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Would you be interested in participating in a seasonal, themed CD mix exchange?

Asked by MissAnthrope (21460points) January 2nd, 2011

Back in the early-mid-2000’s, I participated in Burn It!, a seasonal, themed mix CD exchange. It was loads of fun and I personally took each theme as an artistic challenge. I also got a lot of great new music as a result!

I will be taking the administrative role and, yes, participation requires that you place some trust in me. My idea is that anyone who wishes to participate can say so here and then PM me their mailing address. After a week or so, depending on the number of participants, I will sort people into small groups and send each of you the pertinent addresses.

Keeping safety in mind, I was thinking that I could give out each group’s addresses without the usernames of those they belong to, and if it’s viable, without a name at all. I’m thinking we can probably get away with addressing the envelopes to “Resident”.

If anyone has any suggestions with regards to the logistics of this part of the exchange, please feel free to say so!

I really enjoyed this particular theme and since it’s winter, I’m going to be uncreative and simply do a repeat.

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The Theme:
Winter is a time when a lot of people get the blues, so this theme is about melancholic music. Think of it as kind of a SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) mix, which fits both the melancholy music and the season. So, for this theme, music that you listen to when sad, or music that makes you blue, should be what you’re shooting for. It could be the lyrics or just the way that the song sounds.

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Here’s how it works:
After the signup period, people will be put into groups of 4. You will then receive a PM from me telling you the addresses of the people in your group. You burn 5 identical CDs. Keep one for yourself, send the other three to the other people in your group, and send one to me.

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The rules:
– 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 live in the US, you should be willing to ship to Canada/Mexico. If you live in Canada/Mexico, 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.
– CD format must be standard CD audio, that can be played in normal CD players, not MP3/data discs.
– Consider putting your name, URL, or e-mail on your CD somewhere, if you’d like to be contacted regarding the awesome mix you made.

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Guidlines on creating your CDs:
– Include a track listing. If someone likes 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.
– I know a lot of people are graphically inclined, so feel free to make your CD a work of art.
– Don’t be afraid to put on “cheesy” music. If you like it, others probably will, too.
– Don’t be afraid to put on music that no one has ever heard before, either. Billboard or MTV may never have known this music, but you did, so that’s what counts.

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141 Answers

MissAnthrope's avatar

Woo hoo!

One person is in. :)

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

What a fun idea. I don’t think I can participate… but good luck with this. Looks like a good time. :)

MissAnthrope's avatar

Awwww. I’d love you to, if, somehow, you think you can. :)

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MissAnthrope's avatar

SWEEEEET! That’s 2 people and one maybe. With me, it’s a group!

Okay, so, since it looks like we’re on… I will keep collecting participants until it’s clear we have everyone interested or until January 15, whichever comes first. I will then work on the groups and get the information out to everyone, so that if you finish quickly, you can get your mix sent off. The actual deadline for sending out the CDs will be at the end of January, so you have plenty of time to work on it.

I’m so excited, you guys! I had so much fun doing this while Kymberlie ran it. Yay!

¡¡¡ ❤❤❤❤❤ !!!

Seelix's avatar

All right, I’ve been going through my iTunes to make sure I have enough sad songs to fill out a CD, and it looks like I do. So yeah, I’m totally in!

MissAnthrope's avatar

Awesome!! Thanks! :)

DrasticDreamer's avatar

I need something like this right now. I’m in.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Yayayayay!! :)

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

Oh, absolutely! Count me in.

@MissAnthrope Just so I’m on track, could you provide a link with an example of the type of music you’re shooting for? Obviously it will differ for every person, but an example would help get the wheels turning in my brain. Gracias.

MissAnthrope's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities – Sweet! I’m getting super excited. I wasn’t sure how this would go over, and not only is it going forward, but the people participating are some of my favorite jellies! Hell yeah.

The Theme:
Winter is a time when a lot of people get the blues, so this theme is about melancholic music. Think of it as kind of a SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) mix, which fits both the melancholy music and the season. So, for this theme, music that you listen to when sad, or music that makes you blue, should be what you’re shooting for. It could be the lyrics or just the way that the song sounds.

MissAnthrope's avatar

The reason I picked this theme is not because I’m depressed, ha ha, but because I love mellow, melancholy music. One of my exes called it my “shoot myself in the face music”. (she didn’t understand the concept of exploring emotions through music)

I did Burn It from the beginning to the end, and out of all the mixes I received, the best and my most favorite, by far, were in the winter melancholy theme. One of these mixes has become one of my favorite CDs ever.. it’s just so good.. Here’s some of the songs she put on there:

Azure Ray – November
Stabbing Westward – I Remember
Garbage – Milk
Portishead – Undenied
Amy Mann – Save Me
Gary Jules – Mad World (cool video)
Tori Amos – Putting the Damage On

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Now, what I like about this is that everyone’s interpretations are different. Some artists (I can think of a couple) have happy, upbeat music while their lyrics are angry, sad, angsty, or whatnot. So, everyone’s mixes will sound different. It doesn’t necessarily have to be slow, it’s really up to your interpretation and what music you have in your library.

answerjill's avatar

Great idea! I might participate if there is a happier theme in the future!

MissAnthrope's avatar

@answerjill – I hear ya. I was hoping there were other melancholy music lovers and that it wouldn’t seem too depressing to start. If things go well this time around, I will totally try it again for Spring and I’m thinking something very upbeat. :)

answerjill's avatar

@MissAnthrope – Cool—and thanks for organizing!

MissAnthrope's avatar

My pleasure! I hope you do participate next time. :)

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@MissAnthrope Thanks for the links! That was the type of music I was envisioning. Cool, I’m starting to prepare my list now.

blueiiznh's avatar

I am alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll IN.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Sweeeeeeeeet. :)

MissAnthrope's avatar

You guys are probably gonna kill me, but I’m pretty much done with mine!

Tee hee.

I have all the songs.. it was tough, I had to cut a couple that I really thought should be on there.. then, I was worried I would have to cut a couple more, but magically, the rest seem to fit! Now I’m going through and adjusting volumes and such.

I highly recommend Acoustica MP3 CD Burner, if you make mixes regularly. Very high level of customization possible.

blueiiznh's avatar

Looking forward to sharing.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Me, too! Don’t feel rushed, honest. I was just so pleased that it all came together kind of magically. :)

Jude's avatar

I’m in.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Yippeeee! :)

Jude's avatar

I just finished burning one for myself the other day, I will make copies. And, I will pm you with my address.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Perfect! The actual sorting and sending out of addresses won’t be for another week or so. I want to leave registration open for a bit, in hopes we can coerce other jellies into joining the fun and/or make sure we have everyone who might be interested.

It looks like we have enough people so far for two groups!

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

Nearly done with mine, just having a hard time deciding which songs will have to be cut. :(
Why can’t they make 240 minute CD’s?!?!

MissAnthrope's avatar

I know, right?? It’s almost painful, when you have it trimmed down to what you feel like are the essential, essential tracks and then you realize you’re still going to have to cut some.

OI, THE AGONY!

That’s why I was so excited that I posted above.. Because I’d said, okay, if I have to cut any, it’ll be this one and this one.. and I really could not imagine budging on any others. Magically, with cutting the two I was willing to part with, it put me just under 80 minutes. :D

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities – So, here’s to hoping your experience will be equally magical. :)

Jude's avatar

I know someone who loves ahem Pink Floyd, so, I am adding this to the mix. ;-)

A taste
taste
taste

First four songs. I don’t do surprises all that well. :)

Jude's avatar

jeffgbpf, I have missed you.

It’s jmah, just in case you didn’t know. :)

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

Done! I won’t give away the songs on the mix, but here are a few that came close, but didn’t quite make the cut.

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Jude's avatar

T, I like what you like. :)

MissAnthrope's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities – Nice so far.. if those didn’t make the cut, I’m excited to see what did!

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Now for the second fun part, the CD cover. :)

Jude's avatar

How is it coming along?

MissAnthrope's avatar

The mix itself is pretty much done.. haven’t started on the cover yet.

I dunno about anyone else, other than JGPF.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Hi, kids! It’s the 15th, which means you should get your addresses to me (via PM), so I can sort and group and get the relevant information out to the relevant people. :)

Thanks!

MissAnthrope's avatar

Hokay.. I have at least a couple people MIA, hence the hold up. I am going to have to get all medieval now. Stay tuned, I should hopefully have some addresses for you soon.

Jude's avatar

Oh, shit. Did I not pm you with my address? I don’t think that I did..

One sec.

MissAnthrope's avatar

@Jude – I have you, so no worries. :)

MissAnthrope's avatar

Are any of you guys in contact with DrasticDreamer outside of Fluther? I was going to do some group-fu to split up the dual shipping to Canadia and to maximize safety. (future random cake deliveries, no pointing of fingers)

Only, DD hasn’t logged in in a couple of days, could someone drop her a note for me if you know her elsewhere? Thanks!

MissAnthrope's avatar

Yippee skippy, we’re all set! I’m pretty sure I PMed all of you, but if you didn’t get one, let me know ASAP.

Last day to mail out CDs is the 31st.

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Now, for another order or business: the groups, with myself included, did not come out perfectly. Meaning, if I made myself a group, 3 of you would get a fourth mix and 4 of you wouldn’t. I don’t know if you are aware how important fairness is to me and my OCD, but the unevenness of the group spread bothers me.

So, my proposal is that I don’t send my mix out just yet.. I kind of need to wait until I start my job, anyway.. I’ve got about $250 to my name and all of that is spoken for in the next couple of weeks.. :\

Then, when I have income, I will send a copy of my mix to all of you. This will probably be mid-February (first paycheck).

Does that sound okay?

Jude's avatar

Sounds good.

I’ll be sending mine out this week. :)

Jude's avatar

Y’all are in for a treat!

Seelix's avatar

I won’t have time to get them all done until Thursday or so, but the mix is done and I’ll send them out by the end of the week!

MissAnthrope's avatar

@Jude & @Seelix – Sounds great! Looking forward to it. :)

Jude's avatar

I managed to get 60 songs. :)

MissAnthrope's avatar

How’d you do that?

Jude's avatar

I made a couple for each. Breaking the rules.

I hope that your OCD is okay with that. ;)

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

Mine should be shipping out tomorrow.

@Jude 60? Awesome!

MissAnthrope's avatar

@Jude – Gaaaaaah! Just kidding. Not exactly breaking the rules, since I didn’t specify whether additional volumes were permitted. Some personal interpretation is allowed. Haha. Yeah, that’s cool with me. More music!

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities – Sweet. :)

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MissAnthrope's avatar

Today is the mailing deadline, so you better get on it! It’s 10 lashes for every day you’re late.

:)

Seelix's avatar

Eeek! I’ll be throwing mine in the mail in, like, 15 minutes. I forgot about it on Friday but the post office is on my way to class!

Jude's avatar

Mine are going out too-day.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Awesome! I, too, have gotten one already and have been enjoying it immensely. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else has come up with!

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MissAnthrope's avatar

Haha. You say that now, but they will be delivered by my friend.

Seelix's avatar

Ha! I kinda like your friend :)

Mine are sent – I stopped at the post office on the way to school, as promised. It only cost $0.22 more to send to the US than to Canada!

Jude's avatar

Let me know know when y’all receive mine. I apologize ahead of time, as Canada Post is ridiculously slow.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Yayayay! Mine will be going out tomorrow. Those of you with the OR address, that jelly had a medical emergency and was headed to the hospital on the deadline day. I’ve not had any word, but hoping they are okay. :\

Jude's avatar

How are people making out with their cds?

Seelix's avatar

I sent mine last week like I said I would, but I haven’t received anything yet :(

Jude's avatar

I haven’t received any either.

@Seelix, well, you know how Canada Post is, ha..

Seelix's avatar

@Jude – True, but I’d have thought that at least you’d have received mine and vice versa… Maybe the Snowpocalypse was worse than we thought ;)

MissAnthrope's avatar

I’ve gotten psychocandy‘s and jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities’ mixes, so hopefully those of you in their groups will start seeing some CDs. Mine are all packaged up and ready to go, I’ll be heading to the PO in a bit.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Wow, I’m really impressed with Canadia post. @Seelix, I just got your mix… I find it amazing that mine found its way to California, while the other Canadian, in the same province, still has not gotten hers. Do you have to buy insurance for when moose eat your mail, or what? What is the protocol?

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Seelix's avatar

I’ve not heard of moose insurance… Maybe I didn’t read the right part of the website. So I apologize in advance if anyone gets a CD mailer with moose teeth marks in it.

Seelix's avatar

Woot! Just got my first CD – @jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities certainly put more work into the packaging than I did :) My excuse is that my printer was out of ink. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

Jude's avatar

@Seelix I didn’t get all fancy either.

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@Seelix – Yay!! So glad other people are starting to receive CDs. :)

I sent mine off on Monday, so they should be arriving soon.

Well, I was going to get all fancy with mine, as that’s part of the fun for me. I knew my printer was low on colored ink, but I figured I had enough left to print out a few CD covers… and I was wrong. So disappointing, especially since I’m scrabbling to get everything covered financially and couldn’t afford a new cartridge just yet. So, when you get mine, imagine it all colorful. :P

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Well, you guys can imagine that I actually put mine in plastic cases and didn’t handwrite the liner notes… At least I used shiny ink!

P.S.: I want to be in @noelleptc‘s group next time… and I hope I get a “super special” drawing!

Jude's avatar

I want in @noelleptc‘s group. :)

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@Seelix haha, pervy minds…

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jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

FYI, I did sent a nude self portrait with mine, but there might be a delay in shipping, what with them being life-size and all. Prepare yourselves accordingly. :)

Jude's avatar

Oooooo, baby!

Seelix's avatar

I got @Jude‘s mix today! I haven’t listened to my CDs yet though. Maybe once we’ve all gotten them and listened to them, we can post our favourite songs from each mix.

Hooray for @MissAnthrope for putting this all together! I love getting mail that isn’t bills!

Jude's avatar

Yes, let me know what you think. :)

Jude's avatar

So far, I got one from Seelix and one other jelly.

I post my favorites, as well.

Jude's avatar

I broke the rules a bit. I didn’t do all melancholy. Do I get a spanking?

Jude's avatar

Still waiting for my life-size nude!

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@Jude Those pesky Customs agents must still be admiring it. Soon, soon. :)

Jude's avatar

Well, I do have a bare spot on my ceiling. ~ ;-)

MissAnthrope's avatar

@Jude – You might enjoy the spanking. A flogging it will be.

Jude's avatar

<bends over desk>>

Anyone else get mine besides Seelix?

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Seelix's avatar

Does it have a real-life name? @Jude‘s came without a screen name, but I know where she lives.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Yeah, word on the street is that some people didn’t attribute their mixes. If you forgot, feel free to claim credit here and/or PM me to figure out who was in your group. Otherwise, I am assuming that this was done intentionally for security and privacy, so I will not divulge the information without someone’s permission.

Jude's avatar

Oh, shit. I should have added that.

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Seelix's avatar

Mine all have my name and screen name, and come from Toronto. So if you still can’t figure that out, I can’t help you :P

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Goldblum, did you get mine?

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@Jude Nope, I’m still at zero.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Has anyone gotten mine yet?

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Jude's avatar

@MissAnthrope Not, yet. I am waiting on yours and Goldblum’s.

Jude's avatar

I know for sure that Seelix and another person in my group got my cd.

MissAnthrope's avatar

@noelleptc – YAAAAAY! It was kind of torture, having it all ready to go and having to wait for money to send them out. :)

@Jude – Yeah, still waiting for yours and blueiiznh’s (though I’m kind of wondering if he’s participating, as I haven’t heard a peep from him about the exchange in a long time).

I think it’s kind of interesting that I got Seelix’s and not Jude’s, considering they are roughly in the same part of the world.

ALSO… I am very eager now to do an upbeat one for spring, so start thinking toward that. I think I’ll post the new Q at the beginning of March and have the deadline be 3/31. I’m thinking ‘Spring Cleaning’ as a theme, like upbeat, happy jams you’d listen to while throwing open your windows on a nice spring day, what you’d want to groove to as you clean and feel the sweet spring breeze coming in.

Jude's avatar

@MissA, someone else from Cali got her cd. Yours should get there anytime! I sent them all out the same day. :)

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@MissAnthrope Yes! Your cd arrived in the mail today. I’m listening to it right now. :)

blueiiznh's avatar

I am so bad, they are all ripped, packaged and addressed sitting on my desk. I was slammed with work and will send them this weekend. My apologies.
I did receive one from psychcandy which I enjoyed. Hope to find more make their way.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Awesome. Thanks for checking in. :)

Jude's avatar

Miss A and Goldblum, did it come, yet?

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So far I’ve still got only @Jude and @jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities’ CDs. I’ll keep you all updated.

MissAnthrope's avatar

@Jude – Nope. :(

@noelleptc – I got yours, but haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet. Looks good! :)

MissAnthrope's avatar

@Jude – So, my cousin hid the mail, apparently, and he just told me stuff came for me. Your mix was in there! :)

Just curious, you said it was a double album; what happened to the 2nd CD? Did you axe that idea?

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Jude's avatar

Yep, axed.

Did anyone like it?

MissAnthrope's avatar

I’ve worked all weekend and haven’t listened to it yet.. I will soon, though, and I’ll be sure to let you know how much I like it. :)

Jude's avatar

I liked Seelix’s and a jelly who is apart of it, but, is not named in this thread. :)

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@Jude I got your mix today, and I’m enjoying it immensely!

Jude's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities What were a few that you liked?

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@Jude This one was a pleasant surprise. I’ve never heard her version of the song before, but it’s beautiful! And, I always love these guys.

Jude's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities I can’t wait to get yours (maybe, today?)! I know that we have similar taste in music. :)

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@Jude Now that I think about it, I only had one Canadian address in my group, and it appears that it was Seelix’s. I’m not sure how the groups worked out to where I would receive yours, but not have you on my sending list. Weird. Maybe @MissAnthrope can shed some light.

Jude's avatar

Oh. I thought that we’d be sending a cd to the person who sent us one. I guess not.

Not sure who else I am waiting on, as far as cds go, except for MissA.

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Oh, @noelleptc, maybe, you’re right. I got one from Seelix, one from another jelly, and, perhaps, the third one is from MissA. That’s probably it. :)

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@noelleptc Did you have a Canadian address in your group?

MissAnthrope's avatar

When making the groups, I wanted it so that no one American had both Canadians, the Canadians had each other, and I also tried to keep friendships in mind, too. However, the actual logistics didn’t work out as perfectly as I (or you guys, I’m sure) would have liked.

I can’t find my master list at the moment, but there is a good chance that if you have one person in your group for sending out, they might not have you. I tried to keep people I knew were good friends together, but I seem to remember that I had to make some changes to make the groups even that involved breaking up my ‘ideal’ groups.

Unofficially, of course, you’re more than welcome to communicate with one another and do a swap. I would have made the groups bigger, but I was trying to make the cost of participating minimal, so that people could join in even if money was a bit tight.

Everyone should be getting four CDs. 3 from your group, 1 from me.

Sorry if it didn’t work out perfectly. I wanted it to and I tried!

Jude's avatar

@MissAnthrope It worked out well, lady. And, again, I appreciate all of your effort.

Jude's avatar

I’m totally down for the Spring cd. I will do my best to get the cds out early this time. :)

Jude's avatar

My girlfriend wouldn’t mind getting in on it, as well. If that works.

MissAnthrope's avatar

My pleasure.. I’m grateful to you guys for participating and helping make it happen!

Jude's avatar

I got my last two cds. I am going to have a listen when I get home. Yay!!

Jude's avatar

@noelleptc wins for cd cover design. ;-)

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Seelix's avatar

That’s a definite win! I’ll include illustration on my next one.

I got @MissAnthrope‘s CD today; that makes for a total of 3. One more, right?

Jude's avatar

Spring cd is all done. :)

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