Destroying An Entire Library of Music

2 years, 4 months ago

This has popped in and out my head for the past five years. I always got scared of doing it, because I have so much that I will never, ever find again. I do not have much “popular” stuff, and some of these songs took me weeks to find. Some I’ve lost forever because a site went down or an artists disappeared.

But here is an extremely big experiment thats been playing in my head for so long:

I’ve grown up with depressive, angry, awe-striking music. Chevelle, deftones, 30 seconds to mars, etc. That genre of music (of the popular ones). Then I transitioned into all electronic. About 75% of my library has no vocals.

But listening to my music sets me in a very specific mind set. It will always put me there, and I sometimes want to go there, sometimes I want to get out. Over all, I don’t think its a healthy, ultra productive place to be, and the music is here solely to bring me there.

So, I thought what would happen if I changed all of my music, forever. Never going back to the old stuff. I would lose something like 50 bucks of actually paid for, the rest being generally free or pirated.

But then I would start all over. Scouring for free downloads of off-the-grid music, paying for the best of the best, but adopting a completely new, euphoric, happy, genre.

Comments.

December 16, 2012 at 6:16 pm

You must sign in or join to reply!

1
Profile photo of ForthWedge ForthWedge (@forthwedge) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

Phish phreed me.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of neonoctafish neonoctafish (@neonoctafish) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

Karlheinz Stockhausen once said, ‘We should listen to ‘old’ music one day a year and the other 364 days we should listen to ‘now’ music.’ I take that challenge seriously and fail it often. I think that if you can manage it you’ll reap amazing rewards. Bonne chance!

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@ijesuschrist, I lost ALL my music 2yrs ago after my divorce. Well, I had it all in my iPod and when that crapped out, I didn’t want to go back *there* and open the communication and ask for my files and just opted to just let go. I was devastated about losing my music then I slowly started building a new collection – discovered SO many new artists that I know I would not have had I still been listening to my old list. I’ve since downloaded/bought some music I’ve always liked (Beatles, Wilco, PieTasters, Specials, Moondog and whatnot…classics) but I now mostly have music that I associate with me discovering the new me. It’s pretty liberating.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of MarkII MarkII (@mwinship13) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

The Deftones are great.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@ijesuschrist, Why not just save all of your current under a folder on your desktop and then delete it from itunes or whatever you use? Then you can start anew and if you ever do feel like listening to the old stuff, you can pull it out of storage.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Alex Alex (@staylucky) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@tangledupinplaid21, That wasn’t what I was getting at at all. I stopped listening to Tool for the reason that the majority of their fans couldn’t stop fapping over their “genius” while blindly dismissing everything else within the genre. They are a talented band. Maynard is a smart man and Danny Carey is a phenomenal drummer, but there is certain level of delusion I have discovered with most Tool fans that once you’ve found them, all the other heavy stuff you used to listen to was unintelligent, generic shit.

Most bands that develop a strong cult following have something intelligent to say, perhaps taking the time to understand those bands before rubbishing them as well would make them more appealing. Tool and Deftones aren’t the be-all and end-all just like Korn and Marilyn Manson probably weren’t for you in highschool ;)

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Edward Bernays Edward Bernays (@edwardbernays) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@tangledupinplaid21, I was moreso pondering/questioning than assuming. But my reasoning would be if he liked listening to this music than he will eventually go back to listening to it. Having said that, rereading the OP I’m not so sure he likes that type of music anymore, in which case he wouldn’t go back. Theres some things that I once worked hard (spent a long time) finding which I’ve given up and probably won’t be able to find again (music, movies, video games, trading cards), but I figure a) i had no use/value for them anymore and b) I truly didn’t want/need them anymore.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@staylucky, I’ll never understand people getting all hung up on the politics of music. “I don’t like this band because the people who listen to it are this way or that way”. Who cares?! It’s about the music, it literally has no affect on the sound of the music who listens or does not listen to it, or what those people say about the band. I don’t like bands to be trendy or part of a cult following.
And I don’t mind Korn or Marilyn Manson. I mostly stay away from that genre because it sounds angry to me, which has little to nothing to do with how intelligent the subject/lyric matter is. That’s why it took me so long to come around to Tool. If I literally feel worse after hearing your song, I refuse to seek out more of your material. Screaming angry whiney artists just piss me off for the most part.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Alex Alex (@staylucky) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@tangledupinplaid21, “Screaming angry whiney artists” Congratulations on the generalisation of the century.

Also, if music is intelligent in such a profound way then it should extend beyond liking it on such a simplistic level. But if I am wrong for this then I will accept that, but it doesn’t change the fact that you are ragging on bands you know practically nothing about.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@staylucky, There is no “should”. Especially with preferred musical artists.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Alex Alex (@staylucky) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@tangledupinplaid21, You’re right. Let’s just stop arguing :)

[Hidden]
Reply to this topic

More Posts Like This

1

Profile photo of InTheBalance Memory VS Reality

Reality seems to be structured by intense, unchanging physical principles with the capability of cause & effect, but is it really? Each event seems to remember itself, if you put a comb on a counter, it will...

0
4

Profile photo of Viner Cent ADHD is ruining my life

So I have self-diagnosed myself with ADHD for a long time now (looking back, I had it all my life but it is getting worse) as I have the shortest attention span. I buy a book that I wanted to read for months, after...

3
1

Profile photo of JDS8. trying to dig up and old HE post

hi guys ive been looking for this quote that i first read on here years ago and even then it was on one of the last pages so i think the post may have expired or something, i apologize for how vague this is but it was...

5
10

Profile photo of teaflower Is it possible to survive in today's society with out forsaking ourselves?

The more people I meet the more I realize how many people are unhappy with their life. It seems as if everyone is a victim of circumstance, and my question is do people ever get what they desire? Or do we all eventually...

4
1

Profile photo of Shea Going Mute

Today I realized that I didn’t need to talk anymore. There wasn’t anything I really needed to say. So starting tomorrow my friend and I were having this discussion and I will be going mute tomorrow for 30...

0
1

Profile photo of Green Spain Where to get good weed in Madrid (Spain)?

Hi HEthens! I came back from San Francisco a few months ago, after spending an incredible year over there. Of course California spoiled me, one of the things was the awesome weed from the dispensaries… I’ve...

7
4

Profile photo of Bluefin TIME

The only real currency you possess is time.  The problem with this currency is that you will not realize that you spent it on the wrong things until you realize that you don’t have enough left. Spend wisely my...

0
1

Profile photo of Connor Williamson Lucid dreaming books

Anybody have any suggestions for a lucid dreaming book for a beginner?

6
8

Profile photo of Johnnybla&c "Philosophy is useless.

As a major and as an activity” What do you guys think? Every time I hear this I feel like I have been stabbed in the heart… I love philosophy so much that I don’t know how to respond to this? DO you...

37
1

Profile photo of Viner Cent A Thought on Motion

I believe that I have subjected myself to one too many paradoxes about movement and motion. This caused me to raise questions and thought exercises of my own regarding motion (or rather possible illusion of motion). The...

2
1

Profile photo of Viner Cent there's no point of living

Why do we live?What’st the point of it ? The energy who created us is just messing with us? In your whole life 99 % is suffering, pain,insecurity and remaining 1 % is happiness.in my opinion the 1% is just a...

12
7

Profile photo of NTesla Three L's (Live and Let Live)

Everything’s relative. It’s all about perspective. Even the villain is the hero in someone’s eyes and vice versa. The hero of some can easily be the villain of many. One person or group can not...

2
4

Profile photo of JacquesdC How do you comfort yourself in the face of existential doubt?

Open your mind, they tell you. You’ll see things differently. The shackles will be removed and a world of possibility awaits you. What they neglect to tell you is that the ominous cloud is for ever present, whether...

13
6

Profile photo of nikhalik Thoughts about society

How do you feel about modern society? The older I get (I’m 22) the more I start to resent it. 1. We have lost the ability to think critically and for ourselves. 2. Big corporations control practically our entire...

60
1

Profile photo of Gigi humans are a cancer of the earth

so i’ve always been quite interested in how the universe appears to be a fractal and recently i’ve noticed some uncanny similarities in the way cancer grows in a body (creating abnormal marks and lesions on...

21