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Mix Availability & Downloads On This Website

Posted 2020-10-12. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, meta, movement through thought, music, website.

A couple of things have prompted me to re-evaluate how I distribute recorded mixes on this website.

First, I stopped broadcasting on aNONradio a few weeks ago. Since I'm no longer a contributing member there, I believe it's unfair for me to link to files in aNONradio's archives. (And those files could disappear at any time - whenever the admins decide they need the disk space, basically). I'm going to have to host my own files from now on.

Second, 189 mixes (200 soon) is too many to keep available all at once, in my opinion. Right now it's 15 gigs of mp3 data. That's not an amount of data I can afford to serve, given my current hosting and money situation.

So here's my plan: each new episode of Movement Through Thought will be available as a downloadable file hosted on this website for one year. I'll remove old files as I add new ones. The tracklist blog posts will remain up. Old mixes that I think are significant I'll keep available as downloads indefinitely, no more than a couple for each broadcast year. I'll tag posts with audio download to hopefully make them easier to find. Recordings uploaded to mixcloud will remain there for as long as mixcloud keeps them.

I do still have all these files, so if there's a specific mix you want that isn't available on this website send me an e-mail and I'll try to get it to you.

That's where I'm at. This seems like a reasonable system to me, a good middle ground. I hope it works out.


Decksclaimer

Posted 2020-03-31. Permalink. Tagged meta, movement through thought, music, website.

I've heard from friends that this blog is starting to show up in search engine results, so I guess I should address the elephant in the room. In 2016 I spent some time thinking about how to responsibly host an online mix series and came to the following conclusions:

Movement Through Thought started in 2017 with those rules/goals in mind. I believe I've more-or-less upheld those points. (Notably I've never accepted money for mixes hosted here, and have no plans to do so in the future).

Also worth noting: my audio signal chain is pretty bad. It's all worn-out DJ gear leading to the line input on a PC motherboard. My setup adds an unfortunate amount of noise to all of these recordings.

Weareie put it better than I ever could in their decksclaimer (mirrored at archive.org):

The mixes featured on this website are produced and distributed in the spirit of promoting interest and further exploration of the music in question, and not for exploitation for profit or personal gain.

It's worth reading Weareie's decksclaimer in full at either of those links above. I agree with it completely.

To the artists out there: If your music was featured here that means I like it, I want people to know it exists, and I want people to buy it. If your work was included in one of these mixes and you're unhappy about it then please contact me at cvanderz@gmail.com so we can talk about it.

This post was edited on 2020-07-09 to update the e-mail address.


Blogariddims, DJ Mix Series and Podcast

Posted 2019-06-12. Permalink. Tagged 2000s, dj mix, drum & bass, dub, dubstep, idm, music, reggae, uk garage, website.

I was thinking I don't write enough, so here's a little something about what is probably my favorite series of DJ mixes.

Quoting Droid from the Blogariddims Top 50 post, who puts it better than I could:

For those that don't know, Blogariddims is a fortnightly inter-blog podcast which was started in June 2006, with the aim of showcasing the high level and variety of selecting, mixing and writing talent in the small corner of the music blogosphere inhabited by nuumskulls, faded-junglists, genre-nerds and bass addicts of every stripe.

I love Blogariddims. The combination of stellar music selection, top mixing, and track-by-track analysis is fantastic. The enthusiasm, too - you can hear the affection for each track, and read that same affection in the show notes.

Most influential on me are the dubstep and electronica mixes. Several of these DJs were in the right place at the right time to observe the creative explosion of dubstep, and were bold enough to link it with some of its less obvious influences. I'm thinking specifically of number 49, Dubtronics.

Blogariddims season 2 logo

The series concluded in October 2008 with #50, Terminus. Two years and 50 great episodes. The complete index of mixes can be found at the Blogariddims Top 50 post on weareie.com. Here are my picks, a short list of the entries I often return to:

I strongly recommend these mixes. And make sure to read the blog posts that come with them; they're consistently informative and well written. MTT is, in many ways, my attempt to emulate Blogariddims and the Blogamuffins.


Reach Frog

Posted 2018-01-29. Permalink. Tagged 2010s, comedy, music, news, screenshot, video, website.

Picture of four Reach Frogs

Reach Frog news magazine. Probably not safe for work (NSFW). Come for the articles, stay for the secrets.