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26 March 2009 @ 01:31 pm
Fanmixes - a good thing or not?  
So, in the absence of being online at home, I've been spending a lot of time playing with the other parts of my computer and discovering a love for compiling playlists. So, I have a couple of questions...

Poll #1372357 The fanmix poll

Do you like the idea of fanmixes?

Yes
8(80.0%)
No
0(0.0%)
Depends on the fandom
0(0.0%)
Depends on the music
2(20.0%)
What's a fanmix?
0(0.0%)

What's the ideal length for a fanmix?

less than 10 tracks
1(11.1%)
10-15 tracks
4(44.4%)
15-20 tracks
0(0.0%)
20-30 tracks
0(0.0%)
More than 30 tracks
0(0.0%)

Do you download fanmixes?

Yes
6(60.0%)
No
0(0.0%)
Sometimes
4(40.0%)

What format do you prefer the downloads to be available in?

Complete track listing (zipped/rar file)
7(70.0%)
Individual tracks to pick and choose
3(30.0%)
No downloads, just the list of tracks
0(0.0%)

Do you like to see accompanying artwork?

Yes - CD covers only
4(40.0%)
Yes - as much as possible!
2(20.0%)
Doesn't really matter one way or another
3(30.0%)
Nah
1(10.0%)

Ticky?

Rock On!
3(33.3%)
Tick!
0(0.0%)
TICKY!!!!
1(11.1%)
YAY!!
1(11.1%)
huh?
1(11.1%)
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liz_marcs: Xander_Africa_Scatterlingsliz_marcs on March 26th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
Some of those options need tick-y boxes.

Like, on Question 1, I wanted to put both depends on the fandom/depends on the music. So, I settled for yes. :-)

The other key to fanmixes (and this is a more technical thing), is that they really, really need to be all the same file type, preferably MP3 at the highest quality possible. Not all players can play the Apple code, and not all players can play WMA. MP3 is a nice, neutral choice that can be played on anything.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: guitar//inspiration - mewhiskyinmind on March 27th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
I should have split that first question into two really - that would have solved the issue.

I hadn't even considered the format issue - you make a very good point there.
snake eyes and deja vu: Kane House Rulessorchasilver on March 26th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
Bear in mind I am one of the least musical people around!

I've downloaded a few fanmixes, but most of the time I don't really find them interesting or appealing. The ones I've liked are generally fandom-specific but not like, fanfic-related(e.g. songs for Jared and Jensen's epic gay love/songs that should be on SPN yes, fic soundtrack no.). I usually delete most of what I download after one listen anyway. Only three fanmixes have ever made it onto my iPod.

I prefer the music to come as MP3 files and zipped. I get really frustrated when I can't easily open and play the songs, and then I just won't bother.

I don't use artwork at all - I deleted all the cover art from my iTunes library (took me AGES to get rid of it all) because I don't like it. I don't want to waste time downloading it, really, but it's usually included so I've gotten used to just deleting it.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: music//kane cheers - mewhiskyinmind on March 27th, 2009 11:11 am (UTC)
Hee!

I'm interested to know what you think of crossover mixes? To me they would possibly have more in common with a fic soundtrack because the inspiration for it comes from the compiler's imagination as to how those songs/tunes relate to characters which have never (and most likely will never) meet?

I hadn't even thought about the problem of different formats - I think I may have committed a mortal sin with the mix I posted last year (ages ago, fic soundtrack of all things!) and had some .wma's in amongst the .mp3s... I should go back and fix that!
snake eyes and deja vusorchasilver on March 27th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
I don't really like or read crossovers when it comes to fic (there are a VERY few exceptions, but usually just the fact that it's a crossover is enough to put me off entirely), and I can't imagine I would have any interest at all in such a soundtrack. I like it when mixes are more generally fannish than about specific characters/stories etc.

I'm sure most people are less irritable about the format thing than I am! It's just my lack of musical awareness, I think. I'm not interested enough to make the effort to figure out how things work. *g*
thedothatgirl: angellightthedothatgirl on March 26th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
Yay ticky boxes :) Length of the fanmixes would depend on the pairing/fandom. As well you know ;)
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: fic//run from the darknesswhiskyinmind on March 27th, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)
*grins*

Why... I don't know what you're implying there!

(I may have - if you're up for it - a few more beta type questions for you? Not related to the behemoth, but others?)

*is not as cryptic as she thinks she is*
thedothatgirlthedothatgirl on March 27th, 2009 11:24 am (UTC)
email me with them hon, I'll put on my best thinkie head.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: music//kane cheers - mewhiskyinmind on March 27th, 2009 11:50 am (UTC)
Email's on the way! I'll try to figure out a way to get the obscure tracks to you as well!
iyalodeiyalode on March 26th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
Depending on the fanmix, I'll take the zip even if I already have one of the songs and I'm loath to interrupt the flow of the mix. But if I've got more than two songs already I like the individual option. Two Ticky!

And I agree with Liz, same file type with an MP3 preference.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: guitar//inspiration - mewhiskyinmind on March 27th, 2009 11:13 am (UTC)
See, you have the same thought as me - I wonder if it's that we come from a writing POV? The flow of tracks - to me - usually reveals a narrative so I would tend to (at first anyway) listen to them in the sequence they are comiled.

Awesome - thanks!
Lissieilovesn on March 26th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
That was FUN! :D

*giggles*:D
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: guitar//inspiration - mewhiskyinmind on March 27th, 2009 11:14 am (UTC)
See? Polls are fun!

*grins*
(no subject) - emeraldswan on March 26th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: guitar//inspiration - mewhiskyinmind on March 27th, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
I have to say that would probably be my preference as well. The only downside to that is the point iyalode made up there ^ in that taking a couple of tracks would interrupt the flow (or the narrative, if there is one).

Hmmm.

I saw you're working on fanmixes btw - can't wait to see what you come up with!