It sometimes happens that I fall down a rabbit hole. Suddenly a subject catches my attention and excites me very much. The latest topic where this is the case is the software Sonic Pi and making music by code, basically “music programming”. I played the recorder for many years, but I do not have a real feeling for beat and rhythm. I like to listen to music, especially electronic music, but I couldn’t make music myself, I would miss the musical feeling.
In April, I wrote:
But I got so used to Spotify recommending me music that I like, that now I don’t even have an idea what artists the music is from. I wouldn’t know which artists to look for on a buying platform and how to discover new music.
It was a spontaneous idea, but since I already have pages on my website with stuff I use and movies I’ve watched, I now have a page with music I listen to as well.
As I write these lines, I listen to music on Spotify. To a playlist named “Lowkey Tech” with “chill techno and chill house” music. Recently I have been enjoying this music a lot. Electronic music, but relaxed and mostly without vocals.
Before I started using Spotify over 5 years ago, I often bought CDs on iTunes or Google Play Music. Often I got gift cards for my birthday, which I redeemed for either apps or music.
Through this article by The Verge, I discovered this YouTube video by musician Dylan Tallchief. He used Microsoft Excel to create a DAW (a digital audio workstation) called xlStudio. With that you can create entire songs in Excel spreadsheets and even export them to use them in the software suite Ableton. I don’t know much about music or music production, but this looks pretty awesome.
The end of the year is coming and so came a mail from Spotify telling me about my musical year in review. I didn’t use the same Spotify account the whole year, but needed to create a new account somewhere around summer because the student discount (5€ instead of 10€ per month for Premium) expired after some years, although I’m still a student.
It seems I have a very mixed music taste and don’t define myself via one genre.