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Autoaudiography: A Music Experiment

I used to get a lot of new music off of a Livejournal community called audiography. Every week they’d have a theme and people would post links to YouTube or other (mostly) free ways of hearing music that fit the theme. Sometimes the theme was a genre, sometimes a feeling, sometimes an image.

It was how I found the Decemberists, the Dresden Dolls, Sufjan Stevens, Rilo Kiley, Neko Case and a whole host of my other longtime favorites–and it’s mostly dead.

Audiography died off a long time ago, well before LJ traffic began to decline. The mods stopped posting themes and people stopped posting tracks. It had a resurgence in August and September last year–and immediately I discovered Florence + the Machine, Mumford and Sons, and First Aid Kit. (Ok, I am late on discovering those. But Audiography used to be my ticket to Knowing About Music Things! I am lost without them!)

I miss it. I listen to so much music–I need to have music on to write so my days are often filled with music from waking to sleeping. I like Pandora but I often miss what X song was called, and Spotify and Rdio can feel overwhelming. I’d try to revive Audiography myself except that I’m not a mod and can’t post themes.

But what I DO have is MAH OWN BLOG. So I am inaugurating Autoaudiography–my own one-blog version of the late great communal music pond.

I’ll post a theme every Monday, to loosely coincide with Twitter’s Music Monday hashtag. In the comments, post your favorite songs that fit the theme. Use (legit, legal, and free) links to Youtube videos (feel free to embed) or other sources for music that will not get me in trouble. Look through the comments for new music–I’ll repost my three favorites along with the new theme at the end of the week. Hopefully we can all find awesome new music, support musicians, and recapture some of that old awesomeness.

This week’s theme, thanks to the insomnia post that made me think about this and start listening to Florence again, is Night.

The title or artist can contain the word or related words, or the song can just make you think of nighttime, sleep, the moon, etc. Any connection to the theme is fine, it’s a loose sort of thing. Any genre is welcome, and, departing from Audiography rules, if you have songs of your own writing/singing/playing, by all means post them! Just keep it legal and non-piratical, please.

I’ll go first, on the off chance there’s someone else who hasn’t heard this song and seen this gorgeous video (which is kind of what I think that mask scene in Eyes Wide Shut might have been if that movie weren’t mainly about white people not feeling things) that has been my night-time companion the last few 3 ams:

So, what have you been listening to lately?

Mirrored from cmv.com. Also appearing on @LJ and @DW. Read anywhere, comment anywhere.

Have you tried thisismyjam.com yet?

Nope, I'll ask for an invite.

My readership generally has awesome taste though. Sometimes they introduce me to SJ Tucker and stuff I kind of sort of like like that. ;)

So I hope this works too!

This is the first thing I thought of. She's so delightfully kitschy.

Seconded. The first Jill Tracy song I'd heard, though I think Extraordinary is my enduring favorite.

Nightmare by Love Automatic

Addendum: A friend/lover got me into the band back when I lived in Edinburgh and I saw them play in Glasgow at the ABC. I can't hear them now without thinking of Scotland.

Paul Kelly: Midnight Rain. (Sorry, that video won't let me embed it. :( )

Edited at 2012-01-09 07:16 pm (UTC)

I have so much love for this man's hair, it's not even funny.

Also this:

I love how slightly whimsical their cover is.

This is my very cheesy, totally overly dramatic, country music contribution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZWpy7gweOA Then Came The Night. I think this is Trace Adkins, because I can't find the Tommy Shane Steiner cover which I kind of prefer, but my work computer is being flash-cranky, so I can't actually watch the video and check.

I love this idea! I do Spotify, so this is a great way to find new stuff to look up there!

I love this idea!

I just got Tori's new album last week, and personally I think it's stunning. But I think people's reaction to it will depend a lot on their relationship to/knowledge of classical music. It's very much a classical album; like it slipped out of some alternate universe where she didn't get kicked out of music school and became a concert pianist.

Anyway, here's a link to "Star Whisperer"; it's 10 minutes long, but I think it's worth it.

ETA: duh, the link! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtbifDVfWmw

Edited at 2012-01-09 07:22 pm (UTC)

That is a deeply awesome piece!

"At night," from Benjamin Britten's opera The Turn of the Screw. This is from the excellent Glyndebourne production last summer, which I was lucky enough to attend.

[Warning for, well... read the plot of The Turn of the Screw.]


Edited at 2012-01-09 07:25 pm (UTC)

"A Dragon's Lullaby", by Tom Smith.


Listen on Bandcamp:

Also, "Dragon Lullaby", from A Very Potter Musical.

Also, Heather Dale's "Mordred's Lullaby".

Bauhaus--In the Night

Death in June--In the Night Time

Echo & The Bunnymen--Killing Moon

Cranes--In the Night

Walker Brothers--Nite Flights

Egad, I'm sure I could go on all day with this!

Edited at 2012-01-09 07:28 pm (UTC)

*eats all your links up with a spoon* Delicious, delicious stuff.

Midnight City by M83

This is my favorite night time song right now.

(Wow, I had no idea how creepy the video was until I went looking for it. I first heard it over a film montage at the movies.

Re: Midnight City by M83

YEAH M83. I love this song too, but I've never seen the vid!


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