscuity. On the other, I'm not sure we can really count on this, at least not for everything (especially obscure stuff, though the category of obscure is also an interesting one on the long-tail/niche-friendly net). So, at least in my case, I continue to save my own copies of lots of things I listen to and view, and I hope -- indeed, expect -- that others will too.

Who's gonna reupload that Indonesian dance video if not you, Birdseed? Do your duty!

Birdseed said...

Actually I might just start Youtube-ripping videos once I get back to proper broadband (not my parents cap-restricted stuff I'm using this month). I'm not sure the sound quality of an FLV video is good enough to put on a CD, though.